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Unlike many biochemistry departments, who see an interface between chemistry and biology, the CCNY Biochemistry department sees and explores the life sciences continuum from physics through chemistry to biology and cell biology. Biological modeling strives to use advanced mathematical tools to explain biological phenomena. Two groups are active in this area at CCNY, modeling biological processes at different levels: molecular and ecological.


The CCNY/MSKCC Partnership Center promotes diversity in cancer research, scientific training, and community action in order to better understand mechanisms of disease, eliminate disparities in health care, and improve public health. Research includes the development and application of new methods in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and imaging (Meriles, Koder); transport and magnetic properties of a variety of materials, mostly at low temperatures (Vitkalov, Meriles, Sarachik, Punnoose, Birman, Schmeltzer);


Ecology Research in the Science division focuses on a wide cross-section of areas from the identification and ecological specificity of Neotropical wood-boring beetles associated with the Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae) (Berkov) to developing GIS-based methods of modeling species’ geographic ranges using occurrence records and environmental data (Anderson). Environmental Science research spans the sciences and engineering with a focus on remote sensing/climatology and contamination in ecological systems.


The central objective of all particle physics research is to understand the fundamental interactions of the basic forms of matter and their ultimate structure.


While classical number theory includes some questions which are centuries old, the tools developed in this field includes some of the most modern and sophisticated ideas in modern mathematics.

We conduct research and educational training at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering to understand and design the molecular machines of life.


Neuroscience at City College covers a range from molecular genetics (Li, Venkatesh) to ion channels (Josephson) to brain slices (Bikson) to molecular approaches to psychiatric diseases (Friedman, Battaglia) to systems neuroscience. Research focuses on the development, characterization and engineering of new materials and nanostructures using spectroscopic and surface sensitive techniques.


The CUNY Doctoral Program in Chemistry is a unique multi-campus consortium that offers graduate students several advantages: a wide diversity of faculty research interests, an abundance of research equipment and instrumentation, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and opportunities for teaching assistantships.


Photonics is a flagship initiative of the CUNY Chancellor that derives to a great extent from the research activities of a number of faculty members (Alfano, Akins, Gayen, Lenzner, Lombardi, Meriles, Petricevic, Tamargo and Tu) and senior research staff (Bykov, Cai, Katz, Sharonov, Wang, Zeylikovich) in the departments of Physics and Chemistry at the Science Division of the City College of New York.