The Department of Natural Sciences Faculty
Phone: (646) 660-6253
Location: Room 506C, 17 Lexington Ave.
John H. Wahlert, Ph.D., Harvard University (Vertebrate Paleontology), is a paleontologist who investigates the interrelationships of rodents based chiefly on cranial anatomy. His articles are published in American Museum Novitates and elsewhere. Research is carried out in the Mammalogy and the Vertebrate Paleontology Departments at the American Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Wahlert has arranged for students to conduct honors research there under his direction at the Museum. Dr. Wahlert served for six years as Chair of the Natural Sciences Department and for three years as Chair of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Personnel and Budget Committee.
Professor Wahlert is a member of the CUNY Graduate Faculty in Biology—specialization in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEB). He teaches a graduate course on Mammalogy and compiled a bibliography of classic works on mammals, which is available on the Museum of Natural History web site. He is also a Resource Faculty member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology.
“My research investigation into the relationships of living and extinct rodents began when I was an undergraduate at Amherst College and wrote an Honors Thesis on the microstructure of incisor enamel in fossil rodents. I shifted my focus to the examination of cranial foramina (holes in the skull) for my Ph.D. thesis. My most influential publication was a portion of my dissertation published by the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, in 1974. In this paper, I built on the work of others to establish a nomenclature for the description of cranial foramina in the most primitive rodents. The latest publication in this series concerns the ear bone of an early fossil rodent from North America.”
On a humorous note, an extinct beaver, Palaeocastor wahlerti, was recently described and named by Dr. William Korth.
Wahlert, John H. 2000.
Morphology of the auditory region in Paramys copei and other Eocene rodents from North America. Amer. Mus. Novitates, 3307: 1-16.
Carrasco, Marc A., and John H. Wahlert. 1999.
The cranial anatomy of Cricetops dormitor, an Oligocene fossil rodent from Mongolia. Amer. Mus. Novitates, 3275: 1-14.
Wahlert, John H. 1995.
Classification, biological. Pp. 42-44, in Academic American Encyclopedia, vol. 5. Grolier Inc., Danbury.
Wahlert, John H. 1993.
The fossil record. Pp. 1-37, in H. H. Genoways, ed., Biology of the Heteromyidae. Amer. Soc. Mammal., Spec. Publ., no. 10.
Wahlert, J. H., S. L. Sawitzke, and M. E. Holden. 1993.
Cranial anatomy and relationships of dormice (Rodentia, Myoxidae). Amer. Mus. Novitates, 3061: 1-32.
New anatomical structures evolve through modifications to development. Dr. Calamari’s research focuses on the way development, as well as accompanying changes in gene expression during development, are responsible for the evolution of complex anatomical structures. He integrates diverse lines of evidence, such as 3D geometric morphometrics and high-throughput transcriptomics (sequencing all the genes expressed in a given tissue at a given point in time), to answer these questions, with a focus on the evolution of cranial appendages (horns, antlers, and other bony outgrowths) of even-toed, hoofed mammals (artiodactyls). Dr. Calamari’s research interests also include inferring evolutionary trees and using comparative tree-based statistics to understand morphological and genomic evolution. He has studied a broad diversity of mammals, from bank voles to mammoths and mastodons, and is interested in mentoring student research that leverages high throughput sequencing data as well as the excellent collections at the American Museum of Natural History.
Phone: (646) 660-6231
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Dobi did her graduate work at Harvard University, where she studied transcriptional regulation in yeast. After receiving her Ph.D. in Genetics in 2007, she spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where she was the recipient of a NIH/Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship to study transcriptional regulation of muscle development in Drosophila melanogaster. Her work as a postdoc uncovered new roles for a dozen transcription factors in fruit fly muscle development.
Dr. Dobi’s current research focuses on the formation of unique muscles during fruit fly embryonic development. In particular, she is interested in how muscles with distinct sizes, shapes, attachments and innervations are formed by the interplay of different transcription factors during development. She uses molecular, cellular and genetic approaches to understand basic questions of cellular specification.
There are opportunities for students to join the research in the Dobi Lab; please contact Dr. Dobi for more information.
Schulman, VK, Dobi KC and Baylies MK. The morphogenesis of the somatic musculature in Drosophila, Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2015 Jul-Aug 4(4):313-34.
Dobi KC, Schulman, VK and Baylies MK. The specification of the somatic musculature in Drosophila, Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2015 Jul-Aug 4(4):357-75.
Kumar RP*, Dobi KC*, Baylies MK and Abmayr S. The Drosophila T-box transcription factor Midline determines specific muscle identities. Genetics. 2015 Jan; 199(3):777-91. *These authors contributed equally to this work.
Dobi KC, Halfon, MS and Baylies MK. Whole genome analysis of muscle founder cells implicates the chromatin regulator Sin3A in muscle identity. Cell Reports. 2014 Aug; 8(3):858-70.
Wong MC, Dobi KC and Baylies MK. Discrete levels of Twist activity are required to direct multiple cell functions during gastrulation and somatic myogenesis. PLoS One. 2014 May; 9(6):e99553.
Dobi KC, Metzger T and Baylies MK. Characterization of early steps in muscle morphogenesis in a primary culture system. Fly. 2011 Apr; 5(2):68-75.
Phone: 646 660-6252
Location: 17 Lexington Ave, room 506B
I was born and raised in New York City, but decided to travel away from home for my education. I received my B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College in Iowa. As a college student I was first exposed to laboratory research and found that I enjoyed the hands-on aspect of doing science. I decided to continue my science education and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school, where I earned a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Upon returning from the Midwest, I spent several years as a Research Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. At Einstein I began to study the biology of melanized fungi, the subject of my current research.
My research interests focus on fundamental questions in the biology of melanotic fungi. Melanins are a family of related compounds that have remarkable physical properties. They are found throughout the natural world and have diverse functions ranging from camouflage and display, to protection from ultraviolet radiation and enhancement of virulence in microbes.
Melanins are found in many fungi, including known pathogens, and play important roles in both pathogenesis and environmental survival. I study melanization in Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungal pathogen that is a relatively frequent cause of disease in immunocompromised individuals.
Microbiology (BIO 4004)
Survey of the Living World (BIO 1003)
Eisenman, H.C., Frases-Carvajal, S., Nicola, A., Rodrigues, M.L., and Casadevall, A. Vesicle-associated melanization in Cryptococcus neoformans. In Press.
Eisenman, H. C., Mues, M., Weber, S. E., Chaskes, S., Gerfen, G. and Casadevall, A. (2007) Cryptococcus neoformans laccase catalyzes melanin synthesis from both D- and L-DOPA. Microbiology. 153: 3954-3962
Eisenman, H. C., Casadevall, A. and McClelland, E. E. (2007) New Insights on the Pathogenesis of Invasive Cryptococcus neoformans infection. Curr. Infect. Dis. Rep. 9: 457-464.
Garcia-Rivera, J., Eisenman, H. C., Nosanchuk, J. D., Aisen, P., Zaragoza, O., Moadel, T., Dadachova, E. and Casadevall, A. (2005) Comparative analysis of Cryptococcus neoformans acid-resistant particles generated from pigmented cells grown in different laccase substrates. Fungal Genetics and Biology. 42: 989-998.
Eisenman, H. C., Nosanchuk, J. D., Webber, J. B. W., Emerson, R. J., Camesano, T. A., and Casadevall, A. (2005) The microstructure of cell wall-associated melanin in the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Biochemistry. 44: 3683-3693.
Phone: (646) 660-6200
Location: Rm 506, 17 Lexington Ave
Pablo Peixoto is an Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences. He completed his PhD studies in Cell Biophysics at the University of Extremadura, Spain in 2006. His research provided the first plausible explanation of how mitochondria import proteins from the cell cytoplasm without compromising the permeability barrier that is essential for energy production. In 2007, Professor Peixoto moved to New York University to study therapeutic approaches for control of cell death. He was awarded the “Young Bioenergeticist Award” from the Biophysical Society in 2010. The following year he moved to the Weill Cornell Medical College, where he studied the role of mitochondria in neurodegenerative diseases that assail the aging human population. His current research at Baruch College pertains to understanding how mitochondria interact with the rest of the cell in health and disease contexts.
Phone: (646) 660-6203
Location: Rm 906B, 23rd St. building
Valerie Schawaroch received her Ph.D. in October 2000 from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (Biology: ecology, evolution and behavior). She subsequently served as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project conducted at the American Museum of Natural History.
“I study the evolutionary history of fruit flies in the family Drosophilidae. My research employs both molecular and morphological techniques to identify species and determine relationships among these species. Molecular techniques employed are DNA isolation, PCR amplification (to make copies of trace amounts of DNA) and DNA sequencing (to read the genetic code of the fly species). The morphology or external features of these tiny flies are examined with traditional light microscopes as well as the scanning electron microscope and the confocal laser scanning microscope. My current collaborations are with researchers at the American Museum of Natural History, The City College of New York and The Newark Museum.”
Klaus, A.V., V. Kulasekara and V. Schawaroch. 2003.
Three-Dimensional Visualization of Insect Morphology Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. Journal of Microscopy. In press.
Schawaroch, Valerie. 2002.
Phylogeny of a paradigm lineage: the Drosophila melanogaster species group (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 76: 21-37. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com
Brower, A. V. Z. and V. Schawaroch. 1996.
Three steps of homology assessment. Cladistics. 12: 265-272. http://www.sciencedirect.com/, 13: 34-40.
Department of Natural Sciences, Rm 506, 17 Lexington Ave
Zully Santiago is a lecturer in Biology at Baruch. She holds a PhD in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She did her undergraduate work at John Jay College, earning a BS in forensic science/molecular biology and a BA in government/political science. She taught at Hunter College before joining Baruch.
Her publications include:
Phone: (646) 660-6238
Location: Rm 506, 17 Lexington Ave
Rebecca Spokony joins Baruch as Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences. Her lab focuses on hormonal regulation of development, which she started examining at the University of Arizona during her Ph.D. work on central nervous system reorganization during metamorphosis of Drosophila melanogaster. She continued examining the genome-wide targets of the two main hormones involved in metamorphosis, ecdysone and juvenile hormone during postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago. Professor Spokony was a member of the ModENCODE consortium, producing publicly available reagents and transcription factor DNA-binding data for ~125 factors. Her current research involves following-up with genetic studies of new regulators and targets involved in these hormonal pathways. She is studying how organisms integrate environmental conditions such as nutrition and circadian rhythm to produce appropriate developmental outcomes.
