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Dr. Lesley Davenport is Professor of Chemistry at Brooklyn College and Executive Officer of the Doctoral program in Biochemistry at the Graduate Center. Dr. Davenport directs the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy in Brooklyn College, using fluorescence spectroscopic approaches for investigating interactions between complex biomolecules with her lab group. Dr. Davenport has published extensively and received numerous awards, as well as currently holds two U.S patents.


Dr. Vicki Flaris is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Bronx Community College. Her research focuses on polymer and material science, specifically looking at blends and alloys and focusing on environmentally friendly membranes. Dr. Flaris served as President of the Society for Plastics Engineers (SPE) from 2007-2008, and complements her research with over 15 years of industrial experience working with companies such as Huntsman Corporation and Du Pont Canada Pty. Ltd.


Dr. Ruth Stark is Director of the CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies at The City College of New York. Dr. Stark uses NMR techniques to study the molecular structure and organization of fatty acid binding proteins, biopolymers. In addition, her lab group collaborates with research groups in the New York Metropolitan area as well as at other sites in the U.S. and overseas. Dr. Stark is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at City College. Read More >>


Dr. Corinne Michels’ has achieved an international reputation for her research into the regulation of gene expression. She utilizes the genetic model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae, baker's and brewer's yeast, and molecular genetic analysis tools. Currently Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Biology at Queens College, Dr. Michels has a remarkable record of funding for her research, including 30 years of continuous support from the NIH and major research instrumentation awards from the NSF. Read More >>


Dr. Eleanore Wurtzel, along with her lab group, incorporates genomic tools to investigate carotenoid accumulation in important food crops such as maize, wheat, and rice. This research is leading to improved strategies for predicting plant chemistry and enhancing provitamin A carotenoid content,directed at solving a global health problem of vitamin A deficiency that affects 250,000,000 children worldwide and leads to increased childhood mortality. Dr. Wurtzel is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehman College.


Dr. Neepa Maitra has a background in theoretical chemical physics and focuses her studies more specifically on time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), a method to describe electronic excitations and dynamics in atomic, molecular, chemical systems and solids. TDDFT has been applied to expanded areas in condensed matter physics, quantum chemistry, and quantum physics. Dr. Maitra is currently Associate Professor of Physics at Hunter College.


Dr. Mandë Holford focuses on reconstructing the evolutionary history of venomous marine gastropods (cone snails, terebrids, and turrids), and investigates their toxins as biochemical tools for characterizing cellular communication in the nervous system and as potential drug development targets. Dr. Holford is currently Assistant Professor of Chemistry at York College.


Dr. Marie Filbin investigates the role of MAG and myelin in preventing axonal regeneration after injury, devising molecular approaches to overcoming these inhibitors. Currently, she is testing these findings in animal models of spinal cord injury, as well as continuing to identify novel molecular targets for potential therapeutic intervention. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Hunter College. Read More >>


Dr. Jill Bargonetti and her laboratory group are currently working to determine if DNA damage caused by various chemotherapeutic drugs (alone and in combination) are able to bring about differential activation of the p53 target genes as well as activate alternative cell death pathways, critical to cancer research. Dr. Bargonetti is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Hunter College.


Dr. Maribel Vazquez researches brain cancer infiltration and nanotechnology approaches for protein labeling. She is currently Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City College.


Dr. Myriam Sarachik is Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College, where she also leads the Low Temperature Laboratory Group. Dr. Sarachik has published extensively on her work in superconductivity, disordered metallic alloys and metal-insulator transitions in doped semiconductors, among other areas. Dr. Sarachik has served in an advisory capacity to the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy, and serves as a National Board member of the Committee of Concerned Scientists.


Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn is interested in understanding how cell signaling regulates animal development, focusing on the TGF-Beta family of cell signals: a large and evolutionarily conserved class of secreted growth factors. Dr. Savage-Dunn is currently Professor of Biology at Queens College.


Dr. Christine Li is a developmental neurobiologist who examines how communication is established between cells in the nervous system, and who is using a genetic model organism to investigate genes implicated in neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, she is interested in the function and regulation of a class of neuropeptide neurotransmitters in the genetic model organism, C. elegans. Dr. Li is currently Professor of Biology at City College.


Dr. Nancy Greenbaum attempt to answer questions about how RNA molecules fold and interact with other RNA, metal ions, and proteins in order to carry out the complex activity of precursor messenger (pre-m) RNA splicing. Using a combination of biochemistry, biophysical, and spectroscopy techniques, her group contributes to our overall understanding of the structural biology of pre-mRNA splicing. Dr. Greenbaum is Professor of Chemistry at Hunter College.


Dr. Terry L. Dowd explores the effect of lead toxicity on intracellular cations and bioenergetic rates in bone matter, specifically structural and functional studies of the bone protein osteocalcin. Dr. Dowd use techniques such as ELISA protein assays, Fourier Transform Infrared Microscopy and Imaging, MicroCt imaging and Atomic Absorption spectroscopy to conduct this research. She is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry at Brooklyn College.


Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar focuses her research on the surface modification and self-assembly of nano- and microparticles. Dr. Kretzschmar currently heads the Laboratory for Nanoparticle Modification and Assembly and is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at City College.


Dr. Elizabeth Sklar is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College as well as Doctoral faculty in the Computer Science program at the Graduate Center. She runs several different projects encompassing her research interests in multi-agent interaction, simulation and multi-robot systems, serving as Director of the Multimedia Computing (MMC) Program, Co-Director of the Agents Lab, and MetroBotics, an NSF REU Site project that provides opportunities in robotics research to CUNY undergraduates.


Dr. Lynn Francesconi investigates the chemistry of technetium (Tc) and the lanthanides. Her lab, in collaboration with the Diatide and Schering companies, identified the structures of two recent targeted Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals, AcuTect™ and NeoTect™ that are now in the clinic for imaging Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and lung tumors. Dr. Francesconi is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Hunter College.


Dr. Nathalia Glickman Holtzman studies organogenesis, specifically utilizing zebrafish as a model system to integrate cell biology, embryology, genetics, time-lapse video microscopy and computer-based cell movement analysis to examine the role of the endoderm, endocardium and yolk in directing the movement of the myocardium. Dr. Glickman Holtzman was recently awarded a 3 year R15 NIH grant titled “Defining endocardail requirements for myocardial morphogenesis.” She is Assistant Professor of Biology at Queens College.


Dr. Maria Figueiredo-Pereira is Professor of Biology at Hunter College, studying causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Dr. Figueiredo-Pereira’s lab has been substantially supported by the NIH and has published extensively in this field, having been among the first labs to demonstrate a link between inflammation and impairment of the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway leading to neurodegeneration.