Meet the Faculty and Staff

    Bernadette Connors

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone: (845) 848-6020
    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.

        AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

        Assistant Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor

        Phone: (845) 848-6009
        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
            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 College’s 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.

                Kathleen Conlon Hinge

                Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics

                Phone: (845) 848-6008
                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
                    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.”

                        Siobhan O’Sullivan

                        Lab Technician

                        Phone: (845) 848-6017
                        Office: Prusmack Center 317

                            AnnMarie DiSiena

                            Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Coordinator Communication Studies Program

                            Phone: (845) 848-4038
                            Office: Casey Hall Anex

                            B.A. – Iona College
                            M.A. – Fordham University
                            Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

                            Professor DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican College for over 23 years. In addition to her work in with the Communications Program and as Coordinator of Computerized Curriculum Information she is a member of the Athletic Advisory Board and the coordinator for “Life Experience Credits” process.

                                Mark C. Meachem

                                Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director Division of Arts and Sciences

                                Phone: (845) 848-4043
                                Office: Casey Hall 19

                                B.A. – Journalism, St. Michael’s College
                                M.S. – Management Communication, Manhattanville College
                                Ed.D – Media Studies, Fielding Graduate University

                                Dr. Meachem has taught Communications at Dominican College since 2003. He is currently the Director of the Arts & Sciences Division at the college. With a background in journalism, Professor Meachem has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a magazine editor for a national publication. His academic interests include Media Studies, Media Law, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication in online environments. Professor Meachem also has had professional experience as a corporate trainer, teaching business professionals to improve their communication skills.

                                He is the author of several articles in both magazines and newspapers as well as the book Robert Philipp, The Last American Impressionist published in 2005. He also wrote, directed, and developed “Business Etiquette,” a CD-ROM on business communication, released in 2003.

                                Professor Meachem’s public presentations include:

                                • Social Capital and its correlation to Massive Multiplayer Online Games,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, April 2012, Boston, MA.
                                • “The Power of Social Capital in MMOGs: Cooperative Behaviors and Cronyism in World of Warcraft,” Eastern Communication Association, April 16, 2011, Arlington, VA.
                                • “Helping You to Help Me: Pursuing Self-Interests in World of Warcraft and its Correlation to Offline Social Capital,” virtual presentation for the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, November 2009, Madrid, Spain.
                                • “Truth, Justice and the American Media: presented at the 10th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, June 2008, Madison, WI.
                                • “Flexible Learning, the changing classroom and technology. The roles of faculty and students in the 21st century learning environment,” presented at the 9th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, June 2006, Orangeburg, NY.
                                • “Defining the Media in the Digital Age,” panel sponsored by the Palisades Institute, February 2006.
                                • The U.S. and the World – Dual Perspectives, panel discussion, April 2004.

                                Professor Meachem continues to be involved with several organizations and honors societies, including:

                                • National Communication Association
                                • Eastern Communication Association
                                • Member Alpha Chi Honor Society
                                • American Society of Training and Development
                                • Ridgefield (CT) Library Board of Directors, 2002-2009
                                • Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
                                • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society
                                • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2002, 2003

                                    Ann Beutel

                                    Administrative Assistant

                                    Phone: (845) 848-4006
                                    Office: Administrative Assistant

                                        Ellen E. Dolgin

                                        Professor of English Coordinator, English Program Co-coordinator, Gender Studies

                                        Phone: (845) 848-4008
                                        Office: Casey Hall English Annex

                                        B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
                                        M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
                                        Ph.D. – NYU

                                        Areas of Interest/Research: Multicultural American literature; contemporary women’s fiction; modern drama and poetry.

                                        Selected Publications and Presentations:

                                        • Modernizing Joan of Arc: Concepts, Costumes & Canonization (McFarland & Co., 2008)
                                        • AAUW (American Association of University Women) : Modernizing Joan of Arc: Joan As Social Everywoman (2008)
                                        • Several NEMA (Northeast Modern Language Assoc.) presentations, including:
                                        • Tom Stoppard & TS Eliot: Classical Echoes; Toni Morrison’s Beloved; Julia Alvarez’ fiction and
                                        • poetry.
                                        • Chair & Presenter: “Ghosts in the Looking Glass: The Women We Carry”
                                        • Forthcoming: Chair & Presenter: “In Word or Deed: Global Women’s Unauthorized Modes of Communication”

                                        Several SAMLA (Southatlantic Modern Language Association) presentations, including:

                                        • “Reading and Writing Eye to Eye: Gender Coding Via Visual Literacy and/or Textual Explication in the Age of the Image”
                                        • Balancing Teaching and Scholarship panel: “All Things to All People: The Small College Experience”

                                            Kathleen Hickey

                                            Associate Professor of English

                                            Phone: (845) 848-4009
                                            Office: Casey Hall 19

                                            B.A. – Queens College, CUNY
                                            M.S. – Queens College, CUNY
                                            Ed.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University

                                            As an educator for over 30 years, Professor Hickey has taught a variety of students, ranging from traditional aged students to returning adult students. Her research interests include reading and writing with special emphasis on “remedial” work at the college level. Additional research interests span the gamut from at-risk students to multicultural aspects of literature. She is a member of NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English, the NYCLA—New York College Learning Association and NADE—the National Association of Developmental Educators. For the past three years she has participated in the NCTE Day of Writing, submitting poetry for their National Day of Writing.

