Gillian Small

Vice Chancellor for Research

Gillian Small is Vice Chancellor for Research at The City University of New York. As CUNY’s top research executive, Dr. Small has focused on recruiting distinguished faculty across many disciplines, on supporting faculty research, scholarship, and entrepreneurial activities, and on obtaining significant funding for facilities and instrumentation. She is also committed to enhancing and expanding student involvement in research across all academic levels. In addition, Dr. Small has overall responsibility for growing the University’s intellectual property portfolio, developing partnerships with other universities and research institutions, fostering relationships with industry, governmental, and non-governmental funding sources, and enhancing CUNY’s contribution to the economic development of New York City and New York State. Dr. Small also serves as the founding Executive Director of CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC)—which houses high-end core facilities and supports cutting-edge research in photonics, nanoscience, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sensing.

Dr. Small, an internationally recognized scholar, joined CUNY in 2001 and served as University Dean for Research from 2003 to 2008 before being appointed Vice Chancellor for Research. A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Small received her Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences in 1983 from Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now University of Wolverhampton). She came to the United States in 1985 to conduct postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University in New York, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Christian DeDuve. In 1988, Dr. Small joined the faculty at the University of Florida where she established her independent research program. In 1991, she returned to New York as a faculty member at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she directed a research laboratory as well as being Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Dr. Small’s research background is in organelle biogenesis and molecular regulation of lipid metabolism. Her research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association. She has published widely in these areas and presented her research at both national and international conferences.

Dr. Small serves on the governing boards of the Association for Women in Science, The Science Coalition, the World Science Festival, and the New York Structural Biology Center, among others.