PRISM's Staff

PRISM's Staff

Edgardo Sanabria-ValentinEdgardo Sanabria-Valentín, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director, Pre-Professional Advisor, and Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín is the Associate Director of PRISM. He received a B.S. in industrial microbiology from Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, a Ph.D. at New York University – Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sanabria-Valentín was a founding member of the NYC Minority Graduate Student Network, and is a Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholar and a Life Member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He has extensive experience running and developing effective undergraduate research programs at New York University (through the Leadership Alliance) and at Harvard University (through their Microbial Sciences Initiative). Dr. Sanabria-Valentín leads PRISM’s programmatic efforts, in addition to serving as a Research Coordinator for the Department of Sciences and as the Health Careers Advisor Lead for John Jay College.

Gabriella SanguinetiGabriella Sanguineti, Ph.D.
Research & Outreach Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Gabriella Sanguineti is PRISM’s Research and Outreach Coordinator. While she is a chemist by training, her real passion lies in enhancing the experience of underrepresented students in academia and preparing them to succeed in their professional lives. As the Research and Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Sanguineti mentors and prepares PRISM students for the rigors of life after John Jay by providing one-on-one career advisement, assistance in preparing application materials, and organizing and delivering workshops for the PRISM Jr. Scholars and Undergraduate Researchers. She also serves as a liaison between our partnering community colleges to raise awareness about our science articulation agreements through the CUNY Justice Academy. Dr. Sanguineti holds a B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University.

Leslie Porter CabelLeslie Porter-Cabell
Science Grants and Special Projects Manager
Leslie Porter-Cabell is the PRISM Science Grants and Special Projects Manager. In this role, she manages our administration of several major grant-funded projects.  Prior to joining PRISM, Leslie managed the Universities and Grants Program and the On–the-Job Training Supportive Services Program for the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

As program and grants management specialist, Leslie developed programs for youth and underrepresented populations that partnered educational institutions (secondary and post-secondary) with the public and private sectors to advance the youth education-career pipeline programs in STEM and non-traditional industries.  Her work benefitted career-technical and STEM-related K-12 schools throughout the US, as well as the International Transportation Learning Center of Silver Spring, MD, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in Newark, NJ. Leslie holds a B.A. degree in urban studies from Boston University and a certificate in environmental impact statements. 

Patricia SamperiPatricia Samperi
Science Grants Executive Assistant





Derek SokolowskiDerek Sokolowski
Assistant Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Derek Sokolowski is the Assistant Coordinator for the PRISM Junior Scholars program. Derek received a B.S. in forensic science at John Jay and was part of both the PRISM Undergraduate Research and the Honors Program. At PRISM, Derek provides administrative support to the PRISM office (including being our in-house photographer) and collaborates in developing programmatic activities for our various initiatives while pursuing a master’s degree in biotechnology at City College of New York.

Erica KlafehnErica Klafehn
Academic Advisor and Adjunct Instructor of Biology
Erica Klafehn is PRISM’s Academic Advisor for the Junior Scholars Program.  Erica graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and received a B.S. in cell and molecular biology with minors in anthropology and psychology.  At PRISM, Erica meets with students both one-on-one and in a group setting throughout the semester to discuss next semester course selection, to develop academic plans of study, and to help students with questions they may have regarding their academic success. Erica is also pursuing a master’s degree in forensic science at John Jay College.