Dr. Frank Middleton is a Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Psychiatry and Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he also directs the SUNY Molecular Analysis Core facility. Dr. Middletons research uses high-throughput multiomic approaches to profile and discover biomarkers for neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Dr. Middleton’s research has also revealed that several noncoding RNAs related to these conditions are likely transported to saliva from the brain, thus enabling saliva to provide a window into brain function. More recently, Dr. Middletons saliva-based research has explored the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection with different variant lineages on host immune responses. His studies on these and other global health priorities has resulted in more than 165 peer-reviewed publications, and the issuing of two US patents for the use of saliva in diagnosing ASD and mTBI.
Track Chair: Cindy Lawley, Olink