Dr. Bengston is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist, generally interested in how repeatable behavioral variation between individuals, colonies, populations and species affect evolutionary processes. She is particularly interested in the evolution of new life-history strategies and ecological speciation. Prior to joining the faculty at Baruch, she was a Huxley Faculty Fellow (2017-2018) at Rice University in Houston, TX and a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) in the lab of Christian Rabeling at the University of Rochester (now at Arizona State University). She received her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Entomology from the University of Arizona (2010-2015) under the guidance of Anna Dornhaus. She earned her BcS in EEB from the University of Tennessee where she was also a member of Susan Riechert’s lab.
A native of South Carolina, Stephen completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Clemson University before continuing on to degrees in Statistics (MA) and Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (MA, PhD) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing postdoctoral positions at the UCSB Marine Science Institute and the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, he joined Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Faculty in Biology (Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior subprogram) as an assistant professor in 2014.
Stephen’s work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive patterns in diversity (including impacts of human activities), how diversity impacts ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, and how ecology can inform, motivate, and learn from management actions. In order to consider these issues across multiple scales, his lab employs and connects field, lab, and quantitative techniques in various communities. Most of the lab’s field projects focus on understanding, restoring, and conserving coastal and aquatic communities in the Hudson River watershed (e.g., oyster reefs, salt marshes, tidal marshes, rivers), while computational work explore diversity patterns and impacts using big-data (focal areas include kelp and rain forests) and model development. He is also interested in communicating research findings to stakeholders and finding ways to connect education and research.
There are openings for new students (undergraduate and graduate) in the lab who share similar interests. Interested students should contact Dr. Gosnell at firstname.lastname@example.org; you can also find more information at http://www.gosnelllab.com/
David Gruber is Presidential Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Baruch College, City University of New York and serves on the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY Macaulay Honors College. He is also an Explorer for National Geographic, a Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History and an Adjunct Faculty member at the John B. Pierce Laboratory of the Yale School of Medicine.
His interdisciplinary research pertains to marine biology, genomics/transcriptomics of uncharacterized marine organism, deep-sea ecology, photosynthesis, biofluorescence and bioluminescence. He completed a PhD in biological oceanography from the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine, working to develop fluorescent proteins into modulatable probes with neurobiological and medical applications.
Prof. Gruber’s deep-diving scientific diving teams have discovered scores of unique biofluorescent compounds, several of which have been developed into tools to find better cancer drugs. A former tropical forester for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Gruber’s research utilizes Remote Operated Vehicles, extended-range SCUBA and soft robotics (in collaboration with the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory) to investigate corals, sponges and delicate forms of marine fauna. Gruber is passionate about utilizing modern technology to view the underwater world from marine creatures’ perspectives. In this vein, his group developed a “shark-eye” camera to gain a shark’s perspective of their marine environment. Gruber also led the first study to apply advanced deep machine learning techniques to better detect and classify Sperm Whale bioacoustics. He is currently working on sea turtle biology, following his discovery of biofluorescence in the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
In addition, Prof. Gruber is committed to communicating science to the general public. He serves as a scientific advisor and producer for WNYC Studio 360’s “Science and Creativity” series and his writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nature Medicine and The Best American Science Writing. He is the co-author of “Aglow in the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence” (Harvard University Press). He holds master’s degrees in coastal environmental management from Duke University and in journalism from Columbia University.
From 2017-2018, David was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Gruber was awarded the 2019 Lagrange Prize, the greatest international recognition for complex systems science, for his research “focused on the conservation of biodiversity, protection of resources and the safeguarding of ecosystems.”
Chester B. Zarnoch is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and is Graduate Faculty in the Biology Program at CUNY’s Graduate Center. He has been an active researcher in marine ecology and aquaculture since 2001 and has published papers on shellfish biology, sediment nitrogen cycling, salt marsh ecology, and intensive aquaculture. His current research aims to describe the biological and physical processes that influence ecosystem services derived from restored habitats in eutrophic estuaries. Zarnoch holds a Ph.D. in Biology (The Graduate Center – CUNY, 2006).
Location: Rm 506, 17 Lexington Avenue
Jean Gaffney completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Binghamton University (SUNY). She attended Yale University for her Ph.D. with Ann M. Valentine, where she studied the metal binding properties of a novel monolobal transferrin from the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Following her doctoral work, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science with Irit Sagi, where she focused on understanding a class of enzymes implicated in cancer known as the matrix metalloproteinases. She joined the Baruch faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Gaffney is interested in continuing to understand the role of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in diseases such as cancer. The MMPs have been implicated in homeostatic roles as well as in disease states, which makes them a challenging yet critical target for therapeutics.
J. Gaffney, I. Solomonov, E. Zehorai, I. Sagi. Multilevel Regulation of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Tissue Homeostasis Indicates Their Molecular Specificity In-Vivo. Matrix Biology. Accepted for publication on January 18, 2015.
F. Amos, K. Cole, R.L. Meserole, J.P. Gaffney, and A.M. Valentine. Titanium mineralization in ferritin: A room temperature non-photochemical preparation and biophysical characterization. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 2013; 18(3): 145-152.
J.P. Gaffney and A.M. Valentine. Beyond Bilobal: Transferrin homologs having unusual domain architecture. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta- General Subjects 2012; 1860(3): 212-217.
J.P. Gaffney and A.M. Valentine. The challenges of trafficking hydrolysis prone metals and ascidians as an archetype. Dalton Transactions 2011; 40(22): 5287-5385.
J.P Gaffney and A.M. Valentine. Contrasting synergistic anion effects in vanadium(V) binding to nicatransferrin versus human serum transferrin. Biochemistry 2009; 48(49): 11609-11611.
D.M. Sarno, J.J. Martin, S.M. Hira, C.J Timpson, J.P Gaffney and W.E. Jones. Enhanced conductivity of thin film polyaninline by self-assembled transition metal complexes. Langmuir 2007; 23(2): 879-884
Phone: (646) 660-6220
Ph.D.: Graduate Center, CUNY
Postdoctoral Research: Cornell University
Current Research Interests:
Research in my group focuses on thermally-activated heavy-atom tunneling (TAHAT) in organic chemistry. Thermally-activated heavy-atom tunneling is a process in which atom tunneling through the barrier may contribute to reaction rates. Determining levels of contributions of TAHAT (whether high or low) is key to understanding mechanistic details in organic reactions. My research provides a manageable route to assessing TAHAT by using computational methods. The mechanistic details that we study include reaction rates and kinetic isotope effects. The computations focus on reactions forming new carbon-carbon bonds. We computationally assess TAHAT, including potential “sweet spots” in mid and upper barrier regions to provide needed insight to mechanistic organic chemistry. My research is also being incorporated into the undergraduate organic curriculum at Baruch College. I also carry out outreach educational talks at local elementary schools with chemical demonstrations and experiments to convey the importance of fundamental science to the youngest generations of students.
The Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society Grant No. 54244-UR4 (2014-2018)
(*Baruch undergraduate student)
M. José Sosa, María Noel Urrutia, Patricia L. Schilardi, Matías I. Quindt, Sergio Bonesi, Dobrushe Denburg,* Mariana Vignoni, Alexander Greer, Edyta M. Greer, Andrés H. Thomas “Mono- and Bis-Alkylated Lumazine Sensitizers: Synthetic, Molecular Orbital Theory, Nucleophilic Index, and Photochemical Studies” 2020, submitted.
Helene C. Eisenman, Edyta M. Greer, Carolyn W. McGrail* “The Role of Melanins in Melanotic Fungi for Pathogenesis and Environmental Survival” Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2020, 104, 4247-4257.
Sasan Karimi, Shuai Ma, Michelle Qu, Biling Chen, Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Michelle C. Neary, William F. Berkowitz, Gopal Subramaniam “A New Synthesis of Biologically Active Pyrroles: Formal Synthesis of Pentabromopseudilin, Bimetopyrol, and Several Antitubercular Agents” Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, 2020, 57, 327-336.
Lauren P. Bejcek, Aswin K. Garimallaprabhakaran, Duygu M. Suyabatmaz, Alexander Greer, William H. Hersh, Edyta M. Greer, Ryan P. Murelli “Maltol- and Allomaltol-Derived Oxidopyrylium Ylides: Methyl Substitution Pattern Kinetically Influences [5 + 3] Dimerization versus [5 + 2] Cycloaddition Reactions” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2019, 84, 14670-14678.
Goutam Ghosh, Sarah J. Belh, Callistus Chiemezie, Niluksha Walalawela, Ashwini A. Ghogare, Mariana Vignoni, Andrés H. Thomas, Sherri A. McFarland,
Edyta M. Greer, Alexander Greer “S,S-Chiral Linker Induced U Shape with a Syn-facial Sensitizer and Photocleavable Ethene Group” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2019, 95, 293-305.
Edyta M. Greer, Kitae Kwon* “Density Functional Theory and ab initio Computational Evidence for Nitrosamine Photoperoxides: Hammett Substituent Effects in the Photogeneration of the Nitrooxide Intermediate” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2018, 94, 975-984.
Edyta M. Greer, Kitae Kwon* “Overview of Computational Methods for Organic Chemists” Chapter 2 in Applied Theoretical Organic Chemistry, 2018, 31-65 (Dean J. Tantillo, Ed.)
Niluksha Walalawela, Mariana Vignoni, María Noel Urrutia, Sarah J. Belh, Edyta M. Greer, Andrés H. Thomas, Alexander Greer “Kinetic Control in the Regioselective Alkylation of Pterin Sensitizers: A Synthetic, Photochemical, and Theoretical Study” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2018, 94, 834-844.
Charles Doubleday, Randy Armas, Dana Walker, Christopher V. Cosgriff*, Edyta M. Greer “Heavy-Atom Tunneling Calculations in Thirteen Organic Reactions: Tunneling Contributions are Substantial, and Bell’s Formula Closely Approximates Multidimensional Tunneling at ≥250 K” Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English, 2017, 56, 13099-13102. Highlighted by: (1) Gabriella Graziano Nature Reviews-Chemistry, 2017, 1, Article number: 0086, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41570-017-0086 and (2) Steven Bacharach Computational Chemistry Highlights http://www.compchemhighlights.org/2017/12/heavy-atom-tunneling-calculations-in.html
Ashwini A. Ghogare, Ciro J. Debaz, Marilene Silva Oliveira, Inna Abramova, Prabhu P. Mohapatra, Kitae Kwon,* Edyta M. Greer, Fernanda Manso Prado, Hellen P. Valério, Paolo Di Mascio, Alexander Greer “Experimental and DFT Computational Insight into Nitrosamine Photochemistry – Oxygen Matters” Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2017, 121, 5954-5966.
Sasan Karimi, Shuai Ma, Yanan Liu, Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, Kitae Kwon,* William F. Berkowitz, Gopal Subramaniam “Substituted Pyrrole Synthesis from Nitrodienes” Tetrahedron Letters, 2017, 58, 2223-2227.
