Research Team

Robert Baier, PhD, PE

Research Collaborator

Dr. Baier is the Executive Director of the Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His is also a Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology; Director, Biomaterials Grad. Program; Research Professor, Department Physiology and Biophysics; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Research Assocate Professor, Dept. of Cellular & Molecular Biophysics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dr. Baier has performed research for numerous Fortune 500 companies including his work on Systane “artificial tears”, now a $100,000,000 business.

James Marshall, PhD

Research Collaborator

Dr. Marshall joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 2002 as Senior Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences.

He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Assoc. for Cancer Research, the American Epidemiologic Society, the American Society of Preventive Oncology, American Society for Clinical Oncology and the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Stan Schwartz MD, PhD

Research Collaborator

Dr. Schwartz is the Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Micro-biology & Immunology and Division Chief of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His research expertise is in the fields of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology: Pathogenesis of HIV Encephalopathy and the role of angiogenesis in cancer mechanisms of airway remodel- ing in Asthma.

He has numerous publications and prestigious awards to his credit, including the Meller Award for Outstanding Research from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

John F. Gibbs, MD, FACS

Research Collaborator

Dr. Gibbs is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo and serves as Chair for the Division of Surgical Oncology for Kaleida Health at Buffalo General Hospital and Vice Chair for Research and Associate Program Director in the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His previous appointment was the Chief of GI Surgery & Endoscopy at Roswell Institute of Cancer Research.

Dr. Gibbs holds an advanced administrative degree in Health Care Management from Harvard University. His area of clinical interests lies in the management of complex gastrointestinal cancers. His laboratory researches focuses on developing adoptive dendritic cell immunotherapy against pancreatic cancer. Dr. Gibbs is actively committed to professional education through national meetings and lectures and has been recognized on multiple occasions by the medical students and surgical trainees for teaching excellence.

Bindukumar Nair, PhD

Scientific Officer

Dr. Bindukumar Nair has joined You First Services, Inc. as Scientific Officer. He is a Research Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Nair, received his PhD in Radiochemistry, and has 14 years of research experience in Immunology. His research interests are in Tumor Angiogenesis in Prostate Cancer, Physiological relevance of Prostate Specific Antigen in Prostate Cancer progression and Role of Drug abuse in HIV pathogenesis.

He has numerous research articles and other publications to his credit.

Michael DuVal, BSME, MS

Technical Officer

Michael DuVal, Project Manager of You First Services, Inc. has over 10 years of experience in testing, developing, commercializing, and manufacturing liquid/solid separation systems within the capital equipment industry. Mr. DuVal holds a MS degree in Biomaterials and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As Project Manager, Michael will apply the concepts from these disciplines and lead us to further develop our innovative & unique products, from the laboratory and into the hands of the community.

Sebastian G. Ciancio, D.D.S.


Dr. Ciancio is a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair, Dept. of Periodontics & Endodontics, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at the University at Buffalo Medical and Dental Schools. He is also the Director of the Center for Dental Studies at Buffalo, past president of the American and International Academies of Periodontology, has authored over 150 articles, and in 2015 received the Norton Ross Award from the ADA.

Manoj J. Mammen, MD

Research Collaborator

Dr. Manoj J. Mammen is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also serves as the medical director of the Western New York Lung Cancer screening program at Kaleida Health.

His research expertise is in the fields of Pulmonary Medicine; Critical Care Medicine; Biomedical Informatics; Airways Proteome and Airways Microbiome.

Sandeep Dhindsa, MD


Dr. Sandeep Dhindsa completed his medical schooling from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He did a residency in Internal medicine from State University of New York at Brooklyn and fellowship in Endocrinology from State University of New York at Buffalo in 2002. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine at Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin Campus, Odessa ,TX. His primary area of research is in the field of hypogonadism and type 2 diabetes. He has over 60 publications in peer-review journals. He is frequently invited to give talks and grand rounds on the topic of hypogonadism in men. He is a member of Scientific Reproductive Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Working as a member of the research team with Dr. Dandona at State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Dhindsa has spent most of his academic career over the last 10 years investigating the association of type 2 diabetes and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Obesity and diabetes associated hypogonadism is not due to elevated estrogen concentrations in obesity. The latest data shows that the testosterone concentrations in obese adolescent boys are only half those of lean boys, thus implying that obesity affects HPG axis even at puberty. Dr. Dhindsa is the primary investigator on a grant from American Diabetes Association and co-investigator on a grant from NIH to elucidate the effects of hypogonadism in men with type 2 diabetes or obesity on insulin sensitivity and inflammation and the response to treatment with testosterone or clomiphene.

Archana Mishra, MD, MS


Dr. Mishra is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her medical schooling from Rajendra Medical College and Hospital in Ranchi, India. Following this, she pursued her education in the United Kingdom and then moved to the United States. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island College Hospital where she received the Best Resident award. Following this she completed her fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where she received an education award in recognition for exceptional teaching.

She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Research methodology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in New York. She joined the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University at Buffalo in 2001. She has received the Carter Pannil Award in recognition for excellence in teaching and also the White Coat Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Mishra is certified by the American Board in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep medicine.

As a fellow of the American College of Chest Physician she has been received the Humanitarian Award and the Ambassador’s Humanitarian Recognition Award from the CHEST foundation. Dr. Mishra serves as the Associate Clerkship Director for third and fourth year medical students at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was awarded the Women Leaders in Medicine award by the American Medical Student Association.

Sawsan Tabbaa, DDS


Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa, is a full time Clinical Assistant Professor, Research Program Director and the Program Director for the Master of Science degree in Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics, School of Dental medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Tabbaa has earned several awards in recognition of her abilities as a researcher, an accomplished educator and a caring clinician. Counted among the awards that she has received are: the Sigma Xi Research Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award, best treated case Award from the University at Buffalo and Faculty Awards from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation and from the AAO.

In addition to her experience in conventional children and adolescents orthodontic treatment, Dr. Tabbaa's clinical interstate is focused on treating adult/ senior population, fast orthodontics and Invisalign. Dr. Tabbaa is an Evidence-Based Dentistry Champion Orthodontist. She is a member of the International and American Associations for Dental Research, the American Dental Association and American Association of Orthodontist.

Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD, PhD


Dr. Vanessa M. Barnabei MD PhD is the Professor and Chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University at Buffalo.

As Chair of the Department she is very involved with health care partners at the University at Buffalo and in the community, focusing on improving the quality and safety of women’s health care. She has been involved with the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the Safe Motherhood Initiative, which seeks to lower maternal morbidity and mortality through the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy and venous thromboembolic disease. She is interested in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health and practiced for many years doing general Ob/Gyn care.

Dr. Barnabei’s long-time clinical focus is the care of women with menopausal and peri-menopausal problems. Menopause and hormone therapy have also been a large part of Dr. Barnabei’s research activities, and she has been an investigator with several of the large clinical trials on the impact of hormone therapy on symptoms and disease, including the Women’s Health Initiative. Currently, she is working with several multidisciplinary groups on the medical campus and the community investigating links between the microbiome of the pregnant woman and preterm birth, the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes, and strategies to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy in Erie County.