CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research
ASRC Executive Director
As the senior research officer of the City University of New York, Dr. Gillian Small has primary responsibility for overseeing CUNY’s multibillion-dollar investment in science research and education. This decade-long expansion culminates in the creation of the Advanced Science Research Center, of which she is executive director.
Dr. Small, a widely published cell biologist, came to CUNY in 2001 and served as University Dean for Research from 2003 to 2008, when she was elevated to the new position of Vice Chancellor for Research. As the official responsible for establishing the University's research strategy during the period of science resurgence broadly defined as CUNY’s “Decade of Science,” Dr. Small has fostered the development of visionary initiatives and new models of scientific participation and collaboration. These are reflected in the innovative approach she has taken in her dual role as vice chancellor for research and executive director of the ASRC.
A native of the United Kingdom, Dr. Small received her Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences in 1983 from the 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. She has been 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, including as an invited speaker at the 1997 Nobel Conference on “Metabolic Functions, Proliferation, and Diseases of Peroxisomes” in Stockholm, Sweden.
As a gifted researcher who became an innovative science executive and leader, Dr. Small has focused on recruiting distinguished research faculty across many disciplines, promoting faculty research, scholarship, and entrepreneurship as well as obtaining significant funding for facilities and instrumentation. Dr. Small has also been committed to enhancing student involvement in research across all academic levels, from undergraduate to postdoctoral.
As CUNY's top research executive, Dr. Small 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 the city and state of New York.