Edyta M. Greer, Kitae Kwon,* Alexander Greer, Charles Doubleday “Thermally Activated Tunneling in Organic Reactions” Tetrahedron, 2016, 72, 7357-7373.
Keith Ramig, Gopal Subramaniam, Sasan Karimi, David J. Szalda, Allen Ko,* Aaron Lam,* Jeffrey Li,* Ani Coaderaj,* Leyla Cavdar,* Lukasz Bogdan,* Kitae Kwon,* Edyta M. Greer “Interplay of Nitrogen-Atom Inversion and Conformational Inversion in Enantiomerization of 1H-1-Benzazepines” Journal of the Organic Chemistry, 2016, 81, 3313-3320.
Sasan Karimi, Shuai Ma, Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Gopal Subramaniam “Oxidative Ring-contraction of 3H-1-Benzazepines to Quinoline Derivatives” Tetrahedron Letters, 2015, 56, 6886-6889.
Marilene Silva Oliveira, Ashwini A. Ghogare, Inna Abramova, Edyta M. Greer, Fernanda Manso Prado, Paolo Di Mascio, Alexander Greer “Mechanism of Photochemical O-Atom Exchange in Nitrosamines with Molecular Oxygen” Journal of the Organic Chemistry, 2015, 80, 6119-6127.
Edyta M. Greer, Cesar S. Quezada,* Christopher V. Cosgriff* “Butylated Hydroxytoluene Enediyne: Access to Diradical and Electrophilic Quinone Methide Intermediates” Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 2015, 28, 365-369.
Allen Ko,* Aaron Lam,* Jeffrey Li,* Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Gopal Subramaniam, Keith Ramig “Regioselective Alkylation Reactions of 2,4-Diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine Give Either 3-alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines or 1-alkyl-1H-1-benzazepines” Tetrahedron Letters, 2014, 55, 4386-4389.
Edyta M. Greer, Christopher V. Cosgriff,* Charles Doubleday “Computational Evidence for Heavy-Atom Tunneling in the Bergman Cyclization of a 10-Membered-Ring Enediyne” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 10194-10197. (highlighted on the website of JACS and by Steven Bacharach in Computational Chemistry Highlights (http://www.compchemhighlights.org/2013/07/tunneling-in-bergman-cyclization.html))
Edyta M. Greer, Christopher V. Cosgriff* “Reaction Mechanisms: Pericyclic Reactions” Annual Reports Section “B” (Organic Chemistry), 2013, 109, 328-350.
Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Allen Ko,* Laura Boulos,* Jiansan Gu,* Nathan Dvorkin,* Hema Bhramdat, Gopal Subramaniam, “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Isomerism in Substituted 2-Aryl-3H-1-benzazepines: Toward Isolable Atropisomeric Benzazepine Enantiomers” Journal of the Organic Chemistry, 2013, 78, 8028-8036.
Sasan Karimi, Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, William F. Berkowitz, Prakash Prasad, Gopal Subramaniam, “Tandem Ring-Contraction/Decarbonylation of 2,4-Diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine to 2,4-Diphenylquinoline” Tetrahedron 2013, 69, 147-151.
Edyta M. Greer, Christopher V. Cosgriff,* Olga Lavinda* “A Curtin-Hammett Pentamethylene Chain Symmetrization Process in the Bergman Cyclization of an 11-Membered-Ring Enediyne” Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry, 2012, 25, 1293–1298.
Edyta M. Greer, Christopher V. Cosgriff* “Reaction Mechanisms: Pericyclic Reactions” Annual Reports Section “B” (Organic Chemistry), 2012, 108, 251-271.
Edyta M. Greer, Mariya Tolmachova “Marie Curie: Pioneering Discoveries and Humanitarianism” Helvetica Chimica Acta, 2011, 94, 1893-1907. (featured in CUNY Research Newsletter 2012, 7, 8)
Edyta M. Greer, Olga Lavinda* “Theoretical Study of the Bergman cyclization of 2,3-Diethynyl-1-nitrotropylium Ion: Formation of a Nitroxide Radical Amenable to EPR Detection for Biological Applications” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010, 75, 8650-8653.
Keith Ramig, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Rabail Razi,* Fahima Mahir,* Nataliya Pokeza,* Wei Wong,* Benjamin Kaplan,* Joanne Lam,* Ayesha Mannan,* Christopher Missak,* Dat Mai,* Gopal Subramaniam, William F. Berkowitz, Prakash Prasad, Sasan Karimi, Ngai Hin Lo, and Linas V. Kudzma “Experimental and Theoretical Studies of a One-flask Synthesis of 3H-1-Benzazepines from 2-Haloanilines and alpha,beta-Unsaturated Ketones” The European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010, 2363-2371.
Edyta M. Greer, Roald Hoffmann “Metalla-Cope Rearrangements: Bridging Organic and Inorganic Chemistry” Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2010, 26, 2248-2255. (highlighted on the front page of the website of the American Chemical Society, and it was the second most accessed paper in the first three months of 2010 for the JPChem A)
Edyta M. Greer, David J. Aebisher, Alexander Greer, Ronald Bentley “Computational Studies of the Tropone Natural Products, Thiotropocin, Tropodithietic Acis, and Troposulfenin. Significance of Keto-Thiol Tautomerism” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2008, 73, 280-283.
Edyta M. Brzostowska, Roald Hoffmann, Carol A. Parish “Tuning the Bergman Cyclization by Introduction of Metal Fragments at Various Positions of the Enediyne. MetallaBergman Cyclizations” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129, 4401-4409.
Aaron T. Frank, Nicola S. Farina, Nahed Sawwan, Mo Qi, Edyta M. Brzostowska, Frank W. Grasso, Paul Haberfield, Alexander Greer “Natural Macromolecules Have a Limited Structural Diversity?” Molecular Diversity 2007, 11, 115-118.
David J. Aebisher, Edyta M. Brzostowska, Nahed Sawwan, Rafeal Ovalle, Alexander Greer “Implication for the Existence of a Heptasulfur Linkage in Natural o-Benzopolysulfanes” Journal of Natural Products, 2007, 70, 1492-1494.
Edyta M. Brzostowska, Martine Paulynice, Ronald Bentley, Alexander Greer “Planar Chirality Due to a Polysulfur Ring in Natural Pentathiepin Cytotoxins. Implications of Planar Chirality for Enantiospecific Biosynthesis and Toxicity” Chemical Research in Toxicology, 2007, 20, 1046-1052.
David J. Aebisher, Edyta M. Brzostowska, Mahendran Adaickpillai, Alexander Greer “Regioselective (Biomimetic) Synthesis of a Pentasulfane from ortho-Benzoquinone” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2007, 72, 2951-2955.
Nahed Sawwan, Edyta M. Brzostowska, Alexander Greer “Substituent Effects on the Reactivity of Benzo-1,2-dithiolan-3-one 1-Oxides and Their Possible Application to the Synthesis of DNA-Targeting Drugs” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2005, 70, 6968-6971.
Edyta M. Brzostowska, Alexander Greer “Polysulfane Antitumor Agents from o-Benzyne. An Odd-Even Alternation Found in the Stability of Products o-C6H4Sx (x=1-8)” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2004, 69, 5483-5485.
Edyta M. Brzostowska, Alexander Greer “The Role of Amine in the Mechanism of Pentathiepin (Polysulfur) Antitumor Agents” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2003, 125, 396-404.
(name appears as Edyta M. Brzostowska before 2008)
The Greer Research Group
Current Group Members (Quants):
Dobrushe Denburg (September 2019-Present)
Ayelet Segal (September 2019-Present)
Victor Siev (September 2019-Present)
Former Group Members:
19. Carolyn McGrail (May 2018-June 2019)
18. Henry Wu (January 2019-June 2019)
17. Frankie Banevides (Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2018)
16. Thuong Tran (Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2018)
15. Kitae (Mikey) Kwon (Aug. 2014 – June 2017)
14. Anastasia Badziai (Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2015)
13. Elena Votto (Feb. 2015 – Aug. 2015)
12. Jade Marino Creto (Aug. 2014 – June 2015)
11. Lukasz Bogdan (Sept. 2013 – June 2014)
10. John Ortiz (Sept. 2013 – present)
9. Cesar Quezada (Sept. 2012 – May 2013)
8. Michael Erdos (Sept. 2012 – Dec. 2012)
7. Irina Kushenazarova (Jan. 2011 – May 2012)
6. Christopher V. Cosgriff (Jan. 2011 – May 2013)
5. Nathan Dvorkin (Sept. 2010 – Aug. 2012)
4. Janna Petrovich (Jan. 2010 – May 2011)
3. Dat Mai (Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2010)
2. Rose Connor (Sept. 2008 – Dec. 2008)
1. Olga Lavinda (Sept. 2008 – Jan. 2011)
Phone: (646) 660-6219
Location: Room 804A, 17 Lexington Ave
Chandrika Kulatilleke, Ph. D. (Bio-Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry – Wayne State University- 2000)
Post-Doctoral – Biochemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Visiting Professorship – Northwestern University
Baruch College Grant Development Program Award – 2017
Visiting Professorship – Duke University – 2016-2017
My research interests can be broadly divided into two categories: Bio-inorganic chemistry & Environmental chemistry.
Bio-inorganic chemistry – I am interested in looking at the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of transition metal complexes which are formed with macrocyclic ligands and explore their functions, properties and structure-activity relationships in biological systems. I am particularly interested in understanding the aspects of “macrocylic effect” of these metal complexes.
Environmental chemistry – I am also interested in exploring the field of pesticides and their effects on the environment. This relates to the analysis of pesticide residues on fruits, vegetables and other commodities as well as the effects of these residues on bodies of water.
C. P. Kulatilleke
“Characterization and Properties of the Copper(II/I) Complexes of Macrocyclic Hexathiaether Ligand [21[aneS6,” Polyhedron 2007, 26 (6), 1166-1172.
C.P. Kulatilleke, S.A. de Silva and Y. Eliav*
“A Coumarin Based Fluorescent Photo Induced Electron Transfer Cation Sensor,” Polyhedron 2006, 25 (13), 2593-2596.
(* – Baruch College Science-Major Undergraduate Student)
S.H. Kakos, L.T. Dressel, J. D. Bushendorf, C.P. Kotarba, P. Wijesinghe, C. P. Kulatilleke, M.P. McGillivary, G. Chaka, M.J, Heeg, L.A. Ochrymowycz, D.B. Rorabacher
“Effect of Constrained Donor Atom Orientations on the Stabilities, Complexation Kinetics, Redox Potentials, and Structures of Macrocyclic Polythiaether Complexes. Coper(II) Complexes with Cyclopentanediyl Derivatives of aneS4 in 80% Methanol,” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 2006, 45 (2), 923-034.
