BORIS ZAKHAROV, Ph.D.
I have a wide range of research experiences and interests, primary
within the fields of Invertebrate Zoology, Biogeography, Evolution. My Master’s
project in Arachnology (1979) was performed at Far East State University and
dedicated to orb-weaving spiders (Araneae, Araneidae) of South East Russia. In
1989, I earned my Ph.D. in Entomology from Novosibirsk Biological Institute. My
professional career I began in “Kedrovaya Pad Natural Reserve” as a Research
Scientist, where I participated in and performed various scientific projects in
arrival in the United States, I was invited to participate in a project on
ground spiders of Australia in American Museum of Natural History, where I have
worked from 1996 to 2005 as a Curatorial Assistant in Spider laboratory in
Department of Invertebrate Zoology. My teaching career I began in 2006 at
Hostos Community College (CUNY). From 2010 I am an Assistant Professor at the
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), where I teach courses on Biology, Human
Anatomy and Physiology, and Anatomy and Physiology of Vertebrates.
working on several projects in invertebrate zoology, biogeography and
evolution. I am continuing research in systematics, taxonomy, and biogeography
of Australasian ground spiders (Araneae, Gnaphosidae). Currently, in
collaboration with Dr. Vladimir Ovtsharenko, I have finished the first book
“Revision of Australasian ground spiders” and preparing next book on genus
Encoptarthria with description, evolutionary relation and geographic
distribution of 45 new spider species. I also participate in study of
invertebrate dynamics in Black Rock Forest, as part of the larger project
“Ecosystem Consequences of Foundation Taxon Loss”. The third ongoing project concerns
organization and function of ground spider’s reproductive organs.
Research Interests and Activities of Boris Zakharov, Ph.D.
Carol Haspel received her PhD from The City University of
New York in 1986 and joined the faculty of LaGuardia Community College in 1987
as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences.
She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and then to Full Professor in
1997. She has served as the Coordinator of Human Anatomy & Physiology since
1987 and in that capacity continuously explores ways to improve the Human
Anatomy and Physiology curriculum while supervising more than 20 instructors.
In 2006 she was asked to extend these responsibilities and to act as the Science
Coordinator for the Natural Sciences Department. Her pedagogical focus,
curriculum development, has lead her to develop an 18-week Human Anatomy &
Physiology course, introduce clay modeling in lieu of cat dissection into Human
A & P, design mini-courses to enhance student success in science (Science
Express and Science CPI Exam Preparatory Course), teach and develop cluster
courses such as Introductory Science and Anatomy and Physiology for ESL
students and co-develop and team-teach Genes and Society for Liberal Arts
Students. Dr. Haspel has published six scholarly articles in peer-reviewed
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Dr. Keller obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology and
Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 1999. His PHD work was performed in the lab of
Martin Chalfie at Columbia University where he studied the sense of touch,
neuronal microtubule dynamics, and Touch Receptor Neuron development in Caenorhabditis elegans. A three year break from graduate school
allowed Dr. Keller to teach biology and human anatomy at Central New Mexico
Community College and work for the New Mexico Department of Health where he
used DNA technology to diagnose disease in commercial and wild animal
populations. Dr. Keller returned to
Columbia and obtained his PHD in 2011.
Prior to his appointment at LaGuardia in September 2012, Dr. Keller
taught introductory biology and human anatomy at Hostos Community College,
Lander College for men, and LaGuardia as an adjunct professor. Dr. Keller
currently teaches SCB 201 (fundamentals of biology).
Research interests include:1.
Neuronal cytoskeletal dynamics and their
relationship to the sense of touch and neurodegenerative disease.2.
Using C. elegans as a model system to study
aging and longevity.
Recent publications:Genetically separable functions
of the MEC-17 tubulin acetyltransferase affect microtubule organization.Topalidou I, Keller C, Kalebic
N(co-first authors), Nguyen KC, Somhegyi H, Politi KA, Heppenstall P, Hall DH,
Chalfie M. Curr Biol. 2012 Jun 19;22(12):1057-65. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.03.066.
Epub 2012 May 31.
MD diploma from UMAN Medical School Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
title and license of Doctor of Medicine Surgery and Midwifery by the National
Secretariat of Public Education, Mexico, 2004.
