Grants & Funding

Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetes

Professor of chemistry Shuiqin Zhou of the College of Staten Island received a three-year $178,645 grant from the U.S. National Academies to support biomedical research aimed at the early detection and treatment of diabetes. The project is being conducted with Muhammad Siddiq of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azam University as part of the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperative Program. Smart polymer microgels, the focus of the project, are useful in biomedical applications; they can be very responsive to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, pH and glucose concentration, notes Zhou. It is this last change, in glucose level, that allows these polymers to be potentially useful in the early detection of diabetes and the treatment of the disease through the self-regulation of insulin delivery.

Developing New Methods to Detect Prostate Cancer

Wubao Wang, a senior scientist at City College’s Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, received a three-year $542,940 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for a project to develop noninvasive methods to detect prostate cancer. Wang and collaborators Min Xu of Fairfield University and Dr. James Eastham of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are developing a rectal near-infrared light-based scanning polarization imaging unit and independent component analysis algorithm to improve current diagnostic accuracy.

In Brief

John Jay College of Criminal Justice More than $1.5 million in federal funds for research initiatives concerning emergency response to large-scale disasters, gang violence and crime prevention, sex offender management, domestic violence and public safety leadership.

The College of Staten Island $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education for a comprehensive program to improve teacher quality; $20,000 from ConEd to enlist CSI students and faculty to help children and teachers run a greenhouse at PS 35 on Staten Island's North Shore.

Hunter College $559,554 from the New York State Education Department to establish a Manhattan/Staten Island Bilingual Education Teacher Assistance Center; $154,493 from the University of California-Los Angeles/Autism Speaks for research promoting communication skills in toddlers at risk for autism.

Kingsborough Community College $934,632 from the Centers for Disease Control for minority HIV/AIDS research; $142,947 from the New York State Education Department for a project promoting health careers.

Queens College $372,189 from the National Institutes of Health for research on predictors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in preschool children; $256,958 from the National Science Foundation for a project to understand the tectonic and stratigraphic history of offshore New Harbor in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

City College Two grants totaling $430,488 from the National Institutes of Health for a biomedical cancer research partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; $485,683 from the NIH to create a national urban model for minority undergraduate biomedical education.

The Graduate School and University Center $328,970 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a project on image processing in biological 3D electron microscopy.

LaGuardia Community College $574,930 from the U.S. Department of Education for a project to reinvigorate second year education; $504,353 from the New York State Education Department for a family literacy program.

Lehman College $163,000 from the National Institutes of Health for a project to improve care for terminally ill children and their families.

Medgar Evers College $231,000 from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development for a program for out-of-school youth.