“Thiaether Ligands as Unique Copper Chelators” J. of Inorg. Biochem. 2003, 96, 1, 172
P. Wijetunge, C. P. Kulatilleke, L.T. Dressel, M. J. Heeg, L. A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
“Effect of Conformational Constraints on Gated Electron-Transfer Kinetics. 3. Copper(II/I) Complexes with cis and trans-Cyclopentanediyl-anes4,” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 2000, 39, (13), 2897-2905.
C.P. Kulatilleke, S.N. Goldie, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
Formation and Dissociation Kinetics and Crystal Structures of Nickel(II) Macrocyclic tetrathia- ether Complexes in Acetonitrile. Comparison to Nickel(II) Macrocyclic Tetramines,” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemica Society) 2000, 39, (7), 1444-1453.
C.P. Kulatilleke, S.N.Goldie, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
“Unusually High Selectivity of Polythiaethers for Copper(II) over Nickel(II),” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 1999, 38, (25), 5906-5909.
K. Krylova, C.P. Kulatilleke, M.J. Heeg, C.A. Salhi, L.A. Ochrymowycz and D.B. Rorabacher
“A Structural Strategy for Generating Rapid Electron-Transfer Kinetics in Copper(II/I) Systems,” Inorg. Chem. (American Chemical Society) 1999, 38, (19), 4322-4328.
A.M. Mubarak and C.P. Kulatilleke,
“Sulphur Constituents of Neem Seed Volatiles: A Revision, ” Phytochemistry (Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd. Oxford) 1990, 29, 3351-3352
Montclair State University
Phone: (646) 660-6243
Location: Room 607, 17 Lexington Ave
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (1988)
Postdoctoral work, Cornell University
I began my career as an R&D chemist in the pharma industry, working on new methods for the synthesis of drug candidates. My research since coming to Baruch in 1998 started in the area of organofluorine chemistry (synthesis of halogenated anesthetic enantiomers), and currently focuses on the study of benzazepines, which are little-studied analogues of the benzodiazepine pharmaceuticals. Our group of undergraduate researchers devised one of the few general methods for obtaining these rare compounds, and is currently studying their properties with the eventual goal of testing their possible biological activity. Another facet of our research deals with indigo-like dye molecules, which are well known as components of the historical dye Tyrian Purple. Our goal is to explain the highly variable color of these dyes when they are applied to fabrics. Both of these projects involve collaboration with professors and students at Hunter College, Queensborough Community College, and Queens College.
On the administrative side, I am Deputy Chair of Chemistry, responsible for staffing the chemistry teaching schedule, and for hiring chemistry adjunct instructors. I am also Baruch’s Health Professions Advisor, and am co-chair of the Department of Natural Sciences Recommendations Committee. That Committee puts together departmental recommendations for our students applying to medical and dental schools.
PUBLICATIONS since 1998 (* indicates a Baruch undergraduate student researcher)
S. Karimi, S. Ma, M. Qu, B. Chen, K. Ramig, E. M. Greer, D. J. Szalda, M. C. Neary, W. F. Berkowitz, G. Subramanian “A New Synthesis of Biologically Active Pyrroles: Formal Synthesis of Pentabromopseudilin, Bimetopyrol, and Several Antitubercular Agents” J. Heterocyclic Chem. 2020, 57:327-336.
H. H. C. Lakmal, J. X. Xu, X. Xu, B. Ahmed,* C. Fong,* D. J. Szalda, K. Ramig, A. Szygula, C. E. Webster, D. Zhang, X. Cui “Synthesis of C-Unsubstituted 1,2-Diazetidines and Their Ring-Opening Reactions via Selective N-N Bond Cleavage” J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83:9497-9503.
S. Karimi, S. Ma, Y. Liu, K. Ramig, E. M. Greer, K. Kwon,* W. F. Berkowitz, G. Subramaniam “Substituted Pyrrole Synthesis from Nitrodienes” Tetrahedron Letters 2017, 58:2223-2227.
K. Ramig, A. Islamova,* J. Scalise,* S. Karimi, O. Lavinda,* C. Cooksey, A. Vasileiadou, I. Karapanagiotis “The Effect of Light and Dye Composition on the Color of Dyeings with Indigo, 6-Bromoindigo, and 6,6’-Dibromoindigo, Components of Tyrian Purple” Structural Chemistry 2017, 28:1553-1561.
K. Ramig, G. Subramaniam, S. Karimi, D. J. Szalda, A. Ko,* A. Lam,* J. Li,* A. Coaderaj,* L. Cavdar,* L. Bogdan,* K. Kwon,* E. M. Greer, “Interplay of Nitrogen-Atom Inversion and Conformational Inversion in Enantiomerization of 1H‑1-Benzazepines” J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81:3313–3320.
K. Ramig, O. Lavinda*, D. J. Szalda, I. Mironova*, S. Karimi, F. Pozzi, N. Shah, J. Samson, H. Ajiki, L. Massa, D. Mantzouris, I. Karapanagiotis, C. Cooksey “The Nature of Thermochromic Effects in Dyeings with Indigo, 6-Bromoindigo, and 6,6’-Dibromoindigo, Components of Tyrian Purple” Dyes and Pigments 2015, 117:37-48.
S. Karimi, S. Ma, K. Ramig, E. M. Greer, D. J. Szalda, G. Subramaniam “Oxidative Ring-Contraction of 3H-1-Benzazepines to Quinoline Derivatives” Tetrahedron Letters 2015, 56:6886-6889.
A. Ko*, A. Lam*, J. Li* E. M. Greer, D. J. Szalda, S. Karimi, G. Subramaniam, K. Ramig “Regioselective Alkylation Reactions of 2,4-Diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine give either 3-Alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines or 1-Alkyl-1H-1-benzazepines” Tetrahedron Letters 2014, 55:4386-4389.
K. Ramig, E. Greer, D. J. Szalda, S. Karimi, A. Ko*, L. Boulos*, J. Gu*, N. Dvorkin*, H. Bhramdat, G. Subramaniam, “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Isomerism in Substituted 2-Aryl-3H-1-Benzazepines: Toward Isolable Atropisomeric Benzazepine Enantiomers” Journal of Organic Chemistry 2013, 78:8028-8036.
K. Ramig “Stereodynamic Properties of Medium-Ring Benzo-Fused Nitrogenous Heterocycles: Benzodiazepines, Benzazepines, Benzazocines, and Benzazonines” Tetrahedron 2013, 69:10783-10795.
O. Lavinda*, I. Mironova*, S. Karimi, F. Pozzi, J. Samson, H. Ajiki, L. Massa, K. Ramig “Singular Thermochromic Effects in Dyeings with Indigo, 6-Bromoindigo, and 6,6’-Dibromoindigo” Dyes and Pigments 2013, 96:581-589.
S. Karimi, K. Ramig, E. M. Greer, D. J. Szalda, W. F. Berkowitz, P. Prasad, G. Subramaniam “Tandem Ring-contraction/Decarbonylation of 2,4-Diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine to 2,4-Diphenylquinoline” Tetrahedron 2013, 69:147-151.
K. Ramig, O. Lavinda*, D. J. Szalda “Highly Stereoselective Decarboxylation of (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoropropanoic Acid gives (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoroethane ((+)-Halothane) with Retention of Configuration” Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2012, 23:201-204.
D. J. Szalda, K. Ramig, O. Lavinda*, Z. C. Koren, L. Massa “6-Bromoindigo Dye” Acta Cryst. 2012, C68:o160-o163.
K. Ramig, E. M. Greer, D. J. Szalda, R. Razi*, F. Mahir*, N. Pokeza*, W. Wong*, B. Kaplan*, J. Lam*, A. Mannan*, C. Missak*, D. Mai*, G. Subramaniam, W. F. Berkowitz, P. Prasad, S. Karimi, N. H. Lo, L. V. Kudzma, “Experimental and Theoretical Studies of a One-flask Synthesis of 3H-1-Benzazepines from 2-Fluoroaniline and a,b-Unsaturated Ketones” European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2010, 2363-2371.
K. Ramig, S. Alli*, M. Cheng*, R. Leung*, R. Razi*, M. Washington*, L. V. Kudzma “Synthesis of 2,4-Diaryl-3H-1-benzazepines” Synlett, 2007, 2868-2870.
K. Ramig, “(+/-)-Halothane (2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane)” Electronic Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, 2007.
K. Ramig, “Synthesis and Reactions of Fluoroether Anesthetics.” Synthesis, 2002, 2627-2631.
K. Ramig, M. Englander*, F. Kallashi*, L. Livchits*, J. Zhou*, “Synthesis of Esters by Selective Methanolysis of the Trifluoromethyl Group.” Tetrahedron Letters, 2002, 43:7731-7734.
L. V. Kudzma, C. G. Huang, R. A. Lessor, L. A. Rozov, S. Afrin*, F. Kallashi*, C. McCutcheon*, K. Ramig, “Diisopropylethylamine Mono(hydrogen fluoride) for Nucleophilic Fluorination of Sensitive Substrates: Synthesis of Sevoflurane.” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 2001, 111:11-16.
R. L. Hanson, J. M. Howell, T. L. LaPorte, M. J. Donovan, D. L. Cazzulino, V. Zannella, M. A. Montana, V. B. Nanduri, S. R. Schwarz, R. F. Eiring, S. C. Durand, J. M. Wasylyk, W. L. Parker, M. S. Liu, F. J. Okuniewicz, B.-C. Chen, J. C. Harris, K. J. Natalie Jr, K. Ramig, S. Swaminathan, V. W. Rosso, S. K. Pack, B. T. Lotz, P. J. Bernot, A. Rusowicz, D. A. Lust, K. S. Tse, J. J. Venit, L. J. Szarka, R. N. Patel, “Synthesis of allysine ethylene acetal using phenylalanine dehydrogenase from Thermoactinomyces intermedius.” Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2000, 26:348-358.
K. Ramig, L. V. Kudzma, R. A. Lessor, L. A. Rozov, “Acid Fluorides and 1,1-Difluoroethyl Methyl Ethers as Fluoride Sources in Halogen-Exchange Reactions.” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 1999, 94:1-5.
P. L. Polavarapu, C. Zhao, K. Ramig, “Vibrational Circular Dichroism, Absolute Configuration and Predominant Conformations of Volatile Anesthetics: 1,2,2,2-Tetrafluoroethyl Methyl Ether.” Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 1999, 10:1099-1106.
L. A. Rozov, R. A. Lessor, L. V. Kudzma, and K. Ramig, “The Fluoromethyl Ether Sevoflurane as a Fluoride Source in Halogen-Exchange Reactions,” Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 1998, 88:51-54.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
K. Ramig “Asymmetric Fluoroorganic Chemistry” In P.V. Ramachandran (Ed.), Chiral Fluorinated Anesthetics American Chemical Society, 2000, pp. 282-292.
