Faculty and Student in Lab

Student Research Opportunities


The research activities of St. John’s students and faculty are increasingly diverse and intense: grant dollars continue to rise; publications are flourishing; students are presenting papers at conferences. We have good reason to celebrate our accomplishments. We expect that through Research Month activities the St. John's University Community will become increasingly aware, mutually supportive, and proud of these impressive activities.


Research Month

Hands-on Opportunities

Diverse, driven, and dynamic—St. John’s undergraduate and graduate students join faculty in research projects in all fields. At SJU, we focus on obtaining grant dollars, publishing scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals, and supporting students as they present at major conferences.

Student Research Opportunity Center

The Student Research Opportunity Center (SROC) is an area at the main entrance to DAC where there are 2 touch screen monitors that will scroll information about the research opportunities available for students. It was created to engage more students in research and projects (high impact practice) that would afford undergraduate and graduate students internal research opportunities. Students can benefit from these opportunities by gaining knowledge and experience to support their career goals.  Our aim is to create the researchers of tomorrow. At St. John’s University, you will find a very supportive researcher environment at every level.

Student Publications

Sophomore Illustration Major: Michael LaGattuta Book Title: Introduction to Graphic Design
Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK)
Date of Publication: May 2017


2014 David P. Brown#, Haoran Zhao*, Julkernine Khondoker*, Jatin Bhavsar*, and Cecil Sigamoney*, “Synthesis of Novel b-lactam Hybrids of Phenstatin and other Substituted Aromatics as New Bioactives”, Heterocycles89, 2380 – 2391.

2014  B. Hu*, R. Amin*, S. Kumar*, N. Kunaparaju*, Steven M. Graham, M.A. Barletta, S.W. Zito, S.W.  “Bioassay-Guided isolation of the antidiabetic active principle from Salvia miltiorrhiza and its stimulatory effects on glucose uptake using 3T3-L1 adipocytes”.  Med. Chem20144, 592-597.

Mass Spectral Analysis of Some Allylic Esters, Chemical and Biological Sciences, Vol. 60, 2015, No. 9, pp. 3 – 8, Duong Quoc Hoan*, David P. Brown (80%), Nguyen Dang Dat, Pham Thi Linh, Cao Xuan Dinh. DOI: 18173/2354-1059.2015-00071. http://stdb.hnue.edu.vn 

* Graduate student

FY 2016 

Students’ PUBLICATIONS (undergraduate students, graduate students, and mentors

Santos, V., and I. N. Hirshfield. The physiological and molecular characterization of a small colony variant of Escherichia coli, and its phenotypic rescue. PLoS ONE 11: e0157578, 2016.

Berger, B. A., V. Thompson, A. LimV. Ricigliano, and D. G. Howarth. Elaboration of Bilateral Symmetry Across Knautia macedonica Capitula Related to Changes in Ventral Petal Expression of CYCLOIDEA-like Genes. EvoDevo 7:8, 2016.

Ricigliano, V., S. Kumar, S. Kinison, C. Brooks, E. Nybo, J. Chappell, and D. G. Howarth. Regulation of sesquiterpenoid metabolism in recombinant and elicited Valeriana officinalis hairy roots. Phytochemistry, 125: 43-53, 2016.

Ricigliano, V., B. Berger, J. Chitaman, J. TongV. Thompson, A. LimC. Brooks, A. Adamatzky, and D. G. Howarth. A chemomodulatory platform for Physarum polycephalum incorporating genetically transformed plant root cultures. Adamatzky (Ed.) Advances in Slime Mold Computing (Springer). Pp. 195-210, 2016.

Ricigliano, V., J. ChitamanJ. Tong , A. Adamatzky, D. G. Howarth. Plant hairy root cultures as plasmodium modulators of the slime mold emergent computing substrate Physarum polycephalum. Frontiers in Molecular Biology. 6: 720, 2015.

Prabhudesai S., Bensabeur F.Z.Abdullah R., Basak I., Baez S., Alves G., Holtzman N.G., Larsen J.P., Møller S.GLRRK2 knockdown in zebrafish causes developmental defects, neuronal loss, and synuclein aggregation. J. Neurosci. Res. 94:717-35, 2016.

Patil K.S., Basak I., Pal R., Ho H.P., Alves G., Chang E.J., Larsen J.P., Møller S.G. A Proteomics Approach to Investigate miR-153-3p and miR-205-5p Targets in Neuroblastoma Cells.

PLoS One. 10:e0143969, 2015.

Basak I., Patil K.S., Alves G., Larsen J.P., Møller S.G. microRNAs as neuroregulators, biomarkers and therapeutic agents in neurodegenerative diseases. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 73:811-827, 2016.

