Biology Faculty and Staff

    Regina Alvarez

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone 845-848-6007

    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
        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 ( 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
            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 >

                AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

                Associate 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

                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

                    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

                    Phone: (845) 848-6016
                    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

                        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 >

                                Veronica Glynn

                                Administrative Assistant

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