K.Ramig, D. Halpern “Asymmetric Synthesis and Resolutions of Fluorinated Volatile Anesthetics” In V. Soloshonok (Ed.), Enantiocontrolled Synthesis of Fluoro-Organic Compounds: Stereochemical Challenges and Biomedicinal Targets John Wiley & Sons, 1999, pp. 451-468.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS last five years (* indicates a Baruch undergraduate student researcher)
Ramig, K. “The Flip of the Rings: Atropisomerism and Dynamic Stereochemistry in Medium-ring Nitrogen Heterocycles” Presentation at Queens College, City University of New York, 11/2013.
Mironova, I.*, Lavinda, O.*, Ramig, K., Ajiki, H., Massa, L., Karimi, S. “Reflectance Analysis and Thermochromicity of Fabrics Dyed with Indigo, 6-Bromoindigo, and 6,6’-Dibromoindigo, Components of the Ancient Dye Tyrian Purple” Presentation at the 60th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the ACS, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York, NY, 5/ 2012.
Ko, A.*, Dvorkin, N.*, Boulos, L.*, Gu, J.*, Ramig, K., Greer, E., Szalda, D. J., Karimi, S., Subramaniam, G. “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Mobility in 2,4-Diaryl-3H-1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 60th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the ACS, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, New York, NY, 5/ 2012.
A. Ko*, N. Dvorkin*, L. Boulos*, J. Gu*, K. Ramig, E. Greer, D. J. Szalda, S. Karimi, G. Subramaniam “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Mobility in 2-Aryl-3H-1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the Marie Curie Nobel Centennial Symposium, Baruch College, New York, NY, 11/11.
A. Ko*, N. Dvorkin*, L. Boulos*, J. Gu*, K. Ramig, E. Greer, D. J. Szalda, S. Karimi, G. Subramaniam “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Mobility in 2-Aryl-3H-1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 10/11.
O. Lavinda*, K. Ramig, D. J. Szalda, Z. Koren and L. Massa “Crystal Structure and Thermochromic Studies of 6-Bromoindigo” Presentation at the 42nd National Organic Symposium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 6/11.
N. Dvorkin*, L. Boulos*, J. Gu*, D. J. Szalda, E. M. Greer, K. Ramig “Computational Analysis of Benzazepine Derivatives” Presentation at the New York Chemistry Students’ Association 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, 5/7/11.
J. Gu*, L. Boulos*, N. Dvorkin*, D. J. Szalda, E. M. Greer, K. Ramig “Synthesis of 3-Alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines Via Deprotonation and Alkylation of a 3H-1-Benzazepine” Presentation at the New York Chemistry Students’ Association 59th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, College of Mt. Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, 5/7/11.
C. Missak*, A. Mannan*, J. Lam*, E. M. Greer, K. Ramig “Factors Influencing the Isomer Distribution of Substituted 1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the New York Chemistry Students’ Association 58th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 5/8/10.
J. Lam*, A. Mannan*, C. Missak*, E. M. Greer, K. Ramig “Unravelling the Mechanism of a One-flask Synthesis of Benzazepines” Presentation at the New York Chemistry Students’ Association 58th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, 5/8/10.
N. H. Lo, H. Bramdat, S. Karimi, G. Subramaniam, K. Ramig “1H and 13C NMR Assignments and Conformational Studies of 3H-1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 238th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, D. C., 8/09.
N. H. Lo, S. Karimi, K. Ramig, G. Subramaniam “NMR Studies on the Conformational Exchange in 1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 236th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 8/08.
N. H. Lo, S. Karimi, K. Ramig, G. Subramaniam “NMR Studies on the Conformational Exchange in 1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 40th American Chemical Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY, 5/08.
K. Ramig, S. Alli*, M. Cheng*, R. Leung*, F. Mahir*, R. Razi*, M. Washington*, L. V. Kudzma “Synthesis of 3H-1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the 40th National Organic Symposium, Duke University, Durham, N. C., 6/07.
R. Razi*, S. Alli*, M. Cheng*, R. Leung*, F. Mahir*, M. Washington*, K. Ramig “Synthesis of Substituted 1-Benzazepines” Presentation at the New York Chemistry Students’ Association 55th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 5/5/07.Close
Office: Rm 802A, 17 Lexington Avenue
Orrette was born in the coastal town of Montego Bay in northwest Jamaica. He completed his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY). After graduating, he moved to Maryland to pursue his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County working with Katherine Seley-Radtke. His Ph.D. work focused on the design, methodological development and the synthesis of chemotherapeutic agents possessing anticancer, antiviral and antiparasitic activities. Following his doctoral work, he joined the laboratory of Lawrence Marnett at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, his work focused on understanding the chemistry and biology of the formation of DNA adducts that are derived from lipid and/or DNA peroxidation. These adducts can then be used as means of determining their roles in mutation and carcinogenesis. He joined the Baruch faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Wauchope is interested in understanding the chemical biology of quorum sensing (cell-cell communication) so as to decipher the bacterial lexicon. Quorum sensing has been implicated in several deleterious processes that are hallmarks of microbial infections in the body. Consequently, work in his lab is focused on developing chemical agents that disrupt this communication mechanism as well as to investigate the processing of the chemical signals that enable cell-cell communication.
Orrette R. Wauchope, Michelle M. Mitchener, William N. Beavers, James J. Galligan, Philip J. Kingsley, Thong Luong, Joshua P. Fessel, Lawrence Marnett. “Oxidative stress increases M1dG, a major peroxidation DNA adduct, in mitochondrial DNA.” Nucleic Acids Research, Just accepted, 2018.
James J. Galligan, Philip J. Kingsley, Orrette R. Wauchope, Michelle M. Mitchener, Jeannie M. Camarillo, James A. Wepy, Peter S. Harris, Kristofer S. Fritz, Lawrence J. Marnett. “Quantitative Analysis and Discovery of Lysine and Arginine Modifications.” Analytical Chemistry, 89, 2, 1299, 2017.
Orrette R. Wauchope, James J. Galligan, William N. Beavers, Michelle M. Mitchener, Philip J. Kingsley, Lawrence Marnett. “Nuclear Oxidation of a Major Peroxidation DNA Adduct, M1dG, in the genome.” Chemical Research in Toxicology, 28, 12, 2334, 2015.
Sarah Shuck, Orrette. R. Wauchope, Kristie Rose, Philip Kingsley, Carol Rouzer, Michael Shell, Norie Sugitani, Walter Chazin, I Zagollkapitte, O Boutaud, John Oates, James Galligan, William Beavers and Lawrence J. Marnett. “Protein modification by adenine propenal.” Chemical Research in Toxicology, 27, 10, 1732-1742, 2014.
Orrette R. Wauchope, Melvin Velasquez, Katherine Seley-Radtke. “Synthetic routes to a series of proximal and distal 2′-deoxy fleximers.” Synthesis, 22, 3496, 2012.
Orrette R. Wauchope, Cameron Johnson, Zhibo Zhang, Graciela Andrei, Robert Snoeck, Jan Balzarini, Katherine Seley-Radtke. “Synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of thieno-expanded tricyclic purine 2¢-deoxy nucleoside analogues.” Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 20, 9, 3009-3015, 2012.
Brittney Manvilla, Orrette Wauchope, Katherine Seley-Radtke, Alexander Drohat. “NMR Studies Reveal an Unexpected Binding Site for a Redox Inhibitor of AP Endonuclease 1.” Biochemistry, 50, 48, 10540-10549, 2011.
Orrette R. Wauchope, Matthew J. Tomney, Joseph L. Pepper, Brent E. Korba, Katherine Seley-Radtke. “Tricyclic 2′-C-Modified Nucleosides as Potential Anti-HCV Therapeutics.” Organic Letters, 12(20), 4466-4469, 2010.
Phone: (646) 660-6272
Address: 17 Lex, room 940
Stefan Bathe received his Ph. D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Muenster, Germany, in 2002. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of California, Riverside, from 2003-2007. In 2008, he became a Scientific Staff Fellow of the RIKEN-BNL-Research Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). In 2010, Prof. Bathe joined the faculty of Baruch College as an Associate Professor. From 2010 to 2015 he was jointly appointed as a Fellow of the RIKEN-BNL-Research Center at BNL. Prof. Bathe is also a faculty member of the PhD Program in physics at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Prof. Bathe’s research interest is in experimental high-energy nuclear physics. He is a member of the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at BNL, an international collaboration of 500 scientists. The experiment studies a new phase of strongly interacting matter, dubbed the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), that emerges at extremely high temperature and density. This is achieved by colliding heavy nuclei at relativistic energies and measuring the produced particles.
Prof. Bathe has worked on the measurement of neutral pions with electromagnetic calorimeters, which in 2001 led to the discovery of jet quenching in heavy ion collisions. In recent years, his group has focused on a new silicon vertex detector. The detector identifies D and B mesons through measurement of their decay vertex, providing insight into the mechanisms of energy loss of partons in the Quark-Gluon Plasma.
Prof. Bathe has taken a leading role in the experiment. He served as Physics Working Group Convenor, Run Coordinator, Analysis Coordinator, and on the Executive Council and Institutional Board.
Prof. Bathe’s research is sponsored by a grant from the Department of Energy.
“Suppression of hadrons with large transverse momentum in central Au+Au collisions at 130 GeV [per nucleon pair]“,
K. Adcox et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 022301 (2002)
“Absence of suppression in particle production at large transverse momentum in 200 GeV [per nucleon pair] d + Au collisions”,
S. S. Adler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 072303 (2003), 474 citations as of 3/2015
“Formation of dense partonic matter in relativistic nucleus-nucleus collisions at RHIC: Experimental evaluation by the PHENIX collaboration”,
K. Adcox et al., Nucl. Phys. A 757, 184 (2005), 1919 citations as of 3/2015
Find all of Prof. Bathe’s publications on inspirehep.net
Phone: (646) 660-6232
Location: Rm 608a, 17 Lexington Ave
Dr. Bourkoff is Professor of Physics in the Department of Natural Sciences and former Director of the Baruch College Honors Program (1998-2002). He is also a member of the doctoral faculty of The Graduate School and University Center’s Ph.D. Program in Physics. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California – Berkeley. His research areas have included the study of spurious oscillations in M-type backward-wave oscillators, antennas and rotary joints for microwave communication satellites, the dynamic behavior of semiconductor injection lasers, and dye laser mode-locking techniques. His current interests involve the generation and application of ultrashort laser pulses using novel mode-locking techniques, studies of femtosecond pulse compression, soliton propagation, and optical fiber sensors. He has approximately 75 publications in these various areas and has recently co-authored a book for freshmen engineering majors entitled Maple V for Engineers, published by Addison Wesley Longman, as a module in their Engineer’s Toolkit series.
