Naydu M Carmona, Ph.D. received her B.A from Manhattanville College in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. She went on to receive her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Neuroscience in 2008. Her research focused on morphological alterations in the prefrontal cortex and thalamus associated with schizophrenia. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology/pharmacology at the CUNY School of Medicine, where she investigated the effects of cocaine abuse in early brain development.
Dr. Carmona is currently an associate professor at Queensborough Community College/City University of New York (CUNY) in the department of Biological Sciences. Originally trained in neuroscience, she now investigates Rhomboids, the largest family of enzymes hydrolyzing peptide bonds within the membrane. These intramembrane proteases are highly conserved across life and have been implicated in several human diseases. Through NSF and CUNY internal grants, Dr. Carmona offers her students the opportunity to be involved in active research in an otherwise urban, primarily-teaching institution. In addition to mentoring undergraduate research projects, Dr. Carmona is a Health Science Program Coordinator for QCC and mentors students for Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP); Dr. Carmona is also a member of the Faculty Diversity Strategic Plan Advisory Committee which promotes educational programs to reflect pluralistic values and goals.