Biology Faculty

Tyler Allen is the Laboratory Technician for the Physics/Chemistry Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo, where he was an Undergraduate Laboratory Instructor for multiple biology courses. Following Geneseo, he had an internship in a research lab at Macquarie University based in Sydney, Australia. He has also worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical and polyurethane industries prior to joining SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Mark Bremer earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in 2004 and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College in 2001. Mark has been teaching various biology courses for SUNY Poly since 2005, including General Biology, Microbiology Ecology, and Anatomy and Physiology. He became a certified Campus Sustainability Leader through the University of Vermont Summer Institute for Global Sustainability in July, 2011, and became accredited as a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction through the U.S. Green Building Council in June, 2014.

Dr. Megan Dischiavo has been an instructor for over 12 years, 7 of those years being at SUNY Polytechnic.  She teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the undergraduate level and Pathophysiology at the graduate level, using multiple learning styles to accommodate her students needs including extensive online resources for students to use as a supplement at home.  Dr. Dischiavo is a licensed chiropractor, trained in manipulation, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, radiology, MRI, CT scans, differential diagnosis and medical massage.  Her clinical background allows her to help students interested in clinical careers to prepare them in their educational journey.

Dr. Lauren Endres earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Medical Biophysics before going on to do Post-doctoral research in the field of cancer biology, first at Harvard Medical School, and then at SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Her curiosity in biology is fueled by trying to understand the precise ways in which cells respond to their ever-changing environments, and she is particularly interested in how cells use anti-oxidant mechanisms in their response to environmental toxicants, which have important implications for cancer biology. She teaches Introductory Biology, Oncology, Cell Biology, and Medical Genetics.

Dr. Michael Hochberg was awarded his Ph.D. from an NIH sponsored Cell Biology Program in 1973 from the University of Illinois, Urbana. His research interest has included studies of biochemical pathways in Neurospora crassa and how they relate to asexual reproduction and circadian oscillations. He also studied the Peptidoglycan Lattice chemical structure in the cell walls of gram-negative bacteria in an aqueous environment using biochemical and neutron scattering experimental techniques. He currently teaches Cell Biology, Genetics, Advanced Physiology, and Nutrition/Health. He also has taught courses in Immunology, Epidemiology, Meteorology and Ecology.

Shannon Jacobs is the Laboratory Technician for the Biology program for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Utica, NY native who graduated from SUNY Cortland with her B.S. Degree in Biology. She worked as a scientist in a Clinical Research Organization for 5 years prior to accepting this position. Her focus was in Pharmacokinetics. She worked on clinical and pre-clinical large molecule pharmaceutical drugs. She also enjoys being outdoors, cooking and has a great love for cats.

Dr. Adam McLain received his Ph.D. in biology from Louisiana State University in 2013, and prior to this an M.A. in anthropology from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a B.A. from Virginia Tech. He studies evolutionary biology and applied population genetics, predominantly in primate species, exploring the relationships between species and within populations using a combination of field, wet-bench and computational methods. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Conservation Genetics Department of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, studying endangered primate populations in Madagascar. Dr. McLain teaches Introductory Biology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics.

Dr. Carlie Phipps earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas in 2001. Her research focuses on the evolution of plant-fungal relationships from the fossil record, in particular fungi that live on plant leaves. She teaches Introductory Biology, Plant Biology, Evolution, and Plant and Animal Physiology. She is currently serving as the department chair.

Shannon Sergott is the Laboratory Technician for the Biology program for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Utica, NY native who graduated from SUNY Cortland with her B.S. Degree in Biology. She worked as a scientist in a Clinical Research Organization for 5 years prior to accepting this position. Her focus was in Pharmacokinetics. She worked on clinical and pre-clinical large molecule pharmaceutical drugs.

Dr. Narayan Sharma earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Miami University of Ohio and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan before coming to SUNY Poly. His research focuses on the metabolic effects of aspirin on the human body. He teaches Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

Dr. Hanbing Wang earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and her bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry. Her research focuses on nerve cell regeneration and fabrication. She teaches Introductory Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

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