Biology Faculty and Staff

    Regina Alvarez

    Assistant Professor of Biology

      Phone 845-848-6007
      Email: regina.alvarez@dc.edu

      Office: Prusmack Center 308

      B.A. – Biological Sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York
      M.A. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Lehman College, City University of New York
      Ph.D. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York

      Dr. Alvarez joined the faculty at Dominican College in August 2017. She teaches General Biology, Ecology and Botany, among other courses. Prior to teaching at Dominican, she taught for the City University of New York. Before coming to academia, she worked for 19 years for the Central Park Conservancy, the managers of Central Park in New York City. She started as a gardener and worked her way up to Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management. Her focus was on native plants and ecological restoration. Her research focuses on the flora and ecology of urban environments. Dr. Alvarez is also an instructor of botany at the New York Botanical Garden, where she teaches Plant Physiology, Plant Morphology and Introduction to Plant Science.

        Kathleen Conlon Hinge

        Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

          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).

          Dr. Hinge teaches General Physics (I and II), 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.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator. In 2016, Dr. Hinge was appointed an adjunct engineering faculty member at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (www.johncabot.edu) where she teaches Statics and Mechanics of Materials during the summer.

          Her non-academic interests include reading, spinning and yoga (not at the same time!).

            Bernadette Connors

            Associate 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 primarily on understanding the microbial and viral ecosystems in numerous waterways in the Hudson Valley, focusing on identifying how human-related activities impact the dynamics of the aquatic microbiome. She has procured funding for her work through the New York State Water Resources Institute, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and the Haitian-American Scientific Society. She and her students presented their research at both regional and national scientific meetings.

              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. While at Dominican College, she has secured funding through the National Science Foundation to support STEM scholarships for students entering Biology professions and established numerous collaborations with colleagues at university centers to provide additional research opportunities for students at Dominican College. She welcomes both undergraduates and high school students into her research lab during both the academic year and summertime.

              See Dr. Bernadette Connor's Publications and Presentations

              Publications

              • Fleischacker CL et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announcement 5(28) e00542-17
              • Connors BJ, Rochelle L*, Roberts A*, Howard G*. A synthetic interaction between CDC20 and RAD4 in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeupon UV irradiation. Molecular Biology International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/519290. 2014.
              • 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.
              • 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.

              Workshop Presentations and Posters

              • “Undergraduate Research Experience in the Classroom as a Means of Retaining Students in a Biology Program”, Biennial CUR Conference, Washington, DC (June 2014) (Workshop session, co-presented with Annmarie Dellipizzi)
              • “Scaffolding Research Across the Curricula: From Freshmen to Seniors: Two Approaches for Incorporating Research Into All Levels of the Biology Curriculum”, NCUR 2014, Lexington, KY (Workshop session, co-presented with Nathan Reyna, Ouachita Baptist University, AK)
              • “Getting Started as a Microbiologist at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution”, 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, Boston, MA (Workshop, co-convened with Louise Temple, James Madison University).
              • “An Interdisciplinary Means to Approaching a Career in Microbiology”, 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, New Orleans, LA

              Student Posters and Platform Presentations (selected)

              • Scrudato, M. Microbial and Viral Community Analysis of a Polluted Watershed in the Hudson Valley. National Conferences of
                Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
              • Medina A and Moncy M. Interaction Between the Yeast Gene, YDR132C, and Human p53 in Transgenic Strains Exposed to Caffeine and Aspirin. National Conferences of Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
              • Dantico L, Joseph C and Alvarez Y. Direct Isolation, Characterization, and Putative Lysogen Testing of an Adopted Mycobacteriophage Mattes, Hosted on Mycobacterium smegmatis Discovered in Water of Dominican College. 1st Annual NYC Regional SEA-PHAGES  Conference (Suffern, NY) 2017
              • Joseph C (presenting author), BI221-222 Class (2016-2017). The Mycobacteriophage of Dominican College: Direct Isolation of Fifteen          Siphoviridae from Soil and Water. HHMI SEA-{HAGES Conference. Janelia Research Center (Ashburn, VA) 2017.
              • Panchyshyn A, Scrudato M, and Maharaj B. Analysis of the Microbiome and Antibiotic Sensitivities of Fecal Bacteria in the Sparkill Creek. American Society of Microbiology ASM2016 (Boston, MA) 2016
              • Charlotin E, Nunez B, McIlwaine J, Azatullah K, Simoes C, Mansour R, Yelin I, Kelly K. Analysis of growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing p53 when exposed to the xanthenes, caffeine and theobromine. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (San Antonio, TX) 2014
              • Nunez B, Mansour R. Triggering tumor suppressive activity in p53 mutants by isolated polyphenols through direct mechanisms. Tri Beta Research Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (platform)
              • Bauer M, Malia J, and Alacar DJ. Effects of pre-workout supplements on metabolism in the eukaryotic model organism, Saccharomces cerevisiae. Tri BetaResearch Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (poster) “An Inquiry Based Learning Experience Using the Model Organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae“, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (Fall 2013) (poster)

                AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

                  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.

                  Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi is a Pharmacologist who joined the faculty of Dominican College in Fall of 2004 after teaching as an adjunct in the Biology Department for one year prior.  Courses taught include General Biology, Introduction to Biology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, Cell Biology, Genetics and Histology.  In addition to directing the Honors Program, Dr. DelliPizzi is also the Faculty Moderator of the Nu Psi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology, and serves as the Health Professions Advisor.  She recently co-authored two new lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, Assistant Professor of Biology, “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I” and “Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT Publishing.

                  Prior to starting at Dominican College, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College, where she taught Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology and also served for several years as the Health Professions Advisor.  She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College.

                  See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

                  DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

                  Presentations at National Meetings

                  Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

                  Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

                    Colleen A. Evans

                    Associate Professor of Chemistry

                      Phone: (845) 848-6016
                      Email: colleen.evans@dc.edu
                      Office: Prusmack Center  308

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

                      Professor Colleen Evans joined the Science Department as an adjunct professor in 2003, became an instructor in Chemistry in the Science Department in 2007 and was promoted to assistant professor of Chemistry in 2015. Professor Evans has taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry courses. 

                      Professor Evans’ research interests are focused on developing new and general synthetic organic methods for use in the design of novel compounds of biological and medicinal interest. The main current emphasis is twofold: 1) the application of selective thionation reactions to compounds of biological interest such as heterocyclic compounds and short peptides and 2) the development of novel thionating agents that are selective and practical for use in a wide variety of synthetic transformations. Professor Evans has also educational research interests which include retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovative 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

                      One avenue of thionation reactions has been applied to serotonin receptors HTR1A/2 partial agonist/antagonist small molecules such as the clinical candidate adatanserin which led to the discovery of a novel agent thioadatanserin with EC50 of 6.7 nM against 5-HTR1A and IC50 of 62.3 nM against 5HTR2A as a potential agent for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Thioadatanserin was further modified by a novel tandem dialkylation reaction giving unexpected analogues.  The structure of one analogue was determined using X- ray single structure crystallography.

                      In another project, research is being carried out with our undergraduate research students to discover covalent peptidomimetic inhibitors of calpain enzymes as potential treatment of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

                      Recently, she discovered a novel thionating agent which was termed TMPT whose X-ray crystal structure indicates high degree of symmetry that may be useful in achieving desired selectivity in thionation reaction. The scope of this novel thionating agent is being actively investigated.

                      Professor Evans spearheaded the curricular design and implementation of the new chemistry minor which was first offered in 2015. She has also served on the curriculum committee, freshman directorate, and adhoc committee charged with developing College-wide Educational Goals and Learning Objectives. As a coordinator of Science Department Seminar Series (2012-2015) she brought scientists from diverse disciplines to campus to speak and meet with Dominican College students.  Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Dominican College Institutional Review Board. 

