Biology Faculty Listing
Ann Aguanno, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., SUNY Buffalo
M.S., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
Dr. Aguanno received her BA in Biology and Physical Anthropology from SUNY at Buffalo. She attended NYU for graduate school where she obtained an MS and PhD in Molecular Biology with a focus on Development and Neuroscience. She conducted research as a post-doctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology at the Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceutical Company, and held faculty positions at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
Dr. Aguanno joined Marymount Manhattan College in 2002. She teaches a number of the introductory level Biology major courses, the Cellular & Molecular Biology capstone, the Genetics course, and a variety of general education courses.
Dr. Aguanno has an active research program which investigates the role of a member of the cylin dependent kinase family in the development of the mammalian tissue systems. Specifically her group examines the role of this protein in neurodegenerative diseases and the regulation of insulin.
She has an active undergraduate research program here at MMC, where she guides the research of students within the Biology major. The program has enjoyed much success as of late, with the award of multiple grants to the laboratory and the earning of First Place Honors by her research students in a number of scientific research conference presentations.
Dr. Aguanno is the Director of the Undergraduate Attiliate Network (Northeast Region)_ a collection of College and Universities which foster Undergraduate Research Experiences. She also is the recipient of the 2011 Council on undergraduate Research "Outstanding Biology mentor Award".
Judith Hanks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Hanks holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the evolutionary relationships among fern taxa from both a morphological and photochemical standpoint. Currently Dr. Hanks is engaged in research at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) where she maintains an Honorary Research Associate appointment in the Institute of Systematic Botany. Dr. Hanks uses scanning electron microscopy to elucidate the microarchitecture of fern spores and applies the information in the phylogenetic analysis of this important group of plants. Her work can be seen on www.plantsystematics.org website (type in keyword spores). At NYBG she has also worked on projects examining species diversity in the coastal forests of Brazil and the isolation of novel phytochemicals from various plant species.
Prior to joining the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics at Marymount Manhattan, Dr. Hanks held an assistant professorship in the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. Her years of teaching at NYIT and microbiological background from grant supported research in marine microbial ecology has led to current interests in the isolation, elucidation and potential use of phytochemicals as antimicrobial agents. The microorganisms investigated include medically important opportunists of the human body.
Dr. Hanks teaches the shared curriculum courses, Plagues and Humankind, Human Biology, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to the biology major courses of General Biology, Physiology, Microbiology and Ecology.
Terry Morley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Ecology
B.A., Biology, State University of New York at Oswego
Ph.D., Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, Orono
Dr. Morley’s research interests include the ecology and conservation of small ecosystems. In the past, he has focused on how small streams and wetlands contribute to local and regional biodiversity, surface water hydrology, and nutrient cycling. During his postdoctoral studies, he investigated ecological parameters that may be involved with adaptive speciation within a fire salamander population in an old growth forest near Bonn, Germany. At Marymount, Dr. Morley will research green roof systems by addressing their suitability to provide habitat for native species, and their ability to buffer stormwater runoff and the urban heat island effect. Dr. Morley joined the Marymount Manhattan Community in 2011 and is currently teaching general biology, environmental science and ecology courses.