Bernadette Connors

Phone: (845) 848-6020
Office: Prusmack Center 308

B.S. – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Ph.D – Biology SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Bernadette Connors joined the faculty at Dominican University in January 2009. Her research focuses primarily on understanding the microbial and viral ecosystems in numerous waterways in the Hudson Valley, focusing on identifying how human-related activities impact the dynamics of the aquatic microbiome. She has procured funding for her work through the New York State Water Resources Institute, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and the Haitian-American Scientific Society. She and her students presented their research at both regional and national scientific meetings.

Prior to her arrival at Dominican University, Dr. Connors taught at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, at which she both taught Cell Biology and Genetics, and operated an NIH-funded laboratory while employing and training several undergraduate students. While at Dominican University, she has secured funding through the National Science Foundation to support STEM scholarships for students entering Biology professions and established numerous collaborations with colleagues at university centers to provide additional research opportunities for students at Dominican University. She welcomes both undergraduates and high school students into her research lab during both the academic year and summertime.

See Dr. Bernadette Connor's Publications and Presentations


  • Fleischacker CL et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announcement 5(28) e00542-17
  • Connors BJ, Rochelle L*, Roberts A*, Howard G*. A synthetic interaction between CDC20 and RAD4 in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeupon UV irradiation. Molecular Biology International. 2014.
  • Connors BJ, Miller M*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. Cloning and characterization of promoters from American chestnut capable of directing reporter gene expression in transgenic Arabidopsis plants. Plant Science 163: 771-781. 2002.
  • Connors BJ, Laun NP*, Maynard CA, Powell WA. Molecular characterization of a gene encoding a cystatin expressed in the stems of American chestnut (Castanea dentata). Planta 215: 510-514. 2002.
  • Maynard C, Liang H, Connors BJ, LaPierre S, Polin L*, Mukherjee R, and Powell WA. Using biotechnology to restore American Chestnut: an unfolding story. Proceedings of the National Society of American Foresters. October, 2004.

Workshop Presentations and Posters

  • “Undergraduate Research Experience in the Classroom as a Means of Retaining Students in a Biology Program”, Biennial CUR Conference, Washington, DC (June 2014) (Workshop session, co-presented with Annmarie Dellipizzi)
  • “Scaffolding Research Across the Curricula: From Freshmen to Seniors: Two Approaches for Incorporating Research Into All Levels of the Biology Curriculum”, NCUR 2014, Lexington, KY (Workshop session, co-presented with Nathan Reyna, Ouachita Baptist University, AK)
  • “Getting Started as a Microbiologist at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution”, 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, Boston, MA (Workshop, co-convened with Louise Temple, James Madison University).
  • “An Interdisciplinary Means to Approaching a Career in Microbiology”, 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology, New Orleans, LA

Student Posters and Platform Presentations (selected)

  • Scrudato, M. Microbial and Viral Community Analysis of a Polluted Watershed in the Hudson Valley. National Conferences of
    Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
  • Medina A and Moncy M. Interaction Between the Yeast Gene, YDR132C, and Human p53 in Transgenic Strains Exposed to Caffeine and Aspirin. National Conferences of Undergraduate Research (Memphis, TN). 2017
  • Dantico L, Joseph C and Alvarez Y. Direct Isolation, Characterization, and Putative Lysogen Testing of an Adopted Mycobacteriophage Mattes, Hosted on Mycobacterium smegmatis Discovered in Water of Dominican University. 1st Annual NYC Regional SEA-PHAGES  Conference (Suffern, NY) 2017
  • Joseph C (presenting author), BI221-222 Class (2016-2017). The Mycobacteriophage of Dominican University: Direct Isolation of Fifteen          Siphoviridae from Soil and Water. HHMI SEA-{HAGES Conference. Janelia Research Center (Ashburn, VA) 2017.
  • Panchyshyn A, Scrudato M, and Maharaj B. Analysis of the Microbiome and Antibiotic Sensitivities of Fecal Bacteria in the Sparkill Creek. American Society of Microbiology ASM2016 (Boston, MA) 2016
  • Charlotin E, Nunez B, McIlwaine J, Azatullah K, Simoes C, Mansour R, Yelin I, Kelly K. Analysis of growth in Saccharomyces cerevisiae expressing p53 when exposed to the xanthenes, caffeine and theobromine. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (San Antonio, TX) 2014
  • Nunez B, Mansour R. Triggering tumor suppressive activity in p53 mutants by isolated polyphenols through direct mechanisms. Tri Beta Research Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (platform)
  • Bauer M, Malia J, and Alacar DJ. Effects of pre-workout supplements on metabolism in the eukaryotic model organism, Saccharomces cerevisiae. Tri BetaResearch Symposium Mount Saint Vincent. 2014 (poster) “An Inquiry Based Learning Experience Using the Model Organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae“, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (Fall 2013) (poster)