LaGuardia Community College since January 2007: Fundamentals of Human Biology
I-SCB203 and II-SCB204 (Anatomy and Physiology) lecture and lab; Principles of
college activities: Integration of Digication ePortfolios into the Human
Biology curriculum, a project funded by a 2010-2011 minigrant from CTL,
together with Professor Howard Motoike.
of Carnegie Seminar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2011-2013.
tutor at The English Language Clinic at LaGCC and Science Study Halll E312.
Interests: Swimming, tennis, biking, soccer, travel, painting, numismatics,
Live in Brooklyn with wife and two sons, ages 13 and 7.
Professor Holly Porter-Morgan
Holly Porter-Morgan, Assistant Professor of Biology, received her PhD in
Biology with specializations in Ecology and Plant Sciences from the
Graduate Center, CUNY after attending the New York University for a
Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She then conducted
post-doctorate work on predictive modeling and geospatial technology for
conservation as a research scientist at the New York Botanical Garden.
directs the Environmental Science Program at LaGuardia and teaches
courses in Biology, Ecology, GISc, and Environmental Science. She is
currently serving as a research mentor for the NSF-funded Louis Stokes
Alliance for Minority Participation program.
research interests lie at the confluence of Environmental Science,
geospatial technology,and Conservation Ecology. Currently, she is
studying the potential for bioremediation to supplement proposals for
water quality remediation at a local Superfund site; Newtown Creek,
Queens. This research examines measures of organismal diversity and
water quality and is being conducted with a number of collaborators
including the Newtown Creek Alliance.
The second portion of her
research is a geospatial (GISc) investigation of the
environmental hazards affecting residents of the communities surrounding
Newtown Creek. This work incorporates field data collected by student
interns with predictive models and data submitted by
organizations including the EPA, DOH, and DEC.
Howard Motoike, Ph.D.
Motoike received his B.S. in Zoology from California State University Long
Beach and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Miami. His expertise is in the structure and
function of voltage-gated ion channels.
He is also a Research Associate at Columbia University in the Department
of Cardiology where he conducts research on the voltage and calcium activated
potassium channel. His interests include
all types of muscle contraction, signal transduction pathways and receptor
pharmacology. He has held positions at
the University of Cincinnati and Columbia University before accepting his
appointment at La Guardia Community College.
He has taught SCB-203 (Human A&P I), SCB-204 (Human A&P 2) and SCB-115
(Biology for Non-Majors) at LAGCC.
Research Interests of Howard K. Motoike, Ph.D.
Dr. Karim A. Sharif completed his undergraduate studies
at the Hunter College of the City of New York. Subsequently, he obtained his
Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York on the functional studies of the
E. coli RNA polymerase using subunit
specific antibodies as probes. Dr. Sharif received his first post-doctoral training
at the Albert-Einstein College of Medicine where he studied the pharmacokinetics
of drug transport in human breast cancer cells. He then joined the Weill
Cornell Medical College, New York, as a Post-doctoral Research Associate where
he performed research involving mouse models of human disease and the
regulation of laminin gene expression
in transgenic mice.
Dr. Sharif has published and reviewed articles for
peer-reviewed scientific journals and authored an invited paper in the Methods in Enzymology.
Currently, he is
an Assistant Professor of Biology at the LaGuardia Community College, New York,
where he teaches Fundamentals of Biology I (SCB201) and Fundamentals of Biology
Dr. Sharif’s current research interests include studying laminin gene expression in a mouse model
of Alzheimer’s disease and comparative genomic analysis of various Drosophila
species, which is in collaboration with the Howard-Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Sarah Elgin of the Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Sharif has been serving
as a research mentor for LaGuardia students under the NIH-Bridges to
Baccalaureate grant and the NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority
Participation (NYC-LSAMP) programs. He is also the course coordinator for the
Principles of Biology (SCB115).Research Activities of Karim Sharif
Doctor Lucia Fuentes did her undergraduate studies in the
University of Geneva in Switzerland, received her Master’s degree in Molecular
Biology from the University of Costa Rica and her PhD in Plant Virology from
the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Her post-doctoral work involved the study of cell-to-cell movement of
viruses into embryonic plant tissues. While doing her post-doctoral work at the
Agriculture Canada Research Station in Vancouver, she developed and directed a
series of workshops for professors from the Universidad Agricola de Nicaragua,
funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, on molecular
techniques for detection of plant viruses.
