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Leri Research Group

Students in Prof. Leri’s research group work on a variety of topics relating to environmental chemistry. Here are some photos of students in the group through the years, and below you can find some of their research presentations and awards.

Leri Research Group 2015-17. Left to right: Emma Kamen, Rosie Wenrich, Prof. Leri.Leri Research Group 2015-17. Left to right: Emma Kamen, Rosie Wenrich, Prof. Leri.

Leri Research Group 2014-15. Left to right: Katie Ness, Beatriz Morocho, Rosie Wenrich, Marisa Dunigan. Not pictured: Austin Gellis.Leri Research Group 2014-15. Left to right: Katie Ness, Beatriz Morocho, Rosie Wenrich, Marisa Dunigan. Not pictured: Austin Gellis.

Leri Research Group 2013-14. Left to right: Marisa Dunigan, Alessandra Leri, Iris Platt, Katie Ness.Leri Research Group 2013-14. Left to right: Marisa Dunigan, Alessandra Leri, Iris Platt, Katie Ness.Leri Research Group 2012-13.  Kelsey Villafuerte and Ashley Pirovano.Leri Research Group 2012-13. Kelsey Villafuerte and Ashley Pirovano.
Leri Research Group 2011-12.  Left to right: Chrissy Galifianakis, Ashley Pirovano, Olivia Miller.Leri Research Group 2011-12. Left to right: Chrissy Galifianakis, Ashley Pirovano, Olivia Miller.Leri Research Group Summer 2011: A. Leri, A. Pirovano, G. Iliopoulos, L. Herren, C. GalifianakisLeri Research Group Summer 2011: A. Leri, A. Pirovano, G. Iliopoulos, L. Herren, C. GalifianakisLeri Research Group 2010-11.  Left to right: Laura Herren, Laura Anthony, Chrissy Galifianakis, Alessandra Leri.Leri Research Group 2010-11. Left to right: Laura Herren, Laura Anthony, Chrissy Galifianakis, Alessandra Leri.Leri Research Group 2009-2010. Clockwise from top left: A. Leri, L. Herren, L. Anthony, C. Galifianakis.Leri Research Group 2009-2010. Clockwise from top left: A. Leri, L. Herren, L. Anthony, C. Galifianakis.

Selected Recent Student Presentations

  • M. Dunigan, “Antioxidant Activity in Edible Brown Seaweeds” (2015), Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological and Chemical Sciences (URS-BCS), William Paterson University.  1st-place winner in Physiology category.
  • A. Gellis, “Analysis of Arabian Sea Deep-Water Sediment Trap Particulates via Microscopy and IR Spectroscopy” (2015), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • K. Ness, “Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Chlorine Bleaching in Laundry Applications” (2015), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • R. Wenrich, “Organic and Inorganic Composition of Different Phytoplankton Species by FT-IR Analysis” (2015), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • M. Dunigan, “Antioxidants in Various Edible Seaweeds” (2015), Honors Day, Marymount Manhattan College.  Student-Faculty Collaboration Award winner.
  • M. Dunigan, “Confounds in the Thionin-Based Assay of Chlorination Activity in Common Greenshield Lichen” (2014), Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences (URS-CBS), University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC).  1st-place winner in Biological Sciences category.
  • K. Ness, “FT-IR and X-ray Spectroscopic Analysis of Crude Oil Composition” (2014), URS-CBS, UMBC.  
  • M. Dunigan, “Chlorination Activity in the Common Greenshield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata” (2014), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • K. Ness, “ATR-FTIR Analysis of Crude Oil Composition” (2014), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  2nd-place winner in Environmental Science category.
  • I. Platt, “Changes in Organic Composition of Phytoplankton Detritus as a Result of Oxidative Degradation” (2014), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  2nd-place winner in Biochemistry category.
  • A. Pirovano, “The Biogeochemical Chlorine Cycle in Forest Ecosystems” (2013), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  1st-place winner in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior category.
  • A. Pirovano, “The Biogeochemical Chlorine Cycle in Forest Ecosystems” (2013), Experimental Biology Conference, Boston, MA. Winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Student Competitive Travel Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
  • A. Pirovano, “The Biogeochemical Chlorine Cycle in Forest Ecosystems” (2013), Honors Day, Marymount Manhattan College.  Student-Faculty Collaboration Award winner.
  • A. Pirovano, “The Biogeochemical Chlorine Cycle in Forest Ecosystems” (2012), URS-CBS, UMBC.  1st-place winner in Chemical Sciences category.
  • C. Galifianakis, “Total Organochlorine in Consumer Hygiene Products” (2011), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • L. Herren, “Pathways to Natural Organochlorine Formation in Decaying Plant Material: A Novel Assay” (2011), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  1st-place winner in Ecology and Evolution category.
  • L. Herren, “Pathways to Natural Organochlorine Formation in Decaying Plant Material: A Novel Assay” (2011), Honors Day, Marymount Manhattan College.  Student-Faculty Collaboration Award winner.
  • L. Herren, “Pathways to Natural Organochlorine Formation in Decaying Plant Material: A Novel Assay” (2011), Experimental Biology Conference, Washington, DC. 
  • L. Anthony, “Formation of Organochlorine By-products in Household Laundry” (2010), URS-CBS, UMBC.    
  • C. Galifianakis, “Total Organochlorine in Consumer Hygiene Products” (2010), URS-CBS, UMBC.  1st-place winner in Chemical Sciences category.
  • L. Herren, “Pathways to Natural Organochlorine Formation in Decaying Plant Material: A Novel Assay” (2010), URS-CBS, UMBC.  2nd-place winner in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology category.
  • L. Anthony, “Formation of Organochlorine By-products in Household Laundry” (2010), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  2nd-place winner in General Chemistry category.
  • C. Galifianakis, “Total Organochlorine in Consumer Hygiene Products” (2010), URS-BCS, William Paterson University. 
  • L. Herren, “Pathways to Natural Organochlorine Formation in Decaying Plant Material: A Novel Assay” (2010), URS-BCS, William Paterson University.  1st-place winner in Ecology and Evolution category.
  • L. Herren, “Chloroperoxidase-like Activity in F. oxysporum, a Pathogenic Plant Fungus” (2010), Council on Undergraduate Research: Posters on the Hill, Washington, DC.  Selected as one of 75 undergraduate presenters out of 300 applicants.

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