                                            Recent presentations include:

                                            • National Association of Developmental Education : “Working With Marginalized Students—Uncovering Some Assumptions”
                                            • 38th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention “Lovely, Lilting Voices: Contemporary Irish Women Poets’ Environs”

                                            Her outside interests include traveling, attending plays, reading, listening to all types of music, and generally being active.


                                                Tanya Radford

                                                Assistant Professor of English

                                                Phone: (845) 848-4044
                                                Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                B.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                M.A. – English: University of Utah
                                                Ph.D – English: City University of New York – Graduate Center

                                                Tanya Radford was born and raised in Utah, which bears little importance beyond explaining her Western sensibility and impatience with dogma. She completed a BA and MA in English at the University of Utah. In 2006, she completed a PhD in English with a specialization in 18th century British literature at the City University of New York – Graduate Center. Her dissertation, entitled Visible Effects: Narrative Spectacle and Affective Response in the Late 18th-Century Novel, examines the role of looking and feeling in sentimental, gothic, and pornographic narratives. Her essay “Seeing Feeling and Frustrating Reading in Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey” appears in the collection Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, published by Cambridge Scholars Press.

                                                Professor Radford’s interests include quilting, fishing, and decorating pysanky (or Ukrainian Easter eggs). She lives in Manhattan with her partner, Prof. Craig Bernardini, and their two cats, Emma Peel and Cato.


                                                    James Reitter

                                                    Assistant Professor of English

                                                    Phone: (845) 848-4014
                                                    Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                    B.A. – SUNY Oswego
                                                    M.F.A. – CUNY Brooklyn
                                                    Ph.D. – University of Louisiana Lafayette

                                                    Professor Reitter has published articles and/or chapters on Charles Dickens, Civil War poets, human/animal interaction and symbolism, and zombies in film. In addition, he as recently published poems in Verse Wisconsin, Tree Killer Ink, Nefarious Ballerina, and Breadcrumb Scabs.

                                                        Robert Stauffer

                                                        Assistant Professor of English

                                                        Phone: (845) 848-4105
                                                        Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                        B.A. – New York University (English)
                                                        M.A. – Brooklyn College (English Education)
                                                        Ph.D. – Arizona State University (Medieval Literature)

                                                        Robert Stauffer began working at Dominican College in 2012. His research and teaching interests are in medieval and Renaissance literature, postcolonial studies, science fiction and fantasy literature, and early 20th century writers. He is currently working on editing and writing for a volume for Brill Publishing entitled A Marguerite Porete Companion focusing on Marguerite Porete, a thirteenth-fourteenth century beguine, and her book The Mirror of Simple Souls. His publications include fantasy short stories and baseball biography. He has given several papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

                                                            Rosanna Silvestri Arcieri

                                                            Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Spanish Program Coordinator

                                                            Phone: (845) 848-4007
                                                            Office: Casey Hall 19
                                                            B.A. – Hunter College

                                                            M.A. – CUNY
                                                            M. Phil. – Columbia University
                                                            Ph.D. – Columbia University

                                                                Giovanna R. Czander

                                                                Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

                                                                Phone: (845) 848-4005
                                                                Office: Casey Hall

                                                                B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
                                                                M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
                                                                M.Phil. – Fordham University
                                                                Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

                                                                Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9″ (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).


                                                                • Tel: 845-848-4004
                                                                • Location: Casey 19

                                                                  Kevin Hermberg

                                                                  Associate Professor of Philosophy

                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4010
                                                                  Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                  Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican College in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican College, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,Carthage College, and Marquette University.

