Undergraduate Research Participants

If you would like to join Dr. Lee’s undergraduate research group, please contact Dr. Lee at SLee@iona.edu.

Abbreviations: 

  • 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

Class of 2022

Leanne Nguyen

Funding: NSF-RUI, NSF DESIRE Scholar

Research: (Honors Program)

Years: 2018-Present

Class of 2021

Lynnie Chong

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Water Permeability of Lipid Bilayers (Honors Program)

Years: 2018-Present

Patrick Scollan

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Raman Studies of Biomembranes 

Years: 2018-Present

Anthony (A.J.) Liles

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Water Permeability of Lipid Bilayers (Honors Program)

Years: 2018-Present

Juan Rosario

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Computational Studies of Biomembranes

Years: 2018-Present

Camilla Fernandez

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Tensiometric Studies of Nanomaterials at the oil-water Interface

Years: 2018-Present

Tavis Johnson

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Computational Studies of Biomembranes

Years: 2018-Present

Class of 2020

Joseph Giancaspro

Funding: NSF-RUI; Research Abroad, University of Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2018

Research: Raman Studies of Water Transport at Nanoliter Microdroplets: Diffusional and Osmotic Water Permeability (Honors Program)

Years: 2017-Present

Mesha Iqbal

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Tensiometric Studies of Nanomaterials at the oil-water Interface (Honors Program)

Years: 2017-Present

Marnie Skinner

Funding: NSF-RUI; Clare Boothe Luce Scholar

Research: Effect of nanoparticles with model membranes: Water permeability studies (Honors Program) 

Years: 2017-Present

Leyla Valerio

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Phospholipid-Small Molecule Interactions: Influences on Membrane Thermal Behavior Studied by DSC

Years: 2018-Present

Regan Warmoth

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Tensiometric Studies of Drugs with Cell Membranes

Years: 2017-Present

Jonathan Warner Clement

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Computational Studies of Drug-Membrane Interaction

Years: 2018-Present

Class of 2019

Michael Morales

Funding: NSF-RUI; Jean Dreyfus Scholar

Research: On the Permeability of Water across Model Lipid Bilayers (Honors Program)

Years: 2016-Present

Anneliese Jagarnath

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Phospholipid-Small Molecule Interactions: Influences on Membrane Thermal Behavior Studied by DSC

Years: 2016-Present

Brona O'Sullivan

Funding: NSF-RUI; Clare Boothe Luce Scholar

Research: Water Permeability of Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Program)

Years: 2016-Present

Megan Wood

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Water Permeability of Lipid Bilayers (Honors Program)

Years: 2017-Present

Shea Foley

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Role of vitamin E on Polyunsaturated Lipids: Water Permeability (Honors Program)

Years: 2017-Present

Alyssa-Marie Gayapa

Funding: NSF-RUI; Clare Boothe Luce Scholar

Research: Tensiometric Studies of Drugs with Cell Membranes

Years: 2016-Present

Elizabeth Miller

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Raman Microspectroscopic Study of Phospholipid Membranes and Their Interaction with Biomolecules (Honors Program)

Years: 2017-Present

Class of 2018

Alessandra Armetta

Funding: NSF-RUI; Research Abroad, University of Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2017

Research: Solvent Effects on Water Permeability

Years: 2015-2018

Current: PhD Program in Chemistry, University of Connecticut

Gabriella Di Domizio

Funding: NSF-RUI; Summer Intern at the PLART Museum, Naples, Italy 2016, REU at Univ. Delaware 2017

Research: Influence of Tail-group of Lipids on Membrane Water Permeability

Years: 2015-2018

Current: Iona College Class Valedictorian; PhD Program in Chemistry, Penn State University, PA

Samuel Braziel

Funding: NSF-RUI; Jean Dreyfus Scholar

Research: Quantitative Analysis of Raman Active Solutes in a Microconfinement

Years: 2015-2018

Current: Scientific Design Co., Inc.

Class of 2017

Geoffrey Cawley

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Software Development for Image Analysis

Years: 2013-2017

Current: Infosys

Kalen Sullivan

Funding: NSF-RUI; NSF-REU at UMBC, 2016

Research: Quantitative Analysis of Raman Active Solutes in a Microconfinement

Years: 2014-2017

Current: Pfizer, NY

Maria Lopez

Funding: CSTEP; NSF-RUI

Research: Influence of Tail-group of Lipids on Membrane Water Permeability

Years: 2014-2017

Jacqueline Denver

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar; Research Abroad, University of Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2018

Research: Solvent Effects on Water Permeability (Honors Thesis 2017)

Years: 2014-2017

Current: School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University; Emergency Department Registered Nurse, The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Sue Ellen Evangelista

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Effect of Cations on Membrane Permeability (Honors Thesis 2017)

Years: 2014-2017

Current: MST in Education, Iona College; Science Teacher, The Ursuline School.