Before joining LaGuardia in spring 2013, Dr. Fuentes worked
at Douglas College in British Columbia, for over fifteen years. At Douglas, she taught and developed
curriculum for courses in Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology, Cell
Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Evolution, and Biochemistry. She also served
as representative of the Faculty of Science and Technology on Education
Council, the college-wide committee responsible for approving curriculum and
advising the College Board on educational matters. In 2002, she submitted a
proposal, supported by the Biology Department, which resulted in the assembly
of a cell biology laboratory for both teaching and research purposes. For the
past eight years, Dr. Fuentes has worked in collaboration with her colleagues
on determining macrophage recognition mechanisms of microbial pathogen associated
molecular patterns (PAMPs) via pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Specifically, she is interested in
elucidating the mechanism by which bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) augments
the phagocytosis of zymosan (yeast cell-wall derived particles) by macrophages.
Research Interests and Activities of Lucia Fuentes
Entezari completed her Bachelors in Biology at Tehran University, Iran. Then she
completed her Master’s and Ph.D in Anatomical Sciences at the Medical University
of Tehran, Iran. She later travelled to the U.S. and worked at the Feinstien
Institute of Biomedical Research Center, North shore LIJ as a research assistant,
and completed her postdoctoral work at the
pharmaceutical Sciences Department at St.
John’s University, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Entezari has been a part of the Natural
Science Department at LaGuardia Community College since 2008. She teaches Fundamentals
of Human Biology I (SCB203) and II (SCB204), and Fundamentals of Biology I (SCB
201). In addition to
teaching at LaGuardia, Dr. Entezari has also taught at Tehran Medical
University, Queen College and St.John’s University.
Entezari’s research focuses on oxidative stress and its role on the expression
of proinflammatory cytokines and their effects on macrophage functions. She is
also one of the research mentors of the NIH BRIDGS program at the Natural
Her studies and research interests can be
categorized into 2 major areas:
1- Influence of female sex hormone
on macrophage response to oxidative stress.
2- Oxidative Stress and Clearance of
Aβ protein by Microglia
Dr. Radhakrishnan completed her Bachelors in Zoology and
Masters in Biotechnology at the University of Madras, India. She then completed
her PhD in Biology at the Department of Brain, Behavior and Evolution at
Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Radhakrishnan then travelled to
the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL for a post-doctoral position.
Dr. Radhakrishnan currently teaches Fundamentals of Human Biology I (SCB203)
and runs an active research lab.
Dr. Radhakrishnan’s research interests are largely focused
on ecological immunology and the interactions between reproduction and
immunity. These interests are pursued using insects as models such as the
common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster
and the Chinese preying mantis Tenodera
Current research projects include:
* Effects of anti-oxidants on sperm viability in D. melanogaster
* Effects of infections on fertility and sperm viability in D. melnogaster
* Honey Bee Navigation - In collaboration with colleagues at
Empire State College, NYC, we plan to study how honey bees (Apis mellifera) navigate an urban
landscape such as New York City. This project is in collaboration with urban
roof top farmers, and the Beekeeper's Association. Check this space for more
information regarding this project in 2012.
Teaching and Research e-Portfolio of Preethi Radhakrishnan
Priyantha Wijesinghe was born in Sri
Lanka and had his early education in Sri Lanka and in England. He became
interested in spiders, insects and other terrestrial invertebrates while an
undergraduate in zoology at University College London (University of London)
(1983). After a period of employment in Sri Lanka as a systematic entomologist,
during which he studied the spider fauna of Sri Lanka, he pursued graduate
studies at the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural
History, obtaining his PhD in 1997 for a systematic study of the spider family
Salticidae (jumping spiders).
Here at LaGuarda Community College, where he is
an Associate Professor in Biology, Professor Wijesinghe coordinates and teaches two courses that
together comprise the general biology sequence. He continues his interest in
the systematics of spiders and other taxa, as well as the history of natural
history exploration in South Asia, documentation of the fauna of Sri Lanka, and
ecology and natural history in New York City.
Randall began teaching at La Guardia Community College in
1996 as an adjunct in the Natural and Applied Sciences Department. In 2011, he
was hired as a full-time Substitute Lecturer. Randall received the degree of Master of Science in Biology at New York University, where he was awarded a series of teaching fellowships. He subsequently
studied animal behavior and earned a Master of Philosophy in Biology at the CUNY Graduate
Center. His graduate research concerned the role of androgens on the sexual and aggressive behavior of the male ringdove, Streptopelia risoria. The research was conducted at the American
Museum of Natural History and at Barnard College. Randall was also awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
At La Guardia, Randall has taught the following
courses: Topics in Biology, General Biology, and Fundamentals Of Human Biology
1 and 2. He can often be found in the
Science Learning Center helping students.
