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.
I have three main areas of interest; (1) plant-herbivore interactions, (2) seed banks and seed dispersal, and (3) competition and allelopathy. I am conducting studies examining latitudinal gradients in defenses against herbivores in common sunflowers, effect of the seed bank of an invasive species on the germination and seedling establishment of several native species, the effects of competition on herbivore defense, and the ability of plants to acclimatize to a particular competitor.
Dr. Grosskopf has extensive experience working in community health settings, specializing in HIV prevention and education with urban youth and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health. He has held positions with Hunter College's Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Grosskopf periodically serves as a reviewer for many sexual health journals such as Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sexual Medicine and Archives of Sexual Behavior. His scholarly interests also include research ethics and human research participant protection as he serves as Chair of the CUNY University-Intergrated Institutional Review Board (UI-IRB) #4.
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.
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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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.