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Undergraduate Research Participants since 2006

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Christina Luis ’07 ACS-PRF A Single Microdroplet as a Microchemical Reaction Container 2006-2007
Shelby Erb ’08 
Admiral Farragut Academy, 9-12 Education
Dreyfus Chemical Reactions in a Microdroplet 2006-2008
Kristin Allain ’08 
(JD '12, Stetson University College of Law) Children's Legal Services Attorney at Florida Department of Children and Families
Iona/AMEX Grant
Controlled Crystallization of K3Fe(CN)6  (Honors Thesis 2008) 2006-2008
Pasquale Abiuso '08                        (Boca Raton Community High School, Chemistry AP/AICE/Honors Teacher) ACS-PRF

Crystallization in a Microdroplet 2006-2008
Aaron Snyder ’08 
(MD '12, The Florida State University College of Medicine) Emergency Medicine Resident at University of Conn.
AMEX Grant
Lysozyme Crystallization (Honors Thesis 2008) 2006-2008
Aileen Hilario ’09 
(OD '15, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine)
ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; Iona/AMEX Grant Specific Ion Effects on Cationic Surfactant (Honors Thesis 2009) 2007-2009 
Loreta Geneviciute ’10
(DMD '15, New York University College of Dentistry)
Dreyfus; NSF-RUI
Polytype Selectivity for K4Fe(CN)6 2007-2010
Joseph Wiener ’10
(PepsiCo, Research scientist, Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College)
ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; NSF-RUI Metal Induced Bilayer Formation 2007-2010
Remon Bebawee ’10
(ACS-PRF-SUMR Scholar 2008, MD Program, SUNY Buffalo)
ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; NSF-RUI Template Effect on K3Fe(CN)6 crystallization 2007-2010
Nick Florio ’11
(MD '16, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine) Overlook Medical Ctr, NJ
Dreyfus; NSF-RUI; PMF Additive Effects on NaCl 2008- 2011
Paul Sanstead ’11
(PhD Program in Chemistry; U. Chicago; Semifinalist for the 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholars)
Metastable Zone Width for K2SO4 
(Honors Thesis 2011)
2008- 2011
Diana Nunes ’11 (Nursing Program, College of Mount Saint Vincent) Registered Nurse: NYU Langone Medical Center NSF-RUI; Iona College Visualization of Solubility Phenomena 2010- 2011
Kiersten Giusto ’12 (PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Science, St John's University) NSF-RUI; Iona College Determining solute concentration in microdroplets by refractive index/Crystallization of Inorganics/Organics and Templating Effect 2009- 2012
Ines Silva ’12 (MST Program in Education, Iona College) NSF-RUI; Iona College Learning Modules for Microscopic Visualization Phenomena 2009- 2012
Catherine Morris ’12 (Pharm.D '15, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy) NSF-RUI; Iona College Crystallization of Inorganics/Organics and Templating Effect 2009- 2012
Alexander Soderberg, ’12 (MS in Chemistry '14, Northern Arizona Univ.) Cambrex Corporation, Sweden Iona College; Bruker Inc. Development and Validation of an FT-NIR Method for Identification of Spectrally Similar Materials using a Hierarchial Approach 2010- 2012
Erin Morgan, ’13 (PhD Program in Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara) Iona College; PMF; Bruker Inc.; Iona/AMEX Grant  Protein and Polymer Stability by FT-NIR and ATR-IR 
(Honors Thesis 2013)
Allyson Moffat, ’13 (NeoStrata Company, NJ) Iona College; Bruker Inc. The Effect of Nature and Ionic Strength on Protein Denaturation by FT-NIR (Honors Thesis 2013)  2011-2013
Zuzanna Michalak ’13 (MD Program, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland) ACS WCC and Eli Lilly Award NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant Understanding the Nature of Adhesion at the Droplet Interface Bilayer: Theoretical Approach (Honors Thesis with Distinction 2013) 2009-2013
Nousin Haque ’13 (MD Program, Einstein School of Medicine, NY) NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant Understanding the Nature of Adhesion at the Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Thesis 2013) 2009-2013
Darius Fartash ’13 (Emergency Medical Technician) NSF-RUI; PMF The Study of Osmotic Flux Across a Surfactant Bilayer 2009-2013
Daniel Lutolf-Carroll ’14 (MS in Analytics, Northwestern University) NSF-RUI; PMF Development of Image Analysis Software for Surface Tension 2010-2014
Peter Vitale ’14 (DO Program, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine) NSF-RUI; Iona/AMEX Grant Polymorphism of Glycine (Honors Thesis 2014) 2010-2014
Courtney Veilleux ’14 (PhD Program in Microbiology an Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University) NSF-RUI; PMF Biomineralization in a Confined Space 2010-2012
Jaclyn Robustelli, ’14 (PhD Program in Biochemistry, Univ. Pennsylvania) Iona College; PMF; NSF-RUI; Bruker Inc Iona/AMEX Grant. Development of Hybrid Analytical Technique: NIR/TLC 
(Honors Thesis 2014)
Mona Jasmine Ahonen, '14 (PhD Program in Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill) NSF-RUI Study of Polymorphism: Thermal Behavior 2013-2014
Akshay Koottala, New Rochelle High School (Drexel University, Biological Science '18) Iona College; NSF-RUI Solvent intercalation at the liquid-liquid interface-Influence on Glycine Polymorph 2011-2013
Omoakhe Tisor, ’15 (MD Program, SUNY Downstate Medical School) CSTEP; NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant Monoglyceride-templated crystallization (Honors Thesis 2015) 2011-2015
Michelle Muzzio, ’15 Valedictorian (PhD Program in Chemistry, Brown University, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship '16)  NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant Artificial Membrane via Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Thesis 2015) 2011-2015
David Lopez , New Rochelle High School (Columbia University, Chemistry '19) STEP Monoglyceride-templated crystallization 2011-2015
Kevin Towler, ’15 (Content Manager, Creative Webdesign) PMF; NSF-RUI Inorganic Crystallization 2011-2012
Rosario Giacomini, ’15 (DO Program, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) Iona College; NSF-RUI Artificial Membrane via Droplet Interface Bilayer 2011-2015
Safiat Ayinde, ’15 (PhD Program in Pharmacology and Molecular Science, Johns Hopkins University) CSTEP; NSF-RUI NIR Study of Active Pharmaceutical Ingrediants 2013-2015
Peter Milianta, ’16 (MD Program, Penn State College of Medicine) NSF-RUI, PMF, Iona/AMEX Grant Generation of Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Program) 2013-2016
Ricardo Oliveira, ’16 (MS Program in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University) NSF-RUI, PMF Food Emulsions (Honors Program) 2013-2016
Jacqueline Martinez, ’16 (MBA, Iona College) Bioscience communications, NY NSF-RUI, PMF Emulsions for Cosmetic Applications (Honors Program) 2013-2016
Melissa Morales, ’16 (MBA, Iona College) CSTEP; NSF-RUI Study of Polymorphism: Thermal Behavior 2013-2016
Sean Campbell, ’16 (Google, NY) NSF-RUI, PMF Neural Network Analysis for NIR Spectra (Honors Program) 2013-2016
Geoffrey Cawley, ’17 (Revature, VA) NSF-RUI Software Development for Image Analysis 2013-present
Maria Lopez, '17 CSTEP; NSF-RUI Influence of Tail-group of Lipids on Membrane Water Permeability 2014-present
Sue Ellen Evangelista, '17 (MST in Education, Iona College) NSF-RUI Effect of Cations on Membrane Permeability (Honors Program) 2014-present
Kalen Sullivan, ’17 (Pfizer, NY) NSF-RUI Quantitative Analysis of Raman Active Solutes in a Microconfinement 2014-present
Jacqueline Denver, '17 (School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University) NSF-RUI, PMF Solvent Effects on Water Permeability (Honors Program) 2014-present
Jake Villanova, '16 (PhD Program in Chemistry, Brown University) NSF-RUI, PMF Solvent Effects on Water Permeability 2015-2016
Michael McGlone, '17 (Regeneron, NY) NSF-RUI Electrical Property Measurement of Biological Membrane (Honors Program) 2015-present
Alessandra Armetta, '18 NSF-RUI Solvent Effects on Water Permeability 2015-present
Gabriella Di Domizio, 18 NSF-RUI Influence of Tail-group of Lipids on Membrane Water Permeability 2015-present
Samuel Braziel, '18 NSF-RUI, Jean Dreyfus Scholar Quantitative Analysis of Raman Active Solutes in a Microconfinement 2015-present
Michael Morales, '19 NSF-RUI, Jean Dreyfus Scholar On the Permeability of Water across Model Lipid Bilayers 2016-Present
Brona O'Sullivan, '19 NSF-RUI Water Permeability of Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayer 2016-Present
Alyssa-Marie Gayapa, '19 NSF-RUI Tensiometric Studies of Drugs with Cell Membranes 2016-Present
Anneliese Jagarnath, '19 NSF-RUI Phospholipid-Small Molecule Interactions: Influences on Membrane Thermal Behavior Studied by DSC 2016-Present
Megan Wood, '19 NSF-RUI Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Water Permeability of Lipid Bilayers 2017-Present
Elizabeth Miller, '19 NSF-RUI Raman Microspectroscopic Study of Phospholipid Membranes and Their Interaction with Biomolecules 2017-Present
Shea Foley, '19 NSF-RUI Role of vitamin E on Polyunsaturated Lipids: Water Permeability  2017-Present
Joseph Giancaspro, '20 NSF-RUI Raman Studies of Water Transport at Nanoliter Microdroplets: Diffusional and Osmotic Water Permeability 2017-Present
Marnie Skinner, '20 NSF-RUI Effect of nanoparticles with model membranes: Water permeability studies  2017-Present
Regan Warmoth, '20 NSF-RUI Tensiometric Studies of Drugs with Cell Membranes 2017-Present
Jonathan Warner Clement, '20 NSF-RUI Raman Microspectroscopic Study of Phospholipid Membranes 2017-Present
Jonathan Richter (King and Low-Heywood Thomas School) NSF-RUI Summer '15 Intern 2015 summer
Jacob Gruza (New Rochelle High School) NSF-RUI Summer '16 Intern 2016 summer
Kevin Cavallo (New Rochelle High School) NSF-RUI Summer '16 Intern 2016 summer
Helen Meyerson (Pelham Memorial High School) NSF-RUI Spring '17, Summer 17 Spring 2017-Present


ACS-PRF-SUMR: American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund-Supplement for Underrepresented Minor Research

Iona/AMEX Grant: American Express Grant (Iona College Honors Program)

NSF-RUI: National Science Foundation-Research in Undergraduate Institutions

PMF: The Patrick Martin Foundation