Jaclyn Novatt, PhD, MS

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Administration

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Touro College of Pharmacy


Dr. Novatt, comes to us from Long Island University, where she served as Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.  She earned her PhD studying how proteins move in and out of the nucleus of cells, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying mRNA splicing.  She taught genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities before joining the faculty of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (LIU Pharmacy) in 2017. There, she taught Immunology/Pathophysiology and Human Genetics and developed several innovative courses, including a research APPE and an Introduction to Research elective. She assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in 2019, which led to a shift in her research interests to the art and science of Teaching and Learning.

In addition to science, Dr. Novatt has a background in theater and improv. She is passionate about communicating science to the public, and loves working with students to improve their communication skills using improv-based activities.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2010-2016
Ph.D., Rockefeller University, NY, 2009
B.A., M.S., Brandeis University, MA, 2001

Honors and Awards

Magen David Yeshiva, Brooklyn NY, 2018
Employer of the Year Award, Senior Internship Program

LIU Pharmacy Internal Grant, 2017
Received funding to purchase an autoclave and a -80ºC freezer

National Cancer Institute, 2012-2015
Postdoctoral Training T32 Program Fellowship

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2003-2008
Pre-doctoral Fellowship

John R Segal Memorial, 2007
Travel Fellowship

Phi Beta Kappa, Brandeis University, 2001

Iota Sigma Pi (National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry), Brandeis University, 2001

Chemistry Department Excellence Award, Brandeis University, 2001

US Department of Energy, 2001
Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship (ERULF)

US Department of Energy, 2000
Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship (ERULF)

Schiff Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Brandeis University,1999-2000

Presidential Scholarship, Brandeis University, 1997-2001


Current - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Student Mental Health

Past – Mechanism of mRNA Splicing, Mechanism of protein transport across the Nuclear Pore Complex

Areas of Expertise: Communicating to the public about science, research, and health topics; mRNA biology; protein biochemistry

Recent Publications

  1. Tetenbaum-Novatt, J. E., Lonie, J. M., Elkowitz, D. E., & Frey, K. M. (2018). A novel learning approach to pharmaceutical sciences research in a pharmacy research advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) elective course. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning10(11), 1529–1540. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2018.08.015
  2. Aznarez, I., Nomakuchi, T. T., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., Rahman, M. A., Fregoso, O., Rees, H., & Krainer, A. R. (2018). Mechanism of nonsense-mediated mRNA decay stimulation by splicing factor SRSF1.  Cell Reports23(7), 2186–2198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2018.04.039
  3. Hough, L. E., Dutta, K., Sparks, S., Temel, D. B., Kamal, A., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., Rout, M. P., & Cowburn, D. (2015). The molecular mechanism of nuclear transport revealed by atomic-scale measurements. eLife4, e10027. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.10027
  4. Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., Hough, L. E., Mironska, R., McKenney, A. S., & Rout, M. P. (2012). Nucleocytoplasmic transport: a role for nonspecific competition in karyopherin-nucleoporin interactions. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics : MCP11(5), 31–46. https://doi.org/10.1074/mcp.M111.013656
  5. Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., & Rout, M. P. (2010). The mechanism of nucleocytoplasmic transport through the nuclear pore complex. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology75, 567–584. https://doi.org/10.1101/sqb.2010.75.033
  6. Jovanovic-Talisman, T., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., McKenney, A. S., Zilman, A., Peters, R., Rout, M. P., & Chait, B. T. (2009). Artificial nanopores that mimic the transport selectivity of the nuclear pore complex. Nature457(7232), 1023–1027. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature07600
  7. Timney, B. L., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., Agate, D. S., Williams, R., Zhang, W., Chait, B. T., & Rout, M. P. (2006). Simple kinetic relationships and nonspecific competition govern nuclear import rates in vivo. The Journal of Cell Biology175(4), 579–593. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.200608141
  8. D'Aquino, J. A., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., White, A., Berkovitch, F., & Ringe, D. (2005). Mechanism of metal ion activation of the diphtheria toxin repressor DtxR. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America102(51), 18408–18413. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0500908102
  9. Strambio-de-Castillia, C., Tetenbaum-Novatt, J., Imai, B. S., Chait, B. T., & Rout, M. P. (2005). A method for the rapid and efficient elution of native affinity-purified protein A tagged complexes. Journal of Proteome Research4(6), 2250–2256. https://doi.org/10.1021/pr0501517
  10. Miller, L. M., Novatt, J. T., Hamerman, D., & Carlson, C. S. (2004). Alterations in mineral composition observed in osteoarthritic joints of cynomolgus monkeys. Bone35(2), 498–506. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2004.03.034
  11. Tetenbaum, J., & Miller, L. M. (2001). A new spectroscopic approach to examining the role of disulfide bonds in the structure and unfolding of soybean trypsin inhibitor. Biochemistry40(40), 12215–12219. https://doi.org/10.1021/bi010796u

