Christine Priano

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Associate Professor


Office: N-699F

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=1458

Christine Priano received a B.S. in Biology from Fordham University and earned M.A., M.Ph., and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics and Development from Columbia University. As a molecular biologist, she conducted research at Columbia University and Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York, focusing on the role of RNA secondary structure in bacteriophage gene expression. Since 2008, she has taught Biology courses at BMCC and has mentored a number of BMCC students on a variety of research projects.




  • B.S. Fordham University, Biology,1979
  • M.S. Columbia University, Genetics and Development,1980
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Genetics and Development,1986

Courses Taught

BIO 210 (Biology I)
BIO 220 (Biology II)

Research and Projects

  • Examination of microbial life in local fresh water areas and coastal marine regions.
    Research includes characterizing microbial life in local fresh water and intertidal environments. Projects focus on examining the response of microbes to conditions of environmental stress and identifying ecological relationships among these and other organisms that co-inhabit these zones.


  • Priano, C. (1986). Double-strand formation during RNA-directed RNA synthesis. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, New York.,
  • Mills, D.R., Priano, C., & Kramer, F.R. (1987). Requirement for secondary structure formation during coliphage RNA replication. In Positive Strand RNA Viruses (M.A. Brinton & R.R. Rueckert, eds.) Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, New York.,
  • Mills, D.R., Priano, C., DiMauro, P., & Binderow, B. (1989). Q-Beta RNA replicase: mapping the functional domains of an RNA dependent RNA polymerase. J. Mol. Biol. 205, 751-764.,
  • Arora, R., Priano, C., Jacobson, A., & Mills, D.R. (1996). Mapping cis-acting regions in an RNA coliphage genome: Fold as you please but fold you must!! J. Mol. Biol. 258, 433-446. ,
  • Priano, C., Kramer, F.R., & Mills, D.R. (1987). Evolution of the RNA coliphages: The role of secondary structures during RNA replication. Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 52, 321 330. ,
  • Axelrod, V.D., Brown, E., Priano, C., & Mills, D.R. (1991). Coliphage Q-Beta RNA replication: RNA is catalytic for single-strand release. Virology 184, 595-608. ,
  • Mills, D.R., Priano, C., Merz, P.A., & Binderow, B. (1990). Q-Beta RNA bacteriophage: mapping cis-acting elements within an RNA genome. J. Virology 64, 3872-3881. ,
  • Jacobson, A.B., Arora, R., Zuker, M., Priano, C., Lin, C.H., &. Mills, D.R. (1998). Structural plasticity in RNA and its role in the regulation of protein translation in coliphage Q-Beta. J. Mol. Biol. 274, 589-600. ,
  • Priano, C., Arora, R., Jayant, L., & Mills, D.R. (1997). Translational activation in coliphage Q-Beta: On a polycistronic messenger RNA, repression of one gene can activate translation of another. J. Mol. Biol. 271, 299-310. ,
  • Priano, C. (2013) Shaping tRNA. The American Biology Teacher. 75, 708-709.,
  • Jayant, L., Priano, C., & Mills, D.R. (2010). In polycistronic Q-Beta RNA, single-strandedness at one ribosome binding site directly affects translational initiations at a distal upstream cistron. Nucleic Acids Res. 38, 7199-7210. ,
  • Jayant, L., Meyers, O., Geddis, M., & Priano, C. (2014, 2011). Laboratory Manual for Biology I, Second Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA. ,
  • Priano, C., Arora, R., Butke, J., & Mills, D.R. (1995). A complete plasmid-based complementation system for RNA coliphage Q??: Three proteins of bacteriophage Q?? (Group III) and SP (Group IV) can be interchanged. J. Mol. Biol. 249, 283-297. ,
  • Jayant, LS, Priano, C., Salm, SN, and Goodwyn, LN (2016). The Fun in Fermentation. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY,

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant


  • BMCC Presidential Scholar


  • PSC CUNY Grant


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