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Kelle Cruz

Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy Department

Office: HN 1227
Tel: (212) 772-6486
Fax: (212) 772-5390

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Areas of Research: Observational Astronomy. Optical and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Low-Mass stars and Brown Dwarfs.  Low-mass Populations of Young Moving Groups.

Vanya Quinones-Jenab

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology

Office: HN602
Tel: (212) 772-4640
Fax: (212) 650-3018



Areas of Research: Our group is trying to understand neurological mechanisms which underlie sex differences in responses to stressors, such as pain and drugs of abuse. To understand these questions we are using an integrated approach combining molecular, cellular, physiological and behavioral techniques such as in situhistochemistry, RNA solution hybridization, RT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, radioimmunoassay, and behavioral monitoring.

Regina Miranda

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Office: HN734
Tel: (212) 772-4809
Lab website:



Areas of Research: Our research seeks to elucidate social-cognitive processes relevant to the onset, maintenance, and treatment of depression in adolescence and young adulthood, by studying the way in which normal thought processes become abnormal. This program of research seeks to translate methodology developed in the field of social cognition to the study of important clinical phenomena.

Haydee Salmun

Associate Professor
Department of Geography

Office: HN1041
Tel: (212) 772-5224
Fax: (212) 772-5268



Areas of Research: Professor Salmun's interests are in the areas of environmental fluid mechanics, climate dynamics, oceanography, and coastal processes. Her research concentrates on understanding and modeling processes, particularly as applied to interdisciplinary aspects of atmospheric, marine, and environmental sciences. While at Hunter, she has been engaged in research that investigates the coupling of the atmosphere and the land surface in global climate models.

Shirley Raps

Professor and Chair
Biology Department

Office: HN927
Tel: (212) 772-5281
Lab: HN931/933
(212) 772-5288
Lab website:



Areas of Research: Our long-term goal is to understand how environmentally regulated genes are expressed in the toxin-produced cynobacterium, Microcystis aeruginosa UV027, a fresh water organism reported to be a health hazard to animals and humans.

Lynn Francesconi

Chemistry Department

Office: HN1407
Tel: (212) 772-5353
Lab: HN1416
(212) 772-5384
Lab website:



Areas of Research: The Francesconi lab investigates the chemistry of technetium (Tc) and the lanthanides. As Tc-99m, technetium is most widely used isotope in the nuclear medicine clinic for the diagnosis of disease. The Francesconi lab, in collaboration with Diatide and Schering, has identified the structures of two recent targeted Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals, AcuTect™and NeoTect™ that are now in the clinic for imaging Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and lung tumors, respectively. The lab is transitioning to radiotherapy applications employing rhenium-188 (Re-188), the third row congener of Tc, as well as radiolanthanides.


Marilyn Rothschild

Director, Physical Sciences Learning Center
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office: HN1220A
Tel: (212) 650-3986
Fax: (212) 772-5390




Derrick Brazill

Associate Professor
Biology Department

Office: HN803
Tel: (212) 650-3144
Lab website:



Areas of Research: Our research focuses on signal transduction during development of Dictyostelium discoideum. The ability of mammalian cells to sense the density of the cells around them play an important role in cellular growth and differentiation. Without such an ability, a developing embryo would be unable to properly proportion its cells into different tissue types. Unfortunately, studying this phenomenon in mammals is made difficult due to their complexity and genetic intractability. Therefore, we study cell-density, or quorum sensing in the simple eukaryote Dictyostelium dicoideum.

Victoria Luine

Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology

Office: HN629
Tel: (212) 772-4223
Lab: (212) 772-4234



Areas of Research: Neuroendocrinology - the effects of hormones, stress, and gonadal on behavioral and neural function are studied. Behaviors include learning and memory, anxiety and depression.

Carol Oliver

School of Arts & Sciences
Office: HE1237
Tel: (212) 772-4937



Elizabeth Cardoso

Department of Educational Founadtions and Counseling Programs

Office: HW1120
Tel: (212) 772-4736

MIND Alliance


Areas of Research: Professor Cardoso has published extensively in the areas of substance abuse assessment and treatment, multicultural counseling, psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability, and evidence-based practice.

Candice Jenkins

Associate Professor
Department of English
Office: HW1236
Tel: (212) 772-5172



Areas of Research: African-American Literature; 20th Century American Literature

Weigang Qiu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Office: HN839
Tel: (212) 772-5296
Lab: HN830
Lab Tel: (212) 772-5271
Lab website:



Areas of Research: Evolutionary Bioinformatics & Microbial Diversity. I use computational and statistical approaches for understanding patterns and mechanisms of microbial diversity. My model organism for the study of bacterial population and genomic biology is the Lyme disease bacteria (the Borrelia burgdoreferi species complex). I am interested in uncovering the evolutionary history and mechanisms of this important vector-borne disease in terms of natural selection and biogeography. My lab is a part of a national team of scientists to perform the evolutionary comparison of multiple Borrelia genomes. On the informatics aspect, I am interested in developing software tools and informatics infrastures for phylogenetic analyses.

Virginia Teller

Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science

Office: HN1008
Tel: (212) 650-3074



Areas of Research: Natural Language Processing; Artificial Intelligence