Faith Kostel-Hughes

faith-kostel-hughesAssociate Professor of Biology, Director of Environmental Studies Program
Rogick 308, fkostel@cnr.edu, (914) 654-5306
B.S., St. Francis College; M.S., Fordham University; Ph.D., Fordham University

Faith Kostel-Hughes’ professional interests include forest ecology, science education, environmental health, the environmental impacts of food production, and children’s relationship to nature. She is a co-founder of CNR’s campus Sustainability Garden which serves as a touchstone for discussions and workshops about food-related topics such as plant biology, agriculture, health and nutrition, plant-animal interactions, and soil science. She is a member of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, of which The College of New Rochelle is a charter member, and where Dr. Kostel-Hughes has made presentations on school gardens, place-based education, and conducting research with undergraduates on non-native earthworm species in local forests. Dr. Kostel-Hughes promotes experiential education in her teaching, incorporating into her courses use of the CNR greenhouse and campus garden and visits to many off-campus field sites and scientific institutions.

Melanie Harasym

melanie-harasymAssociate Professor of Biology
Rogick 304, mharasym@cnr.edu, (914) 654-5590
B.S., St. John’s University; M.S., St. John’s University; Ph.D., Northeastern University

Melanie Harasym’s doctoral research focused on the molecular development of Streptomyces bacteria. Streptomyces are very common in soil and produce most of the medically important antibiotics used today. Dr. Harasym worked on a sabbatical project at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History that involved building a phylogenetic tree showing the evolutionary relatedness of bacteria in the vibrio family, a group of bacteria that includes the agent of cholera. She has involved numerous CNR undergraduates in her research projects.

Dr. Harasym had her most recent sabbatical (Spring 2010) at Columbia University Medical Center working with Paul Planet, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist, on a project analyzing the bacteria from the lungs of pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis. She continues to be involved in this project and recently attended the 26th Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (October 11-13, 2012) where she was second author on a poster titled, “Longitudinal Microbial Ecology in Cystic Fibrosis”.


Lynn A. Petrullo

lynn-petrulloProfessor of Biology, Chair of the Biology Department
Rogick 307, lpetrullo@cnr.edu; (914) 654-5574
B.S., Mercy College; M.S., New York Medical College; Ph.D., New York Medical College

Lynn Petrullo’s articles have been published in Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular and General Genetics, Journal of Bacteriology, Nucleic Acids Research, and Mutation Research on topics such as the fidelity of protein synthesis, mechanisms of mutagenesis, and DNA repair. In addition, she has contributed to chapters in two books, Mechanisms and Consequences of DNA Base Damage Processing and Induced Mutagenesis: Molecular Mechanisms and Their Implications for Environmental Protection. Dr. Petrullo has been recognized by a national alliance of colleges and organizations supported by the National Science Foundation, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) for developing strategies, which enhance science learning by female and minority students. For this work, she received grants from the United States Department of Energy, Texaco Philanthropic Foundation, Citibank, N.A. and the Perkin Elmer Corporation. Presently, her research focuses on the use of animation creation by students to teach and learn biology concepts. She collaborated with CNR alumnae and current students on this project, and results from this study were presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education (2011). Dr. Petrullo teaches courses in genetics, molecular biology, immunology, and parasitology

Honors offerings: Art & Science Parallels; Genetics & Identity