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Silviu L. Faitar, PhD

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Associate Professor, Biology

Biology and Mathematics (Academic Department)

SASE 212


716-829-8167 fax


Dr. Silviu Faitar began teaching at D’Youville in the Fall of 2007. His primary teaching duties are in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology. In addition, he taught the Pharmacogenomics course for the Pharm.D. program. Dr. Faitar developed and continues to teach the Medical Genetics and Genomics module for the Physician Assistant program, and the new Genomics and Proteomics course for the Biology program.

Education & Training

Research Interests

Dr. Silviu Faitar’s research interests are in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, cell cycle regulation, and cancer research. He is also interested in the study of intracellular trafficking, gene expression, and signal transduction. Dr. Faitar is the founder of The Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Laboratory at D'Youville, where he currently uses modern microscopy techniques, DNA recombinant technologies, mammalian cell culture, protein analysis, and bioinformatics approaches.


Ceacareanu AC, Wintrob ZAP, Oppong EK, Foster, M, Martorana M, Tse YC, Boateng HR, Faitar SL (2014). Inflammation and estrogen in adipokine-regulated weight gain: An animal model-generated hypothesis. Submitted for publication. Journal of Obesity.

Faitar GM, Faitar SL (2013). Gender gap and STEM career choices in 21st century American education. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education. Vol.1, 1342-1351.

Faitar GM, Faitar SL (2013). Teacher’s influence on student’s science career choices. American International Journal of Social Science. Vol. 2, Issue 5, 10-16.

Faitar SL, Kilijanski JJ, Heassler KW, Davie JJ (2013). The identification, characterization, and subcellular localization of a novel potential GTPase activating protein involved in cytokinesis. Experimental Biology 2013, Boston MA, April 2013.

Wintrob ZAP, Oppong EK, Tse YC, Boateng HR, Welt JM, Martorana, M, Irlam J, LeVea CM, Faitar SL, Ceacareanu AC. (2013). Inflammation and sexual dimorphism in development of insulin resistance: a dual animal model comparison. Experimental Biology 2013, Boston MA, April 2013.

Wintrob ZAP, Radpasand H, Elmeshad MH, Barima A, Rabey JL, Chmiel KA, Fayazi ZS, Otvos L, Surmacz E, Faitar SL, Ceacareanu AC. (2013). Adiponectin receptor mediated weight regulation: an inflammation-independent mechanism? Experimental Biology 2013, Boston MA, April 2013.

Faitar GM, Faitar SL (2012). The influence of ability tracking on the performance of minority learners. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies Vol. 7, 1-9.

Faitar SL, Vokes J, Pundt K, Wintrob Z (2011). Biochemical and immunocytochemical analysis of proteins transiently associated with the chromosomal passenger complex during mitosis. Experimental Biology 2011, Washington DC, April 2011.

Faitar SL, Dabbekeh JTS, Cowell JK (2008). EVI5 is a cytokinesis-associated protein with dynamic subcellular localization. Experimental Biology 2008, San Diego CA, April 2008.

Dabbeekeh JTS, Faitar SL, Dufresne CP, Cowell JK (2007). The EVI5 TBC domain provides the GTPase-activating protein motif for RAB11. Oncogene Vol. 26 (19), 2804-2808.

Faitar SL, Sossey-Alaoui K, Ranalli TA, Cowell JK (2006). EVI5 protein associates with the INCENP-aurora B kinase-survivin chromosomal passenger complex and is involved in the completion of cytokinesis. Experimental Cell Research Vol. 312, 2325-2335.

Faitar SL, Dabbeekeh JTS, Ranalli TA, Cowell JK(2005). EVI5 is a novel centrosomal protein that binds to alpha- and gamma-tubulin. Genomics Vol. 86, pp. 594-605.

Matsui S, Faitar SL, Rossi MR, Cowell JK (2003). Application of spectral karyotyping (SKY) to the analysis of the human chromosome complement of interspecies somatic cell hybrids. Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics Vol. 142, pp. 30-35.

Faitar SL, Brodie SA, Ponticelli AS (2001). Promoter-specific shifts in transcription initiation conferred by yeast TFIIB mutations are determined by sequences in the immediate vicinity of the normal start sites. Molecular and Cellular Biology Vol.21, No. 14, pp. 4427-4440.

Bangur CS, Faitar SL, Folster JP, Ponticelli AS (1999). An interaction between the N-terminal region and the core domain of yeast TFIIB promotes the formation of TATA Binding Protein-TFIIB-DNA complexes. Journal of Biological Chemistry Vol.274, No. 33, pp. 23203-23209.

Simionescu M, Popov D, Sima A, Hasu M, Costache G, Faitar SL, Vulpanovici A, Stancu C, Stern D, Simionescu N (1996). Pathobiochemistry of combined diabetes and atherosclerosis studied on a novel animal model. – The Hyperlipemic- Hyperglycemic Hamster. American Journal of Pathology Vol.148, No. 3, pp. 997-1014.

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