Biology Faculty and Staff

    Kathleen Conlon Hinge

    Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Science Department Coordinator

    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.  In 2015, Dr. Hinge became the Science Department Coordinator.

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

        Bernadette Connors

        Associate 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.

        See Dr. Bernadette Connor’s Publications and Presentations >

            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.

            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

                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.

                    Veronica Glynn

                    Administrative Assistant

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


                        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)

                        See Dr. Mignone’s Publications and Presentations >

                            Siobhan O’Sullivan

                            Lab Technician

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

                                Emma Sarro

                                Assistant Professor of Biology

                                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.

                                See Dr. Emma Sarro’s Publications and Presentations >