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September 8, 2016

I am very excited to join SUNY Downstate Medical Center's School of Public Health faculty! I will miss the undergrads in my classes at Fordham – esp. my environmental science course for non-science majors – and all the students in the lab. I am now based in the Departm...

February 7, 2016

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has been a persistent pest of humans for thousands of years, yet the genetic basis of the bed bug’s basic biology and adaptation to dense human environments is largely unknown. In a large, collaborative effort we sequenced the gen...

May 18, 2015

We are proud to congratulate our first lab member to graduate. Alyssa Ammazzalorso just graduated from Fordham's Honors Program as a Biology and Theology double major and the university's Valedictorian!

Alyssa was the first undergraduate student to join the lab in the f...

May 26, 2014

In the early 1905s the Caribbean monk seal (Monachus tropicalis) went extinct. The other two species of the same genus live in Hawaii (Hawaiian monk seal, Monachus schauinslandi) and in the Mediterranean and off the coast of NW Africa (Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus...

March 4, 2014

SOK was interviewed for the Feb 3 issue of Inside Fordham on bedbugs and microbes.

December 21, 2013


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been a major concern for public health over the past two decades. Along with colleagues from Columbia University Medical Center, the AMNH, the V.A. Medical Center in the Bronx, VCU Medical School, and Trinity Coll...

November 5, 2013

A fruitful collaboration with Martin Mendez and Howard Rosenbaum from the WCS resulted in the publication of a paper in Molecular Ecology on a previously unknown species of humpback dolphin (genus Sousa) living in the southern Pacific Ocean.


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August 29, 2013

Our research interests start from evolutionary biology as an overarching theme and expand into urban and tropical biodiversity, endangered species, pests and invasives, as well as pathogens (and their cousins).




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