Randall also co-wrote a chapter in the
book, Androgens in Birds (Raven Press, edited by Dr. Carlos Beyer).
Sarah E. Durand
Sarah E. Durand, Associate
Professor of biology, received a dual 4-year BA/MA degree in Ecology and
Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania for a field study that examined
shorebird foraging patterns in the intertidal zone along the Maine cost. Her doctoral
degree in Neurobiology and Behavior was conferred by the Center for Molecular
and Behavior Neuroscience of Rutgers University for a dissertation on novel
auditory pathways in the avian brain, which received the Dean’s Dissertation
Award for Excellence. For her postdoctoral work, supported by an NIH
postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the
parrot forebrain system for vocal learning at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Durand has published in and reviewed for the
Journal of Comparative Neurology (JCN), co-authored papers for Nature Reviews Neuroscience
and the New York Academy of Science and has reviewed grant proposals for the
National Science Foundation.
By way of the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate
grant to LaGuardia, Dr. Durand mentors research students in both ecology and neuroscience,
with two students in the latter group winning "Best in Neuroscience"
awards at the national conference for minority research students, ABRCMS. She
is currently assisting development of the new major in Environmental Science
that emphasizes collaboration with local high schools, community organizations
and government agencies and she directs the Collegiate Science and Technology
Entry Program at LaGuardia.
Thomas M. Onorato
Dr. Thomas M. Onorato received a
Bachelor of Science in Biology (1999) from St. Joseph's College, NY and earned
his Master of Science (2001) and Doctor of Philosophy (2004) in Biological
Sciences from St. John's University, NY. In 2004, he received a Ruth L.
Kirschstein National Research Service Award individual postdoctoral fellowship from
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to conduct
research in the Morris Laboratory at the Population Council’s Center for
Biomedical Research located at The Rockefeller University, NY. In addition to conducting research at
LaGuardia, Dr. Onorato currently coordinates the Biology Program and teaches
General Microbiology, Fundamentals of Biotechniques, and Cell Biology (the capstone
course for the Biology Major).
Onorato’s research interests are in reproductive cell biology. His
previously researched the effects of environmental toxicants, such as
phthalates, on spermatogenesis using the SV-40 immortalized mouse
spermatocyte-dervived cell line, GC2-spd(ts), and the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as
models. After doing an American Society for Cell Biology Minorities
Affairs Committee Visiting Professorship (2010-2011) in the Wessel Laboratory at
Brown University, RI, his interests have switched. Dr. Onorato current
research interests focus on understanding the mechanisms involved in egg-sperm
binding in the sea star (starfish).
Brief biography of Burl Yearwood
Dr. Burl Yearwood obtained his
Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Yearwood obtained his PhD
degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research dealt
with the preparation of precursors for the production of semi-conductors. Dr.
Yearwood also investigated the type of compounds formed between organo-aluminum
compounds and organic sulfur and selenium complexes.
Dr. Yearwood conducted
post-doctoral research at the University of Kentucky. His research dealt with the
formation and study of the tetrafluoroaluminate ion (which can act as a
phosphate mimic in the body). Dr. Yearwood also looked at the synthesis and
characterization of organotin compounds, and their as biocidal agents in marine
Dr. Yearwood is currently the
chairperson of the Natural Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College
(CUNY). He has taught Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Introductory
Chemistry at LaGuardia. Presently his research deals with the analysis of
environmental toxins in Newtown Creek River, a Superfund site, in Long Island
Dionne A. Miller
Dionne A. Miller is an assistant professor of chemistry in
the Natural Sciences Department of LaGuardia Community College. She received her PhD in Physical Chemistry
from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center in 2008. Her dissertation was titled “Optical
Properties of Solid Thin Films by Spectroscopic Reflectometry and Spectroscopic
Ellipsometry”. Dr Miller’s current
research interests are in the optical properties of nanoshell thin films and
how the elucidation of these properties will influence the design of
applications involving these particular nanoparticles.
She received her B Sc in Chemistry from the University of
the West Indies, Mona and also holds postgraduate diplomas in Management Studies
from the University of the West Indies, Mona and Technical Education from the
University of Technology, Jamaica.
