Department of Natural Sciences
United States of America
Dr. Aguanno received her B.A. in Biology and Physical Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology with a focus on Development and Neuroscience at New York University. She conducted research as a post-doctoral fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology at the Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceutical Company, and held faculty positions at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. Dr. Aguanno joined Marymount Manhattan College in 2002. She teaches a number of the introductory-level Biology courses, Cellular & Molecular Biology and the capstone Genetics course, along with a variety of general education courses (e.g., Evolution, Bioethics).
Dr. Aguanno has an active research program in which she guides the research of students within the Biology major. Her group investigates the role of a member of the cyclin dependent kinase family in the development of the mammalian tissue systems. Specifically, her lab examines the role of this protein in neurodegenerative diseases and the regulation of insulin. Her research group has enjoyed much success with the award of multiple grants to the laboratory and the earning of First Place Honors by her research students in a number of scientific research conference presentations.