Peter A. Novick, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Geology


-Contact Information-

Office: Medical Arts 200
Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Thursday: 1:00pm-2:00pm Thursday: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Friday: 11:00pm-12:00pm


Office Phone: (718) 631-6091

-Research Interests-

Dr. Novick's research interests include eukaryotic and bacterial genomics, bioinformatics, transposable elements and molecular evolution. While doing his Ph.D. through the CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Novick did research in the Boissinot lab on the evolution and diversity of transposable elements in the genome of the lizard Anolis carolinensis. He has since continued his research on molecular genetics, analyzing transposable element load and diversity of newly sequenced genomes, working in consortium with the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute annotating bacterial genomes, and collaborating with other departemental memebers analyzing the evolution of gene families in Streptomycetes.


  • Pope, W. H., Bowman, C. A., Russell, D. A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Asai, D. J., Cresawn, S. G., ... & Hatfull, G. F. (2015). Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity. eLife, 4, e06416. (PDF)
  • Novick, P. A., Carmona, N. M., & Trujillo, M. Evolutionary dynamics of rhomboid proteases in Streptomycetes. BMC research notes, (2015) 8(1), 234. (PDF)
  • Lavoie, C., Platt RN, Novick, PA, Counterman BA, and Ray, DA. "Transposable element evolution in Heliconius suggests genome diversity within Lepidoptera." Mobile DNA (2013) 4:21. (PDF)
  • Alföldi, Jessica, et al. "The genome of the green anole lizard and a comparative analysis with birds and mammals." Nature 477.7366 (2011): 587-591. (PDF)
  • Novick, Peter A., et al. "The evolution and diversity of DNA transposons in the genome of the lizard Anolis carolinensis." Genome Biology and Evolution 3 (2011): 1. (PDF)
  • Novick, Peter, et al. "Independent and parallel lateral transfer of DNA transposons in tetrapod genomes." Gene 449.1 (2010): 85-94. (PDF)
  • Novick, Peter A., et al. "The evolutionary dynamics of autonomous non-LTR retrotransposons in the lizard Anolis carolinensis shows more similarity to fish than mammals."Molecular biology and evolution 26.8 (2009): 1811-1822. (PDF)

-Courses Taught-

BI140: Principles of Biology for Non-Majors

BI201: General Biology I for Majors

BI301: Anatomy and Physiology

BI357: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


B.A. Biological Sciences - University of Delaware (2005)

M.A. Biological Sciences - The CUNY Graduate Center (2008)

Ph.D. Biological Sciences - The CUNY Graduate Center (2010)

-Other Responsibilities-

QCC Committee on Student Activities

Secretary (2011-2012)

Chair (2012-2015)

Steering Committee Designee (2015-2016)

Department of Biological Sciences and Geology Faculty and Staff Support Committee (2014-Present)

Department of Biological Sciences and Geology Academic Integrity and Course Standing Commmittee (2011-2014)

Coordinator: BI357 Bioinformatics

Co-Coordinator: BI201 General Biology I

Biotechnology Program Advisor (2011-Present)

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