                      Prior to joining Dominican College, Professor Evans’ scientific career started in 1984 as a synthetic chemist in the Agricultural Products Department at E. I. Dupont de Nemours (Wilmington, DE) working on the important class of sulfonyl ureas herbicides.  In 1987, she then joined the Medicinal Chemistry Department of BioChem Pharma (Quebec, Canada) as a research scientist and was involved in the discovery of Epivir licensed for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

                      Professor Evans is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship – Kiel, West Germany (1980-1981) and co-recipient of Prix-Galien Research Award (1996)

                      See Dr. Colleen Evans’ selected publications and presentations

                      C. A. Evans, A. Zuluaga, D. Vasquez Matute, S. Baradaran-Noviri, N. Perez-Cervantes, M. A. Siegler, Synthesis and biological evaluation of thioadatanserin and its dialkylated products as partial 5-HTR1A agonists and 5-HTR2A antagonists for potential use in depression and anxiety disorders. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2020, 30, in press.

                      C. A. Evans, R. Chen, and R. P. Hudes, Understanding determinants for STEM major choice among students beginning community college. Community College Review, 2020, 48, 227-251.

                      E. B. Voura,, M. J. Montalvo, K. T. Dela Roca, J. M. Fisher, V. Defamie, S. R. Narala, R. Khokha, M. E. Mulligan, C. A. Evans, Planarians as models of cadmium-induced neoplasia provide measurable benchmarks for mechanistic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2017, 142, 544-554.

                      C.A. Evans, L. Bernier, J. Dugas and T.S. Mansour, Efficient resolution of oxidized Cleland’s reagent by C2 symmetric Boc-L-phenylalanyl esters, Tetrahedron Letters, 1997, 38, 7657-7600.

                      C.A. Evans, R.T. Hewgill and T.S. Mansour, Asymmetric synthesis of 2’-phosphonomethyl(3’,4’-dihydroxybutyl)cytosine and –guanine nucleotides, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1997, 8, 2299-2302.

                      T.S. Mansour, C.A. Evans, M. Charron and B.E. Korba, Discovery of imidazo[1,2-c]pyrimidin-5(6H)-one heterosubstituted nucleoside analogues with potent activity against human hepatitis B virus in vitro, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1997, 7, 303-309.

                      H. Jin, M.A. Siddiqui, C.A. Evans, H.L.A. Tse, T.S. Mansour, M.D. Goodyear, P. Ravenscroft and C.D. Beels, Diastereoselective synthesis of the potent antiviral agent (-)-2′-deoxy-3′-thiacytidine and Its enantiomer, Journal of  Organic Chemistry, 1995, 60, 2621-2623.

                      K. Bednarski, D.M. Dixit, W. Wang, C.A. Evans, H. Jin, L. Yuen, T.S. Mansour, D.J. Knight, S.M. Walcott and J.A.V. Coates, Inhibitory activities of herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2 and human cytomegalovirus by stereoisomers of 2′-deoxy-3′-oxa-5(E)-(2-bromovinyl)uridines and their 4′-thio Analogues, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1994, 4, 2667-2672 

                      C.A. Evans, D.M. Dixit, M.A. Siddiqui, H. Jin, H.L.A. Tse, A. Cimpoia, K. Bednarski, T. Breining and T.S. Mansour, Divergent asymmetric synthesis of dioxolane nucleoside analogues, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1993, 4, 2319-2322

                      Stereoselective Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogues using Bicyclic intermediate, PCT: PCT/CA/9400311, published December 22, 1994.

                      C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Toward the Understanding of Community Colleges in STEM Education Landscape: Development of STEM College Major Choice Model, 38th Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2013.

                      C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Determinants of STEM Majors Choice:  A Comparison between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions, American Education Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

                      C. A. Evans, Tools for Building Bridges Across the Science Disciplines: A Guide to Concept and Curriculum Mapping, 2015 General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2015.

                      Andrea Zuluaga (C.A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of thioadatanserin: Illuminating the public on drug discovery in academia, 2017 Northeast Regional Honors Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

                      Natalia Perez-Cervantes (C. A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of novel alkyl piperazinyl salts as potential anxiolytic and antidepressant agents via chemoselective alkylation of thioadatanserin,  73nd annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) Manhattan College, New York, April 6, 2019.

                      Graduated research students: 

                      Sarah Baradarin-Noviri, Shaheim Hill, Jovana Jones, Gene Kerstanski, Tiffany Ortiz, Jennifer Paride, Natalia Perez –Cervantes, Abel Rosario, Diego Vasquez Matute, Andrea Zuluaga

                        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