Selected as 1985 Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation
Listed in numerous biographical references, such as Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in Technology Today, Biography International, Personalities of the West and Midwest, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and others.
Other Professional Activities
Reviewer for the National Science Foundation and IEEE
Chair, 1992 NSF Panel for Awarding Research Initiation Grants
Reviewer for Journal of Quantum Electronics, Optics Letters, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review, Applied Optics, Photonics Technology Letters.
NSF Combined Research-Curriculum Development Program, Panel Member
Selected Recent Publications
“Absorber versus trap model in solitary semiconductor lasers,” (with X. Y. Liu), Journal of Applied Physics, 67, pp. 2168-2170 (1990).
“Generation of Dark Solitons Under CW Background using Waveguide EO Modulators,” (with W. Zhao), Optics Letters, 15, pp. 405-407 (1990).
(with W. Zhao) “Distributed Fiber Sensing using Nonlinearly-induced Polarization Coupling,” Optics Letters, 17, pp. 856-858 (1992).
(with W. Zhao) “Generation, Propagation, and Amplification of Dark Optical Solitons”, Journal of Optical Society of America B, 9, pp. 1134-1144 (1992).
(with W. Zhao) “Nonlinear Polarization Coupling and its Application to High Resolution Distributed Fiber Sensing,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, pp. 2198-2210 (1993).
(with E. M. Alford) “Building Community through Teamwork and Technology: Innovations in Freshman Engineering Courses,” 15th Annual Freshman Year Experience Conference, University of South Carolina, February 18-20 (1996).
(with D. B. Meade) Engineering Applications for the First Two Years, 1997 ASEE Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June, 1997).
(with D. B. Meade) Maple V for Engineers, Engineer’s Toolkit Series, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-8053-36445-5, 154 pages (1998).
Phone: (646) 660-6255
Location: Rm 502, 17 Lexington Ave
Sultan Catto, Ph.D., Yale University (Mathematical Physics), has made important contributions to the development of elementary particle physics particularly in the area of dynamical supersymmetry, and in mathematics in the areas of spectral theory of automorphic forms and octonionic projective geometries with applications to quantum mechanics. He is a professor and Executive Officer for the Ph.D. Program in Physics at the CUNY Graduate School, Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University.
Professor Catto was the U.S. winner of Mathematics competitions (Math Olympiads) and spent eight months research fellowship at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also on the permanent International Advisory Board of the “International Conferences on Differential Geometric Methods in Theoretical Physics”, “International Conferences on Symmetries and Strings,” and “International Wigner Symposia”, together with internationally renowned scientists and Nobel Laureates in physics and Fields Medalists in mathematics. He has had short term physics professorships at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Academia Sinica (Chinese Academy of Sciences) in Beijing, and Nankai University in Tianjin, China and International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He was a panel member on Hollywood and Science at International Hamptons Film Festival sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is a permanent member of the International Counsel for Development of Science and Technology in Peru. He was awarded the “Benjamin W. Lee Prize” by the International School of Sub-Nuclear Physics (Ettore Majorana) in Sicily (referees were Nobel Laureates T.D. Lee, S. Glashow and E.P. Wigner), Italy, for his work on quark-diquark supersymmetry.
Starting with a series of papers published between 1985 and the present, he and his collaborators (mainly Feza Gursey) exploited internal (dynamical) supersymmetries to construct a combined classification scheme for mesons and baryons. Theoretical models they developed led to existence of multiquark bound states which were recently grounded in experiments (for example a0 (980) and f0(975) are of this type).
More recently he is completing a book on “Algebraic Approaches to Particle Theory” with H.C. Tze of Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and VPI. The book deals with Relativistic Quark Models, Constraint Superalgebras, Supergroups in Critical Dimensions and Lattices Generated by Discrete Jordan Algebras. Another book on “Octonionic Structures in Physics” is near its completion (with Carlos J. Moreno at Baruch and CUNY graduate school). Other problems they are currently looking at are:
1. Conformal structures in D=4; Quaternion Analyticity.
2. Euclidean Instantons from Chiral Superfields (N=2), Connections to Statistical Mechanical Models, Yang-Mills Theories.
3. Hyperbolic Extensions of Exceptional Groups and Unified Field Theories
4. Uniform Treatment of Chiral Symmetry and SU(4) Symmetry of Nuclear Forces.
5. Quaternionic and Octonionic Structures in Physics: Possible Octonionic Basis for Internal Symmetries in Nature.”
6. Multiquark states, especially recent results on pentaquarks and associated phenomenology based on split octonionic algebra approach.Close
Phone: (646) 660-6244
Adrian Dumitru received his PhD in physics from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt University, Germany, in fall of 1997. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at Yale University from 04/1998 to 09/1999. This was followed by two postdoc positions at Columbia University in New York (1999-2001) and at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island (2001-2002). From 01/2003 until 07/2008 he held a position as Assistant Professor at the ITP, Frankfurt University before joining the Department of Natural Sciences at Baruch in august 2008. Until Aug. 2013 he was simultaneously appointed Associate Professor at Baruch College and a fellow of the RIKEN/BNL research center. He is since a Professor of Physics at Baruch College
His research focuses on the physics of Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of the strong interactions, at very high energies. The main motivation is to understand a primordial state of matter which emerges at temperatures exceeding 1012 where ordinary hadrons melt into the fundamental constituents of matter, quarks and gluons. This new “quark-gluon plasma” state of matter existed in the early universe for about 1μsec after the Big Bang and can be recreated in the laboratory by colliding heavy ions such as lead or gold nuclei at relativistic energies.
Dr. Dumitru has worked on models for high-energy particle collisions, on effective theories for the deconfined phase of QCD in terms of Polyakov loops, on the dynamics of the chiral symmetry breaking phase transition in high-energy collisions which generates the mass of particles, and on the so-called “Color Glass Condensate” theory for the gluon distribution of hadrons and nuclei at very high energy. Recently, he has worked intensely on understanding the properties of bound states of heavy quarks and anti-quarks, such as the “bottom” quark, at high temperatures. The goal is to obtain deeper insight into one of the fundamental properties of QCD: that is, the confinement of quarks in the vacuum versus their “liberation” at high temperatures.
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Phone: (646) 660-6234
Location: Rm 707A, 17 Lexington Ave
Ramzi Khuri received his PhD in Physics at Princeton University in 1991. He spent the past seven years as a researcher in theoretical physics. During (1991-93), he was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University. Another two years (1993-94 and 1995-96) were spent at CERN in Geneva, the leading high senergy physics research institute in the world, on a John Stuart Bell Scholarship in Quantum Physics. An additional two years (1994-95 and 1996-97) were spent as a research associate at McGill University. Most recently, he held a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellowship at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. This last position was at the rank of Lecturer, and was intended for five years to support unhindered research.
He resigned this position August 31st, 1998 in order to assume the tenure-track position at Baruch College. In the field of string theory, he has established an international reputation, having co-authored a review, which has now become a standard reference, and having published over 50 papers, receiving over 1,000 citations. In addition, he co-organized the conference From Superstrings to Supegravity at the Etorre Majorana Centre at Erice, Italy, in December 1992.
“My research career has concentrated mainly on the study of black holes, solitons and duality in string theory. The main motivation in this endeavour is an attempt to understand the nature of string theory as a theory of quantum gravity and uniting the four fundamental interactions of nature. Such a unified picture emerges via the introduction of duality maps, which relate seemingly different theories in various limits, and in which these theories appear as different phases of the same underlying theory. More recently, I have focused on the attempt to understand the quantum statistical-mechanical basis of the Bekenstein-Hawking (BH) black hole entropy formula from string theory and to a resolution of the Hawking radiation information paradox. The BH formula was derived recently for certain classes of black holes. I am currently engaged in trying to understand the physical basis for the success of this derivation and the correspondence between black holes and quantum-mechanical string states, a problem which lies at the heart of quantum gravity. In particular, fascinating new connections arise between black holes and certain soft-matter (polymer) systems.”
Ramzi R. Khuri, James Liu, Feng Chen and Wenbiao Gan
The Universality of Physics: A Festschrift in Honor of Deng Feng Wang, the Proceedings of the Deng Feng Wang Memorial Conference, Princeton, NJ, August 12, 2000 Kluwer Academic/Plenum (2001)
Ramzi R. Khuri
Fundamental Strings and Cosmology Phys. Lett. B520 (2001) 353-356 (North-Holland).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Remarks on Black Hole Degrees of Freedom in String Theory Nucl. Phys. B617 (2001) 365-374 (North-Holland).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Supersymmetric Soliton Solutions in String Theory, in A Concise Encyclopedia of Supersymmetry, Editors Jonathan Bagger, Steven Duplij and Warren Siegel Kluwer Academic Publishers, January 2001.
Ramzi R. Khuri
Black Holes, String Theory and Fundamental Physics, To appear in the Proceedings of the Deng Feng Wang Memorial Conference, The Universality of Physics: A Festschrift in Honor of Deng Feng Wang, Editors Ramzi R. Khuri, James Liu, Wenbiao Gan and Feng Chen, Princeton, NJ, August 12, 2000 Kluwer Academic/Plenum (2001) (based on talk given at conference, August, 2000).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Entropy and String/Black Hole Correspondence Nucl. Phys. B588 (2000) 253-262 (North-Holland).
Chris M. Hull and Ramzi R. Khuri
Worldvolume Theories, Holography and Timelike Dualities, Nucl. Phys. B575 (2000) 231-254 (North-Holland).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Black Holes, Strings and Polymers, In General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics, Eighth Canadian Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 1999, Editors C.P. Burgess and R.C. Myers, American Institute of Physics, AIP Conference Proceedings, Melville, NY, p.113-117 (based on talk given at conference, June 1999).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Black Holes, Thermodynamics and Polymers, In Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference Observing the Opening of The Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences at the American University of Beirut, The Mathematical Sciences After the Year 2000: A Prospective View, Editors K. Bitar, A. Chamseddine and W. Sabra, January 1999, World Scientific, p.71-76 (based on talk given at conference, January, 1999).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Magnetic Spatial Geometry and the Wu-Yang Ambiguity in Proceedings of the Workshop on Gauge-Invariant Variables in Gauge Theories, RIKEN Brookhaven National Laboratories, Upton, NY, May, 1999 (based on talk given at workshop, May 1999).
Ramzi R. Khuri
Self-Gravitating Strings and String/Black Hole Correspondence, Phys. Lett. B470 (1999) 73-76 (North-Holland).
Chris M. Hull and Ramzi R. Khuri
Branes, Times and Dualities, Nucl. Phys. B536 (1999) 219-244 (North-Holland).
