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 understanding the evolution of morphological and physiological diversity in killifishes, particularly in the genus Fundulus. The ultimate goal is to characterize the interaction between gene flow and environmental factors such as dissolved oxygen and pollutant load in shaping landscape-level adaptive variation in Fundulus fishes.
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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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Beaton, Laura

Beaton, Laura

Associate Professor
718-262-5253
AC-4E03B

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.

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Ghelli, Samuel

Ghelli, Samuel

Assistant 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

Assistant Professor
718-262-5117
HP-208

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. He holds a joint appointment in the Doctor of Public Health (DPH) program (Community, Society & Health Track) at the CUNY Graduate Center. 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) #1.

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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 an aspect 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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Henke, Holger

Henke, Holger

Administrator
718-262-5338
AC-2H07C

Holger Henke studies international relations (Caribbean, Europe, USA, and Asia), migration, political culture and development (political economy). He has published six books and numerous scholarly articles. He is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas.  In 2010-11 he served as the President of the Caribbean Studies Association.  Henke is also an Advisory Board member of the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) where he previously had worked as assistant director, and served - from 2007-2012 - as a Senior Research Fellow of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington (D.C.). Since 2011, he is a reviewer for annual reports on several Caribbean countries for the think tank Freedom House. In 2013 he received a Fulbright International Education Administrators (US/United Kingdom) award.

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no photoHewitt, Dawn
Director
718-262-2060
AC-2H03
Horowitz, Beverly

Horowitz, Beverly

Associate Professor
718-262-2724
AC-1E12
Dr. Horowitz received her BA from Stony Brook University, her MS in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, and her PhD from the Graduate School of Social Service of Fordham University, with a concentration in Gerontology. She is a New York State licensed occupational therapist and social worker, is Board certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association as an occupational therapist specializing in gerontology, and is a certified professional geriatric care manager. Dr. Horowitz is a Fellow of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America.
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Hsu, Chun-Pin

Hsu, Chun-Pin

Assistant 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

Associate 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 Actors’ Center, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, and Columbia University.
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Namphy, Mychel

Namphy, Mychel

Assistant Professor
718-262-2477
AC-2A02
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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Nath, Rishi

Nath, Rishi

Assistant Professor
718-262-2543
AC-2C07B
Dr. Nath first became interested in mathematics at the University of Chicago where he attended various courses on group theory and Lie algebras given by Professors Jon Alperin and George Glauberman. After completing a Masters degree at Brandeis University, he returned to Chicago where he completed his PhD in the representation theory of the symmetric and alternating groups under the direction of Professor Paul Fong at the University of Illinois. Dr. Nath has a longstanding interest in math education. He taught math at Bronzeville Alternative High School in the South Side of Chicago and with the Franklin Summer Program (Phillips Brooks House, Harvard University). Originally from the Boston area, he currently lives in Queens.
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Saad, Zohra

Saad, Zohra

Assistant 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

Assistant Professor
718-262-2907
SC-115B
Dr. Williams, DC, PhD is an Assistant Professor at CUNY York College, and has obtained sub-specialty certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Biomechanics of Posture, and Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Williams’ clinical and scholarly works are in the area of public health and health promotion/prevention. He is an expert peer reviewer for various clinical and anatomical journals. His interests include methodological and conceptual issues of service learning and civic engagement; theoretical contributions to regeneration medicine; and 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