Summer – Program

Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

     Download a brochure with additional information:  SURP Brochure 2015

Track 1 Bioscience: Search for Cures Faculty

Dr. Amy Groth
Biology Department
For her Ph.D. research, Dr. Groth developed a method for efficiently engineering human cells and a variety of other organisms.  During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the use of DNA regulatory elements in gene therapy vectors.  Her current research focuses on transcriptional regulation during the development of C. elegans germline stem cells.  She has taught genetics and molecular biology at Whitman College and currently teaches Genetics and Biotechnology at Eastern.

Dr. Darrell Koza
Physical Sciences Department
Dr. Koza is a professor of chemistry and maintains the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at Eastern Connecticut State University.  He holds a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Rhode Island and did his post-graduate work at Tufts University Medical School.  His research interests include the isolation and structure elucidation of novel anti-microbial and anti-viral compounds as well as the total synthesis of complex molecules using contemporary synthetic methodologies.

Dr. Yaw Nsiah
Biology Department
“The overall focus of my research is directed towards developing antimicrobial agents by focusing my attention on understanding microbial pathogenesis in human viral diseases and the host-virus interactions, leading to the establishment and maintenance of a specific disease.  Specifically, my laboratory has been interested in elucidating the factors or conditions influencing the initiation, establishment, and maintenance of human herpes  simplex virus latent infection and its  subsequent reactivation”.

Dr. Barbara Murdoch
Biology Department
“After graduating with my undergraduate degree, my first job in science was in a research lab studying stem cells.  I have been fascinated with stem cells (and research) ever since!  My training in stem cell biology was initiated in Toronto, ON- where stem cells were first discovered- in addition to performing my postdoctoral research at Yale University.  My expertise in stem cells comes from a variety of tissues including blood, the neural crest and the nervous system”.

Track 2 Building Healthy Communites Faculty

Dr. Zoe Meleo-Erwin
Sociology Department
Prior to coming to Eastern, Dr. Meleo-Erwin was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Community Health Program, City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College.  Her research interests include structural determinants of health, health inequities, social inequality, stigma, gender, and embodiment.  As a teacher, Dr. Meleo-Erwin says:  I encourage students to develop what C. Wright Mills termed the “Sociological Imagination,” or the ability to connect individual level troubles to a larger historical, social and cultural context.

Dr. Anita Lee
Health & Physical Education Department
Previously, Dr. Lee had coached collegiate swimming for eight years, first at Springfield College for the men’s and women’s team, and then at Plymouth State University.  Prior to her graduate studies, she was a competitive swimmer and triathlete in Hong Kong, and even qualified for the World Triathlon Championship in 1991.  Today, her research interests include: measurement and evaluation of physical activity and exercise science, research methods and design in exercise science, and public health.

Dr. Meredith Metcalf
Environmental Earth Science Department
Dr. Metcalf has a diverse background in the natural sciences with a degree in Geology & Geophysics as well as Natural Resources & the Environment, both of which are from the University of Connecticut.  Her research interests include mapping bedrock and analyzing ground water sustainability, ground water quality, and ground water flow patterns in fractured rock.  She has taught for the Environmental Earth Sciences department at Eastern Connecticut State University since the Fall of 2011.

Ms. Allison MacKenzie
Manchester Community College- Program Coordinator of Health and Exercise Science
Allison MacKenzie, MS is Program Coordinator of Health and Exercise Science at Manchester Community College. Ms. MacKenzie has been an instructor and program director in the areas of nutrition and exercise science for the past nine years, bringing experience from University of New Hampshire, University of Buffalo, and Ohio Dominican University in addition to her current work at MCC. Ms. MacKenzie has her BS and MS from Northeastern University.


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This site is funded by the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI), a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor.  HL-SCI is an equal opportunity program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.