Frances Jiménez is the Outreach Coordinator for PRISM, working closely with underclassmen at John Jay and with forensics majors at our partner community colleges in the CUNY Justice Academy. Ms. Jiménez earned her Master of Science in Teaching Adolescent Biology from Fordham University and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia. She spent the first 10 years of her career in education at the secondary level, teaching chemistry, biology, physics, and science research methods. Ms. Jiménez also coordinated the Science Research Program at Saint Francis Preparatory School, working with students to cultivate locally and nationally recognized research projects, with her students earning distinction in the Intel Science Talent Search, Siemens Competition, New York City Science and Engineering Fair, and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. After a short break to start a family, Ms. Jiménez returned to academia and to research program coordination, where she enjoys the opportunity to engage with the college crowd here at John Jay and at our CUNY partner colleges.
Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín
PRISM Program Coordinator
Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator for PRISM and also the Pre-Health Careers Advisor at John Jay. He holds a Ph.D. from NYU-School of Medicine, where his dissertation work involved studying the mechanisms Helicobacter pylori employs to persist in the human stomach for the life span of each host. He comes to John Jay after a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School followed by 3 years working in the Biotechnology Industry in Boston. Dr. Sanabria-Valentín is the recipient of the ESCMID Young Scientist Award (2007), a Leadership Alliance-Schering Plough Graduate Fellowship (2006), and the NBHS-Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research (2001). He is also a founding member of the NYC-Minority Graduate Student Network and The Leadership Alliance Alumni Association.
Dr. Ron Pilette
PRISM Entrance Exam Instructor
Ron Pilette, Ph.D. is the instructor and resource person for PRISM entrance exam preparation, having taught over 2,000 students in prep courses for the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. He holds a MALS from the New School for Social Research, a M.Sc. (Planning) from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. (Biology) from CUNY. He has published in paleoecology, stability in ecological communities, and indirect effects in ecosystems. His algorithm for calculating indirect effects solved a fundamental problem in ecosystem analysis. For over 20 years, Ron was Program Coordinator for the John Jay College CSTEP program.
Dr. Anthony Carpi
Anthony Carpi is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry at John Jay College. He holds a B.S. in Physical Chemistry from Boston College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. He has worked as an Air Pollution Control Engineer with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, a Research Associate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a Fellow with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His main area of research focuses on the chemistry and transport of environmental mercury pollution, especially in respect to the impact that climate-related variables have on the potential for the pollutant to move into the human food chain. He has won numerous awards in the field, including a 2011 Fulbright Fellowship that allowed him to travel to Brazil to study the effect of deforestation on the transport of mercury in the Amazon rainforest. He also has considerable expertise in the area of effective science pedagogy. He founded and now directs the nationally recognized science education resource Visionlearning.com. He founded the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math at John Jay College, a leader in the effort to promote undergraduate research opportunities to underrepresented students in the sciences and in 2011 was presented with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring by President Barack Obama. And his teaching and writing have focused on conveying to students the practices of working scientists as well as the knowledge gained by science, and this includes the co-authored book The Process of Science.
Dr. Nathan Lents
Nathan Lents earned a BS in Molecular Biology from Saint Louis University, a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from S.L.U. Medical School, and postdoctoral training in genomics, bioinformatics, and gene expression control at NYU Cancer Institute. He joined the faculty of John Jay College of the City University of New York in 2006 and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Professor Lents has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2002, he has authored 22 research articles, four review articles, and one book chapter.
Professor Lents currently has three major research interests. First, his lab studies the molecular mechanisms of gene expression control in specific physiological contexts, for example during hematopoietic differentiation. Secondly, he explores the mechanism of certain adulterants used to mask the presence of illicit drugs in urine samples. And finally, his project has recently begun to study the postmortem microbiome, in other words, how the communities of bacteria living on human skin change following the death of the human host.
Dr. Larry Kobilinsky
Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky has been at John Jay College since September 1975 when he joined the interdisciplinary forensic science department as its forensic biologist.
As an internationally renowned forensic scientist he has served as advisor to criminalistics laboratories in several countries including Mexico, China, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and others. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Diplomat of the American College of Forensic Examiners and is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner. He has received numerous grants for both research projects and institutional development projects. He has received numerous honors including the Federal Law Enforcement Officers “Civilian Award.” He has published extensively on the subject of forensic DNA analysis and has made many presentations at regional, national and international meetings. He has also published the following books: DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications published by John Wiley and Sons and Forensic DNA Analysis published by Chelsea House. He is series editor for Inside Forensic Science by the same publisher. His most recent books are: Forensic Chemistry Handbook by John Wiley and Sons, and Forensic Science Advances and their Application in the Judiciary System, CRC Press; Taylor and Francis Group, both 2012.