Lalitha Jayant

Lalitha Jayant



Office: N-699P

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Phone: +1 (212) 776-6883

Professor Lalitha Jayant is an expert in cell and molecular biology as well as biochemistry.

Jayant works with the sea urchin Lytechnius variegatus and marine bacteria associated with this urchin. One of her research projects involves extending the shelf-life of sea urchin eggs for laboratory use using liposomes. Given the limited life span of isolated eggs from L. variegatus, one aim of this work has been to make sea urchin gametes more readily available and useful for developmental research and for class experiments in Biology labs. Another aspect of her research is to isolate and identify marine bacteria associated with these urchins. Some of these bacteria harbor plasmids and some produce agar and alginate degrading enzymes. Research projects focus on characterizing these bacteria and their plasmids.


General Biology and Microbiology Experiments, Detection of Bacterial Contamination in Dried Fish Samples.


Courses Taught

BIO 210 (Biology I)
BIO 220 (Biology II)
BIO 260 (Cell Biology)
BIO 420 (Microbiology)

Research and Projects


  • Jayant, L., Priano, C., Salm, S., and Goodwyn, L. The Fun in Fermentation: A Laboratory Case Study. Accepted for publication Sept. 9, 2015 in the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York Jaya,

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • NSF: Grant title: Broadening STEM Participation Among Minority Students in an Urban Community College S-STEM Program. Period of funding 2016-2021 (Total amount $999,998)
  • CUNY/ASAP Grant title: Redesigning STEM gateway courses to reduce Attrition rates. Period of funding 2017 (Total amount $40,000) BMCC: Grant title Publication Grant. Period of funding 2014-2015 ($5000) New York State Education Department; Grant title

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