$3 million NIH grant boosts CCNY minority PhD output

In a massive boost to its development of minority PhD students in biomedical disciplines, The City College of New York is the recipient of a new five-year $2,966,693 training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

The award goes to 30 faculty members in four City College schools, led by CUNY Distinguished Professor Ruth E. Stark and Professor Mark Steinberg (chemistry & biochemistry). It builds on the success of the NIH’s longstanding Research Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) program at CCNY. 
Fourteen trainees each year, all from underrepresented (UR) groups, will benefit from the grant. They will receive coordinated, innovative, and rigorous PhD training in biochemistry, biophysics, bioorganic chemistry, (biomedical and chemical) engineering, neuroscience, and clinical psychology.

“The broad mission of the new G-RISE program is to focus biomedical research and professional skills development on UR PhD trainees at CCNY while also providing beneficial impact for our broader population of trainees and mentors in the STEM disciplines,” said Stark.   

Following are participating faculty in the CCNY G-RISE PhD Training Program:

•    Deidre Anglin, psychology;     
•    Marom Bikson, biomedical engineering;
•    Mark Biscoe, chemistry & biochemistry; 
•    Zimei Bu, chem & biochem;
•    Luis Cardoso, biomedical engineering;
•    Amédée Des Georges, chem & biochem;
•    Mark Emerson, biology;
•    Kevin Gardner, chem & biochem; 
•    Ranajeet Ghose, chem & biochem;
•    Marilyn Gunner, physics;
•    Karen Hubbard, biology;
•    David Jeruzalmi, chem & biochem;
•    Anuradha Janakiraman, biology;
•    George John, chem & biochem;
•    Daniel Keedy, chem & biochem;
•    Reza Khayat, chem & biochem;
•    Ronald Koder, physics;
•    Mahesh Lakshman, chem & biochem;
•    John Martin, CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY;
•    Sarah O’Neill, psychology;
•    Hysell Oviedo, biology;
•    Lucas Parra, biomed engineering;
•    Margaret Rosario, psychology;
•    David Rumschitzki, chem engineering;
•    Kevin Ryan, chem & biochem;
•    Ruth Stark, chem & biochem;
•    Mark Steinberg, chem & biochem;
•    Raymond Tu, chem engineering;
•    Bao Vuong, biology; and
•    Barbara Zajc, chem & biochem.

About the City College of New York
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