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On Campus Research

City College Academy for Professional Preparation

On Campus Research

CCAPP serves as a central information clearinghouse and referral source for research opportunities for undergraduate science majors at The City College of New York.  The Center matches students with research labs and mentors corresponding to their academic interests and other requirements and helps them understand what it means to be a member of a research team.

All City College undergraduate science majors who are interested in doing research are invited to meet with Dr. Millicent Roth, the CCAPP director. The Center is located on the 1st Floor (Plaza Level) of Marshak Hall of Science.

CCNY faculty have a myriad of research opportunities available.  To discover what is being researched, and to find an area click on the departments link below.



Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior: behavior, ecology, evolution, systematics, from anatomy to zoogeography. Faculty include members of the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: molecular biology; plant molecular biology; molecular genetics; cell biology; developmental biology and developmental neurobiology; immunology.

Neuroscience: The organization and function of nervous systems and animal physiology, approached from biochemical cellular, organismal, and environmental perspectives.

Plant Science: biotechnology and metabolic engineering of plant biosynthetic pathways, natural product biochemistry, medicinal plants and economic botany, signal transduction in plants, plant-microbial interactions, in vitro production of plant natural products, plant development, cell biology, ecology, biodiversity and systematics.


Environmental Chemistry: Contamination in the broad sense includes aerosol chemistry. Organic contaminants in aquatic environments.

Biochemistry: Synthesis and mode of action of bioactive substances, chemistry of modified nucleosides and DNA, studies on chemical carcinogenesis and transition metal mediated synthesis.

Ecology: 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).

Ecological studies branch into the monitoring of the performance of activated carbons used to remove hydrogen sulfide odor in the City of New York water pollution control plants (Bandosz) and population genetics  and ecology of planktonic algal blooms (Rockwell, Lee, Gallagher), and aquatic environmental organic chemistry,that focuses on the mechanisms through which organic contaminants undergo abiotic transformations in natural aquatic environment (Jans, Zhang).

Organic Chemistry: BioNanotechnology and Green Chemistry: Synthesis and self-assembly of biobased amphiphilic building blocks, lipid nanotubes, low molecular weight gelators, liquid crystals, biodegradable polymers and nanoparticle synthesis, Organic synthesis, chemistry of modified nucleosides and DNA, studies on chemical carcinogenesis and transition metal mediated synthesis.

Science Education: improving students' conceptual understanding of chemistry, identifying common misconceptions, student-centered instructional reform, pre-service and in-service teacher training.

Spectroscopy & Photonics: Mechanisms of electrode reactions, electrodeposition studies, theory and methodology of electroanalytical techniques; theory and applications of Surface Enhanced Raman spectroscopy at electrodes; electronic structure and vibrational spectral calculations of molecules on metal clusters and at the active sites of enzymes; redox chemistry of vitamin B12 and porphyrin compounds and cobalamin and heme dependent enzymes
Application of lasers to infared, Raman, and optical spectroscopy of chemical as well as biochemical species. Multphoton effects and electrode surfaces. Theoretical studies in momentum space.

Nanomaterial & Condensed Matter: Development, characterization and engineering of new materials and nanostructures using spectroscopic and surface sensitive techniques.


Terrestrial and Coastal Ecology

Atmospheric Science & Climate

Geology and Geophysics

Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry


Algebra and Number Theory


Applied/Computational Mathematics

Dynamical Systems



For detailed information please visit Mathematics department website.


Research in Theoretical Physics falls broadly into four areas, with significant overlap of interests and collaborations. These are: High Energy Physics (particle physics), Condensed Matter Physics & Soft Condensed Matter Physics, and the Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics.

The central objective of all particle physics research is to understand the fundamental interactions of the basic forms of matter and their ultimate structure. The High Energy Theory group's activity centers on a quantum-field-theoretical study of these interactions, with specific emphasis on gauge field theories, which are indispensable for the description of all interactions. A number of related topics in mathematical physics, topology of field theories, string theory, etc. are also topics of research interest for the group. Professors V.P. Nair and A.P. Polychronakos work in this area.

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics: strongly correlated systems in low dimensions; materials science, surface science, sonoluminescence; interaction of light with matter; statistical mechanics; symmetry and symmetry breaking in condensed matter.

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics:  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and imaging; transport and magnetic properties of a variety of materials, mostly at low temperatures; magnetic properties of molecular nanomagnets, sometimes referred to as single-molecule magnets; surface reactions of oxygen with crystalline SiC; preparation and characterization of a variety of crystalline and amorphous semiconductor and insulating films; optical spectroscopic techniques to study correlated-electron systems and nano-systems; physical properties of electron systems of reduced dimensionality.

Soft Condensed Matter Physics: heology; nonlinear fluids, including liquid crystals, polymers and polymer blends, and yield-stress materials; polymer interfaces; flow instabilities.

BioPhysics: interfaces physics with biology and medicine and is one of the most rapidly developing areas of physics. Because of their specialized training and knowledge, physicists have made major contributions in revealing the secrets of life and in the treatment of disease.

Material Science:

Physics Education: Physics Education Research: Systematic studies on how students learn science in general and physics in particular . Innovative Instruction: Student-centered instructional strategies with documented effectiveness. Teacher Education: Programs for in-service and pre-service science teachers ranging from elementary shool to high school.Community Outreach: Educational and fun interactive physics shows for pre-college classes at all levels, both at CCNY and at area schools.

Nanophysics: engineering of new materials and nanostructures using spectroscopic and surface sensitive techniques. It was founded with NSF funding and its mission is to expand the representation of minorities at the doctoral level in the sciences.

Optics and Photonics:
Ongoing Photonics research at CCNY Science Division include optical biomedical imaging for noninvasive detection of breast and prostate cancers, tunable solid-state lasers, ultrafast laser development and ultrafast laser spectroscopy.