Biology Faculty and Staff

    • Bernadette Connors

      Assistant Professor of Biology

      Phone: (845) 848-6020
      Email: bernadette.connors@dc.edu
      Office: Prusmack Center 308

      B.S. – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
      Ph.D – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry

      Dr. Bernadette Connors joined the faculty at Dominican College in January 2009. Her research focuses on better understanding proteolytic mechanisms related to defects in nucleotide excision repair, defects that have direct implications on development of certain types of cancer in higher eukaryotes. The importance of this repair mechanism is evidenced by the severe human diseases that result from mutations in its component proteins, such as xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). Using the Saccharomyces cerevisae model system, Dr. Connors aims to dissect the mechanisms that regulate this repair process with regard to protein degradation following ultraviolet irradiation. To date, undergraduates working in her laboratory have identified several novel genetic interactions, and will continue to work to delineate the relationships using standard genetic and biochemical techniques.

      Prior to her arrival at Dominican College, Dr. Connors taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, at which she both taught Cell Biology and Genetics, and operated an NIH-funded laboratory while employing and training several undergraduate students. She and her students presented their research at both regional and international scientific meetings.

      Recent publications include:
      (*Denotes undergraduate as a co-author)

      • Maynard C, Liang H, Connors BJ, LaPierre S, Polin L*, Mukherjee R, and Powell WA. “Using biotechnology to restore American Chestnut: an unfolding story.” Proceedings of the National Society of American Foresters. October, 2004.
      • Connors BJ, Miller M*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. “Cloning and characterization of promoters from American chestnut capable of directing reporter gene expression in transgenic Arabidopsis plants.” Plant Science 163: 771-781. 2002.
      • Connors BJ, Laun NP*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. “Molecular characterization of a gene encoding a cystatin expressed in the stems of American chestnut (Castanea dentata).” Planta 215: 510-514. 2002.
      • Connors BJ, Maynard CA, Powell WA. “Expressed sequence tags in American Chestnut (Castanea dentata).” Biotechnology Letters 23: 1407-1411. 2001.
      • Boggs BA, Connors BJ, Sobel RE, Chinault AC, and Allis CD. “Reduced levels of histone H3 on the inactive X chromosome of human females.” Chromosoma 105: 303- 309. 1996.

      Selected recent presentations at professional conferences include:

      • Heterologous expression of human phospholipase D in Saccaromyces cerevisae. MFGN Symposium, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS. October 2007 (poster) with Patel I*, and Howard G.
      • The Role of Dia2 and Cdc20 in UV-Activated Repair Pathways. MFGN Symposium, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS. October 2007 (poster) with Strickland L*, Howard G, and Rochelle L*.
      • The roles of CDC20 and RAD4 in double strand break repair. MFGN Symposium, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS. October 2007 (poster) with Rochelle L*, Roberts A*, Goodwin MK*, Patel B, and Howard G.
      • Cdc20 links nucleotide excision repair to cell cycle progression in Saccharomyces cerevisae. Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting, Starkville, MS. 2007 (oral presentation) with Rochelle L*.
      • Regulation of Dbf4-dependent kinase in Saccharomyces cerevisae. Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting, Starkville, MS. 2007 (poster) with Roberts A*, Burke M*, and Goodwin K*.
      • Regulated Proteolysis of Dbf4p in Saccharomyces cerevisae. Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting. Princeton, NJ. 2006 (poster) with Gaskin LM, Hajj M*, Rochelle L*, and Goodwin K*.
      • Regulated Proteolysis of Mitotic Proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisae. Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Vicksburg, MS. 2006 (poster) with Gaskin LM, and Hajj M*.
      • Regulated Proteolysis of Dbf4p in Saccharomyces cerevisae. Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting (SERYM). Hattiesburg, MS. 2006 (oral presentation).
      • Mutations in snoA and snoB act through different mechanisms to rescue defects in the initiation of DNA synthesis. Cold Spring Harbor meeting ‘The Cell Cycle’. 2004 (poster) with Hoque S*, McCarthy B*, Wilson K*, and James S.
      • Mutations in snoA and snoB act through different mechanisms to rescue defects in the initiation of DNA synthesis. Genetics Symposium, Pennsylvania State University. 2004 (poster) with Hoque S*, McCarthy B*, Wilson K*, and James S.
      • Where is snoA? The hunt for a novel regulator of DNA synthesis in Aspergillus nidulans. 15th Annual Student Research Symposium, St. Joseph’s Chapter of Sigma XI ‘A Celebration of Student Research’. 2004 (poster) with Wille E* and James S.
        • Kathleen Conlon Hinge

          Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics

          Phone: (845) 848-6008
          Email: kathleen.hinge@dc.edu
          Office: Prusmack Center 308

          B.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          M.S. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
          Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

          Kathleen Hinge joined the Dominican College faculty after a 20-year engineering career, emphasizing mathematical modeling and computer simulation of the structural behavior of machine elements and systems. She has published patent applications and received an NSF fellowship. By virtue of her corporate engineering experience, she is role model and mentor to students pursuing the Pre-Engineering Option in Mathematics (the 5-year sequence that leads to a BA in Mathematics from Dominican College and a BE in Engineering from Manhattan College).

