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Staff Profiles

Office Staff

Timothy Tryjankowski

Timothy Tryjankowski


Email: tat@buffalo.edu

2016 marked my 21st year working at UB in university administration. Whether you have a question on a research opportunity related to your interests or any other general university questions, I am available to help you navigate your way as you enjoy your undergraduate years here at the University at Buffalo. In 2003, we launched CURCA and the growth and increased depth of our programs has been wonderful. Students engaged in mentored research realize higher GPAs, stronger resumes and increased success in career offers and professional school acceptances. In addition to CURCA, I serve on the Executive Board of the Professional Staff Senate, the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate Undergraduate Education Committee, and I maintain professional affiliations with The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Re-Invention Center. I look forward to assisting you in pursuing a meaningful research or creative experience while you attend UB.

Maggie Balles

Maggie Balles

Graduate Assistant

Email: mlballes@buffalo.edu

In May of 2018, I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with my BA in Speech Communication and English Writing, and I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at UB. I am available by email or you can set up an appointment to meet with me in 17 Norton Hall to find research opportunities, apply for research awards, or ask any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you during your time at UB!

$500 Award Review Committee

  • Dr. Barbara Bono, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Tracy Gregg, Associate Professor, Geology
  • Dr. Amy Hequembourg, Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions
  • Dr. Todd Rideout, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Dr. James Jensen, Professor, Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Kris Schindler, Associate Professor,Computer Science and Engineering

Research Ambassadors

Ian DesJardin is a junior at UB. He is a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Physics with a minor in Mathematics in the Honors College. Ian is passionate about space exploration and venturing into the unknown. Raised in Buffalo, he firmly believes Franco's makes the best pizza. At UB, he has worked in the Control and Automation Laboratory on robot arms, and the Nanosatellite Laboratory working on satellites both in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Through a $500 CURCA grant and his work at the Nanosatellite Lab, Ian was able to present some of his work on satellite system testing at the 4S Space Symposium in Sorrento, Italy. Over the summer, Ian worked at the Plasma Dynamics Modeling Laboratory at Texas A&M University on deep-space ion propulsion methods. In addition to the CURCA grant, Ian has previously been the recipient of two $500 Honors College academic enrichment funds, a $1000 SEAS Student Leadership Award, and the Dean's Award for Undergraduate Achievement from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He plans to use CURCA in the coming years to explore research opportunities and connect with the larger scientific community. After graduating with his Bachelor's degree, Ian plans on pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering.

Elizabeth Quaye is a class of 2019 Pharmacology and Toxicology major at UB. She conducts research as an intern for the Department of Medicine at UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center under the mentorship of Dr. Supriya D. Mahajan since the summer of 2016. Through the CLIMP UP Summer Research Program, Elizabeth was able to enter the world of research and has explored things such as conferences since then. With the help of CURCA, Elizabeth was able to present her findings at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Elizabeth was also awarded for her presentation at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence. Since then, Elizabeth has worked at a global pharmaceutical company called the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) where she solidified her passion for drug discovery and translational research. Additionally, through her work on a quality improvement project at UB's Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center under the mentorship of Dr. Roberto O. Diaz del Carpio Elizabeth has a clear idea of how practice meets research in a clinical setting. Elizabeth endeavors to stay heavily involved in research before matriculating into an MD/PhD program.

Bao Sciscent is a senior at UB. She is a Biomedical Science major in the Advanced Honors College. Some fun facts about her: She was adopted from Hunan, China when she was one years old. She has a sister from another small village in China and her brother is from Vietnam. She has participated in study abroad programs in Vina del Mar, Chile and in London, UK. Bao grew up in Manhattan and in her spare time enjoys dancing, singing, and acting. Currently, Bao is working in the Lacy Lab in the Chemistry Department and as a TA for BIO 201. She is also a recipient of the $500 CURCA Award and the $5000 Honors Research and Creativity Fund. She believes that by participating in research through CURCA, you will not only gain a much more personal relationship with your mentor and colleagues, but also understand and learn things about yourself that you may not have known.

Alexander Stone is a class of 2020 Computer Science major. He works in the Sensors and Micro-Actuators Learning Lab (SMALL) as well as the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS). In his sophomore year, he was awarded a $500 CURCA grant to support research into the effects of post processing on 3D printed dynamic models, which was honored at the end of year UB Celebration of Academic Excellence. Currently, he is working on machine learning algorithms to summarize video lecture content, building on his previous work accepted for publication in the 2018 International Conference for Frontiers on Handwriting Recognition. His goals are to pursue a PhD in computer science to have a career in research. He credits his experiences in undergraduate research as his most valuable learning experience to date.

Muhammad Usmani is a class of 2021 Biological Sciences Major with a minor in Structural Chemistry. He works at the Dr. Jason Benedict Crystallography Lab. In his sophomore year, he was awarded a $500 CURCA grant to support research to design and synthesize novel Metal Organic Frameworks with chemically-synthethic ligands, which was honored at the end of year UB Celebration of Academic Excellence. Currently, he is working on designing chemically-unique photochromactive ligands to safely store radioactive waste. His work has been recognized twice at the University at Buffalo McNair Summer Research Conference. His goals are to pursue Chemistry research with the Department of Research in the United States Navy. He considers his research experience pivotal in shaping his academic interests outside the classroom and relaying research studies and studies among renown scientists with the American Chemical Society.


Last updated: October 16, 2018 7:22 am EST