College of Arts and Sciences

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

Meet Our Faculty Mentors
Dr. Paul J. Angiolillo, Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department, served as the faculty mentor for alumnae scholar Lisa Mariani '14.  Dr. Angiolillo is currently studying both charged ground and excited states in conjugated organic conducting and semi-conducting materials using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. angiolillo


Dr. Arango Dr. Catalina Arango, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Lianette Pappaterra '15, biology major and the research mentor for fellow Christina Mirarchi '16, biology major. 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. Shantanu Bhatt, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the research mentor for associate Elizabeth Storm '17, chemical biology major.  Dr. Bhatt's lab is focused on identifying the bacterial factors that contribute to the virulence of enteropathogenic E. coli, which is a major public health concern in developing countries where it causes signifcant morbidity and mortality in infants. bhatt


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Dr. Jose Cerda, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Chemical Biology Program, was the research mentor for alumna fellow Victoria Angelucci '14.  His current research involves the use of electrochemical methods in the study of redox proteins and redox cofactors.


Dr. Sandra Fillebrown, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the McNulty Scholars Program, is the faculty mentor for Shelley Donaldson '18, math and computer science double major and Marisa Egan '18, math major. In addition to spearheading the McNulty Program, Dr. Fillebrown is the director of graduate math education and principal investigator of a research project to explore the factors that influence secondary STEM teacher commitment to the profession. facmentorfillebrown


fingerut Dr. Jonathan Fingerut, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, is the research mentor for fellow Merissa Misiura '15, biology major. His recent research has focused on effects of ontogeny and hydrodynamics on the growth rates of the black fly Simulium tribulatum.


Dr. Mark Forman, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department, served as the research mentor for alumna fellow Elena Montoto '14.  Dr. Forman's research involves the synthesis and study of non-natural products that possess unique properties and enhanced reactivity as a result of forced deviations from their ideal geometries. In particular, he is studying the effects of bond angle distortion on the structures and properties of alkenes.

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Dr. Grogan Dr. Eileen Grogan, Professor of Biology, is the mentor for Maria Galassi '15, biology major. Dr. Grogan studies the origin and relationships of chondrichthyan fishes, and early vertebrates in general. 


Dr. Yu Gu, Assistant Professor of Physics, served as the research mentor for alumna fellow Gianna Valentino '14.  Dr. Gu's research is focused on the miniaturization of traditional chemical and biochemical functionalities, a technology coined as "Lab On Chip." She is particularly interested in the fabrication of devices which combine lightguides and novel fluids to achieve next-generation functionalities.

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Dr. Piotr Habdas, Associate Professor of Physics, was the research mentor for alumna scholar Lisa Mariani '14. Dr. Habdas' research focuses on the physics of soft condensed matter, particularly non-Newtonian liquids.  He is also interested in fluid dynamics and the physics of granular materials.


Dr. Rachel Hall, Associate Professor of Mathematics, served as the faculty mentor for alumna scholar Corinna Noel '13.  Dr. Hall's work focuses on the application of mathematics to music theory, in describing and analyzing musical structures such as rhythms, scales, chords, and melodies. She is also interested in the field of ethnomathematics or the study of mathematical thinking in areas not traditionally defined as “mathematics."

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Dr. Christina King Smith, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department, has served as the mentor for scholar alumna Catherine Elorette '14 and fellow Megan O'Donnell '15, biology major. Dr. King Smith studies the cytoskeleton and cell motility, especially actin-dependent organelle transport and actin/myosin dynamics in lamellipodia.


Dr. Julia Lee-Soety, Associate Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholars Marissa Tremoglie '17 and Abigail Sweetman '18, both biology majors. She also served as the mentor for scholar alumna Kim Nguyen '13.  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. Edwin Li Dr. Edwin Li, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Valerie Jenkins '17, chemical biology major, and a research mentor for scholar Christina Freeman '16, biology major. Dr. Li’s research focus is understanding the physical and chemical principles governing the interaction of membrane proteins.


Dr. Deborah Lurie, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Actuarial Science Program, is the faculty mentor for scholars Alexa Garrison '15 and Jane Bukovec '17, both actuarial science majors. Dr. Lurie's research interests lie in the application of statistics in medical research and in statistics education. Dr. Lurie


mcrobert Dr. Scott McRobert, Professor of Biology, Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, served as the faculty mentor for scholar alumna Maura Southwell '13 and currently is the research mentor for fellows Elizabeth Krohn '15, biology and environmental science double major, and Stephanie Tittaferrante '15, biology major. He is also working with scholar Maria Galassi '15 on her senior capstone project.  Dr. McRobert researches the biology of threatened and endangered species.  Recent work has focused on local turtle populations and the shoaling behavior of zebrafish.


Dr. Mark Reynolds, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, served as the research mentor for alumna fellow Kelsey Berger '14.  His research is in inorganic biochemistry, which is the study of the structure and function of metal ions in biological systems. Specifically, he studies the oxygen sensing mechanism of the heme protein FixL that regulates nitrogen fixation in some plan.  Reynolds


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Dr. Philip Schatz, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience minor, is the research mentor for scholar Kathleen Logan '16, biology major. His research interests lie in the areas of outcome following traumatic brain injury, assessing and monitoring the effects of concussions on youth and collegiate athletes, and computer-based assessment.


Dr. Jean Smolen, Associate Professor of Chemistry is the faculty mentor for scholars Heidi Kurn '16, chemistry major, and Karen Medina '17, environmental science major.  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 scholar Christina Freeman '16, 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 scholar Kathleen Logan '16, 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. John Tudor, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Chemical Biology, served as the research mentor for alumna scholar Catherine Elorette '14.  His research focused on the developmental cycle of the bacterium, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.


Dr. James Watrous, Professor of Biology and Chemical Biology, served as the research mentor for alumna scholar Catherine Elorette and fellow Lauren Kozlowski '15, biology major. Dr. Watrous studies the application of non-linear dynamics in human physiology and conducts electrocardiographic analysis of hormonal influences in college-age women.  He also studies the determination of chaotic parameters in bursting neuron systems. watrous