2017 ASRC Seed Program Winners

Faculty and researchers from throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system have been selected as 2017 CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Grant winners.

Learn more about the ASRC Seed Grant Program.

The Winners:


Ian Alberts

LaGuardia Community College

ASRC Partner: Kevin Gardner, Structural Biology Initiative

Project Name: Design of Potent ARNT (HIF-1Beta) Small Molecule Inhibitors Using a Novel Synergistic Drug Discovery Workflow


Jose Anadon

Queens College

ASRC Partner: Brian Giebel, Environmental Sciences Initiative

Project Name: Effect of urbanization on the trophic ecology of obligate scavengers


Gilda Barabino

City College of New York

ASRC Partner: Rein Ulijn, Nanoscience Initiative

Project Name: A Novel Tunable Supramolecular Hydrogel for Articular Cartilage Regeneration


Nicolas Biais

Brooklyn College

ASRC Partner: Amédée des Georges, Structural Biology Initiative

Project Name: CryoEM Characterization of Type IV pili quaternary structure polymorphism


John Dennehy

Queens College

ASRC Partner: Rinat Abzalimov, Structural Biology Initiative

Project Name: Does a Host-Acquired Factor Impact Fitness on Subsequent Hosts in an RNA Virus?


Nicolas Giovambattista

Brooklyn College

ASRC Partner: Xi Chen, Nanoscience Initiative

Project Name: Water-Responsive Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage


Konstantinos Krampis

Hunter College

ASRC Partners: Xi Chen, Nanoscience Initiative; Kevin Gardner, Structural Biology Initiative; Patrizia Casaccia, Neuroscience Initiative; Rein Ulijn, Nanoscience Initiative

Project Name: Next-generation environmental DNA monitoring: bioinformatics tools to understand global biodiversity.


David Lindo Atichati

College of Staten Island

ASRC Partner: Zachary Tessler, Environmental Sciences Initiative

Project Name: Effects of ocean model resolution on predictions of climate change impacts on estuarine-dependent fishes of the mid-Atlantic Bight


Alan Lyons

College of Staten Island

ASRC Partner: Tai-De Li, Nanoscience Initiative

Project Name: Interfacial structure of an anti-reflective and anti-soiling nano-structured fluoropolymer coating on glass.


David Mootoo

Hunter College

ASRC Partner: Adam Braunschweig, Nanoscience

Project Name: Synthetic Lectins as Reagents for Carbohydrate Synthesis


Adrian Rodriguez-Contreras

City College of New York

ASRC Partner: Jia Liu, Neuroscience Initiative

Project Name: Analysis of gene expression during auditory system development of rat pups reared by low and high caring mothers


Rebecca Spokony

Baruch College

ASRC Partner: Ye He, Neuroscience Initiative

Project Name: Characterization of Enhancers Controlled by both Ecdysone and Juvenile Hormone


Sophia Suarez

Brooklyn College

ASRC Partner: Elisa Riedo, Nanoscience Initiative

Project Name: Studying the Pressure and Additives Induced Dynamics in CO2 and CH4 hosting Gas Hydrates


Monica Trujillo

Queensborough Community College

ASRC Partner: Patrizia Casaccia, Neuroscience Initiative

Project Name: Does the microbiota from the soil affect the mice gut microbiota?


Sihong Wang

City College of New York

ASRC Partner: Jacob Trevino, NanoFabrication Facility

Project Name: Development of a hybrid 3D microfluidic cell array using PDMS and PMMA to simulate in vivo tissue architecture