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Outstanding Faculty

At UB, our highly trained faculty rank among the very best in their fields. Recognized nationally and internationally as outstanding teachers, world-class scholars and dedicated mentors, they engage in research that advances existing knowledge and improves quality of life all over the world.

Partners in Your Education

Your professors are more than just lecturers, they are working experts in their field of expertise. They don't just talk about the subjects they define them.  As a graduate student you won't just hear about the latest developments in your field you will be an active participant in creating them.

Physics professor John Cerne learns from his students while teaching them.

Pavani Ram's students gain a global perspective in public health.

World-Renowned Scholars

Our faculty members have won such prestigious awards as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology, MacArthur Foundation “genius award” and Guggenheim Fellowships.


While a majority of our faculty conduct research, teaching is vital to UB’s mission. More than 180 UB faculty members have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching — the most of any SUNY institution.

Faculty Research Spotlight

Kui Ren, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

UB computer scientist Kui Ren has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He was recognized “for contributions to security and privacy in cloud computing and wireless networks.”

Ren is director of UB’s Ubiquitous Security and Privacy Research Laboratory (UbiSeC Lab). He studies the broad areas of cloud and outsourcing security, wireless and wearable system security and human-centered computing. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Amazon Web Service and others.

UB neuropsychologist Ralph H. Benedict has been selected by the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) as the recipient of its 2016 INS Mid-Career Award.

Also known as the Arthur Benton Award, it recognizes individuals who completed their training between 11 and 24 years ago and who “have made a substantive, independent contribution to research in the area of brain-behavior relationships as indexed by the impact of their research, number of citations, quality of journal, productivity and recognition by their peers.”

Benedict is internationally recognized for his influential research on the psychological, behavioral and cognitive effects of multiple sclerosis (MS). He also conducts research on geriatric psychiatry topics, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Ralph H. Benedict, professor of neurology in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences