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Biomedical Sciences


Doolittle, Richard L. Ph.D.
Vice Dean, Program Director of Biomedical Sciences
CHST Vice Dean's Office, Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
1602 Slaughter Hall


BA, University of Bridgeport; MS, Ph.D., Anatomy & Pathology, University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry

Teaches: Human Gross Anatomy

Research Areas: Science visualization, creation of virtual reality medical education environments, biomedical engineering projects in orthopedic rehabilitation

Dr. Doolittle did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine/Hematology Unit at the University of Rochester.  He participates in NIH-funded programs designed to train deaf/hard-of-hearing students for careers in healthcare fields.  

Waterstram-Rich, Kristen
Interim Associate Dean, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
2183 CBET

BS, MS, Nuclear Medicine, Rochester Institute of Technology

Teaches: Language of Medicine, Community Healthcare, Transition of Care

Professor Waterstram-Rich is a certified nuclear medicine technologist. Since returning to RIT in 1983, Kristen has served in several different positions and is currently the interim associate dean for the CHST. She has co-authored several publications including a Curriculum Guide for Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine, and is the co-editor of the textbook Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT: Technology and Techniques, now in its 8th edition.  In addition to publications, she has served on numerous national and international committees including a term as the president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, a national organization with international membership. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, which accredits nuclear medicine technology programs throughout the US and has served as Chair and Exam Chair of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) which administers the professional certification exam for nuclear medical technologists. She has given presentations on various topics related to nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine education, and ethics in health care across the country and around the world.

Merrill, Douglas
Professor, Director of Center for Bioscience Education and Technology
Center for Bioscience Education and Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Premedical & Health Professions Advising
Institute for Health Sciences and Technology
3183 CBET

BS, Ph.D., Environmental Physiology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University

Teaches: Medical Pathophysiology, Human Histology, Medical Ethics, Premedical Seminar

Research areas: Community engagement scholarship, K12 STEM education, and case-based learning in science

Dr. Merrill provides information, advice, guidance and support to all RIT students who have expressed an interest in preparing for further study at the graduate level in one of the health professions. He assists students in completing all requirements and developing competitive applications for admission to graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, chiropractic, podiatry, audiology and occupational therapy. 

Perry, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
2139 CBET

BS, SUNY Brockport; BS, Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry

Teaches: Issues in Health Sciences & Technology, Endocrinology, Human Development

Research Areas: Key multi-disciplinary issues at the intersection of neuroendocrinology, learning and memory, and human behavior/achievement

Dr. Perry did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Aging and Developmental Biology at the University of Rochester.  She has worked in teaching and administration at every level of US education from pre-Kindergarten through biomedical graduate study, and is a strong teacher and mentor for our Biomedical Sciences undergraduate students.

Lennox, Michele
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
3171 CBET

AAS, Medical Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology

Teaches: Human Biology I & II Lab, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II Lab, Human Gross Anatomy Lab

Professor Lennox began her career working as a technologist in hematology labs at local Rochester hospitals. As much as she loved hospital work and the medical community, a job offer to teach labs about human anatomy brought her to RIT.  This change allows her to be immersed in her interests of human anatomy and medicine while working with students.

Brewer, Bill
Lecturer, Director of Exercise Science
Exercise Science, Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
3161 CBET

BS, SUNY Cortland; MS, Exercise Science & Health Promotion, Empire State College

Teaches: Human Anatomy & Physiology, Intro to Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Exercise for Special Populations

Research Areas: Cardiorespiratory adaptations, thermoregulation during physical activity, the role of adherence to regular exercise in the preservation of functional capacityHe has worked in corporate, commercial and medical rehabilitative settings as a health promoter and fitness specialist.  He is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist

For nine years Bill was the Exercise Physiologist for the Health and Physical Education Department at Monroe Community College where he taught a wide variety of courses including the science curriculum within the Physical Education Studies Program.

As Director of Exercise Science at RIT Bill developed the Exercise Science Program to enhance the utilization of exercise as a therapeutic modality within our healthcare system as well as focus on the science of athletic conditioning.  Areas of physiology that are of particular interest to Bill include cardiorespiratory adaptations, thermoregulation during physical activity and the most compelling of all, the role of adherence to regular exercise in the preservation of functional capacity.  

