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Current Students

Our students carry out their research under the mentorship of faculty members at any of 8 CUNY senior colleges and 2 Affiliated institutions. See Student Profiles for a listing of current students. 

Faculty representatives to the Biology Ph.D. Program are found at each CUNY campus to assist students working there.  A list of these Graduate Deputy Chairs is provided below.

Biology PhD student bowling party!  May 2015

Student Resources


Students have access both to libraries at the CUNY campus with which they are affiliated and to the Mina Rees Library at the Graduate Center. Go to the CUNY campus (and Affiliated Institutions) links above for more information on campus libraries.

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Graduate Deputy Chairs

Bernard M. Baruch College

Prof. Chester Zarnoch

Brooklyn College

Prof. Shaneen Singh

City College of New York

Prof. Shireen Saleque

College of Staten Island

Prof. Lisa Manne

Hunter College

Prof. Patricia Boyle Rockwell

Lehman College

Prof. Edward Kennelly

Queens College

Prof. John Dennehy

CUNY School of Medicine

Prof. Andreas Kottmann

York College

Prof. Louis Bradbury

Advanced Science Research Center

Prof. Orie Shafer 


Student Teaching

One of the learning goals for students in the Biology PhD Program is the attainment of communication skills that prepare students to both present their research to professional audiences and to explain biology to non-scientists and students of science. To this end, one of the Program requirements is that students teach a minimum of two semesters at the college-level (for example, a laboratory course in each of two semesters).

In order to prepare students for this teaching experience, the Program hosts a Teaching Workshop in the spring semester for first year students. Students also learn by example: attending at least one college-level science class representative of the courses PhD students will teach. Most students fulfill the minimum teaching requirement in their second year in the Program.

Download useful resources for learning to teach effectively below

The Bloom Scale of Student Learning

References from Sally Gail Hoskins' Spring 2010 Teaching Workshop