Afroz Zenia: College Laboratory Technician
Phone :718 482-5783
Albert Jimenez is the department’s
newest Biology college lab technician. He graduated from Queens College CUNY in
2005 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. He has worked at the
Neuroscience laboratory at Queens College throughout his undergraduate career.
Alfredo Cifuentes has been at the college for over 25 years and is the department’s
most experienced laboratory technician. He graduated from Queens College CUNY
in 1985 with a degree in Biology and worked at the Albert Einstein School of
Medicine in the otobiology laboratory in inner ear development of mammals. He
joined the US ARMY’s 25TH infantry
Division in 1976 and stationed in Hawaii working as a draftsman illustrator.
joining the LaGuardia Community College family, Mr. Cifuentes has been the
department’s Senior CLT training all other Lab Technicians and in charge of SBC
260 Microbiology lab sections. He
oversees chemical and equipment inventory and purchasing. He also coordinates
the Natural Sciences Department’s over 70 sections of Biology. Mr. Cifuentes is
also a member of the department’s Honors Night committee to award students with
exceptional academic achievement in science courses.
Freilich Jeffrey: Adjunct College Laboratory Technician
Phone: 718 482-5757
Ms. Lhamo Tshering earned her B.A. in Biochemistry from
Barnard College, Columbia University in 2008. She is currently a graduate
student at Queens College in the Chemistry department and has been performing
research on the use of nitric oxide as an antioxidant on E. coli and B.
She is in charge of coordinating the SCB 202 Fundamentals of
Biology II and SCB 204 Anatomy and Physiology II and assists Mr. Cifuentes in
preparing for Microbiology laboratories. She is also a member of the school’s
Chemical Hygiene Committee where she advises on proper chemical waste
practices. Ms Tshering has been involved in many school activities including
CPR training and career advising to ESL students.
Lily Leon is a College Lab
Technician for the chemistry laboratories.
She graduated from Queens College CUNY with a degree in Geology. Her
graduate thesis involved the application of the natural radionuclide
polonium-210 to identify suspended particles in western Long Island Sound.
Ms. Leon is responsible for all chemistry
teaching laboratories. She provides technical support for all lab instructors
and maintains inventory of equipment and chemicals. She is also a member of the
Natural Sciences Curriculum Committee, where she offers advice in new course
offerings by the department.
Nelson Roman is a College
Laboratory Technician (CLT) for the chemistry laboratories. He graduated in
2011 from Purchase College SUNY with a B.S. in Biology. His undergraduate
thesis involved the testing for water quality in the Bronx River affected by nearby
NYC sewage treatment plants. Nelson hopes to continue his education to
eventually complete a medical degree.
He currently oversees daily
laboratory operations including the organic chemistry classes, preparing
experiments for students and manages the inventory of all chemicals and
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Olga Calderón, MA, M.Phil.Chief CLT and Biology Instructor, NS Dept.Office M-204Phone: 718-482-5749E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Olga is the Chief Laboratory Technician for the Natural Sciences Department. She is the supervisor of the laboratories and oversees other areas of the department. She teaches SCB 201, SCB 202 and General Microbiology. In addition, she is a PhD candidate in the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Science Education, Urban Education Department. Her science education research interests include emotions in the science classroom, cogenerative dialogue, minority and women participation in STEM. Her biological research interests include: Entomology, plant-insect interactions, symbiotic relationships, plant chemistry and microbiology. She conducts TEM studies of cerambycid digestive systems to try to localize symbionts in the guts of Neotropical and Temperate cerambycid beetles.
Published Abstracts and Poster and presentations Calderon O, A. Berkov, K. Hoover, Symbiotic yeasts in anterior midgut mycetomes of the Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). Poster Presentation, Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting, Reno, Nevada, Nov. 15-19, 2008.
Calderon O, Berkov A. 2007. Are yeasts in the midguts of Neotropical cerambycid beetles intracellular or extracellular? Poster Presentation, Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting, San Diego, Ca, Dec 9-12, 2007.
Berkov A, Calderon O, Florio A, Rodriguez N, Sugarman K, Roddick C. 2007. Community structure in yeasts from Neotropical cerambycid beetles. Poster Presentation, Annual Entomological Society Meeting, San Diego, California, Dec 9-12, 2007.
Sugarman K, Florio A, Rodriguez N, Small J, Calderon O, Berkov A. Are the gut yeasts of wood-boring beetles dispersed through the tree branch? CCAPP Poster Presentation, City of College of New York, NY, Nov 30, 2006.Published articlesCalderon O, Berkov A. 2011.Midgut and Fat Body Bacteriocytes in Neotropical Cerambycid Beetles (Coleoptera:Cerambycidae) Environ. Entomol. 41(1): 108-117 (2012).PresentationsCalderon O, Berkov A. 2011Midgut and Fat Body Bacteriocytes in Neotropical Cerambycid Beetles (Coleoptera:Cerambycidae). Cerambycid symposium. Annual Entomological Society Meeting, Reno, NV Nov 13, 2011.
Calderon O, Berkov A. Intracellular gut symbionts in Neotropical cerambycid beetles. Annual Entomological Society Meeting, Indianapolis, IN Dec 15, 2009.
Calderon O, Schnaars K, X. Freilich, Gross S, Newton J. 2009. Food security dependent on insecticides against insect pests of agricultural crops and store foods. Student Debate: Implications of insect management for human survival. Annual Entomological Society Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. Dec 13, 2009.
Palios Jenny: Adjunct College Laboratory Technician
Phone :719 482-5757
Sidney Noelle graduated from
LaGuardia Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts after many years of
working in the fashion and cosmetics industry. She is currently a student at
Queens College CUNY where she is to complete a B. S. in Biology. Her interests
include neurophysiology and behavior.
She is in charge of organizing and coordinating the SCB 203
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and SCB 101 Topics in Biology laboratory
sections for the Natural Sciences Department. She is also a member of the department’s
Honors Night committee and the Travel Awards committee.