Biology Faculty and Staff

    Regina Alvarez

    Associate Professor of Biology

      Phone 845-848-6007
      Email: regina.alvarez@duny.edu

      Office: Prusmack Center 308

      B.A. – Biological Sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York
      M.A. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Lehman College, City University of New York
      Ph.D. – Biological Sciences, subprogram Plant Science, Graduate Center, City University of New York

      Dr. Alvarez joined the faculty at Dominican University in August 2017. She teaches General Biology, Ecology and Botany, among other courses. Prior to teaching at Dominican, she taught for the City University of New York. Before coming to academia, she worked for 19 years for the Central Park Conservancy, the managers of Central Park in New York City. She started as a gardener and worked her way up to Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management. Her focus was on native plants and ecological restoration. Her research focuses on the flora and ecology of urban environments. Dr. Alvarez is also an instructor of botany at the New York Botanical Garden, where she teaches Plant Physiology, Plant Morphology and Introduction to Plant Science.

        AnnMarie DelliPizzi Citardi

        Associate Professor of Biology, Health Professions Advisor, Coordinator of Health Sciences Program

          Phone: (845) 848-6009
          Email: annmarie.dellipizzi@duny.edu or honors.program@duny.edu
          Office: Prusmack Center 308

          B.S. – Manhattan College
          M.S. – New York Medical College
          PhD. – New York Medical College

          Areas of Interest/Research: The role of eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension

          Courses Taught: Introduction to Biology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science.

          Dr. AnnMarie DelliPizzi received a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from New York Medical College. Her doctoral research focused on the role of constrictor eicosanoids in models of angiotensin II-dependent models of hypertension.  Throughout her career, she has co-authored many peer-reviewed research articles which have been published in prestigious academic journals, including the American Journal of Physiology, Hypertension and the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  She co-authored two lab manuals with Dr. Emma Sarro, former Assistant Professor of Biology, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I and Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II”, both of which are published by BVT.

          Since arriving at Dominican University in 2004, Dr. DelliPizzi has taught a variety of courses, including Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, and Histology.  In 2016, she took on the role of Honors Program Director and then in 2020 became the Coordinator of the Health Sciences Program.  Dr. DelliPizzi also serves as the Health Professions Advisor, helping students who are interested in applying to graduate programs in various fields of health care.   She also serves as the Principal Investigator on a STEM grant received from the National Science Foundation and is actively involved in the Northeast Regional Honors Council. 

          Prior to her arrival at Dominican University, Dr. DelliPizzi was on the faculty at Manhattan College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent. She currently holds adjunct appointments in the Nursing Department at Lehman College and in the Pharmacology Department at New York Medical College, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in pharmacology.

          See Dr. DelliPizzi’s Publications & Presentations

          DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab I. 2nd Edition. BVT Publishing. , 2016.

          DelliPizzi, A., and Sarro, E. Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology Lab II. BVT Publishing, 2016.

          Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Houli Jiang, Nicholas R. Ferreri. The EP3 receptors regulates water excretion in response to high salt intake. American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology Oct 2016, 311 (4) F822-F829

          Presentations at National Meetings

          Connors, BJ and DelliPizzi,, A. Undergraduate research experience in the classroom as a means of retaining students in a Biology program. Council for Undergraduate Research, June, 2014.

          Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie DelliPizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Activation of EP3 receptors suppresses COX-2 in thick ascending limb (TAL) and inhibits water excretion Experimental Biology 2015.

          Shoujin Hao, AnnMarie Dellipizzi, Houli Jiang, Mariana Quiroz-Munoz, Carlos Cespedes, Mark A. Knepper, Carlos P. Vio, and Nicholas R. Ferreri. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) regulates NKCC2 and AQP2 expression and adaptation to high NaCl intake\ Experimental Biology 2015.

            Colleen A. Evans

            Associate Professor of Chemistry

              Phone: (845) 848-6016
              Email: colleen.evans@duny.edu
              Office: Prusmack Center  308

              B.S. – Chemistry/Biology: Ouachita Baptist University
              M.S. – Organic Chemistry: University of Missouri
              Ph.D. – Higher Education: Seton Hall University

              Professor Colleen Evans joined the Science Department as an adjunct professor in 2003, became an instructor in Chemistry in the Science Department in 2007 and was promoted to assistant professor of Chemistry in 2015. Professor Evans has taught General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry courses. 

              Professor Evans’ research interests are focused on developing new and general synthetic organic methods for use in the design of novel compounds of biological and medicinal interest. The main current emphasis is twofold: 1) the application of selective thionation reactions to compounds of biological interest such as heterocyclic compounds and short peptides and 2) the development of novel thionating agents that are selective and practical for use in a wide variety of synthetic transformations. Professor Evans has also educational research interests which include retention of science students at the undergraduate level, exploration of innovative teaching methods and curriculum design to enhance the learning experience of science students, and increasing the number of science majors who become middle school and high school science teachers

              One avenue of thionation reactions has been applied to serotonin receptors HTR1A/2 partial agonist/antagonist small molecules such as the clinical candidate adatanserin which led to the discovery of a novel agent thioadatanserin with EC50 of 6.7 nM against 5-HTR1A and IC50 of 62.3 nM against 5HTR2A as a potential agent for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Thioadatanserin was further modified by a novel tandem dialkylation reaction giving unexpected analogues.  The structure of one analogue was determined using X- ray single structure crystallography.

              In another project, research is being carried out with our undergraduate research students to discover covalent peptidomimetic inhibitors of calpain enzymes as potential treatment of diseases such as muscular dystrophy.

