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Doctoral Program


Doctoral Program



The City College Physics Department is the major participant in the City University of New York's (CUNY)  Ph.D. program in Physics.  Applications to the Ph.D. program in Physics are made through the CUNY Graduate Center's Admissions Office.  First-year Ph.D. students take courses at the Graduate Center while learning about Ph.D. Physics programs at the CUNY campuses.  Upon securing a mentor, at the beginning of the second year, the student transfers to the mentor's campus.  

City College Physics Mentors

City College offers extensive research facilities for experimental and theoretical research.  In addition, Ph.D. students gain experience as teaching assistants, as research presenters, and as participants in conferences and on committees. 



Listed below are the recipients of joint degrees with The City University of New York and The City College of New York of the Ph.D. in Physics, their dissertation titles and their respective advisors. 

September 2014        

Lin Bo, "Message Passing Techniques for Statistical Physics and Optimization in Complex Systems" Mentor: Hernán A. Makse

Weikang Chen, "Dynamics of Nanoparticles in Fluids and at Interfaces" Mentor: Joel Koplik

Wei Liu, "Spontaneous Time-Reversal Symmetry Breaking in Two Dimensional Electronic Systems" Mentor: Alexander Punnoose

Xiaoze Liu, "Control of Exciton Photon Coupling in Nano-structures" Mentor: Vinod M. Menon

February 2015        

Bernard Everson, "De Novo Design and Engineering of Functional Metal and Porphryn-binding Protein Domains" Mentor: Ronald L. Koder

Mark Kanner, "Geometry and Statistics of Jammed Granular Matter" Mentor: Mark D. Shattuck

Shiqi Li, "Strongly-correlated 2D Electron Systems in Si-MOSFETs" Mentor: Myriam P. Sarachik

Xuyu Zhu, "Using Multiconformation Continuum Electrostatics Model for pKa and Proton Transfer Pathway Calculations in Protein" Mentor: Marilyn Gunner

May 2015        

Scott Dietrich, "A Static and Dynamic Investigation of Quantum Nonlinear Transport in Highly Dense and Mobile 2D Electron Systems" Mentor: Sergey A. Vitkalov

Jianxun Lu, "Proton Pumping in Cytochrome c Oxidase" Mentor: Marilyn Gunner

Zhonghua “Lukas” Zhao, "Disorder Effects on Transport Properties and Magnetic Spin Response in Topological Insulators" Mentor: Lia Krusin-Elbaum

For earlier Ph.D. recipients, please see the archive.

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Marshak Science Building
Information for Ph.D. Students
Distinguished Professor V. P. Nair
Ph.D. Adviser, CCNY Physics Dept. 
Marshak Science Bldg., Room 309
Phone: 212-650-5572 (Office)

Mr. Daniel Moy
Assistant Program Officer  
Graduate Center, Room 4317
365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Phone: 212-817-8650 (Office)