Michael McGlone

Funding: NSF-RUI; Research Abroad, University of Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2016

Research: Electrical Property Measurement of Biological Membrane (Honors Thesis 2017)

Years: 2015-2017

Current: Regeneron, NY

Class of 2016

Peter Milianta

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar, Iona/AMEX Grant; Research Abroad, University of Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2018

Research: Generation of Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Thesis 2016)

Years: 2013-2016

Current: MD Program, Penn State College of Medicine

Melissa Morales

Funding: CSTEP; NSF-RUI

Research: Study of Polymorphism: Thermal Behavior

Years: 2013-2016

Current: MBA, Iona College

Ricardo Oliveira

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Food Emulsions (Honors Thesis 2016)

Years: 2013-2016

Current: MS Program in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University; Applications Engineer, AkzoNobel.

Sean Campbell

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Neural Network Analysis for NIR Spectra (Honors Thesis 2016)

Years: 2013-2016

Current: Google, NY

Jacqueline Martinez

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Emulsions for Cosmetic Applications (Honors Thesis 2016)

Years: 2013-2016

Current: MBA, Iona College; Bioscience Communications, NY

Jake Villanova

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Solvent Effects on Water Permeability

Years: 2015-2016

Current: PhD Program in Chemistry, Brown University

Class of 2015

Omoakhe Tisor

Funding: CSTEP; NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Monoglyceride-templated crystallization (Honors Thesis 2015)

Years: 2011-2015

Current: MD Program, SUNY Downstate Medical School

Rosario Giacomini

Funding: Iona College; NSF-RUI

Research: Artificial Membrane via Droplet Interface Bilayer

Years: 2011-2015

Current: DO Program, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michelle Muzzio

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Artificial Membrane via Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Thesis 2015)

Years: 2011-2015

Current: Iona College Class Valedictorian; PhD Program in Chemistry, Brown University; NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ’16

Safiat Ayinde

Funding: CSTEP; NSF-RUI; NSF-REU at Johns Hopkins Univ. 2014

Research: NIR Study of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Years: 2013-2015

Current: PhD Program in Pharmacology and Molecular Science, Johns Hopkins University

Kevin Towler

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Inorganic Crystallization

Years: 2011-2012

Current: Content Manager, Creative Webdesign

Class of 2014

Daniel Lutolf-Carroll

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Development of Image Analysis Software for Surface Tension

Years: 2010-2014

Current: MS in Analytics, Northwestern University

Jaclyn Robustelli

Funding: Iona College; PMF Scholar; NSF-RUI; Bruker Inc.; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Development of Hybrid Analytical Technique: NIR/TLC (Honors Thesis 2014)

Years: 2011-2014

Current: PhD Program in Biochemistry, Univ. Pennsylvania

Peter Vitale

Funding: NSF-RUI; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Polymorphism of Glycine (Honors Thesis 2014)

Years: 2010-2014

Current: DO Program, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mona Jasmine Ahonen

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: Study of Polymorphism: Thermal Behavior

Years: 2013-2014

Current: PhD Program in Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill

Courtney Veilleux

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF Scholar

Research: Biomineralization in a Confined Space

Years: 2010-2012

Current: PhD Program in Microbiology an Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University

Class of 2013

Erin Morgan

Funding: Iona College; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant; Summer intern Bruker Inc. 2013

Research: Protein and Polymer Stability by FT-NIR and ATR-IR (Honors Thesis 2013)

Years: 2011-2013

Current: PhD Program in Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara

Nousin Haque

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Understanding the Nature of Adhesion at the Droplet Interface Bilayer (Honors Thesis 2013)

Years: 2009-2013

Current: MD Program, Einstein School of Medicine, NY

Allyson Moffat

Funding: Iona College; Bruker Inc.

Research: The Effect of Nature and Ionic Strength on Protein Denaturation by FT-NIR (Honors Thesis 2013) 

Years: 2011-2013

Current: Associate Scientist at International Flavors and Fragrances, Hazlet, NJ

Darius Fartash

Funding: NSF-RUI

Research: The Study of Osmotic Flux Across a Surfactant Bilayer

Years: 2009-2013

Current: Emergency Medical Technician, Oakland, CA

Zuzanna Michalak

Funding: NSF-RUI; PMF; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Understanding the Nature of Adhesion at the Droplet Interface Bilayer: Theoretical Approach (Honors Thesis with Distinction 2013)

Years: 2009-2013

Current: ACS WCC and Eli Lilly Award; MD, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland; Pediatric Resident, Hackensack University Medical Center

Class of 2012

Kiersten Giusto

Funding: NSF-RUI; Iona College

Research: Determining solute concentration in microdroplets by refractive index/Crystallization of Inorganics/Organics and Templating Effect

Years: 2009-2012

Current: PhD Program in Pharmaceutical Science, St John’s University

Ines Silva

Funding: NSF-RUI; Iona College

Research: Learning Modules for Microscopic Visualization Phenomena

Years: 2009-2012

Current: MST Program in Education, Iona College; HS teacher, NY

Alexander Soderberg

Funding: Iona College; Bruker Inc.

