Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Jeffrey Mital earned his undergraduate Biochemistry degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo and his doctorate degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Vermont (UVM). While at UVM, he worked on the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii, a human pathogen that causes significant medical issues in humans and serves as a model organism for studying malaria. After graduating from UVM, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Heath's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT. At the NIH, he studied how the human bacterial pathogen Chlamydia takes over human host cells for its own benefit.
Dr. Mital joined the Biomedical Sciences Department in 2012, bringing his enthusiasm for teaching and research to Quinnipiac University. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He particularly enjoys teaching Research and Technology, as it is a freshman BMS course, which allows him to get to know all of the freshman BMS majors and introduce them to various facets of biomedical sciences. At Quinnipiac, he continues to research chlamydial pathogenesis by developing student-led projects where students learn to work safely with human pathogens in a biosafety cabinet, as well as learn a number of traditional and contemporary scientific techniques. His research students have presented at a wide range of local and regional scientific conferences. In teaching, research, and advising his goal is to create an atmosphere where students can explore their scientific passions and learn the skills necessary to identify and excel in their chosen career field.
2016 – Present
2012 – 2016
2006 – 2012
Research Fellow - Postdoctoral Associate; Intramural Research Training Award
Kissinger, H., *Figetakis, M., *Luchini, A., *Steinle, M., Mital. J., Blake, J., & Kaplan, L., A comparison of culture techniques for the isolation and identification of gut flora diversity in Fundulus heteroclitus, Eastern New England Biological Conference, Suffolk University, Boston, MA (2017).
Kissinger, H., *Jarvis, N., *Gracari, M., Mital, J., Blake, J., & Kaplan, L., Impact of chemical exposure and laboratory (captive) housing on Fundulus heteroclitus gut flora diversity, Eastern New England Biological Conference, Suffolk University, Boston, MA (2017).
Wolf, T., & Mital, J., Mutational Analysis to determine the role of Fyn during chlamydial pathogenesis, Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (abstract was not peer reviewed - poster was reviewed and awarded "best in category" honor) , New York, NY (2016).