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RCMI has been in existence for over 15 years through funding from the NCRR section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research interests of the RCMI span four scientific areas:

  • Biomoleculur Structure and Function
  • Cancer
  • Neurobiology
  • Immunology

The goal is to understand the process by which human epithelial cells come to acquire the properties of tumor cells derived from malignant neoplasms.

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IUSL's current research and education programs handles biophotonics, mediphotonics, optical and laser physics, and solid state physics.  The INSTITUTE FOR ULTRAFAST     SPECTROSCOPY AND LASERS to provide students and researchers hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment to produce a highly skilled workforce. The goal of IUSL are the following:

  • Crystal growth and synthesis of materials for NIR laser applications
  • Tunable solid-state laser development
  • Porous materials and ceramics
  • Optical physics of Cr4+-Doped novel type laser media
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic nanoscale optical materials
  • Nanoscale microscopy and imaging
  • Development of nanoscale ultrafast spectroscopic probing techniques
  • Semiconductor shotodetectors and emitters
  • Optical mammography
  • Prostate tumor detection using spectral polarization imaging, fingerprint absorption and tumor-receptor- targeted contrast agents
  • Singular optics: phase and polarization vortices in Laguerre-Gaussian laser modes; the spin and orbital angular momentum of light

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CCNY-MSKCC Partnership for Cancer Research


MSKCC 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. The partnership also facilitates opportunities for student research and training. The Partnership is supported by a National Cancer Institute award of the National Institutes of Health.  The main research areas are the following:

  • Molecular chaperones as therapeutic targets
  • Thymic Development
  • Effects of Chemotherapy on Cognition

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Macromolecular Assemblies - (MMA)


MMA has a host of remarkable molecular machines ensure the functioning of all animal and plant life, impacting processes that range from taking a deep breath to reproducing the species to harnessing sunlight by photosynthesis. In order to maintain their physiological activity, biomolecules must adopt well-defined three-dimensional geometries, allowing for binding and release of their functional partners, insertion into cell membranes, and harvesting of energy.These naturally occurring molecular assemblies have also inspired the engineering of biomedical devices used in tissue replacement, diagnosis of vision and heart disorders, drug delivery, and wound healing. The scientific quest to understand these complex processes at the molecular level is driven by both deep intellectual curiosity and the search for practical enhancements to human health and nutrition. Positioned at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering, the goal of the Macromolecular Assemblies Institute (MMA) based at The City College of New York is to build on current research and educational programs throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) to address fundamental and applied questions at the frontier of life sciences research.  MMA's research areas are the following:

  • Natural assemblies: protein drug targets, RNA splicing and translation complexes, fungal and plant biopolymers.
  • Engineered assemblies: peptides for biosensing, drug delivery, nanoelectronics.
  • Designed proteins and polymers for energy applications

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CASI – The Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces



CASI integrates multidisciplinary research and education to train scientists and engineers who will work on molecular nanomaterials and their uses. At CASI a scientific focus on spectroscopy and dynamics of chemical processes is combined with other topics ranging from electrical engineering, to physics, to material sciences. A very important role for CASI faculty is to educate and train the next generation of scientists in an environment where students participate in all facets of a project, including syntheses of materials, their characterization, and their exploitation in useful devices. Established in 1998, CASI became an institutionalized CUNY center in 2000 and has thrived through grants from multiple sources. Currently, one of CASI’s primary grant initiatives is CENSES (Center for Exploitation of Nanostructures in Sensors and Energy Systems), an NSF-CREST (Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology) center.

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