Dr. Priano’s research involves the examination of microbial life in local fresh water areas and in coastal marine regions. Recent projects have included identifying and characterizing protist life in intertidal environments and examining relationships among organisms that co-inhabit these zones. Student research has focused on determining optimal growth criteria for isolated protists, maintaining laboratory cultures, exploring the response of these mircoorganisms to conditions of environmental stress, and preparing DNA samples for sequence analysis and phylogenetic identification. Dr. Priano also collaborates with Dr. Lalitha Jayant on many projects that involve marine organisms and their ecological roles. This research has been supported in part by funds from a BMCC Faculty Development Grant and a PSC-CUNY Grant. Students that have engaged in this work have presented their research at BMCC’s Annual Poster Presentation Day, the BMCC Sustainability Fair, and at other local undergraduate research conferences.