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Biology Department

Tara Cominski, Ph.D.
Program Director

Henderson Hall 112B

Phone: (973) 290-4161

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Tara Cominski, Ph.D.

Program Director and Assistant Professor

SEU Biology Program Director Tara Cominski, Ph.D.Dr. Tara Cominski is a neuroscientist with more than 15 years' experience in cellular, molecular, and behavioral neuroscience. She received her M.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Rutgers University.

Dr. Cominski is the Biology Program Director, advisor for the Biology Club and the Alpha Epsilon chapter of the TriBeta Biological Honor Society, as well as an Assistant Professor at SEU. Additionally, she has developed a research program in neurobiology at SEU and mentors undergraduate students on research projects in the field.

Biology students have the opportunity to work on projects in collaboration with the Veterans Hospital in East Orange where Dr. Cominski holds a research scientist position.

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Sofya Borinskaya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

SEU Biology Assistant Professor Sofya Borinskaya, Ph.D.Dr. Sofya Borinskaya is an interdisciplinary biomedical scientist with research experience in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, developmental and computational biology. She has a unique passion for mentoring undergraduate researchers and prides herself on creating an inclusive, playful and safe learning environment.

Dr. Borinskaya holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from UCONN Health. She also completed NIH-IRACDA (Rutgers University) postdoctoral program that included research-intensive training.

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Samantha Schlachter, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

SEU Biology Visiting Assistant Professor Samantha Schlachter, Ph.D.Dr. Samantha Schlachter embodies the quote, "play is the highest form of research." She shares her passion for microbiology in the classroom by encouraging students to "play" with their newly acquired expertise on microbes as they solve the mystery of the composition of a mixed culture of bacteria.

Similarly, by undertaking independent research projects within the biology department, Dr. Schlachter strives to provide ample opportunity for students to experiment, learn, repeat, and ultimately discover, in a supportive and collaborative environment! Prior to earning her Ph.D. from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, she earned a B.S. in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.

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