Research: Development and Validation of an FT-NIR Method for Identification of Spectrally Similar Materials using a Hierarchical Approach

Years: 2010-2012

Current: MS in Chemistry ’14, Northern Arizona Univ.; Cambrex Corporation, Sweden

Catherine Morris

Funding: NSF-RUI; Iona College

Research: Crystallization of Inorganics/Organics and Templating Effect

Years: 2009-2012

Current: Pharm.D ’15, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy), Pharmacist, NY

Class of 2011

Nick Florio

Funding: Dreyfus; NSF-RUI; PMF

Research: Additive Effects on NaCl

Years: 2008-2011

Current: MD ’16, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine; Overlook Medical Ctr, NJ

Paul Sanstead

Funding:  Dreyfus; NSF-RUI; PMF

Research: Metastable Zone Width for K2SO4 (Honors Thesis 2011)

Years: 2008-2011

Current: PhD ’18 in Chemistry; U. Chicago; Semifinalist for the 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholars

Diana Nunes

Funding: NSF-RUI; Iona College

Research: Visualization of Solubility Phenomena

Years: 2010-2011

Current: Nursing Program, College of Mount Saint Vincent; Registered Nurse, NYU Langone Medical Center

Class of 2010

Loreta Geneviciute

Funding: ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; NSF-RUI

Research: Polytype Selectivity for K4Fe(CN)6

Years: 2007-2010

Current: DMD ’15, New York University College of Dentistry; Prosthodontist, NY

Joseph Wiener

Funding:  ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; NSF-RUI

Research: Metal Induced Bilayer Formation

Years: 2007-2010

Current: MS. Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College; Product Development Senior Scientist at PepsiCo

Remon Bebawee

Funding: ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; NSF-RUI

Research: Template Effect on K3Fe(CN)6 crystallization

Years: 2007-2010

Current: ACS-PRF-SUMR Scholar 2008, MD Program Class of 2018, SUNY Buffalo

Class of 2009

Aileen Hilario

Funding: ACS-PRF; Dreyfus; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Specific Ion Effects on Cationic Surfactant (Honors Thesis 2009)

Years: 2007-2009

Current: OD ’15, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Physical Medicine/Rehab, Glen Head, NY

Class of 2008

Aaron Snyder

Funding: ACS-PRF; AMEX Grant

Research: Lysozyme Crystallization (Honors Thesis 2008)

Years: 2006-2008

Current: MD ’12, The Florida State University College of Medicine; Emergency Medical Specialist in Jacksonville, FL

Pasquale Abiuso

Funding: ACS-PRF

Research: Crystallization in a Microdroplet

Years: 2006-2008

Current: Boca Raton Community High School, Chemistry AP/AICE/Honors Teacher

Shelby Erb

Funding: Dreyfus

Research: Chemical Reactions in a Microdroplet

Years: 2006-2008

Current: Admiral Farragut Academy, 9-12 Education

Kristin Allain

Funding: ACS-PRF; Iona/AMEX Grant

Research: Controlled Crystallization of K3Fe(CN)6  (Honors Thesis 2008)

Years: 2006-2008

Current: JD ’12, Stetson University College of Law; Children’s Legal Services Attorney at Florida Department of Children and Families

Class of 2007

Christina Luis

Funding: ACS-PRF

Research: A single microdroplet as a microchemical reaction container

Years: 2006-2007

High School Interns

Jacob Gruza

Funding: NSF-RUI

Years: Summer 2016

High School: New Rochelle High School

Griffin Bates

Funding: NSF-RUI

Years: Summer 2018-Present

High School: New Rochelle High School

Kevin Cavallo

Funding: NSF-RUI

Years: Summer 2016

High School: New Rochelle High School

Jonathan Richter

Funding: NSF-RUI

Years: Summer 2015

High School: King and Low-Heywood Thomas School

Akshay Koottala

Funding: Iona College; NSF-RUI

Research: Solvent intercalation at the liquid-liquid interface-Influence on Glycine Polymorph

Years: 2011-2013

High School: New Rochelle High School

Current: Drexel University, Biological Science ’18

Helen Meyerson

Funding: NSF-RUI

Years: Spring-Summer 2017

High School: Pelham Memorial High School

David Lopez

Funding: STEP

Research: Monoglyceride-templated crystallization

Years: 2011-2015

Current: Columbia University, Chemistry ’19