From the Ocean Comes the Light

54th Annual MACUB Conference - Fall 2021

Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Virtual Conference


Oct. 30, 2021, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM (register until Oct. 25, 2021)


Via ZOOM (you will be sent a ZOOM link once you register)

The MACUB Team would like to thank all participants for a great conference and congratulate our 2021 MACUB Award Winners!

 Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Biotechnology

  • Designing an MTR4 Knockdown System to Investigate the Impact of lncRNA Accumulation on Differentiation Phenotype. Udupa, Aditya; Vlasov, Pavel & Manley, James. Columbia University.
  • Development inhibitors of Kinases via the synthesis of oxazepane compounds. Cui, Chang & Choi, Junyong. Queens College, CUNY 


  • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Paracrine-Mediated Repair in Diabetic Kidney Disease. (Stevic, Una; Gowan, Cody C.; Smith, Anastasia L.; Snow, Zachary K.; Summers, Jonathan C.; Conley, Sabena M.; Hickson, LaTonya J. & Nolan, Kathleen). St. Francis College.
  • An Analysis of Multiple Factors on Stress in the United States. (Caparelli, Alexander; Chase, Owen; Fiamoncini, Maura; McMenamin, Connor; Prince, Ivy & Monaco, Pamela). Bucknell University.
  • CHANGES IN BREAST CANCER CARE IN NEW YORK DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. (Rosado, Cheyenne; Fiederlein, Alexandra & Cutter, Noelle). Molloy College.

Developmental Biology and Genetics

  • Influence of fungicide and nematicide on plant responses to drought and rainfall variability. Serrano Perez, Madaris; Jones, Jennifer & Evans, Sarah. Michigan State University, University of Puerto Rico.
  • Effects of anthropogenic noise on the vocal behavior of Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Annon, Oshane; Nunez, Xiomara & Wydner, Katherine. Saint Peter's University.
  • RNA Therapeutics for Brain Tumors: Targeting Pre-mRNA Splicing Motifs to Generate Therapeutic Gene Isoforms. (Hintelmann, Thomas; Sine, Laura; DeMarco, Victoria; Reardon, Sean & Hicks, Martin). Monmouth University.

Environmental Biology and Ecology

  • Zooplankton Biodiversity and Decapod Larvae Density in the Lower Hackensack River. Nguyen, Huy & Fitzgerald, Allison. New Jersey City University.
  • Does Flower Color Attract Native Bees? Jimenez, Bianca; Dr. Eiden and Dr. Bukofser. Mercy College.

Microbiology and Immunology

  • To Determine How Oomycete Pathogens Interfere with Host Plant Defenses. McKenzie-Laury, Alexandrya; Bradley-Ortiz, Rashia & Devdutta, Deb. Mercy College.
  • The Synergistic Antibacterial Effect of Patchouli with Antibiotics on Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus spp. Minnies, Jake; Postaski, Ashley; Saverimuttu, Augusta & Chu, Tinchun. Seton Hall University.

Physiology and Neuroscience

  • Investigating Effects of GABARAP and Induced Autophagy on GABA Receptor ɣ2 Expression in HEK 293 Cells. Motan, Nihal; Ozkaya, Kudret; Gill, Karanvir; Kanaan Omar & Carroll, Reed. New Jersey City University.
  • The Effect of Intergroup Interaction on Flexible Thinking and Behavioral Displays. Anderson, Kayla; Briones, Nadia; Matamoros, Rosa; Perez, Vanessa & Kostel-Hughes, Faith. Westchester Community College.
  • Acorn Barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides) Density on Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus) Carapace in Correlation with Carapace Condition in Jamaica Bay, New York. Jean Baptiste, Shiva; Colon, Christina & Hsiang, Chih Fu. Kingsborough Community College.
  • Inositol Hexakisphosphate Kinase1 (IP6K1) is a Potential Target in Treating Insulin Resistance. Piechowska, Sabina; Wanderley, Mayra & Ghoshal, Sarbani. Queensborough Community College, CUNY.

Payment Options:

Faculty - $45 | Students - $20

Annual Membership is FREE with registration.

