Faculty and Student Research

Hands-On Opportunities

Since 1952, the undergraduate curriculum in biology at Manhattan College has stressed the importance of student participation in the research programs of the faculty. In the decades since, hundreds of undergraduates have participated in the research programs of the department, co-authored peer reviewed papers with faculty, earned regional and national recognition, and gone on to post-graduate study.

Research in biology is offered as an elective course (BIOL 310, 311, 410 and 411) and enrolls up to 20 students per semester. Under the direct guidance of a faculty member, students spend 12 hours per week in laboratory research. Students may also work at outside institution such as the Animal Health Center of the Bronx Zoo, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and the Bronx VA Medical Center.

Students often continue their research projects during the summer, supported by Manhattan's undergraduate biological sciences grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Merck Corporation. Students who participate in undergraduate research deliver papers on their research and many participate at various undergraduate research conferences.

Student Research Projects 2011–2012 [+]

  • Kathleen Bringley – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • Invasion of the western North Atlantic shoreline by the exotic Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus: Lotka-Volterra competition model predicts invasion criteria
  • Victoria Ciano – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Relationships between artificial leaf defoliation and seed yields of soybean and field beans
  • Nicholas Kallivrousis – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Changes in the health of a saguaro population over a 17-year period
  • Diamantis Kyriakakis – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Relationship between petiole conductivity with leaf area for 12 plant species
  • Matthew Spellman – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • Toxicology of nickel-chloride complexation and body burden in the estuarine grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio
  • Oskar Neyra – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • Thermoregulation and desiccation tolerance in the sexually dimorphic Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus
  • Stephanie Vanzo – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Sclereids and internal air movement in leaves and stems of a mangrove associate, Conocarpus erectus
  • Danielle Wagner – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • The role of temperature on oxygen consumption and metabolic rate in intertidal littorinid snails

Student Research Projects 2010–2011 [+]

  • Connor Doughtery – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Changes in surfaces of saguaro cacti: rates of injuries for cacti that had healthy surfaces in 2002 and characteristics of cacti that died from 2002 to 2010
  • Jennifer Ewald – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Relationships between leaf area and xylem characteristics of petioles and young stems for 20 species of trees
  • Andrew Fesler – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • Mortality and metal body burden in the estuarine shrimp Palaemonetes pugio: nickel exposures at various salinities
  • Kathleen Shea – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Sclereids as vehicles for the internal movement of air from leaves to roots in 35 species of mangroves
  • J. Kyle Treman – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Changes in surfaces of saguaro cacti: overall changes in all aspects of 1010 saguaros from 2002 to 2010 and changes to selected groups of cacti
  • Phelicia VanOverbeke – Quentin Machingo, Ph.D.
    • Molecular characterization of the zebrafish sense mutation

Student Research Projects 2009–2010 [+]

  • Nycole Abela – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Mechanism of surface injuries to 40 species of Euphorbias from South Africa
  • Mary Adely – Quentin Machingo, Ph. D.
    • Complex carbohydrates and midbrain pattern formation
  • Nicole Best – Bruce J. Shockey, Ph.D.
    • Evolution and Paleoecology of Bridgerian (Eocene) Brontotheres
  • Angela Citta – Lance S. Evans, Ph.D.
    • Mechanism of eccentric stem growth of stems of Artemsia tridentata from the Great Basin Desert
  • Kimberly Danaher – Dr. Bruce J. Shockey
    • Form and Function in Perissodactyl Knee Joints
  • Andrew Fesler – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • Nickel toxicity in the estuarine shrimp Palaemonetes pugio under mesohaline and oligohaline conditions
  • Adriana Hache – Quentin Machingo, Ph. D.
    • Midline pattern formation in zebrafish
  • Ellen Hanson – Michael L. Judge, Ph.D.
    • The second wave: the non-native Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus expands farther in northeastern waters
  • Brian Klotz – Valerie Grosso, Ph.D.
    • Biofilm formation and adherence of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans
  • Tara Moran – Quentin Machingo, Ph. D.
    • Progressive neurodegeneration in zebrafish
  • Phelicia VanOverbeke – Quentin Machingo, Ph. D.
    • Progressive neurodegeneration in zebrafish