Chris M. Hull and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Branes Times and Dualities, hep-th/9808069, QMW-PH-98-37, CAMS/98-04 (to appear in Nucl. Phys. B)
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Black Holes and Strings: the Polymer Link, Mod. Phys. Lett. A13 (1998) 1407-1411.
Nemanja Kaloper, Ramzi R. Khuri and Robert C. Myers.
On Generalized Axionic Reductions, Phys. Lett. B428 (1998) 297-314.
Michael J. Duff, Jonathan M. Evans, Ramzi R. Khuri, Jianxin Lu and Ruben Minasian.
The Octonionic Membrane, Nucl. Phys. B (Proc. Suppl.) 68 (1998) 295-302.
Michael J. Duff, Jonathan M. Evans, Ramzi R. Khuri, Jianxin Lu and Ruben Minasian.
The Octonionic Membrane, Phys. Lett. B412 (1997) 281-287.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Solitons, Black Holes and Duality in String Theory, Nucl. Phys. B (Proc. Suppl.) 61A (1998) 99-110, Proceedings of 33rd Karpacz Winter School of Theoretical Physics, Karpacz, Poland, 13-22 February 1997
Ramzi R. Khuri.
String Solitons and Black Hole Thermodynamics, hep-th/9709124, Proceedings of the 19th Annual MRST meeting Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May 12-13, 1997, 44-51.
Clifford V. Johnson, Ramzi R. Khuri and Robert C.Myers.
Entropy of 4D Extremal Black Holes, Phys. Lett. B378 (1996) 78-86.
Sergio Ferrara, Ramzi R. Khuri and Ruben Minasian.
M-Theory on a Calabi-Yau Manifold, Phys. Lett. B375 (1996) 81-88.
Ramzi R.Khuri and Tomas Ortin.
A Non-Supersymmetric Dyonic Extreme Reissner-Nordstrom Black Hole. Phys. Lett. B373 (1996) 56-60.
Ramzi R. Khuri and Tom’as Ortn.
Supersymmetric Black Holes in N=8 Supergravity, Nucl. Phys. B467 (1996) 355-398.
Ramzi R. Khuri and Robert C. Myers.
Rusty Scatter Branes, Nucl. Phys. B466 (1996) 60-74.
Clifford V. Johnson, Nemanja Kaloper, Ramzi R. Khuri and Robert C. Myers.
Is String Theory a Theory of Strings?, Phys. Lett. B368 (1996) 71-77.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Supersymmetry, Duality and Bound States, Proceedings of Strings’96 Conference: “Current Trends in String Theory”, Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB, July 15-20, 1996.
Ramzi R. Khuri and Robert C. Myers.
Dynamics of Extreme Black Holes and Massive String States, Phys. Rev. D52 (1995) 6988-6996.
Michael J. Duff, Sergio Ferrara, Ramzi R. Khuri and Joachim Rahmfeld.
Supersymmetry and Dual String Solitons, Phys. Lett. B356 (1995) 479-486.
Michael J. Duff, Ramzi R. Khuri and Jianxin Lu.
String Solitons, Physics Reports 259 Numbers 4&5 (1995) 213-326.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Spacetime Supersymmetry and Duality in String Theory, Proceedings of 17th Annual MRST Meeting, Rochester University, Rochester, NY, May 8-9, 1995, 67-73.
Daniel Z. Freedman and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Spatial Geometry and the Wu-Yang Ambiguity, Proceedings of Gursey Memorial Conference I: “On Strings and Symmetries”, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 6-10 1994, eds. G. Aktas, O. Akyuz, C. Saclioglu and M. Serdaroglu, Springer-Verlag (1995) 228-234.
Daniel Z. Freedman and Ramzi R. Khuri.
The Wu-Yang Ambiguity Revisited: New Degeneracies, Proceedings of PASCOS-94 Meeting, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, May 19-24, 1994, ed. K.C. Wali, World Scientific (1995) 370-380.
Michael J. Duff, Ramzi R. Khuri, Ruben Minasian and Joachim Rahmfeld.
Black Hole Solutions in String Theory, Proceedings of MRST-94 Meeting: “What Next ? Exploring the Future of High Energy Physics”, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 11-13, 1994, eds. J.R. Cudell, K.R. Dienes and B. Margolis, World Scientific (1995) 137-142.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Black Holes and Solitons in String Theory, Helv. Phys. Acta 67 (1994) 884-922.
Daniel Z. Freedman and Ramzi R. Khuri.
The Wu-Yang Ambiguity Revisited, Phys. Lett. B329 (1994) 263-270.
Michael J. Duff, Ramzi R. Khuri, Ruben Minasian and Joachim Rahmfeld.
New Black Hole, String and Membrane Solutions of the Four-Dimensional Heterotic String, Nucl. Phys. B418 (1994) 195-205.
Michael J. Duff and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Four-Dimensional String/String Duality, Nucl. Phys. B411 (1994) 473-486.
Michael J. Duff, Sergio Ferrara and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Proceedings of the INFN Eloisatron Project, 26th Workshop: “From Superstrings to Supergravity”, Erice, Italy, December 5-12, 1992 World Scientific (1994).
Michael J. Duff and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Four-Dimensional String/String Duality, Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute: “Cosmology and Particle Physics”, Erice, Italy, May 1993, eds. de Sabbata and Tso-Hsiu, Kluwer Academic Publisher (1994).
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Classical String Solitons, Proceedings of the International Workshop: “Recent Advances in the Superworld”, HARC, The Woodlands, TX, April 14-16, 1993, eds. J. Lopez, D. Nanopoulos and A. Zichichi, World Scientific (1994) 295-304.
Michael J. Duff and Ramzi R. Khuri.
Four-Dimensional String/String Duality, Proceedings of the INFN Eloisatron Project, 26th Workshop: “From Superstrings to Supergravity”, Erice, Italy, December 5-12, 1992 eds. M. Duff, S. Ferrara and R. Khuri, World Scientific (1994) 58-70.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Instantons, Monopoles, Strings and Fivebranes, Proceedings of the INFN Eloisatron Project, 26th Workshop: “From Superstrings to Supergravity”, Erice, Italy, December 5-12, 1992 eds. M. Duff, S. Ferrara and R. Khuri, World Scientific (1994) 46-57.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Remark on String Solitons, Phys. Rev. D48 (1993) 2947-2948.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Veneziano Amplitude for Winding Strings, Phys. Rev. D48 (1993) 2823-2825.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Classical Dynamics of Macroscopic Strings, Nucl. Phys. B403 (1993) 335-350.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Geodesic Scattering of Solitonic Strings, Phys. Lett. B307 (1993) 302-304.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
A Comment on the Stability of String Monopoles, Phys. Lett. B307 (1993) 298-301.
Ramzi R. Khuri and HoSeong La.
String Motion in Fivebrane Geometry, Phys. Rev. D47 (1993) 570-577.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Monopoles and Instantons in String Theory, Phys. Rev. D46 (1992) 4526-4532.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
A Heterotic Multimonopole Solution, Nucl. Phys. B387 (1992) 315-332.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Scattering of String Monopoles, Phys. Lett. B294 (1992) 331-336.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
A Multimonopole Solution in String Theory, Phys. Lett. B294 (1992) 325-330.
Ramzi R. Khuri and HoSeong La.
Orbits of a String around a Fivebrane, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68 (1992) 3391-3393.
Michael J. Duff, Ramzi R. Khuri and Jianxin Lu.
String and Fivebrane Solitons: Singular or Non-singular?, Nucl. Phys. B377 (1992) 281-294.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Manton Scattering of String Solitons, Nucl. Phys. B376 (1992) 350-364.
Ramzi R. Khuri.
Some Instanton Solutions in String Theory, Proceedings of XXth International Conference on Differential Geometric Methods in Theoretical Physics, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY, June 3-7, 1991, eds. S. Catto and A. Rocha, World Scientific (1992) 1074-1086.
Phone: 646 660-6205
Location: Rm 906F, 17 Lexington Ave
Peter Orland, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz (Physics), has a record of scholarly publications that covers three different areas of particle physics, including statistical mechanics, quantum field theory(gauge theory), and string theory. He has helped postdoctoral fellowships at prestigious institutions; he spent two years at Imperial College, London, and another at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Professor Orland has a fine record of teaching introductory physics courses for both non-majors and majors in the sciences. Dr. Orland is a faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Physics, CUNY Graduate Center.
- Particle Physics: Aspects of quark confinement. Chiral Fermions.
- Quantum Field Theory: Nonperturbative solution of the principle chiral model at large N, in 1+1 dimensions.
- Quantum Gravity: A proposal for a fully renormalizable SU(4) model of composite gravitons.
- Condensed-Matter/Atomic Physics: Properties of quantum link models with non-Abelian gauge symmetry.
Phone: 646 660-6206
Location: Rm 906E , 17 Lexington Ave
Phone: (646) 660-6240
Location: Rm 608A, 17 Lexington Ave
JOEL BRIND, PhD, graduated Yale College in 1971 and earned his doctorate from New York University in 1981 in Basic Medical Sciences, with specialization in biochemistry, physiology and immunology. Since 1986, he has been a professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
During the 1980s, he specialized in the metabolism of steroid hormones and their relation to various human diseases, including breast cancer. He pursued this research mainly with the Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science, full-time from 1981-86, and part time as a consultant between 1986 and 2014.
Since coming across evidence linking abortion and breast cancer in1992, Dr. Brind has been known mostly for his research effort in studying what has come to be known as the “ABC link”, compiling and publishing critical reviews on the subject in1996, 2005 and 2018 in peer-reviewed medical journals. In 1999, Dr.Brind co-founded the nonprofit Breast Cancer Prevention Institute (of which he remains on the Board of Directors), now headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey (www.bcpinstitute.org). From 2003–2006, he served as a member of the Federal government’s CDC advisory committee on the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancer. Dr. Brind continues to analyze and conduct reviews of studies on the ABC link, as studies evidencing the link continue to emerge, mostly from China and South Asia.
Dr. Brind was also lead author of a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis on the link between the injectable contraceptive DMPA and increased risk of acquiring HIV. Such evidence has finally (early 2017) been recognized by the World Health Organization, whose latest “Guidance statement” now stipulates: “there must be clear provision of information beforehand to enable informed decision-making” re: the use of DMPA for women at high risk of acquiring HIV.
Since 2007 Dr. Brind has also been studying amino acid metabolism in the context of nutrition and aging.
2010 he founded Natural Food Science, LLC, which makes and markets the supplement sweetamine® (www.sweetamine.com), based on his research conclusion that the amino acid glycine is the body’s most important regulator of inflammation, and that a dietary deficiency in this amino acid is largely responsible for most chronic disease (including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease) rooted in chronic inflammation.