Option #1:

Send a check to:

Margaret Carroll, Ph.D.

Medgar Evers College

5 Highland Blvd. Lynbrook, NY 11563

Option #2:

Electronic Payment Using the Zelle App


Questions and Correspondence:

Opening Remarks | 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM (Main Room)

9:00-9:05 AM: Nidhi Gadura, Ph.D., Chair and Professor QCC, CUNY

9:05-9:10 AM: Christine Mangino, Ed.D., President of QCC, CUNY

9:10-9:15 AM: Kathleen A. Nolan, Ph.D., President of MACUB

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Martin Chalfie

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"The Continuing Need For Useless Knowledge"

Dr. Martin Chalfie | 9:15 AM – 9:55 AM (Main Room)

Professor, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien "for the discovery and development of the Green Fluorescent Protein, GFP "

Link to Keynote Biographies


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Concurrent Morning Sessions | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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For Students: Postgraduate Q&A (Main Room)

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Panelists will share their experiences navigating diverse pathways into graduate studies and careers in industry, academia, and healthcare.

  • Roksana Rahman, MS
    • Bioanalytical Quality Control Associate Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb
      • MS in Microbiology, Seton Hall University
      • BS, Monmouth University
  • Amy Melok, DMD
    • Dentist, Brighter Smiles Dental
      • DMD, Case Western Reserve University
      • MS in Biology, Montclair State University
      • BS in Biology, Montclair State University
  • Jose Perez, PhD
    • Microbiologist II, Subject Matter Expert, Innophos
      • PhD in Molecular Biosciences, Seton Hall University
      • MS in Molecular Biology, Montclair State University
      • BS in Biology, Montclair State University
  • Ayuni Yussof, MS
    • PhD Candidate in Molecular Biosciences, Seton Hall University
      • MS in Molecular Biology, Montclair State University
      • BS in Biotechnology, Rutgers University
  • Megan Pirtle
    • PhD Candidate in Biomedical Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
      • BA in Psychology and Communication, Keene State College
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For Faculty: Member Presentations (Separate Rooms)

  • Faculty will present their research in 15-minute presentations.

Introduction to Student Presentations | 11:00 AM – 11:05 AM (Main Room)

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Introduction by Brian Mitra Ed.D, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management of QCC, CUNY

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Student Presentations | 11:05 AM – 12:30 PM (Separate Rooms)

  • See room assignments in MACUB Program Book (see above)

Lunch Break | 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

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On Your Own

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nidhi Gadura

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"A Sense of Belonging in STEM"

Dr. Nidhi Gadura | 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM (Main Room)

Professor, Biology

Department Chair of Biological Sciences and Geology, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

Link to Keynote Biographies

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Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks | 2:00 PM -2:30 PM (Main Room)

Your MACUB Team

Conference Co-Chairs

Image of Dr. Punita Bhansali

Dr. Punita Bhansali

Image of Dr. Peter A. Novick

Dr. Peter A. Novick

Student Poster Co-Chairs

Image of Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal

Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal

Image of Dr. Mohammad Javdan

Dr. Mohammad Javdan

Member Presentation Co-Chairs

Image of Dr. Rochelle Nelson

Dr. Rochelle Nelson

Image of Dr. Anuradha Srivastava

Dr. Anuradha Srivastava

Student Scoring and Award Coordinators

Image of Dr. Rondi Davies

Dr. Rondi Davies

Image of Dr. Sanjay Koul

Dr. Sanjay Koul

Website Coordinators

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Dr. Alison Mello

Image of Dr. Sushma Teegala

Dr. Sushma Teegala


Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) is a professional organization comprised of college and university biologists in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Region.

Founded in 1967, MACUB’s purpose is to stimulate dialogue among college and university biologists, provide members with a forum to present the results of their scientific and educational research, and to resolve transfer, and articulation problems between two and four year colleges.

Recently, MACUB initiated a number of grants and awards available to its members in support and recognition of research and scholarship.

MACUB, a federally recognized and tax-exempt non-profit corporation registered in New York State, is governed by an Executive Board elected by its members. The actions of the Board are governed by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

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