Meet The CURCA Team

Lamis Z Jarvinen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Email:, Phone: (413) 572-8681, Ely Mezzanine 230

Dr. Jarvinen is our founding CURCA Director, having joined Westfield State in March 2018. She has been involved in research since her undergraduate days as a Biology Major at the University of Michigan-Flint. She received her M.S. in Veterinary Pathobiology from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on vaccine development and delivery systems. Her deep interest in how immunological cells mediate whole organ transplantation tolerance led her to Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine where she obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Immunology.  As a post-doctoral fellow of the University of Michigan Medical Center, she worked on developing immunological strategies for prolonging whole organ transplantation tolerance through the use of viral gene therapy and adult mesenchymal stem cells.

She is dedicated to the liberal arts study and to working with undergraduates across disciplines. She has developed innovative approaches to science teaching, using 17th Century works of fine art to help students understand and apply the process of science and further collaborated on innovative ways to elevate student potential through the use of technology. She has been a pedagogical researcher on National Science Foundation grants and has worked as a consultant in the private sector, providing program evaluations and curricular approaches to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for K-12 and colleges.

She is excited to be part of the Westfield State community and to working with students, faculty, and staff across disciplines. She is available to support students and their mentors in many aspects of research and creative activity in and out of the classroom. Contact her with any questions or for assistance.

Lamis Z Jarvinen, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

CURCA Advisory Board Members

Our CURCA advisory board is comprised of interdisciplinary faculty, staff, and students committed to supporting and advancing undergraduate research and creative projects.

Prof. Roderico Acevedo - Chemical and Physical Science

Prof. Lisa Barao - Criminal Justice

Prof. Anthony Furnelli - Economics and Marketing

Dr. Lamis Jarvinen - CURCA Director

Prof. George Ramirez - Art

Prof. Jason Ramsay - Biology

Prof. Amanda Salacinski - Movement Science