Convening meetings, workshops, seminars, and public programs is a key part of the mission at the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center promoting collaboration between campus-based faculty, ASRC faculty, theorists, and experimentalists across New York City.

Event and Space Rentals

The ASRC offers event and meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 100 guests for your next conference, reception, meeting, workshop, film shoot, or private event.

IlluminationSpace Community Hours


Curious about the Advanced Science Research Center? Learn more about our five research initiatives at the ASRC IlluminationSpace. At the ASRC IlluminationSpace, located at the Advanced Science Research Center of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, students explore five exciting and interconnected areas of science — nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental


Nanoscience Initiative: Ognjen Ilic, California Institute of Technology

Photons as Energy and Fuel: Harnessing Nanoscale Light-Matter Interactions in Terrestrial and Space Domains. Ognjen Ilic, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Applied Physics and Materials Sciences, California Institute of Technology The diverse range of available thermodynamic resources—from the Sun at 6,000 degrees to cold space at 3 degrees—offers great potential for energy and environmental applications. To


Single Cell Genomics Workshop

Learn about applications in single-cell technologies and single-cell multi-omic automation, and discuss what technologies and tools could support your research. The workshop includes three presentations followed by discussions with investigators. 12 p.m.: Katy Richards-Hrdlicka, Snr Field Applications Specialist, Single Cell Isolation and Analysis on the Fludigm C1 Platform 12:45 p.m.: David Chappell, Snr Field APplications

Environmental Sciences Seminar: Joint Briefing On Private Sector-Academic Partnerships In Sustainable Impact Investing

Selecting and managing financial assets based on social and environmental performance is undergoing rapid growth and fundamental change. Investors are increasingly pressed by asset owners to prove how one company's practices are more or less sustainable than those of another. Yet, sustainability measures that companies declare are hardly standardized and difficult to verify, with metrics

Nanoscience Seminar: Dimitri Deheyn, University of California, San Diego

Living Light: Towards Understanding the Fundamental Mechanism of Color & Light Production in Nature Speaker Dimitri Deheyn, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego Dimitri Deheyn is a Scripps marine biologist developing research in the field of biomimicry: the process of emulating Nature to support green and sustainable innovations for various industries. His research aims at

Career Choices for STEM Ph.D.s: Getting to Know the World of Work

In this workshop, Melanie Sinche will discuss the skills that Ph.D.s organically develop during the course of their graduate and postdoctoral training as well as how to translate them to employers in various fields. Sinche will draw on the results from a large survey she recently conducted to identify which sectors Ph.D.s in STEM fields

Environmental Sciences Seminar: Zachary Tessler, Environmental Sciences Initiative, ASRC

Workshop: Git for Scientific Software Development and Collaboration Speaker Zachary Tessler Environmental Sciences Initiative, ASRC Abstract Git is a software tool for managing and sharing code, and is often used for collaboration through GitHub (or Bitbucket, or GitLab, or …). If you write any code, or regularly use open-source software, git is a tool to

New York Glia Club Symposium

Faculty Host Carmen Melendez-Vasquez Agenda 2:00 p.m. - Mechanisms of lipid homeostasis in peripheral nerve myelination Corey Hefferman, Ph.D. Haesun Kim Lab, Rutgers University 2:30 p.m. - Age-dependent decline of TET1-mediated DNA hydroxymethylation impairs myelin regeneration after injury Sarah Moyon, Ph.D. Patrizia Casaccia Lab, Advanced Science ResearchCenter 3:00 p.m. - Epigenetic regulation of brain region-specific

Nanoscience Seminar: Young Jo Kim, University of New Hampshire

Bioinspired materials for powering next generation biomedical devices Speaker Young Jo Kim University of New Hampshire. Abstract Biodegradable electronics presents an emerging paradigm in biomedical applications by exhibiting various advantages afforded by electronically active devices systems and obviating issues with chronic implants such as infection, inflammation, and costly surgical procedures. Devices designed for oral administration

Neuroscience Seminar: Norman J. Haughey, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Targeting neutral sphingomyelinase to improve remyelination Speaker Norman J. Haughey Ph.D. Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Neurology Professor of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Abstract For reasons that are not completely understood, remyelination is often incomplete, resulting in thin myelin sheaths with a disorganized myelin

Joint Nanoscience & Structural Biology Seminar: Wilhelm Huck, Radboud University Nijmegen

Dissipative systems showing signs of life Speaker: Wilhelm Huck Radboud University Nijmegen Abstract Complex networks of chemical reactions together define how life works. We are familiar with the metabolic networks studied in biochemistry, and in recent decades many regularly recurring network motifs have been uncovered that are responsible for much of the functional behaviour in

Herman Z. Cummins Lecture V: Jörg Wrachtrup, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Nanoscale Quantum Sensing Guest Speaker Jörg Wrachtrup Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) and Center for Applied Quantum Technologies University of Stuttgart, Germany Abstract The accuracy of measurements is limited by quantum mechanics. Ingenious demonstrations, like measuring gravitational fields or time have explored accuracy limits and reached fundamental obstructions. Yet, precision measurements so far

2019 CUNY Biophysics Symposium

This symposium brings together CUNY theorists and experimentalists in the expansive field of biophysics, giving us a chance to share recent research findings and discuss plans for future joint endeavors. We are pleased to welcome the three following keynote speakers: Qiang Cui, Professor of Chemistry, Boston University – “Exploring Membrane Remodeling by Protein and Nanoparticles”

Structural Biology Special Seminar: Lina M. Gonzalez, MIT, Voight Lab

Resilient Living Materials Built By Printing Bacterial Spores Speaker Lina M. Gonzalez Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Voight Lab Abstract A route to advanced multifunctional materials is to embed them with living cells that can perform sensing, chemical production, energy scavenging, and actuation. A challenge in realizing this potential is that the conditions for keeping cells alive

Lab Safety Training

Lab safety training for ASRC researchers and core facility users. For more information, please contact: Aldo Orlando 212.413.3351

Physics Workshop on 2D Material Science

Speaker Professor Gabriele Grosso, Physics Photonics Initiative, Advanced Science Research Center The Graduate Center, CUNY This is an intensive workshop on the physics of two-dimensional materials with particular emphasis to their electronic and optical properties. The most important classes of materials and functionalities will be covered, including graphene, semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and insulator