                                                                  Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:


                                                                  • Book, coedited with Paul Gyllenhammer: Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics (Bloomsbury, 2013)
                                                                  • Book, coedited with Pol Vandevelde: Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology (Continuum, 2011)
                                                                  • Chapter in book: “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (in Variations on Truth, Continuum, 2011)
                                                                  • Book, single author: Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity, and Others (Continuum, 2007)

                                                                  Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

                                                                  • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
                                                                  • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
                                                                  • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
                                                                  • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
                                                                  • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
                                                                  • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
                                                                  • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
                                                                  • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
                                                                  • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
                                                                  • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
                                                                  • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)

                                                                      Veronica Glynn

                                                                      Administrative Assistant

                                                                      Phone: (845) 848-6006
                                                                      Office: Prusmack Center 308


                                                                          Lydia Maynard

                                                                          Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-6010
                                                                          Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                          B.S. – Virginia Tech (Mathematics)
                                                                          M.A. – Virginia Tech (Education)
                                                                          Ph.D. – Teachers College, Columbia University (Mathematics Education)

                                                                              Margaret E. Mulligan

                                                                              Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6012
                                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                              B.S. – Mathematics: University of Scranton
                                                                              M.S. – Mathematics: Seton Hall University

                                                                                  Jennifer Sassano

                                                                                  Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator Mathematics Program

                                                                                  Phone: (845) 848-6014
                                                                                  Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                  B.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                  M.A. – SUNY, Potsdam
                                                                                  Ed.D. – Mathematics: Teachers College, Columbia University

                                                                                      Eric Sponza

                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Mathematics

                                                                                      Phone: (845) 848 6015
                                                                                      Office: Prusmack 308

                                                                                      B.S. – Marywood University
                                                                                      M.S. – Binghamton University

                                                                                          Andrew Burns

                                                                                          Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

                                                                                          Phone: (845) 848-4026
                                                                                          Office: Casey Hall 19

                                                                                          B.A. – The State University of New York

                                                                                          M.A.T. – The State University of New York

                                                                                          Andrew Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include emerging media effects on interpersonal communication and traditional rhetoric.  Among the courses he teaches are Dynamics of Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Digital Media.

                                                                                              Emma Sarro

                                                                                              Phone: (845) 848-6011
                                                                                              Office: Prusmack Center 308

                                                                                              B.S. – Neuroscience and Human Biology – Brown University
                                                                                              Ph.D – Neuroscience – New York University
                                                                                              Dr. Emma Sarro is a Neuroscientist who joined the faculty of Dominican College in Fall of 2014 after teaching as an adjunct in the Biology department for year prior. Her research, based largely at the Nathan Kline Institute nearby Dominican’s campus, focuses on the development of the brain and behavior, specifically after modifications in early life experience, such as early maternal care. Using the rat model, she examines how neurons in the infant brain respond during interactions with the maternal caregiver, such as grooming and nursing. Altering the quality of maternal care (good vs. poor care) allows her to understand how this kind of early experience can shape the way that the nervous system develops. She also examines the long term effects of altered maternal care on brain activity and the behavior of animals using a multitude of different behavioral paradigms.
                                                                                              Prior to starting at Dominican College, Dr. Sarro worked for several years as a research scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute and before that received her PhD and taught neuroscience at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, studying the development of auditory perception.

                                                                                              Recent publications include:
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Sullivan RM, Wilson D (2014) Maternal regulation of infant brain state Curr Biol 24:1664-1669
                                                                                              Sarro EC & Sullivan RM (2014) Role of the rodent amygdala in early life and developmental consequences. In: Living without an Amygdala. Eds: Amaral, DG, Bauman M, Adolphs R (In Press).
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Sullivan RM, Barr G (2014) Unpredictable stress in neonates leads to enhanced anxiety and changes gene expression related to serotonin and GABA function in the amygdala. Neuroscience. 258:147-161
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Kotak VC, Sanes DH (2014) Auditory task learning is associated with diminished cortical inhibition. (In prep)
                                                                                              Sarro EC & Sanes DH (2014) Few juvenile auditory perceptual skills correlate with adult performance. Behav Neurosci 128 (1): 29-41.
                                                                                              Sarro EC & Sanes DH (2011) The cost and benefit of juvenile training on adult perceptual skill. J Neurosci 31:5383-5391.
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Rosen MJ & Sanes DH (2011) Taking advantage of behavioral changes during development and training to assess sensory coding mechanisms. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1225:142-154.
                                                                                              Sarro EC & Sanes DH (2010) Prolonged maturation of auditory perception and learning in gerbils. J Dev Neurobiol 70:636-648.
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Kotak VC, Sanes DH, Aoki C (2008) Hearing loss alters the subcellular distribution of presynaptic GAD and postsynaptic GABAA receptors in the auditory cortex. Cereb Cortex 18: 2855-2867.

                                                                                              Recent Presentations
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Sullivan RM, Barr G (2013) Unpredictable stress in neonates leads to enhanced anxiety and changes to anxiety related genes in adulthood (Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA).
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Sullivan RM, Wilson DA (2013) Developmental and maternal regulation of infant brain state. (Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA).
                                                                                              Sarro EC, Kotak, VC, Sanes DH (2013) Juvenile auditory learning is associated with diminished cortical synaptic inhibition. (Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Baltimore)
                                                                                              Sarro EC, & Sanes DH (2011) Juvenile Skills Do Not Necessarily Predict Adult Performance. (Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.)