Marymount Manhattan

Faculty

Teachers, performers, artists, scientists, professionals, mentors, and scholars—our faculty make MMC great.

Our professors guide students in the studio, mentor them in research, help them land amazing internships, and prepare them for graduate study and careers. They are as accomplished in their own careers as they are in the classroom, performing, presenting, and publishing their own work regularly.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Sarah Weinberger-Litman

    Sarah L. Weinberger-Litman earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Health Psychology from the City University of New York. As a graduate student, she studied the effects of stress on the cardiovascular system and then went on to focus on religious and sociocultural influences on disordered eating and body dissatisfaction. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Spears Research Institute, where she examined religious and spiritual influences on health and illness. She is the associate producer of Hungry to be Heard, a documentary exploring eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish Community.

  • Judith Hanks

    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.

  • Philip Meyers

    Dr. Philip Meyers teaches mathematics and finance. In addition to his doctorate in mathematics, he has held careers in operations research, including two years with the Police Commissioner here in New York, and finance, as a professional speculator, money manager and consultant on risk management. He is currently working to incorporate examples of the mathematical patterns in nature, into the quantitative reasoning curriculum.