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Gillian Small

Professor | CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research


Division of Science




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  • Profile

    Dr. Gillian Small was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research of The City University of New York in 2008 after serving with distinction as Dean for Research since 2003. 

    As CUNY’s senior research officer, Dr. Small seeks to enhance all levels of involvement in research across the University and connect research and scholarly activities with emerging opportunities. She has overall responsibility for supporting the University's intellectual property portfolio, developing relationships with external research organizations, industry, governmental and non-governmental funding sources and enhancing CUNY's contribution to the economic development of New York City and State. Her major responsibilities include planning extensive new state-of-the-art science facilities as part of CUNY's Decade of Science.

    An internationally recognized scholar, Vice Chancellor Small received her Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences in 1983 from the University of Wolverhampton in England. She conducted postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University and taught at both the University of Florida and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she directed a research laboratory and an interdisciplinary graduate program.  

  • Education

    Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Wolverhampton University, 1983
    B.Sc. (Hons) in Biological Sciences, Wolverhampton University, 1979


  • Research Interests

    Dr. Gillian Small is a molecular and cellular biologist who studies the signaling pathways involved in the regulation of proteins involved in lipid metabolism. Her laboratory uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system to study the complex regulation of genes whose products are involved in lipid utilization or metabolism. Key among the proteins studied are peroxisomal enzymes that are highly inducible when yeast is grown on a fatty acid carbon source.

  • Publications

    Beth Schachter and Gillian Small
    Serving Science, with a Side of Sushi and a Sip of Sake.
    American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter
    Volume 32, No. 8, August 2009, pp. 17-18

    Ntamack A.G., Karpichev I.V., Gould S. J., Small G.M., Schulz H. Oleate beta-oxidation in yeast involves thioesterase but not Yor 180c protein that is not a dienoyl-CoA isomerase. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 1791, 371-378.

    Karpichev, I.V., Durnad-Heredia, J., Luo, Y., and G.M. Small. Binding characteristics and regulatory mechanisms of the transcription factors controlling oleate-responsive genes in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Biol. Chem. 2008 283:10264-10275. 

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