Senior Mentoring Team
  • Brian Bronson, Department of Psychiatry
  • Carol Carter, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Holly Colognato, Pharmacological Sciences
  • Marie Gelato, Department of Medicine
  • Adam Gonzalez, Department of Psychiatry
  • Catherine Kier, Department of Pediatrics
  • Susan Lane, Department of Medicine
  • Barbara Nemesure, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine
  • Allison McLarty, Department of Surgery
  • Louis Manganas, Department of Neurology
  • Jedan Phillips, Family, Population and Preventive Medicine
  • Lisa Strano-Paul, Department of Medicine
  • Dada Pisconti, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Apostolos Tassiopoulos, Department of Surgery
  • Stella Tsirka, Pharmacological Sciences
  • Stephen Vitkun, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Bill Wertheim, Department of Medicine
  • Jennie Williams, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine

Carol Carter

Carol CarterDr. Carter joined the faculty of Stony Brook University (SBU) in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, School of Medicine (now Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Renaissance School of Medicine, having graduated from the City College of New York (Phi Beta Kappa).  She earned her doctoral degree at Yale U and completed postdoctoral studies in virology and protein biochemistry at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology.  At SBU, she advanced through the ranks to Professor and also became an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics.  Dr. Carter leads a federally funded basic research program focused on the pathogenesis of the acquired immunodeficiency disease syndrome (AIDS) and other viral-induced diseases, has served on the editorial boards of journals in her field and on several federal, private and public advisory committees.  She is considered an expert in cellular protein trafficking mechanisms necessary for production of virus particles.   Aspects of her work have been exhibited in the Museum of Science & Technology and translated into issued or pending patent/licenses.  Dr. Carter was a featured speaker at the “Women in Science” workshop sponsored by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Japan, 2006).  She was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Institute for Allergy & Infectious Diseases Advisory Council to the NIH Director (2007-2011). In 2017, she received a Long Island Innovator of the Year award for her translational research pertaining to anti-viral drug development and was invited into the SBU chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in 2020.  Dr. Carter has a history of engagement in mentoring activities:  In 2016, she was asked to join the mentoring team assembled by the Office of the SUNY Chancellor to advise tenure-track junior faculty as part of a SUNY-wide pilot initiative.  In 2018, she co-organized SBU’s 1st Preparing Future Faculty mentoring workshop in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.  She is a member of several SBU Graduate and Medical Sciences Training Programs in Infectious Diseases, Cancer, and Genetics and has participated in instruction of undergraduate, graduate, medical, and dental students, including serving as Director of the Medical Microbiology Course during the period that it was offered to 2nd and then 1st year medical and dental students.   She has been twice the recipient of the “Exceptional Service to Undergraduate Education” for mentoring activities and has been recognized by both the Office of the University President and by Suffolk County, NY for her service in initiatives promoted by the university’s Center for Inclusive Education.  In 2019, in collaboration with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Learning Center, Dr. Carter developed a summer camp that provides high school students underrepresented in STEM with recombinant DNA and data coding skills foundational to conducting basic science research. 

Marie Gelato

Marie GelatoDr. Gelato is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and a tenured Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at Stony Brook University. She was the Director of the Master’s Program for Clinical Research and was the General Clinical Research Center Program Director for many years. She has over 30 years’ experience doing investigator initiated patient oriented research. She was a member of the FDA Advisory Panel for Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs and still serves as an ad hoc member. Dr. Gelato (5/2017) was appointed to the FDA Advisory Committee for Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Medical Devices. She was President of the Association for Patient Oriented Research (APOR) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science. In the Department of Medicine, she is Chair of the Research Committee and oversees the Pilot Project Grant Program. In addition, she is Chair of the Promotions Committee which oversees the review of faculty promotion packages and mentors faculty to prepare their credentials for promotion.

Louis Manganas

Louis ManganasDr. Manganas received his PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology at Stony Brook studying the synthesis and trafficking of potassium channels in neurons.  During his graduate studies, Dr. Manganas described a novel sequence in the Kv1 potassium channel pore which played a critical role in directing potassium channels to the cell surface of neurons.  His post graduate studies at Cold Spring Harbor Labs focused on detecting neural stem cells in human brain noninvasively utilizing MRI/MRS methodologies.  These studies identified a potential signal for stem cells in the human brain.  After completing his clinical fellowship in Epilepsy at Yale, Dr.Manganas joined the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook as faculty. Dr. Manganas is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Child Neurology Division and Epilepsy Fellowship Program.

Dr. Manganas' lab is currently investigating the role of Kv1 channels in neural stem cells function and proliferation. More specifically, they are aiming to identify proteins involved in regulating Kv1 channel trafficking using in-vitro methodologies.  In addition, they are
studying stem cell proliferation in children with new onset seizures using MRI/MRS with the goal of identifying their role in epileptogenesis as targets for prognostication and preventing epilepsy.

Barbara Nemesure

Barbara NemesureDr. Nemesure has been a faculty member at Stony Brook Medicine for more than 27 years. She is a Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and the Division Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is also the Director of Lung Cancer Research and co-Director of the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program at the Stony Brook Cancer Center. Dr. Nemesure has served as Principal Investigator (PI) on several major research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies and have established a solid track-record of developing, implementing and directing projects related specifically to cancer over the past decade. In addition, she chairs the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) committee and the Faculty Diversity Advisory Council (FDAC) for the School of Medicine. Dr. Nemesure also has adjunct faculty appointments in the School of Nursing, as well as the Departments of Ophthalmology and Applied Mathematics and Statistics.