News and updates


  • Marcus Banks has been accepted to present a poster at a conference in Latvia (I had to look it up on the map ;))
  • Team URBP had a great time collecting data on student’s perceptions about Cigarettes and JUUL pods during Earth week.
  • Three new students have joined the lab. Lauren, Sidney and Emma, Welcome!!
  • Natalie’s abstract has been chosen for a rapid fire talk at Microbe!!
  • I’m going to be on the radio with Randy Cohen and Person, Place, Thing. Get tickets here
  • We’ve received funding from the Eugene Lang Faculty Opportunity Award
  • Our new paper is online
  • Smyth lab participated in the World Science Festival with Tiny Earth
  • Smyth lab has joined Tiny Earth
  • I’m headed off to the Gordon Research Conference for Undergraduate Biology Education
  • Janelly and Natalie have been accepted to Microbe 2019!!
  • Our blog article on lab sustainability is out
  • Smyth lab made a contribution to an article on Medium
  • Smyth Lab has been awarded a small grant from the Tishman Center of the New School
  • Smyth Lab has moved to the New School
  • Undergraduate researcher Janelly Eralte has been accepted to present at this years SACNAS. This will be her first conference!
  • I had a great time presenting at this years SSI2018
  • I had a lovely time at my first QUBES meeting
  • Fun was had, learning about assessments at the regional PKAL meeting


  • Undergraduate researcher Natalie Vegas has been accepted to present at this years’ Microbe. This is her second acceptance!
  • I had a great time presenting at the New School
  • Our CURE paper is out in the SENCER journal


  • Undergraduate researcher Natalie Vegas received a Capstone award to attend this years’ MICROBE
  • Undergraduate researcher Bien Porconi received an honorary mention for her poster presentation at this years CSTEP meeting
  • Undergraduate researcher Natalia Tumidajski has been awarded a SACNAS travel scholarship to attend the SACNAS meeting in October
  • Undergraduate researcher Natalia Tumidajski has been accepted to the SURP Program at Albert Einstein this Summer
  • Undergraduate researchers Natalia Tumidajski, Bien Porconi, Dominick Mancini and Natalie Vegas have been accepted to present at this years ABRCMS in Tampa, Fl. Natalie will be giving an oral presentation!


  • I’ve been invited to be a speaker at this years “What you can be with a PhD”. I’m chuffed
  • We presented a poster at this years’ Applied and Environmental Microbiology Gordon conference
  • Fabiola presented her work on using next-generation sequencing to assess water quality at the American Society for Microbiology Annual General Meeting in New Orleans
  • Minni was awarded a Capstone award to attend and present at the American Society for Microbiology Annual General Meeting in New Orleans
  • We presented a poster at Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome at the NYAS
  • We’ve been accepted to be a site for CUNY Service Corps and the READ project!
  • Seven students of the lab took place in the Emerging Scholars this semester. Rimsha Azhar took second place in the STEM category in the Emerging Scholars Poster competition for her work characterizing the staphylococci from the environment. Faizan Malik took first place in the non-STEM category for his work describing how to motivate students in microbiology. Congrats lads!
  • Assessing Reading: The READ Initiative. Oral presentation for “Closing the Loop on assessment of General Education” for the CUNY Assessment Council seminar
  • I am now the program coordinator for Biomedical Informatics at NYCCT
  • Invited to join CCRP DOE project aimed at improving student reading skills
  • Invited Teaching Panel presentation at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Grant submitted to NIH mid-blizzard – Fingers crossed for us all
  • Minni, Kenny, and Fabiola have submitted abstracts to the annual ASM meeting
  • I’m off to China
  • Our lab was featured on the college website
  • Article published on on antimicrobials in building products
  • Visited the NY Genome Center with the BIB club