Recent Presentations

  1. Special Session, AACP Annual Meeting, Virtual, July 2020
    Best Practices for Developing Effective AACP Mentoring Programs and Relationships for Pharmacy Faculty
    Shannon Kinney, Lea S. Eiland, Diane M. Calinski, Manas Mandal, Jaclyn Novatt, Laura M. Borgelt, Kamila A. Dell, Susan E. Smith
  2. Special Session, AACP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. July, 2019
    Using the Arts and Humanities to Develop and Enhance Student Communication Skills and Empathy
    Jaclyn Novatt, Vibhuti Arya, Sarah Shrader, Akash J. Alexander, Susan M. Meyer, Paul L. Ranelli
  3. Special Session, AACP Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 2019
    Thoughtful Approaches to Changing Cultures and Supporting Student Mental Health through Prevention, Identification, and Response
    Jane Shtaynberg, Steven C. Stoner, Jaclyn Novatt, Diana Tamer


  1. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Grapevine Texas, July 2022. The Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Pharmacy Students
  2. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Grapevine Texas, July 2022. Bridging the Gaps Between Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Anti-racism and Education at an Urban College of Pharmacy (Presented by Dr. Brooke Fidler)
  3. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Virtual Annual Meeting, July 2021. What Factors Impact Students' Selection of Elective Courses? (Presented by Dr. Anna Nogid)
  4. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Virtual Annual Meeting, July 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy Program Adaptations Amidst a Pandemic in NYC: Lessons Learned (Presented by Dr. Elaine Wong)
  5. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Virtual Annual Meeting, July 2020.
    Using Prerequisite Course Outcomes to Predict Academic Underperformance in Pharm.D. Students (Presented by Dr. Phyllis Stone)
  6. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting Boston, MA, July 2018. “I want to do research!!! Wait . . . . What is research?” – PharmD candidate
  7. Long Island University Discovery Day, April 2017. Incorporating Student-Centered Learning into Research Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)
  8. CSHL Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 2015. Characterization of SMG7 Alternative Splicing in Cancer
  9. 75th Annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 2010. Studying the Nature of Interactions Between Karyopherins, Cargo, and the NPC
  10. Gordon Research Conference – Protein Transport Across Cellular Membranes, Il Ciocco, Italy, 2007. Studying the Nature of Interactions Between Karyopherins, Cargo, and the NPC
  11. Gordon Research Conference – Signal Transduction Within the Nucleus, Ventura, CA, 2007. Studying the Nature of Interactions Between Karyopherins, Cargo, and the NPC
  12. Dynamic Organization of Nuclear Function Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 2006. Studying the Nature of Interactions Between Karyopherins, Cargo, and the NPC
  13. FASEB ASBMB Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2005. Studying the Nature of Interactions Between Karyopherins, Cargo, and the NPC


Memberships and Affiliations



Science outreach, playing cello, singing, spending time with family