Dr Miller has extensive experience in college teaching. She held the position of Lecturer in
Chemistry at the University of Technology, Jamaica from 1996 – 2000 and, while
completing her graduate studies, was an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Bronx
Community College and the City College of New York. Dr. Miller is currently the coordinator of
the chemistry program and also serves as the coordinator for SCC201: Fundamentals
of Chemistry I. She also has developed
and teaches a hybrid online course for SCC201.
Dr. Alberts received his bachelor of science degree in
Chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical
Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD research focused on the
development of quantum mechanical methods for predicting the properties of
small molecular systems.
Dr. Alberts conducted Postdoctoral research at the
University of Georgia, USA, and then taught Chemistry and led active research
groups as a Lecturer at the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, UK. He was
also a visiting researcher at the European Bioinformtics Institute in
Cambridge, UK, where he worked on computational approaches for simulating
Dr. Alberts has significant experience working in the
area of Computational Chemistry in the commercial environment. At De Novo
Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, UK and Schrödinger in NYC, he was Principal
Scientist and led research teams focused on the development and application of
state-of-the-art methodology for Computational Drug Discovery.
Dr. Alberts was appointed to the Faculty in the Natural
Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) in September 2011. He
currently teaches Organic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Chemistry II, Introductory Chemistry and Foundations of Chemistry at LaGuardia. His research work involves application of computational
drug discovery methods to design potential new drug candidates for targets of
therapeutic interest, including tyrosine kinases, GPCR’s, matrix
metalloproteases and metabolic enzymes. He also collaborates with external research
groups on projects focused on simulation of biological systems, such as
membrane proteins, DNA polymerases and key biopolymers.
Iván O. Rivera-Torres
Iván O. Rivera-Torres was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on
February 22, 1973. He received his B.S. degree in Biology (1996) from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He completed the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biochemistry (Membrane Protein NMR) both from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of the Yeshiva University in New York in August 2004 and May 2000, respectively, under the mentorship of Prof. Mark E. Girvin. In late 2007, IO Rivera-Torres received a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and worked a season in the laboratory of Prof. Shimon Schuldiner.
IO Rivera Torres was Adjunct Associate Professor in the Biology Department of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Hostos Community College - CUNY. At the present time, IO Rivera-Torres is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York.
For further details of Dr. Rivera’s work, please follow the
LaGuardia website link below.
Dr. Hussain received his PhD in
Organic Chemistry from the University of Poona, India. He conducted research
involving the synthesis and characterization of new heterocyclic compounds. He
conducted post-doctoral research at The Ohio State University on poly aromatic
hydrocarbons and their mechanism of action as carcinogens. Dr. Hussain has
taught Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Introductory Chemistry at
LaGuardia. He currently conducts research in Natural Products and also
synthesis of Anti-oxidants. Before joining La Guardia he was Sub. Associate
Professor of Chemistry at Lehman College (CUNY) and worked as Research
Scientist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for 6 yrs prior to the teaching.
Research Activities of Professor Nalband Hussain
Jaime Nieman holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
from CUNY. His research interests are focused on laser-induced photochemistry
and spectroscopy, as well as on reactions using atomic and molecular beams. He
has published papers in these fields and he is also the co-inventor of a patent
titled “Laser Initiated Chain Reactions for Producing a Sintered Product”. He
has been a Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a
Research Associate at the Laser Institute of Brooklyn College. Jaime has worked
in industry and has consulted for both industry and government.
Jaime spent a year as a Visiting Associate
Professor at the CUNY Graduate School in the Chemistry Department. Since 1991
he has been at LaGuardia Community College. He has taught General Chemistry,
Biological Chemistry and Topics in Chemistry. He currently coordinates and
teaches the Fundamental of Physics sequence (SCP201 and SCP202) as well as
Topics in Physical Science (SCP101).
Dr. Frost received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in mathematics
and physics from The City College of
New York (CUNY) and a Master of Science and a PhD. degree in physics from New
York University. Dr. Frost has taught
mathematics, physics, and computer science at New York University, Lehman College
(CUNY), Medgar Evers College (CUNY), and at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria (4
years) before coming to LaGuardia. Dr. Frost is currently conducting research at
the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies on the campus of Columbia
University. His research interests are Polarimetry studies of aerosols in the
earth’s atmosphere and aerosol studies of Jupiter’s stratosphere. Dr. Frost is
also the coordinator of the physical science courses in the Natural Sciences
Research Interests of Dr. Frost