Brind J. Rapid response re: Autism spectrum disorder: Advances in diagnosis and treatment. BMJ 2018;361:k1674. doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1674 (Published 21 May 2018)
Brind J. Rapid response re: Increased cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis: mechanisms and implications. BMJ 2018;361:k1036
doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1036 (Published 23 April 2018)
Brind J. Rapid response re: Cancer risk associated with chronic diseases and disease markers: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2018;360:k134 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k134 (Published 31 January 2018)
Brind J, Condly SC, Lanfranchi A, Rooney B. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies on South Asian women. Issues Law Med 2018;33:33-54.
Brind J, Condly SJ, Mosher SW, Morse AR, Kimball J. (2015) Risk of HIV infection in Depot-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA) Users: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Issues Law Med 2015;30:129-39.
Brind J (2007) Scientific developments relating to the effect of abortion on risk of future breast cancer. Memorandum 14: House of Commons (UK) Science and Technology Committee re: Scientific Develop-ments Relating to the Abortion Act of 1967. London: The Stationery Office, 2007, pp. Ev 96-Ev 101.
Lanfranchi A, Brind J. Breast cancer risks and prevention (1st Ed., 2003, 2nd Ed., 2004, 3rd Ed., 2005, 4th Ed., 2007). Poughkeepsie,NY: Breast Cancer Prevention Institute 29 pp.
Brind J (2005) Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: A critical review of recent studies based on prospective data. J Am Physicians Surg 10:105-10
Brind J, Chinchilli VM, Severs WB, Summy-Long J (1996) Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis. J Epidemiol Community Health 50:481-96.
Brind J, Borofsky N, Chervinsky K, Vogelman JH, Orentreich N (1996) A simple, differential extraction method for the simultaneous direct radioimmunoassay of androgens and androgen glucuronides in human serum. Steroids 61:429-32.
Brind J (1996) Spotlight on DHEA: A marker for progression of HIV infection? (editorial) J Lab Clin Med 127:522-3.
Brind J, Strain G, Miller L, Zumoff B, Vogelman JH, Orentreich N (1990) Obese men have elevated levels of estrone sulfate. Int J Obesity 14:483-6
Brind JL, Chervinsky K, Völgelman JH, Orentreich N. (1990) Radioimmunoassay of estrone sulfate in the serum of normal men after a non-chromatographic procedure that eliminates interference from dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate.
Brind JL, Chervinsky K, Vogleman JH, Orentreich N. (1989) Radioimmunoassay of estrone sulfate in the serum of normal men after a chromatographic procedure that eliminates dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate interference. Steroids 54:21-35.
Brind JL, Kuo SW, Chervinsky K, Fitzgerald K, Orentreich N. (1985) A new partition thin-layer chromatographic method for steroid separations. Steroids 45:565-71.
Brind JL, Marinescu D, Gomez EC, Wheatley VR, Orenteich N. (1984) In-vitro testosterone metabolism in the mouse preputial gland: intercellular co-operation and changes with cell maturation. J Endocrinol 100:377-88.
Emil Gernert, Jr., Ph.D., New York University (Physiology), is the author of articles on the physiology of mold Aspergillus. He was one of the highest rated teachers at Baruch College and advisor to the Biomedical Society a student club. Dr. Gernert advised students in honors and independent study. He chaired the Medical School Recommendation Committee. He launched the student advisement program of the department, and was instrumental in developing the upper level courses in the program.
Phone: (646) 660-6218
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David J. Szalda, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (Chemistry), is a Research Collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he uses X-ray crystallography to study the binding of carbon dioxide to metal complexes and electron transfer reactions. His publications have appeared in various journals of chemistry. He is an advisor to students in the biomedical specialization.
“The primary focus of my research is a better understanding of the basic chemical principles required to create an efficient and economical method to convert solar energy into a storable and transportable fuel. Therefore we are investigating electron transfer reactions and the binding of carbon dioxide to metal complexes in order to be able to store solar energy by converting carbon dioxide (an end product of combustion) into methane or methanol (a storable and transportable fuel). This work is done in collaboration with Drs. Norman Sutin, Carol Creutz, and Etsuko Fujitu at Brookhaven National Laboratory.”
Recent Publications (2012-Present)
Xie, Yan, David W. Shaffer, Anna Lewandowska-Andralojc, David J. Szalda, and Javier J. Concepcion, 2016, ” Water Oxidation by Ruthenium Complexes Incorporating Multifunctional Bipyridyl Diphosphonate Ligands “, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 55, 8067-8071.
Duan, Lele, Gerald F. Manbeck, Marta Kowalczyk, David J. Szalda, James T Muckerman, Yuichiro Himeda and Etsuko Fujita, 2016, ” Noninnocent Proton-Responsive Ligand Facilitates Reductive Deprotonation and Hinders CO2 Reduction Catalysis in [Ru(tpy)(6DHBP)(NCCH3)]2+ (6DHBP = 6,6′-(OH)2bpy)”, Inorganic Chemistry. 55, 4582-4594.
Ramig, Keith, Gopal Subramaniam, Sasan Karimi, David J. Szalda, Allen Ko, Aaron Lam, Jeffrey Li, Ani Coaderaj, Leyla Cavdar, Lukasz Bogdan, Kitae Kwon, Edyta M. Greer, 2016, “Interplay of Nitrogen-Atom Inversion and Conformational Inversion in Enantiomerization of 1H-1-Benzazeoines”, The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 81, 3313-3320.
Ngo, Ken; Lee, Nicholas; Pinnace, Sashari; Szalda, David; Weber, Ralph; Rochford, Jonathan, 2016, “Probing the non-innocent π-bonding influence of N-carboxyamidoquinolate ligands on the light harvesting and redox properties of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes”, Inorganic Chemistry. 55, 2460-2472.
Garg, Komal, Yasuo Matsubara, Mehmed Z. Ertem, Anna Lewandowska-Andralojc, Shunsuke Sato, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman, and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, ” Striking Differences of Properties of Two Geometric Isomers of [Ir(tpy)(ppy)H]+: Experimental and Computational Studies on their Hydricities, Interaction with CO2, and Photochemistry”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 54, 14128-14132.
Manbeck, Gerald; James Muckerman, David J. Szalda, Yuichiro Himeda and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, “Push or Pull? Proton Responsive Ligand Effects in Rhenium Tricarbonyl CO2 Reduction Catalysts”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry:Part B:Biophysical Chemistry, Biomaterials, Liquids, and Soft Matter. 119, 7457-7466.
Ramig, Keith, Olga Lavinda, David J. Szalda, Irina Mironova, Sasan Karimi, Federica Pozzi, , Nilam Shah , Jacopo Samson , Hiroko Ajiki, Lou Massa , Dimitrios Mantzouris, Ioannis Karapanagiotis , Christopher Cooksey, 2015, “The Nature of Thermochromic Effects in Dyeings with Indigo, 6- Bromoindigo, and 6,6′-Dibromoindigo, Components of Tyrian Purple”, 2015, Dyes and Pigments. 117, 37-48.
Concepcion, Javier J., Diane K. Zhong, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, “Mechanism of water oxidation by [Ru(bda)(L)2]: the return of the ‘‘blue dimer’’”, Chemical Communications, 51, 4105-4108.
Ko, Allen, Aaron Lam, Jeffrey Li, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda , Sasan Karimi, Gopal Subramaniam, Keith Ramig, 2014, “Regioselective alkylation reactions of 2,4-diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine give either 3-alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines or 1-alkyl-1H-1-benzazepines”, Tetrahedron Letters, 55, 4386-4289.
Badiei, Yosra M., Wan-Hui Wang, Jonathan F. Hull, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman, Yuichiro Himeda, and Etsuko Fujita*, 2013, “Cp*Co(III) Catalysts with Proton-Responsive Ligands for Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation in Aqueous Media”, Inorganic Chemistry. 52, 12576-12586.
Ramig, Keith, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Allen Ko, Laura Boulos, Jiansan Gu, Nathan Dvorkin, Hema Bhramdat, and Gopal Subramaniam, 2013, “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Isomerism in Substituted 2-Aryl-3H-1-benzazepines: Toward Isolable Atropisomeric Benzazepine Enantiomers” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 78, 8028-8036.
Badiei, Yosra M., Dmitry E Polyansky, James T. Muckerman, David J. Szalda, Rubabe Haberdar, Ruifa Zong, Randolph P. Thummel, and Etsuko Fujita, 2013, “Water Oxidation with Mononuclear Ruthenium (II) Polypyridine Complexes Involving a Direct RuIV=O Pathway in Neutral and Alkaline Media” Inorganic Chemistry. 52, 8845-8850.
Zhoa, Helen C., Barbara Mello, Bi-Lu Fu, Hara Chaodhury, David J. Szalda, Ming-Hang Tsai, David C. Grills, and Jonathan Rochford, 2013, “A Structural Investigation of Monomeric Versus Dimeric fac-Rehenium(I) Tricarbonyl Systems Containing the Non-inocent 8-oxyquinolate Ligand.” Organometallics, 32:1832-1841.
Hayashi, Yukiko, David J. Szalda, David C. Grills, Jonathan Hanson, Kuo-Wei Huang, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2013, “Isolation and X-ray Structures of Four RhPCP Complexes including the Rh(I) Dioxygen Complex with a Short O–O Bond”, Polyhedron, 58,106-114.
Karimi, Sasan, Keith Ramig, Edyta Greer, David J. Szalda, William F. Berkowitz, Prakash Prasad, Gopal Subramaniam, 2013, “Tandem ring-contraction/decarbonylation of 2,4-diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine to 2,4-diphenylquinoline” Tetrahedron,69, 147-151.
Reddy, V. D., D. Dayal, D. J. Szalda, S. C. Cosenza and M.V.R. Reddy, 2012, “Synthesis, structures, and anticancer activity of novel organometallic ruthenium-maltol complexes”, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 700:180-187.
Ramig, Keith, Olga Lavinda and David J. Szalda, 2012, “Highly Stereoselective Decarboxylation of (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoropropanoic Acid gives (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoroethane ((+)-Halothane) with Retention of Configuration.” Tetrahedron:Asymm. 23, 201-204.
Hull, Jonathan F., Yuichiro Himeda, Wan-Hui Wang, Brian Hashiguchi, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2012, “Hydrogen Storage using CO2 and a Proton-Switchable Iridium Catalyst at Ambient Temperature and Pressure” Nature Chemistry 4, 383-388.
Szalda, David J., Keith Ramig, Olga Lavinda, Zvi C. Koren and Lou Massa, 2012, “6-Bromoindigo dye” Acta Cryst. C68,o160-o163.