Abdullah R., Basak I.Patil K.S., Alves G., Larsen J.P., Møller S.G. Parkinson's disease and age: The obvious but largely unexplored link. Exp. Gerontol. 68:33-8, 2015.

Felitsiya ShakolaParul Suri, and Matteo Ruggiu. Splicing Regulation of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines and Chemokines: At the Interface of the Neuroendocrine and Immune Systems. Biomolecules 5: 2073-2100, 2015.

Galdieri, L., Zhang, T.Rogerson, D., Vancura, A. Reduced histone expression or a defect in chromatin assembly induces respiration. Mol. Cell. Biol. 36, 1064-1077, 2016.

Singha B., Gatla, H. R.Phyo, S.Patel, A.,Chen, Z.-S., Vancurova, I. IKK inhibition increases bortezomib effectiveness in ovarian cancer. Oncotarget, 6, 26347-58, 2015.

Sanacora, S., Urdinez, J., Chang, T. P., Vancurova, I. Anticancer drug        bortezomibincreases interleukin-8 expression in human monocytes. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 460, 375-9, 2015.

Chang, T. P., Poltoratsky, V., Vancurova, I. Bortezomib inhibits expression of TGF-β1, IL-10, and CXCR4, resulting in decreased survival and migration of cutaneous T cell lymphoma cells. Journal of Immunology, 194, 2942-53, 2015.

Singha, B., Gatla, H. R., Vancurova, I. Transcriptional regulation of chemokine expression in ovarian cancer. Biomolecules, 5, 223-43, 2015.

Arif Pavel M., Lv C., Ng C., Yang L., Kashyap P.Lam C.Valentino V.Fung H. Y.Campbell T., Møller S. G., Zenisek D., Holtzman N. G., Yu Y. Function and regulation of TRPP2 ion channel revealed by a gain-of-function mutant. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA,113, E2363-72, 2016.    

Patel, N.Pirani, K.A., Zhu, T.Cheung-See-Kit, M.Chen, D.G., and Zufferey, R.The Glycerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase TbGAT Is Dispensable for Viability and the Synthesis of Glycerolipids in Trypanosoma brucei. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 63: 598-609, 2016.

FY 2015

Students’ PUBLICATIONS (undergraduate students, graduate students, and mentors)

Patil, K.S., Basak, I., Lee, S., Abdullah, R., Larsen, J.P., Møller, S.G. 2014. PARK13 regulates PINK1 and subcellular relocation patterns under oxidative stress in neurons. J Neurosci Res. 92: 1167-1177.

Basak, I., Pal, R., Patil, K.S., Dunne, A., Ho, H.P., Lee, S., Peiris, D., Maple-Grødem, J., Odell, M., Chang, E.J., Larsen, J.P., Møller, S.G. 2014. Arabidopsis AtPARK13, which confers thermotolerance, targets misfolded proteins. J Biol Chem. 289: 124458-14469.

Shakola, F., Byrne, S., Javed, K., Ruggiu, M. 2014. Radiolabeled Semi-Quantitative RT-PCR Assay for the Analysis of Alternative Splicing of Interleukin Genes. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 343-362.

Mehrotra, S., Galdieri, L., Zhang, T., Zhang, M., Pemberton, L., and Vancura, A.2014. Histone hypoacetylation-activated genes are repressed by acetyl-CoA- and chromatin-mediated mechanism. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1839: 751-763.

Galdieri, L., Zhang, T., Rogerson, D., Lleshi, R., and Vancura, A. 2014. Protein acetylation and acetyl-CoA metabolism in budding yeast. Eukaryot. Cell 13: 1472-1483.

Singha, B., Gatla, HR., Manna, S., Chang, TP., Sanacora, S., Poltoratsky, V., Vancura, A., Vancurova I. 2014. Proteasome inhibition increases recruitment of IKKβ, S536P-p65 and transcription factor EGR-1 to interleukin-8 (IL-8) promoter, resulting in increased IL-8 production in ovarian cancer cells. J. Biol. Chem. 289:2687–2700.

Chang TPKimM, Vancurova I. 2014. Analysis of TGFb1 and IL-10 Transcriptional Regulation in CTCL Cells by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation.  Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 329-341.

Sanacora S., Chang TP, Vancurova I. 2014. Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Analysis of Bortezomib Mediated Inhibition of NFκB Recruitment to IL-1 and TNF Gene Promoters in Human Macrophages. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 315-327.

Singha B, Phyo SAGatla HR, Vancurova I. 2014. Quantitative Analysis of Bortezomib Induced IL-8 Gene Expression in Ovarian Cancer Cells. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 295-304.

