Dr. Catalina Arango Pinedo, Program Director
Catalina Arango Pinedo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, graduated from Universidad de los Andes with a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering. She later attended the University of Massachusetts and obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, where she began exploring the role of microorganisms in engineering processes that protect the health of the planet and our societies. Dr. Arango Pinedo went on to do post-doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut, doing research in bioremediation in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. It was here that she found her deep passion for all microbiology, and she quickly moved to the Molecular and Cell Biology Department to do research in bacterial genetics, as she fully transitioned into the field of Microbiology. She joined the Department of Biology at SJU in 2010, where she teaches freshman-level Biology courses and upper-level courses in Microbiology.
Dr. Arango Pinedo has an active research program, in which she studies how two sets of proteins participate in controlling gene expression in the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti, an agriculturally important plant symbiont. She also conducts research in affordable water treatment. She and her team are testing a sand filter, designed by SJU students, to establish how best to integrate it into communities that do not have access to water.
Dr. Arango Pinedo became involved in the McNulty Program soon after her arrival at SJU. She has served as a faculty and research mentor to many McNulty Scholars. Additionally she has participated in the selection committee in various occasions. The McNulty Scholars Program is very close to her heart, and she is excited to continue making a contribution to its success, now as Director.
Ms. Shani Nuckols, Program Coordinator
Shani Nuckols joined the McNulty Scholars Program in January 2014, and is responsible for the organization and implementation of program events, activities and meetings. She brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit development, most recently working at Barnard College in New York City.
Please contact Shani with any questions: