The Meneses Lab is a dynamic group of graduate and undergraduate students with diverse interests.

Patricio I. Meneses, PhD

Principal Investigator

PhD, Weill-Cornell Medical College, 1999
Postdoc, Harvard Medical School
Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Assistant Professor, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, 2006-2011

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Nicole Anayannis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
BS, SUNY Purchase

Her current research focuses on the human papillomavirus, including viral entry and trafficking through the cell, as well clinically oriented projects studying HPV-associated cancers. Her ultimate goal is to identify genetic, molecular, and clinical characteristics associated with both the virus and the disease.

Interests: art, animals, gym, music

Alyssa Biondo

PhD Candidate

BS, University of Scranton, Biochemistry & Cell Molecular Biology and Theology

Research Interests: HPV 16 internalization and induced cytoskeleton researching
Hobbies: writing, religious studies

Snezana Stankovic, MSc

PhD Candidate

MSc, Fordham University, Bronx NY, 2019
MSc, University of Belgrade, School of Biology, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 2016
BS, University of Belgrade, School of Biology, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 2015

Research Interests: behavior on any level, from cancer to whole systems; currently researching HPV 16 E2 role in oncogene regulation
Past Research: animal behavior in learning and memory, molecular neurobiology (genetics and epigenetics)
Hobbies: hiking and cooking

Vahagn Stepanyan

PhD Candidate

BS, Fordham University, Bronx NY

Research Interests: looking at the roles of different HPV16 proteins and their roles in establishing cancer
Hobbies: current domestic and world politics

Anthony Morante

PhD Candidate

BS, Molloy College, Biology with Concentration in Pre-Allied Medicine, Minors in Chemistry and Mathematics

Research Interests: virology and immunology
Past Research: performed research in electrochemistry pertaining to the detection of reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as hydrogen peroxide, during metabolism (Dundalk Institute of Technology) and studied the interaction between mesenchymal progenitor cells and macrophage cell phagocytosis and its role in the immune system during inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis (Molloy College)
Hobbies: baking, playing violin, and computer programming

Esther Montrose

Masters Student

BA, Stern College for Women, Biology

Research Interests: cancer research


Kelsey Vinzant – Class of 2020

Nora Kuka – Class of 2020

Azka Ali – Class of 2020

Margaret Mena – Class of 2020

Daniel Baboolal – Class of 2021

Julianna Cavallaro – Class of 2022

Lab Alumni

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