          Professor Hinge teaches General Physics (I, II and III), where she emphasizes hands-on laboratory work to engage students actively in the discovery and understanding of physical phenomena. She also teaches multiple courses in Mathematics, including MA 113 College Algebra and MA 229P Mathematical Universe.

          Her non-academic interests include running (she completed the 2003 NYC Marathon) and yoga (she is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher).

            • Madeline Micceri Mignone

              Associate Professor of Biology,

              Phone: (845) 848-6007
              Email: madeline.mignone@dc.edu
              Office: Prusmack Center 308

              BS Biology – Pace University
              MS Education – Iona College
              M.Phil. Biology CUNY Graduate Center
              Ph.D. Biology CUNY Graduate Center

              Scientific research interests:

              • Role of arabinogalactan proteins in plant development
              • Phytoremediation
              • The role of Pink-pigmented Facultated Methylotrophs in plant development

              Educational objective:

              • To provide students with a challenging environment that promotes critical thinking by which they will grow as science students.
              • To promote the retention of undergraduate students in the sciences.
              • To explore the process of scientific investigation through literature review and experimental design.

              Dissertation Thesis: The Role and Control of Growth Suppression in the Transition from Diffuse to Apical Meristematic Growth in Physcomitrella patens (furnariaceae)

              Professor Mignone’s publications and presentations include:

              • “Evidence for the interrelated actions of auxin, ethylene and arabinogalactan proteins on the transition from non-apical to apical growth of Physcomitrella patens Hedw. (Funariaceae).” In Cell and Developmental Biology of Arabinogalactan-Proteins, E.A. Nothnagel, A. Bacic, and A.E. Clarke, eds (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers), pp. 205–219.
              • “The Ethical Questions about Human Stem Cell Research.”
                • AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                  Assistant Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor

                  Phone: (845) 848-6009
                  Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@dc.edu
                  Office: Prusmack Center  308

                  B.S. – Manhattan College
                  M.S. – New York Medical College
                  PhD. – New York Medical College

                  Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

                  Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

                  Professor DelliPizzi is the moderator of Beta Beta Beta, a national honor society for students of biology.

                    • Colleen A. Evans

                      Instructor of Chemistry

                      Phone: (845) 848-6061
                      Email: colleen.evans@dc.edu
                      Office: Prusmack Center  308

                      B.S. – Chemistry/Biology: Ouachita Baptist University
                      M.S. – Organic Chemistry: University of Missouri-Columbia
                      Ph.D. – Seton Hall University

                      Scientific research interest: Design of antiviral drugs, Organic synthesis.

                      Educational research interest: retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovation teaching methods and curriculum design to enhance the learning experience of science students, and increasing the number of science majors who become middle school and high school science teachers.

                      Colleen Evans joined Dominican faculty as an instructor of chemistry after five years as an adjunct in the Math and Science Department. Dr. Evans’ scientific career started at Dupont in 1985 as a research scientist with the Agricultural division. In 1987 she then joined Biochem Pharma’s medicinal chemistry group which was involved in the discovery of a drug for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

                        • Evelyn Voura

                          Assistant Professor of Biology

                          Phone: (845) 848-6011
                          Email: evelyn.voura@dc.edu
                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                          B.Sc. – University of Guelph
                          M.Sc. – University of Toronto (Medical Biophysics)
                          Ph.D. – University of Toronto (Biochemistry)

                          Dr. Voura is a cancer biologist with almost twenty years of experience using murine tumor models, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and the culture of cells and tissues. Research has focused on monitoring the molecular changes taking place in physiological models of disease progression using fluorescence microscopy and MRI in vivo, organ cultures ex vivo and cultured cell lines and primary cells in vitro. She also has five years managerial experience coordinating cross-departmental research initiatives, clinical studies and overseeing laboratory staff.

                            • Siobhan O’Sullivan

                              Lab Technician

                              Phone: (845) 848-6017
                              Email: siobhan.osullivan@dc.edu
                              Office: Prusmack Center 317

                                • Veronica Glynn

                                  Administrative Assistant

                                  Phone: (845) 848-6006
                                  Email: veronica.glynn@dc.edu
                                  Office: Prusmack Center 308