Crane, Cory
Clinical Psychology
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Suite 1655 (Office 1662) Slaughter Hall

BA, Anthropology & Psychology, University of Michigan; MS, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Purdue University

Teaches: Addiction Pharmacology

Research Areas: Evaluating assessment tools & brief interventions for the perpetration of domestic and intimate partner violence, developing methodologies to study the proximal relationship between alcohol use and subsequent aggression

Dr. Crane specializes in forensics, focusing primarily on the intersection of substance use and violent or aggressive behavior. He is jointly affiliated with the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center. For a complete list of Dr. Crane's publications, please explore

Easton, Caroline
Forensic Clinical Psychology
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Suite 1655 (Office 1667) Slaughter Hall

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Teaches: Diagnosing the Criminal Mind, Researching the Criminal Mind, Addiction Psychiatry, Medical Interactive Therapies

Research Areas: Forensic and addiction psychiatry

Dr. Caroline Easton, an alumni of RIT (1990), is a Professor of Forensic Psychology in the new College of Health Science and Technology at RIT. She served as a senior faculty member at Yale’s School of Medicine for 17 years, directed both the pre-doctoral training program and the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. Dr. Easton was recently hired to build new education and training programs pertaining to Behavioral Health within CHST. She will also serve as the Clinical Director of the new Behavioral Health Sciences Clinic.

Dr. Easton’s scholarly interests pertain to her expertise within Forensic and Addiction Psychiatry. More specifically, she has numerous publications related to ‘best practice procedures’ for the treatment of clients with co-occurring addiction and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). She presents at international/national conferences, publishes in peer-reviewed journals and has received funding on grants from the National Institute of Health, the Donaghue Foundation, CT’s Department of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Monroe County’s Office of Mental Health, the Socio-Legal Center and the U.K.

On the international level, Dr. Easton currently collaborates with Investigators from London, England, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Scotland, Brazil and Canada regarding the treatment of family violence among substance abusers. On a national level, Dr. Easton continues to consult with the state of CT on Policy and Procedures for Family Violence Treatment Reform. She continues as Clinical Faculty within Yale’s School of Medicine. On the community level, Dr. Easton provides consultation, evaluation and/or treatment services for the Monroe County’s Office of Mental Health, the Socio-Legal Center, Rochester’s Regional Healthcare System, Catholic Family Services and the Criminal Justice System.

Osgood, Robert
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
3149 CBET

BS, Jackson State University; MS, Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Southern Mississippi

Teaches: Microbiology of Health & Disease, Intro to Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Oral Microbiology

Research Areas: Development of rapid and precise quantitative methodologies to accurately count cariogenic organisms of the oral cavity, probiotics & bacterial causes of middle ear infections in children

Dr. Osgood enjoyed a 23 year career as a medical technologist before joining RIT. Following a 3.5 year postdoctoral fellowship in oral microbiology at UAB, he came to RIT. Noted for his student teaching, motivation and mentoring, his research has been published in several scientific journals.

Sugarman, Laurence
Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation, Biomedical Sciences
Institute for Health Sciences and Technology
Suite 1655 (Office 1656) Slaughter Hall

BA, Washington University in St. Louis; M.D., University of Missouri-Columbia; Pediatric Residency, University of Rochester

Teaches: Placebo Suggestion & Research Health, Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation

Research Areas: Psychophysiological (mind-body) regulation in health and care

During twenty years in pediatric primary care in Rochester, he developed skills in biofeedback, relaxation and self-hypnosis to teach children to self-regulate stress, pain and behavior. From this came CAPS. CAPS focuses on families with autism, develops algorithms, apps and games using biosensors, and provides biofeedback training to RIT students. 

Thomas, Bolaji
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
College of Health Sciences and Technology
3151 CBET

Ph.D., Medical Microbiology & Parasitology, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Drexel University
University of Pennsylvania

Research projects in his laboratory are focused on infectious diseases (leishmania, malaria, trypanosomiasis), population genetics (sickle cell disease) and immunology (diversity and regulation of immune response genes). Current projects are focused on genetic deconvolution of sickle cell pathophysiology, expression profiling of persistent parasitemia in cutaneous leishmaniasis and metagenomics of lesion microbiota in acute and chronic leishmaniasis. Students have opportunities to present their work at scientific conferences and for the work to be published.

Courses Taught:
Immunology, Parasitology, Epidemiology and Public Health, Molecular Biology, Independent Studies/Research

He has received several awards including the American Association of Immunologists Undergraduate Faculty and Minority Scientist Travel Awards, The Wellcome Trust Travel Award, Marine Biological Laboratories Fellowship and UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Medicine Travel awards.

He is a member of several scientific societies including American Association of Immunologists, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Network of Minority Research Investigators. He is a Faculty Mentor for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Maximizing Access to Research Careers (FASEB-MARC) program and a Board Member for Upstate Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. He sits on several Editorial Boards; is an invited reviewer for several journals.

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