Kiran H. Bijlani, Ph.D.
Kiran H. Bijlani, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a bachelor's degree in
Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mumbai, India, and
an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration
in Pharmacology from St. John's University. Her research interests
are in Pulmonary Inflammation and Nanotoxicology.
Xingguo Cheng, Ph.D.
Xingguo Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, received a B.S. in Biology, from Wuhan
University, China; an M.S. in Zoology, Wuhan University, China and
his Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Kansas Medical
Center. After receiving his Ph.D. in Toxicology, he worked as a
Postdoctoral Fellow, and later as a Research Assistant Professor,
in the laboratory of Dr. Curtis D. Klaassen at the University of
Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Cheng's research interests include using
in vivo and in vitro techniques to study toxicokinetics and
toxicodynamics of persistent environmental toxicants, and
especially the mechanistic roles of nuclear receptors (such as AhR,
CAR, PXR, and PPARs) and drug transporters (such as Oatps and Mrps)
in the disposition and action of drugs and nutrients.
Irene Eng comes to St. John's as an Instructor/Industry
Professional in the Physician Assistant Program. She received her
B.S. from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV, and has over
25 years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant. During
this time, she worked in several health care settings — in a rural
setting as a solo practitioner, in a multi-physician office and in
community health centers, hospitals and private practice.
Sen (Anna) Gu, M.D., Ph.D.
Sen (Anna) Gu, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences, has over eight
years of experience in designing, leading and conducting studies in
comparative effectiveness research (CER), epidemiology and advanced
methodological issues in health services research. In the past five
years, she has published 10 articles in peer review journals and
two book chapters. Dr. Gu received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical
Health Services Research, an M.S. in Epidemiology from the
University of Maryland and an M.D. from Tongji Medical University
Monica Hwang, Ph.D.
Monica Hwang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy
Administration and Allied Health Sciences, earned her Ph.D. in
Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interest is in enhancing
communication in health care to increase quality of care and to
reduce health disparities. She is also interested in expanding
pharmacists' roles to increase their involvement in public
Maria Leibfried, Pharm.D.
Maria Leibfried, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor/Industry
Professional, Clinical Pharmacy Practice Department, earned both a
B.S. in Pharmacy and a Pharm.D. from Rutgers University. She
completed a General Pharmacy Practice residency at Montefiore
Medical Center. Her practice has included hospital pharmacy,
community pharmacy, consulting pharmacy and continuing pharmacy
education. Dr. Leibfried is Board Certified in Nutrition Support
and is a Certified Consultant Pharmacist. She was also an adjunct
professor in the College of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.
Ashley Thomas Martino, Ph.D.
Ashley Thomas Martino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, earned his B.A. in Biology from California
State University, Northridge and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the
University of Florida. He does research that involves viral gene
therapy and immune responses. He is investigating how the presence
of oxidative free radicals in the cystic fibrosis lung can limit
viral gene therapy efficiency and how to bypass these and other
immune responses that limit viral gene therapy.
Heather Mavronicolas, Ph.D.
Heather Mavronicolas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Pharmacy Administration and Allied Health Sciences, earned a Ph.D.
from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical
Medicine, a Master of International Public Health degree from the
University of Sydney School of Public Health, Australia, and a B.A.
in International Relations from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the faculty at St. John's she
worked as the Director of Quality Management & Special Projects
at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's HIV Care,
Treatment & Housing Program. She has been an Adjunct Assistant
Professor at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. Her research
focuses on collaborative practice among HIV primary care providers
and case managers and disparities in community viral load among
Zaidalynet Morales, B.S., LRT (R), Instructor/Industry
Professional in the Department of Pharmacy Administration and
Allied Health Sciences, has a B.S. in Health Service Administration
from Lehman College. She has been a Radiologic Technologist for 10
years and specializes in Orthopedics. She has worked in hospitals
such as Lenox Hill Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, Mount
Sinai Hospital and Bronx Lebanon Hospital. In addition, she worked
as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Hostos Community College and
NYC College of Technology, helping students to apply their didactic
course work in a clinical setting. Her goal is to continue to aid
students in learning and applying the knowledge necessary to become
a successful Radiologic Technologist.
Khusbu Patel, Pharm.D.
Khusbu Patel, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor/Industry
Professional in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice,
received her Pharm.D. from St. John's University. She has completed
a PGY-1 residency at New York Harbor Healthcare System and a PGY-2
geriatrics specialty residency at James J. Peters Veterans Affairs
Medical Center. Her primary areas of interest include ambulatory
care and geriatrics.
Michele Pisano, Pharm.D.
Michele Pisano, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor/Industry
Professional, Clinical Pharmacy Practice, received her Pharm.D.
from St. John's University in 2004. She completed a postdoctoral
fellowship at Johnson & Johnson in market research with a focus
on anemia, related to chronic kidney disease. She has practiced in
both community and outpatient settings. In 2008, she was an adjunct
at St. John's University and served as a preceptor for pharmacy
students while working at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Vladimir Poltoratsky, Ph.D.
Vladimir Poltoratsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical
Sciences, received an M.S. from St. Petersburg University, Russia
and a Ph.D. from St. Petersburg Institute of Cytology, Russia. He
does research in the following areas: cross-board of
immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology; antibody maturation;
impact of pathological environment mutagens on the immune system
and origins of autoimmune diseases.