PolSuyog_0025.jpgSUYOG U. POL, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Suyog Pol is an IITM (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras) graduate, with a PhD from University at Buffalo, Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has joined BNAC’s Preclinical Lab Unit to deliver research enquiries with an interdisciplinary perspective. For his PhD Suyog, has trained at the Sim Lab (Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University at Buffalo) which is interested in developing cell and drug-based therapies for demyelinating diseases. His previous research work has elucidated novel cross species conserved oligodendrocyte development regulatory mechanisms and defined strategies for inducing myelination in engrafted glial cells. Consequently, his research will focus on harnessing these mechanisms through drug treatment in vivo to aide with myelin repair.

Suyog has an expertise in in vivo modeling of demyelinating diseases such as shiverer mice model, human oligodendrocyte transplantation surgeries and lysolecithin mediated demyelinating lesions surgeries. Additionally, Suyog has worked on the application of advanced bioinformatics approaches towards Big Data Genomic analysis.

MarilenePreda_5196.jpgMARILENA PREDA, MSRIS
Senior Research Support Specialist/MRI Technologist

Marilena is educated and trained as a Chemical Engineer in the native country of Romania. She earned her second B.A. in Chemistry from University of Southern Maine, Portland ME, followed by the Master of Science in Radiology and Imaging Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University/ Jefferson College of Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA. During an internship with NASA at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena CA, she discovered a new passion: bio-imaging.

She is bringing to BNAC and CTRC, a wealth of pre-clinical imaging experience, as she spent the last nine years as an MRI technologist on a 7T Bruker PharmaScan at Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine. Also, she has high expertise in High Resolution Ultrasound on VEVO 2100, VisualSonics. As an MRI technologist, she experienced in small animals angiography, cardiac imaging, head/brain both in-vivo and ex-vivo imaging, tumor imaging (prostate, mammary glands, brain, lung), bone imaging.

MichelleSveinsson_0445.jpgMICHELE SVEINSSON, BS
Preclinical Lab Managager

Michele is the Preclinical Lab Manager at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in 2010. Michele has extensive animal experience and her primary responsibilities include day-to-day lab bench functions, personnel management, procedural training, and data analyses in the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) Preclinical Lab.

Research Assistant

Venkatapavani Pallavi is a Research Assistant and a team member of Pre Clinical Lab Unit and MRI Analysis Unit at BNAC. She graduated with Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from University at Buffalo and holds an Undergraduate degree in Medical Electronics engineering from MSRIT, India. She graduated from the Master’s program with thesis titled ‘Machine Learning in Neuroimaging’. Her projects are in the field of Biomedical Signal Processing and Medical Image Processing.Her current duties at BNAC include developing codes in open source platform for medical image processing techniques and conduct sectioning, staining and microscopic and MRI image Analysis.