Richard Kollmar, PhD
Dr. Kollmar earned his Diploma in Chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. He earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His postdoctoral training in sensory neuroscience was with Dr. A. J. Hudspeth at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at Rockefeller University in New York. After a stint as Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he returned to New York and joined SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he is an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and an Assistant Professor and Director of Basic Research in Otolaryngology. His research focus is to develop interventions against Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). This is a translational research project in collaboration with Dr. Sundaram, Dr. Stewart (PI; Physiology & Pharmacology and Neurology), and Dr. Silverman (LIJMC) that has compiled strong evidence for obstructive apnea due to laryngospasm as the proximal cause of death. Dr. Kollmar also teaches the ear lectures for CHRP students and for second-year medical students during their neuroanatomy block and provides research opportunities in his laboratory for high-school students to residents.