Advisory Council

Undergraduate Research Advisory Council
Alter, Elizabeth

Alter, Elizabeth

Assistant Professor
718-262-2732
AC-4E07
My research uses molecular phylogenetic methods to understand the evolutionary histories of species and populations, particularly in the marine environment. This work examines the genetic vestiges left by past environmental and ecological conditions and is integrative in nature, drawing from evolutionary genetics, phylogenomics and population modeling. Previous work focused on reconstructing evolutionary history in marine mammals, including developing a novel method for estimating the molecular clock for the hypervariable mammalian control region. A new line of research is concerned with environmental metagenomics and environmental DNA to aid ecosystem management and conservation efforts.
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Arsov, Ivica

Arsov, Ivica

Associate Professor
718-262-2713
AC-4E03C

The main focus of my laboratory is to understand events leading to programmed cell death (apoptosis) in developing T-cells in the thymus. We are currently using several genetically modified mice to determine the role of Beclin 1, a gene implicated in autophagy and apoptosis, in intrathymic T-cell development. My long term goal is to develop a mouse model in which the Beclin 1 gene will be inactivated in lymphoid cells. This will provide an excellent system to study different aspects of T-cell biology in which Beclin 1 could play an important role.

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Avi-Itzhak, Tamara

Avi-Itzhak, Tamara

Associate Professor
718-262-3761
AC-1E12F

Program/educational outcomes assessment- my expertise includes formative and summative assessments of educational outcomes (learning and teaching) as well as program outcomes (effectiveness in obtaining goals and objectives).
Psychometric properties evaluation- my expertise includes assessment of reliability (interrater and inter consistency reliability) and validity (construct and concurrent validity) in professional screening and assessment tools.
Statistics and methodology -my expertise includes issues related to statistical procedures and research design. My expertise areas are reflected in my publications and presentations and international conferences as well in the ongoing outcomes evaluation that I perform in the OT department. 

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Ghelli, Samuel

Ghelli, Samuel

Associate Professor
718-262-2462
AC-3D09
A native of Italy, Dr. Ghelli moved to the United States in 1994 after studying at the University of Florence and received his Ph.D. in Italian in 2005 from the Department of Italian at Rutgers University In the fall of 2008, Dr. Ghelli joined the Department of Foreign Languages, ESL, and Humanities at York College, where he teaches Italian and World Literature courses.
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Grosskopf, Nicholas

Grosskopf, Nicholas

Associate Professor
718-262-5117
HP-208
Dr. Grosskopf currently serves as coordinator of the York College Public Health Program. He has extensive experience working in community health settings, specifically in program/policy planning, monitoring and evaluation with a focus in HIV prevention and sexual health promotion. In the past he has worked with Hunter College's Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training, the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Department of Education. He holds a joint appointment in the Doctor of Public Health (DPH) program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His scholarly interests include the intersection of health and technology, health equity and public health policy implications for sexual minorities as well as human participant research ethics as he serves as Chair of CUNY University-Integrated Institutional Review Board (UI-IRB) #4. He is Co-Director of the Collaborative Research Group on Health Policy & Promotion + the UrbanHealth Lab at York College.
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Hansen, Ian

Hansen, Ian

Assistant Professor
718-262-2680
AC-4D06
I am an Assistant Professor in Psychology, with experience in social psychology, cultural psychology, political psychology and psychology of religion. My current projects focus on (1) understanding religiosity as a correlate of psychological conservatism that is potentially quite different from political conservatism (2) more generally assessing whether 2- or N-dimensional models of ideology strike a better balance between simplicity and explanatory power than the traditional one-dimensional (liberal vs. conservative) model (3) experimental approaches to transforming ideological self-construal, and (4) investigating whether there are moral objections to certain practices (like torture) that cannot be reduced to the known differences in moral priorities between liberals and conservatives.
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Director
718-262-2060
AC-2H05
Hsu, Chris

Hsu, Chris

Associate Professor
718-262-2513
AC-4G04G

Dr. Hsu received his doctoral degree from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previously, he worked in the finance department of an international airline company. Before joining York College, Dr. Hsu taught at Queens College and Hunter College since 2005, where he instructed several Finance and Economics courses, including Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, Financial Markets and Institutions, Statistics, and Microeconomics.

Dr. Hsu’s research interest is in quantitative finance and its applications in risk management and investment. He has been acknowledged as a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and has been awarded the Golden Key medal. He has presented his research papers at several major academic conferences, and he serves as a referee for the Journal of Future Markets, Journal of International Money and Finance,International Journal of Finance and Economics, and Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.