Gatla HR, Singha B, Persaud VVancurova I. 2014 Evaluating Cytoplasmic and Nuclear Levels of Inflammatory Cytokines in Cancer Cells by Western Blotting. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 271-283.

Lam, C., Arif Pavel, M., Kashyap, P., Salehi-Najafabadi, Z., Valentino, V., Yu, Y.2014. Detection of CXCR2 surface expression in PC3 cells using immunofluorescence. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 193-200.

Arif Pavel, M., Lam, C., Kashyap, P., Salehi-Najafabadi, Z., Singh, G., Yu, Y.2014. Analysis of the Cell Surface Expression of Cytokine Receptors with the Surface Protein Biotinylation Method. Methods in Molecular Biology 1172: 185-192.

Bibis, S.S., Dahlstrom, K.A., Zhu, T., Zufferey, R. 2014. Characterization of Leishmania major phosphatidylethanolamine methyltransferases LmPEM1 and LmPEM2 and their inhibition by choline analogs. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 196: 90-99.

Melissa Aaronberg
Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library Science
Cross cultural communication in academic libraries   

Pamela Griffin Hansen
South Carolina Library Association Annual Conference
Poster presentation: Indian Head of Perry, South Carolina Lib Guide    http://libraryschool.libguidescms.com/indianheadperrysouthcarolina

Kevin O. Quinn
LI PopCon
Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am: Gender roles and Sexuality in Comic Books and Graphic Nobels   

Madalaine Vericker
SUNY Librarians Association
The Student Project Problem: Identifying Opportunities for Use of Collections Digitized by LIS Students at St. John’s University    "https://sunyla2016.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/program-2016.pdf"

Madalaine Vericker
ACRL/NY Symposium 2016
Power, Ethics and Corporate Sponsorship: Samsung Library, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Khurshid, Kiran. & Chaplin, W. F. (2015). Measurement Invariance Prior to Covariate Adjustment.  Multivariate Behavioral Research, 50, 136.

Schoenthaler AM, Butler MarkChaplin W, Tobin J, Ogedegbe G. (2015).  Predictors of Changes in Medication Adherence in Blacks with Hypertension: Moving Beyond Cross-Sectional Data. Annuals of Behavioral Medicine.

Spruill TM, Shallcross AJ, Ogedegbe G, Chaplin WFButler Mark, Palfrey Amy, Shimbo D, Muntner P, Sims M, Sarpong DF, Agyemang C, Ravenell J. (2015). Psychosocial Correlates of Nocturnal Blood Pressure Dipping in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study.  American Journal of Hypertension.

Shallcross AJ, Gross JJ, Visvanathan PD, Kumar Niketa, Palfrey Amy, Ford BQ, Dimidjian S, Shirk S, Holm-Denoma J, Goode KM, Cox E, Chaplin W, Mauss IB. (2015) Relapse prevention in major depressive disorder: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus an active control condition. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,83, 964-975.

Poghosyan, L., Chaplin, W. & Shaffer, Jonathan. (2015). Validation of Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Organizational Climate Questionnaire: A  New Tool to Study Nurse Practitioner Practice Settings.  Journal of Nursing Measurement.

Shallcross, A.J., Ojie, M. J., Chaplin, W., Levy, N.,Odedosu, T, Ogedegbe, G., Spruill, T.M. (2015).  Race/ethnicity moderates the relationship between chronic life stress and quality of life in type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes Research in Clinical Practice, 108, 150-156.

Ogedegbe G, Plange-Rhule J, Gyamfi J, Chaplin W, Ntim M, Apusiga K, Khurshid Kiran, Cooper R. (2014) A cluster-randomized trial of task shifting and blood pressure control in Ghana: study protocol.  Implemention Science, 12, 1-10.

Denton, Ellen-ge. & Chaplin, W. F. (2015).How do musicians evaluate their musical performances? The impact of positive and negative information from normative, ipsative, and expectation standards.  Psychology of Music10, 1-14.

Chaplin, W. F. & Khurshid, Kiran. (2014).  The data are seldom as good as the story. PsychCRITIQUES, 59. Article 4.  (Invited Book Review).

Ross, Stephanie. Lynn., Goodman, R. F., Brown, E. & Chaplin, W. F. (2014).Relations Among Reexperiencing, Time, and Posttraumatic Growth: A Case of Cooperative Suppression. Multivariate Behavioral Research,49, 293.  (Published Abstract)

Shaffer, Jonathan, Diaz, K., Alcantara, C., Edmondson, D. E.,; Krupka, D. J., Chaplin, W., & Davidson, K. W. (2014). An inexpensive device for monitoring patients' weights via  automated hovering.  International Journal of Cardiology.