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Since 2003 I have been in the Biology Department at Farmingdale State and a key player in the development of the new bioscience curriculum at Farmingdale State and of new partnerships with local bioscience industry. I also hold faculty rank in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University. I live on Long Island with my husband, Rick. I have two children, Vanessa and Daniel.
Previously I was a Research Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Director of Cellular Immunology Research Laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital and a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. On numerous occasions, I have taught and lectured at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus and Centro Medico as a Visiting Professor. I have also collaborated with Puerto Rican scientists on biomedical research projects.
I earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, a M.S. in Biology at New York University and a Ph.D. in Immunology/Molecular Biology at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
My postdoctoral fellowships have been at the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University and the Department of Pathology at New York University.
I have reviewed scientific articles and grants for Blood, Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Trends in Immunology, Rheumafonds (Netherlands), Medical Research Council in the UK, NSF, etc.
-Medical and Scientific Committee, Arthritis Foundation, Long Island Chapter
-American Association for the Advancement of Science.
-The Reticuloendothelial Society
-The American Association of Immunologists
-New York/New Jersey MetroFlow Users Group (Steering Committee Member)
-PCNA alliance (Board Member)
I have authored or co-authored 28 articles published in journals such as Journal of Immunology, Blood, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, and the Journal of Rheumatology and was recently awarded the Chancellor's Award for Ecxellence in Research and Teaching
I am passionate about science educatiion and have developed an research internship program for Puerto Rican students in my research laboratory.
Primary Research Focus: The development and function of monocyte-macrophages and dendritic cells in normal and abnormal immunity. Development of dendritic cell-based immunotherapy. Mechanisms of dendritic cell induced tolerance.
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