              Recently, she discovered a novel thionating agent which was termed TMPT whose X-ray crystal structure indicates high degree of symmetry that may be useful in achieving desired selectivity in thionation reaction. The scope of this novel thionating agent is being actively investigated.

              Professor Evans spearheaded the curricular design and implementation of the new chemistry minor which was first offered in 2015. She has also served on the curriculum committee, freshman directorate, and adhoc committee charged with developing College-wide Educational Goals and Learning Objectives. As a coordinator of Science Department Seminar Series (2012-2015) she brought scientists from diverse disciplines to campus to speak and meet with Dominican University students.  Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Dominican University Institutional Review Board. 

              Prior to joining Dominican University, Professor Evans’ scientific career started in 1984 as a synthetic chemist in the Agricultural Products Department at E. I. Dupont de Nemours (Wilmington, DE) working on the important class of sulfonyl ureas herbicides.  In 1987, she then joined the Medicinal Chemistry Department of BioChem Pharma (Quebec, Canada) as a research scientist and was involved in the discovery of Epivir licensed for the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B infections.

              Professor Evans is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship – Kiel, West Germany (1980-1981) and co-recipient of Prix-Galien Research Award (1996)

              See Dr. Colleen Evans’ selected publications and presentations

              C. A. Evans, A. Zuluaga, D. Vasquez Matute, S. Baradaran-Noviri, N. Perez-Cervantes, M. A. Siegler, Synthesis and biological evaluation of thioadatanserin and its dialkylated products as partial 5-HTR1A agonists and 5-HTR2A antagonists for potential use in depression and anxiety disorders. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2020, 30, in press.

              C. A. Evans, R. Chen, and R. P. Hudes, Understanding determinants for STEM major choice among students beginning community college. Community College Review, 2020, 48, 227-251.

              E. B. Voura,, M. J. Montalvo, K. T. Dela Roca, J. M. Fisher, V. Defamie, S. R. Narala, R. Khokha, M. E. Mulligan, C. A. Evans, Planarians as models of cadmium-induced neoplasia provide measurable benchmarks for mechanistic studies, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2017, 142, 544-554.

              C.A. Evans, L. Bernier, J. Dugas and T.S. Mansour, Efficient resolution of oxidized Cleland’s reagent by C2 symmetric Boc-L-phenylalanyl esters, Tetrahedron Letters, 1997, 38, 7657-7600.

              C.A. Evans, R.T. Hewgill and T.S. Mansour, Asymmetric synthesis of 2’-phosphonomethyl(3’,4’-dihydroxybutyl)cytosine and –guanine nucleotides, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1997, 8, 2299-2302.

              T.S. Mansour, C.A. Evans, M. Charron and B.E. Korba, Discovery of imidazo[1,2-c]pyrimidin-5(6H)-one heterosubstituted nucleoside analogues with potent activity against human hepatitis B virus in vitro, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1997, 7, 303-309.

              H. Jin, M.A. Siddiqui, C.A. Evans, H.L.A. Tse, T.S. Mansour, M.D. Goodyear, P. Ravenscroft and C.D. Beels, Diastereoselective synthesis of the potent antiviral agent (-)-2′-deoxy-3′-thiacytidine and Its enantiomer, Journal of  Organic Chemistry, 1995, 60, 2621-2623.

              K. Bednarski, D.M. Dixit, W. Wang, C.A. Evans, H. Jin, L. Yuen, T.S. Mansour, D.J. Knight, S.M. Walcott and J.A.V. Coates, Inhibitory activities of herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2 and human cytomegalovirus by stereoisomers of 2′-deoxy-3′-oxa-5(E)-(2-bromovinyl)uridines and their 4′-thio Analogues, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1994, 4, 2667-2672 

              C.A. Evans, D.M. Dixit, M.A. Siddiqui, H. Jin, H.L.A. Tse, A. Cimpoia, K. Bednarski, T. Breining and T.S. Mansour, Divergent asymmetric synthesis of dioxolane nucleoside analogues, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1993, 4, 2319-2322

              Stereoselective Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogues using Bicyclic intermediate, PCT: PCT/CA/9400311, published December 22, 1994.

              C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Toward the Understanding of Community Colleges in STEM Education Landscape: Development of STEM College Major Choice Model, 38th Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2013.

              C. A. Evans and R. Chen, Determinants of STEM Majors Choice:  A Comparison between Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions, American Education Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

              C. A. Evans, Tools for Building Bridges Across the Science Disciplines: A Guide to Concept and Curriculum Mapping, 2015 General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA, May 30, 2015.

              Andrea Zuluaga (C.A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of thioadatanserin: Illuminating the public on drug discovery in academia, 2017 Northeast Regional Honors Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

              Natalia Perez-Cervantes (C. A. Evans, mentor), Synthesis of novel alkyl piperazinyl salts as potential anxiolytic and antidepressant agents via chemoselective alkylation of thioadatanserin,  73nd annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) Manhattan College, New York, April 6, 2019.

              Graduated research students: 

              Sarah Baradarin-Noviri, Shaheim Hill, Jovana Jones, Gene Kerstanski, Tiffany Ortiz, Jennifer Paride, Natalia Perez –Cervantes, Abel Rosario, Diego Vasquez Matute, Andrea Zuluaga

                Veronica Glynn

                Administrative Assistant

                  Phone: (845) 848-6006
                  Email: veronica.glynn@duny.edu
                  Office: Prusmack Center 308