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April 25, 2007

CCNY RECEIVES $6 MILLION NIH GRANT TO FUND DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH BY NINE PROFESSORS

NEW YORK, April 25, 2007 – The City College of New York (CCNY) has been awarded a four-year, $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for continued participation in the Institute of General Medical Sciences’ SCORE program. The award is the second renewal for CCNY, which received its first SCORE grant in 1999.

SCORE, an acronym for Support of COntinuing Research Excellence, provides research funds for faculty development at minority-service institutions, explained Karen Hubbard, CCNY Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator on the grant. “It gives faculty members enough money to generate the preliminary data they need to apply for larger grants.”

She cited the experience of Rochelle Buffenstein, Professor of Biology, who previously received a SCORE award to study oxidation stress levels in the naked mole rat, a species known for its slow aging process. As a result of her preliminary findings, Professor Buffenstein went on to receive a five-year, $1.5 million RO-1 grant from the NIH and an Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar Award of $1.1 million over five years.

The new SCORE Award funds investigations by ten CCNY faculty members in the Division of Science, Grove School of Engineering and Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The grant also includes funds to develop career development plans for each of the funded professors, noted Professor Hubbard, who added that the grant creates opportunities to employ students as research assistants.

Professors receiving funding, their investigation titles and award amounts follow:

  • Marom Bikson, Biomedical Engineering, “Role of Field Effects in Coherent Hippocampal Oscillations,” $339,422.
  • Jay Edelman, Biology, “The Varieties of Saccadic Experience,” $479,246.
  • M. Lane Gilchrist, Chemical Engineering, “Membrane Protein-Based Nanostructured Materials,” $200,000.
  • Shubha Govind, Biology, “Non Self Recognition and Immune Suppression in Drosophila,” $555,991.
  • Ronald L. Koder, Physics, “De Novo Designed Safranine Enzymes for Cancer Therapy,” $200,000.
  • Mahesh K. Lakshman, Chemistry, “Synthesis and Studies of Site-Specific Carcinogen-DNA Lesions,” $454,782.
  • Linda Spatz and Paul Gottlieb, Microbiology and Immunology, “Role of EBNA-1 in Eliciting Anti-dsDNA Antibodies,” $522,731.
  • Tadmiri Venkatesh, Biology, “Studies on Neuronal Development,” $540,790.
  • Barbara Zajc, Chemistry, “Fluorine as a Probe in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Carcinogenesis Studies,” $441,507.

Professors Edelman, Govind, Lakshman, Spatz and Venkatesh received funding for their research in the previous SCORE grant.

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