College of Arts and Sciences

John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math

Meet Our Faculty Mentors
Dr. Angiolillo Dr. Paul J. Angiolillo, Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, serves as Lisa Mariani’s mentor. Dr. Angiolillo and his students conduct research in the area of experimental condensed matter and materials physics.


Dr. Catalina Arango, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for Lianette Pappaterra. Dr. Arango is a microbiologist who studies gene regulation as it relates to catabolite repression and biofilm formation in S. meliloti. She is also interested in environmental microbiology. Dr. Arango


Dr. Cerda Jose Cerda, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, is the faculty mentor for Victoria Angelucci. Dr. Cerda’s current research focuses on the use of electrochemical methods in the study of redox proteins and redox cofactors.


Dr. Mark Forman, Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry, is the faculty research mentor for Elena Montoto. The Forman Research Group is interested in the synthesis and study of novel, non-natural products of theoretical interest.   Dr. Mark Forman


Dr. Forman Dr. Sylvia Forman, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is the faculty mentor for Annamarie Everman. Dr. Forman’s research lies in the field of abstract algebra.


Dr. Eileen Grogan, Professor of Biology, is the mentor for Maria Galassi. Dr. Grogan studies the origin and relationships of chondrichthyan fishes, and early vertebrates in general.   Dr. Grogan


Dr. Habdas Dr. Piotr Habdas, Associate Professor of Physics, is the research advisor for Lisa Mariani. Dr. Habdas specializes in the physics of soft condensed matter, fluid dynamics, and the physics of granular materials.


Dr. Yu Gu, Assistant Professor of Physics, is the faculty research mentor for Gianna Valentino, physics major. Dr. Gu’s research focuses on the miniaturization of traditional chemical and biochemical functionalities, a technology coined as "Lab On Chip".   Dr. Yu Gu


Dr. King Smith Dr. Christina King Smith, Professor of Biology, is Catherine Elorette’s faculty mentor. Dr. King Smith studies the cytoskeleton and cell motility, especially actin-dependent organelle transport and actin/myosin dynamics in lamellipodia.


Dr. Julia Lee-Soety, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for Marissa Tremoglie. Dr. Lee-Soety studies the maintenance of chromosome ends using baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which uses very similar mechanisms as that in human cells. Dr. Lee-Soety


Dr. Lurie Dr. Deborah Lurie, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Actuarial Science Program, is the mentor for Alexa Garrison and Jane Bukovec. Dr. Lurie’s research interests lie in the application of statistics in medical research and in statistics education.


Dr. Edwin Li, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for Valerie Jenkins, chemical biology major. Dr. Li’s research focus is understanding the physical and chemical principles governing the interaction of membrane proteins. Dr. Edwin Li


Dr. Mark Reynolds Dr. Mark Reynolds, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Program Director of Chemical Biology, serves as the research advisor for Kelsey Berger. Dr. Reynolds' research area is inorganic biochemistry (the study of the structure and function of metal ions in biological systems); in particular the study of the oxygen sensing mechanism of the heme protein FixL that regulates nitrogen fixation.


Dr. Jean Smolen, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Environmental Science Program, is the faculty mentor for Heidi Kurn and Karen Medina.  Dr. Smolen is an environmental chemist who studies the fate of organic pollutants in aqueous environments.  She is also interested in issues of water quality and sustainability. smolen


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Dr. Karen Snetselaar, Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for Christina Freeman, biology major.  Dr. Snetselaar's research area is the study of fungi, and most projects in her lab involve a fungus that causes tumor-like growths on corn plants.


Dr. Clint Springer, Assistant Professor Biology, is the faculty mentor for Kathleen Logan, biology major.  Dr. Springer’s research focus is plant physiological ecology with a focus on plant responses to global changes in climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide. springer


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Dr. James Watrous, Professor of Biology, is the research advisor for Lauren Kozlowski. Dr. Watrous and his undergraduate and graduate students conduct research on the development of computer models for epilepsy, tremor and circadian rhythms.