Laura Schramm

Program Director, Environmental Studies (Queens)Professor
Biological Sciences
Howard Hughes Medical Associate, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NYPhD, SUNY at Stony Brook, Molecular and Cellular PharmacologyMS, St. John’s University, ToxicologyBS, SUNY at Stony Brook, Biochemistry

Areas of Specialization
Eukaryotic gene expression, RNA polymerase III transcription, cancer biology, phytochemicals and chemoprevention.

Research
Regulation of RNA polymerase III transcription in breast and prostate cancer by the polyphenols EGCG (green tea), resveratrol (red wine) and genistein (soy)

Professional Experience
2016-Present
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, St. John’s University

2011-Present
Associate Dean

2009-2016
Associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, St. John’s University

2003-2009     
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, St. John’s University

2002-2003    
Research Scientist/Asst. Professor Radiation/Oncology Department of Radiation/Oncology, The Long Island Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (LIJMC), Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park

Honors and Awards
2003-2008 - Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Former Students
Dr. Ingrid Veras, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College, Division of Natural Science
Dr. Stephanie Cabarcas-Petroski, Instructor, Penn State, Beaver Campus
Dr. Joby Jacob, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College, Division of Natural Science

Koo, J., S. Cabarcas-Petroski, J.L. Petrie, N. Diette, R.J. White, and L. Schramm, Induction of proto-oncogene BRF2 in breast cancer cells by the dietary soybean isoflavone daidzein. BMC Cancer, 2015. 15(1): p. 905.

Nole, N., J. Koo, and L. Schramm, Sex Differences in TFIIIB expression in C57BL/6 Mice Treated with EGCG. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal, 2015. 51: p. S42-S42.

Koo, J. and L. Schramm, Soy, Have we Analyzed all the Risks? Journal of carcinogenesis & mutagenesis, 2015. 6.

Koo, J., N. Nole, and L. Schramm, Regulation of TFIIIB Activity in Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer Cells by Daidzein. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal, 2015. 51: p. S28-S29.

Nole, N., J. Koo, J. Jacob, and L. Schramm, Differential Regulation of RNA Polymerase III Transcription by EGCG. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal, 2014. 50: p. S27-S28.

Koo, J. and L. Schramm, BRF2, a Biomarker in Cancer? Journal of carcinogenesis & mutagenesis, 2014. 6(205).

Schramm, L., Going Green: The Role of the Green Tea Component EGCG in Chemoprevention. Journal of carcinogenesis & mutagenesis. 2013;4(142):1000142.

Cabarcas, S. and L. Schramm, RNA polymerase III transcription in cancer: the BRF2 connection. Molecular Cancer, 2011. 10.

Veras, L., E.M. Rosen, and L. Schramm, Inhibition of RNA Polymerase III Transcription by BRCA1. Journal of Molecular Biology, 2009. 387(3): p. 523-531.

Cabarcas, S.M. and L. Schramm, Inhibition of gene external RNA polymerase III transcription by PTEN. Faseb Journal, 2009. 23.

Cabarcas, S., J. Jacob, I. Veras, and L. Schramm, Differential expression of the TFIIIB subunits Brf1 and Brf2 in cancer cells. Bmc Molecular Biology, 2008. 9.

Aneja, K.K., P. Guha, R.Y. Shilpi, S. Chakraborty, L.M. Schramm, and D. Haldar, The presence of distal and proximal promoters for rat mitochondrial glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2008. 470(1): p. 35-43.

Rollins, J., I. Veras, S. Cabarcas, I. Willis, and L. Schramm, Human Maf1 negatively regulates RNA polymerase III transcription via the TFIIB family members Brf1 and Brf2.International Journal of Biological Sciences, 2007. 3(5): p. 292-302.

Jacob, J., S. Cabarcas, I. Veras, N. Zaveri, and L. Schramm, The green tea component EGCG inhibits RNA polymerase III transcription. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2007. 360(4): p. 778-783.

Aneja, K.K., S. Chakraborty, L. Schramm, and D. Haldar, Distinguishing Properties of mitochondrial glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase distal and proximal promoter.Faseb Journal, 2006. 20(4): p. A88-A88.

Saxena, A., B.C. Ma, L. Schramm, and N. Hernandez, Structure-function analysis of the human TFIIB-related factor II protein reveals an essential role for the C-terminal domain in RNA polymerase III transcription. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2005. 25(21): p. 9406-9418.

Zhao, X.M., L. Schramm, N. Hernandez, and W. Herr, A shared surface of TBP directs RNA polymerase II and III transcription via association with different TFIIB family members. Molecular Cell, 2003. 11(1): p. 151-161.

Schramm, L. and N. Hernandez, Recruitment of RNA polymerase III to its target promoters. Genes & Development, 2002. 16(20): p. 2593-2620.

Johnston, I.M., S.J. Allison, J.P. Morton, L. Schramm, P.H. Scott, and R.J. White, CK2 forms a stable complex with TFIII3 and activates RNA polymerase III transcription in human cells. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2002. 22(11): p. 3757-3768.

Schramm, L., P.S. Pendergrast, Y.L. Sun, and N. Hernandez, Different human TFIIIB activities direct RNA polymerase III transcription from TATA-containing and TATA-less promoters. Genes & Development, 2000. 14(20): p. 2650-2663.

Verschuuren, J.J., J. Dalmau, R. Tunkel, B. Lang, F. Graus, L. Schramm, J.B. Posner, J. Newsom-Davis, and M.R. Rosenfeld, Antibodies against the calcium channel beta-subunit in Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. Neurology, 1998. 50(2): p. 475-479.

Rosenfeld, M.R., N. Malats, L. Schramm, F. Graus, F. Cardenal, N. Vinolas, R. Rosell, M. Tora, F.X. Real, J.B. Posner, and J. Dalmau, Serum anti-p53 antibodies and prognosis of patients with small-cell lung cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1997. 89(5): p. 381-385.

Rosenfeld, M.R., I. Bergman, L. Schramm, J.A. Griffin, M.G. Kaplitt, and P.I. Meneses, Adeno-associated viral vector gene transfer into leptomeningeal xenografts. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 1997. 34(2): p. 139-144.

Rosenfeld, M.R., L. Schramm, J. Dalmau, and M.G. Malkin, Prevalence of serum antibodies against the p53 tumor suppressor gene protein in patients with primary brain tumors. Neurology, 1996. 46(2): p. 5079-5079.

Undergraduate
BIO 2000 Fundamentals of Biology II (Molecules & Cells)
BIO 3470/3471 Molecular& Cellular Biology
BIO 3480 Scientific Literacy and Integrity
CHE 3420 Environmental Chemistry
ESP 3420 Environmental Chemistry

Graduate
BIO 708 Special Topics in Biology