2016 CUNY ASRC Seed Grant and Cooperative Postdoc Winners Announced

Faculty and researchers from throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system have been selected as 2016 CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Grant and 2016 CUNY ASRC Cooperative Postdoc Research Grant winners.

The CUNY ASRC Seed Grant program is a funding opportunity for CUNY faculty to create research relationships at the ASRC, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research approaches within the five core initiatives at the center: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and the Environmental Sciences. These grants will fund research between CUNY tenured and tenure-track faculty and permanent faculty at the ASRC, and are up to a maximum of $10,000 for a one-year period.

The winners:

Mahdieh Allahviranloo, City College of New York
Generating Multidimensional Disruption Index for Mobility during Extreme Climate Events

Cesar Arenas-Mena, College of Staten Island
Identification of protein-DNA interactions at developmental cis-regulatory modules in vivo

Jean-Philippe Berteau, College of Staten Island
Contribution of nanostructure mineralization in macrostructure stiffness of cortical bone tissue during growth

Aneta Czajkowska, Brooklyn College
Development of a nanoparticle system based on tripeptide oil in water emulsions to deliver Au nanocrystal-­Pt hybrids for anticancer therapy.

Azriel Genack, Queens College
Fabrication of Micro-layer Assembly

Dixie Goss, Hunter College
Structural Studies of the Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus RNA Translational Element and 40S Ribosomal Subunits

Peter Lipke, Brooklyn College
Proteomic Analysis of Amyloids in Fungal Biofilms

Donna McGregor, Lehman College
Self-assembly of short aromatic peptides to design a proton wire

Carmen Melendez-Vasquez, Hunter College
Evaluation of tunable stiffness biogels as a platform for enhanced myelin formation

Carlos Meriles, City College of New York
Scanning thermometry with nanoscale resolution

Sang-Woo Seo, City College of New York
Scanning thermometry with nanoscale resolution

Mariana Torrente, Brooklyn College
Epigenetics In Neurodegenerative Disease: Comprehensively Characterizing Histone Modifications In Parkinson’s Disease

Maribel Vazquez, City College of New York
A nano-Osteo Fluidic System to Examine Signaling between Apoptotic and Bystander Osteocyte Cells

Michele Vittadello, Medgar Evers College
Mitochodrial/photosynthetic/oxidative field effect transistors via nanoscale patterning

John Waldman, Queens College
A New Paradigm for Restoring Large Atlantic Rivers: Assessing the Shared River Concept

Zhengrong Wang, City College of New York
Experimental study of H and O isotope fractionation during the formation of evaporites: implication to the regional climate change during the uplift of Qinghai-Tibetan plateau

The CUNY ASRC Cooperative Postdoc Research Grant was established for CUNY faculty who are not based at the ASRC full-time to support a postdoctoral scientist who will collaborate on a research project with a member of the permanent ASRC faculty or an ASRC core facility director. The winners will have access to state-of-the-art equipment that is not found at their home colleges, and in some cases, is not easily accessible nationally or internationally.

The winners:

Hyungsik Lim, Hunter College
Nonlinear Optics Illuminates the Structural Dynamics of Active Peptides

Zhongqi Cheng, Brooklyn College
Quantifying Biogeochemical and Microbial Properties and Processes in Green Infrastructure Soils

Hiroshi Matsui, Hunter College
Development of Lab-On-A-Chips with Nanoscale Mechanoelectric Platforms for Biological Nanoparticle Sensing and Separation