Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín
PRISM Associate Program Director
Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín, Ph.D. is the Associate Program Director 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. 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.