Advisory Board

As part of Marymount Manhattan College’s CityEdge program, each academic department sponsors an Advisory Board composed of accomplished professionals with knowledge, experience, and expertise in fields related to our respective programs. Members of the Natural Sciences Advisory Board provide insight on careers in the sciences and identify job openings, internships, and other professional opportunities for our students.

Advisory Board Members

  • Keaven Caro, B.S. Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2017 

    Keaven Caro is an MD/PhD student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he will pursue his PhD in neuroscience. He plans to practice in the field of neurology. He graduated from MMC in 2017 with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, a B.S. in Biology, and minors in Dance and Chemistry. 

  • Devin Columbus '09 

    Devin Columbus is a biomedical research professional with a focus on globally relevant infectious diseases. She currently works as a project manager within the NIH-funded Tuberculosis Research Unit Network, which integrates scientific and clinical research disciplines to study human Tuberculosis in endemic countries.  Devin is a proud alumna of Marymount Manhattan College, having received her B.S. in Biology in 2009. She holds a Masters of Biology from CUNY Hunter College and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

  • Hannah DeFranzo ’20 

    Hannah DeFranzo graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in February of 2020 with a B.A. in Dance concentrating in Body, Science, and Motion with a Biology Minor. Hannah is an advocate for fighting climate change and a Climate Reality Leader. In the fall of 2020, she will be working as a Laboratory Supervisor Assistant at MMC.

  • Catherine Gaissert '15 

    Catherine Gaissert graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently a physician assistant student at the University of California, Davis, where she will graduate with a Master of Health Services.

  • Chrissy Galifianakis '11 

    Chrissy Galifianakis is a graduate student at Georgetown University, where she is pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate Finance. She currently works at Federal Capital Partners in Chevy Chase, MD, as a senior analyst in the investor relations department. She holds an active real estate license in the state of Maryland and is affiliated with Metro Referral Associates. Chrissy belongs to several organizations, such as Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP), the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology.

  • Kirtan Kaur '12 

    Kirtan Kaur, M.S., M.Phil., is a graduate student at New York University Langone Health Center, working towards a Ph.D. in environmental/public health and toxicology. Her research interest and focus reside in the area of developmental toxicology; assessing how xenobiotic exposures during pregnancy can impact fetal development, increasing susceptibility to adverse health outcomes in later life. She is conducting her dissertation research on human placental samples collected from a birth cohort study to discern the effects of gestational air pollution exposure on placental gene expression and how that impacts fetal growth. She graduated from MMC in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies

  • Leslie McCauliff '07 

    Dr. Leslie McCauliff is a biological research scientist with expertise in cellular and molecular biology, biophysical science, protein biochemistry, lipid trafficking, lipid storage disorders and toxicology screening. Dr. McCauliff earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in 2013.  

  • Ashley Pirovano '13 

    Ashley Pirovano graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology. She is currently a scientist at the nonprofit organization BioBus, where she works to bridge the gap between academic research and the community of NYC.

  • Ray Romano '11 

    Raymond Romano graduated from MMC with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and a Master’s in Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, and he is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Nursing Science. He has co-authored eight peer-reviewed research articles on the detection, diagnosis, and care of dementia in a primary care setting.

  • Alice Trye '15 

    Alice Trye earned her B.S. in Biology from MMC in 2015. While at MMC, Alice conducted research with Dr. Ann Aguanno, was on the executive boards for the Science Society and Pre-Med clubs, and presented her research at multiple regional and national conferences. After graduating from MMC in 2015, Alice worked as a research associate at NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She is currently a medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Class of 2021). Her interests include global health, women’s health, and healthcare disparities.

  • Rosie Wenrich '17 

    Rosie Wenrich graduated from MMC in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Chemistry minor. Since graduation, she has been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research technician in the genomics core. In the fall of 2019, Rosie will begin medical school at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.