Eric Shipp, PhD MBA has been appointed Deputy Executive Director of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), strengthening the senior leadership of the center with his extensive professional experience in the scientific research sector.
Shipp—who joins the ASRC from Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI)—will help to execute the strategic goals of the center and act as the lead in creating, developing, and pursuing external funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Working with the ASRC Initiative Directors he will seek cross-disciplinary collaborations internally as well as with external parties. and share responsibility for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for continued success and growth of the ASRC.
“There are boundless opportunities for scientific discovery and education at the ASRC given the intellectual capital and research infrastructure that Dr. Gillian Small (ASRC Executive Director and CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research) has put in place,” Shipp said. “I am very excited to be joining such an organization with the task of helping chart the path to future scientific and organizational success.”
While at BMRI, Shipp contributed to the creation and successful execution of a strategic plan to grow the institute and increase external funding. He also oversaw all operational and financial activities of the institute. During this time, he obtained his MBA with a concentration in finance at Pace University to hone his financial and management skills. Prior to BMRI, he was the neuroscience program manager for the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation where he managed collaborations with the expressed purpose of accelerating the efficacy of translational research in neuroscience.
Shipp’s professional experience will be a boon for the ASRC, combining his significant experience in the financial and operations side of research with an accomplished academic scientific background. After completing a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from UC-Santa Cruz and receiving a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California-Los Angeles, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Academies in Washington, DC. In this role, he helped committees conduct studies on issues of national interest in the chemical sciences. He then went on to be a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in chemical neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology.
“We look forward to Eric joining the ASRC. His previous experience in fostering creative partnerships among researchers is one that will be invaluable here at the ASRC, particularly for uniting the five research initiatives to address fundamental scientific and societal challenges,” said Charles J. Vorosmarty, Director of the ASRC’s Environmental Sciences Initiative and chair of the search committee.
Shipp becomes an important part of the leadership team at the ASRC, overseeing several direct reports, envisioning new endeavors for the ASRC, developing partnerships with peer institutions, and presenting the vision and work done by the resident scientists to internal and external groups. He will also create and maintain relationships with partner organizations and funding agencies, ensuring the continued success of the ASRC.
About the ASRC: The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is a University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. Led by Dr. Gillian Small, Vice Chancellor for Research and the ASRC’s executive director, the center is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture. Researchers from each of the initiatives work side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. Funding for the ASRC from New York State is gratefully acknowledged.