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Inayatulla, Shereen

Inayatulla, Shereen

Assistant Professor
718-262-5187
AC-2A14
Shereen Inayatulla specializes in Composition and Rhetoric. Over the last decade, she has taught English in a variety of international contexts ranging from college writing courses in Canada and the US to secondary-level language courses in Japan’s public school system. Her research areas include critical pedagogy, queer and postcolonial feminist theories, and representations of teacher/student identity in literacy narratives. She has presented her work at such forums as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, and the Thomas R. Watson Conference.
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Khandaker, Nazrul

Khandaker, Nazrul

Professor
718-262-2079
AC-2E15

Khandaker has field and research experience in environmental geology, sedimentology,and tunnel geology. Khandaker utilizes numerous independent lines of evidence, including field and geochemical studies to characterize and interpret a variety of geological systems.  Khandaker worked as a geotechnical consultant (2001-2008) for the Water Tunnel #3: the largest capital construction project in NYC; accomplished soil and rock core characterization; petrographic,geochemical investigations, surface & tunnel mapping, and geotechnical reports, based on ASTM Standards. Khandaker is a Certified Professional Geologist (State of Wyoming).

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Lee, Kang Bok

Lee, Kang Bok

Assistant Professor
718-262-2554
AC-2B06B
He is a well-balanced scholar in solving real-world problems and doing academic research. During his graduate studies and his working period at LG Electronics, he had extensive industry project experience. At Rutgers Business School, he worked for a project on Pharmaceutical supply chain management with Department of Homeland Security, USA. He published more than two dozen papers in refereed journals, such as Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, International Journal of Production Economics, and International Journal of Production Research. He serves as an associate editor of Journal of Scheduling. His main research interests are Operations Research, Management Science and Supply Chain Management.
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Marion, Thomas

Marion, Thomas

Assistant Professor
718-262-3705
AT-105 (Performing Arts Center)
Tom Marion holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts (with Bill Esper), a Certificate of Vocal Coaching from The National Theatre Conservatory (with Tony Church), and an internship with The Royal Shakespeare Company (with Cecily Berry and Andrew Wade.) He is a Designated Teacher of Linklater Voice, a founding member of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He has taught at several studios and professional actor programs in NYC, including NYU, The Acting Studio, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, and Columbia University.
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Namphy, Mychel

Namphy, Mychel

Assistant Professor
718-262-2477
AC-2A02A
For over a decade Dr. Mychel J. Namphy has been lecturing, teaching, and writing about African American literature, culture, and politics, in such diverse venues as churches and mosques, police academies and drug treatment centers, Ivy League colleges, graduate schools, high schools, elementary schools, and prisons.

Dr. Namphy has held teaching positions at Princeton University and at Rutgers University. At York College, he teaches courses on African American and Native American literature, art, and music, and constantly encourages his students to explore the connections between our cultural practices and our struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and dignity.

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Saad, Zohra

Saad, Zohra

Associate Professor
718-262-3827
AC-3D09
As an Assistant-Professor of ESL and French at York College, I put my training in second language acquisition into practice teaching both English as a Second Language and French as a Foreign Language. I am also the coordinator for the French discipline. Having grown in a multilingual, multicultural country, I have always been fascinated by languages and their expressive capability as well as their importance to the identity of the individual. Having experienced first-hand the implementation of Arabization, I have naturally become interested in this process and the policies aimed at ensuring the primacy of Modern Standard Arabic in Algeria. I am also interested in the attitudes of Algerian language users towards MSA, Algerian Arabic, and the Tamazight language. I am equally interested in the re-emergence of Amazigh ethnic identity in Algeria and the fight for linguistic rights
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Williams, Shawn

Williams, Shawn

Associate Professor
718-262-2907
SC-115B
Dr. Williams, DC, PhD the Program Coordinator of Health Science @ CUNY York College. He has obtained clinical sub-specialty certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Biomechanics of Posture, and Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Williams’ scholarly works are in the social science arena - focusing on occupation stressors of Alternative Medicine Practitioners. His scholarly interests include methodological, conceptual, and theoretical contributions to regeneration medicine; specifically examining the role of chiropractic and complementary/alternative healthcare within the larger health care system (organization, financing, utilization, practice/provision, policy).
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Duncan, Robert
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences

Duncan, Robert

Assistant Professor
718-262-2693
AC-4D03