Gillian Small

Vice Chancellor for Research

Dr. Gillian Small received her Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences in 1983 from the University of Wolverhampton in England. She came to the US in 1985 to conduct postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University in New York, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Christian DeDuve. Her research focus is organelle biogenesis and molecular regulation of lipid metabolism, and she has been consistently funded over a 20-year period by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association. She has published widely in these areas and, in recognition of her research, was named an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (1992-1997). She has presented her research at both national and international conferences, including as an invited speaker at the 1997 Nobel Conference on “Metabolic Functions, Proliferation, and Diseases of Peroxisomes” in Stockholm, Sweden.

In 1988, Dr. Small joined the faculty at the University of Florida where she established her independent research program. In 1992, 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 joined the City University of New York in 2001 and served as University Dean for Research from 2003-2008, and was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research in 2008. She is setting strategy for the University's research programs with a view toward fostering visionary initiatives and new models of participation, encouraging information and resource sharing, and connecting research and scholarly activities with emerging opportunities. Central to this, the recruitment of distinguished research faculty across many disciplines; supporting faculty to enable them to achieve recognition in research and scholarship; and obtaining significant funding for recruitment and research instrumentation.

Her major responsibilities include planning extensive new state-of-art science facilities as part of CUNY's Decade of Science, such as the development of the CUNY-wide Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), to be located on the south campus of City College. The ASRC will house high-end core facilities for use by CUNY scientists and support cutting-edge research in photonics, nanoscience, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sensing.

As CUNY's senior research officer, Dr. Small seeks to enhance all levels of involvement in research across the University, enhancing student participation and supporting our postdoctoral fellows. She has overall responsibility for supporting the University's intellectual property portfolio, developing relationships with outside research organizations, industry, governmental and non-governmental funding source, and enhancing CUNY's contribution to the economic development of New York City and the State of New York.