CUNY ASRC News & Updates

October 2023 | Issue 07

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Physicist Mathew Sfeir Named 2023 Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigator

Professor Matthew Sfeir, a member of the CUNY ASRC Photonics Initiative who studies next generation energy devices, was selected to receive $1.25 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to pursue experimental research with the promise of significantly transforming the understanding of physics and facilitating next generation technological breakthroughs.

Scientists Enhance Climate Change Conversations by Discussing Its Effects across different Scales,

From Molecules to Ecosystems

The CUNY ASRC Environmental Sciences, Neuroscience, and Structural Biology initiatives, convened researchers to explore the impact of climate stress on our planet during New York City's Climate Week. From the simplest molecules to complex organisms, they took a deep dive into the challenges faced by Earth and its natural and anthropogenic systems.

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Happy Fall semester to all! We’re entering our 10th year at the Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center (CUNY ASRC), and these recent times have seen tremendously constructive news that we’re excited to share.

In August, Mark Hauber joined the CUNY ASRC as its new executive director. He's excited to help advance the ASRC’s mission to be a powerhouse of interdisciplinary research and STEM-profession diversity. CUNY Graduate Center Dean for Sciences Josh Brumberg stepped down as the CUNY ASRC’s interim executive director and is now serving as interim president of the Graduate Center. We are grateful to Josh for his continued work championing the CUNY ASRC across the university and beyond.

Read Mark and Josh's full letter.



Josh Brumberg and Mark Hauber

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Harnessing the Power of Water Evaporation for NextGen Technology

Student Researcher Discusses Snail Mucus With NPR

Study Finds Temperature Can Affect How Small Molecules Bind to Therapeutic Targets

New Fall 2023 Cohort

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The CUNY ASRC Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AR-AS-DEI) Committee, is an active group of students, faculty, and staff advocating for and making efforts toward a more diverse and equitable workplace. We have aggregated resources on our ASRC DEI webpage. If you are interested in joining the committee's efforts, please contact us at

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Researcher Puts Water Back into Dry Air, Receives Prestigious NSF Award

Professor Xi Chen, CUNY ASRC Nanoscience Initiative, received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award for his team’s work to advance an emerging area of research that seeks to harness the power of water evaporation for energy generation. Chen was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at The City College of New York.

Welcoming the Newest Members of the CUNY ASRC!

Please join us in sending a warm welcome to the 39 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars who are joining CUNY ASRC labs this Fall. While most of them are conducting research at the Center for the first time, some of them are continuing with a new status.

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Student Researcher Discusses the Benefits of Snail Mucus With NPR

What is snail mucus? That was the question posed by lead author Antonio Cerullo and fellow CUNY researchers in a new study that examines the molecular composition of snail mucus. When analyzing the mucus of a common garden snail, they found it contained a complex collection of proteins, some identified as entirely novel. Listen to Cerullo discuss it on NPR's All Things Considered.

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Study Finds Temperature Can Affect How Small Molecules Bind to Therapeutic Targets

A study by a multi-institutional team of researchers, including Professor Daniel Keedy of the CUNY ASRC Structural Biology Initiative, could help finetune evaluation of small molecules, paving the way for new drug development.

Announcing the First Epigenetics Core Pilot Award Winner

Congratulations to Professor Carmen Melendez-Vasquez, Hunter College, for being named the 2023 Epigenetics Core Pilot Award winner. The Epigenetics facility is a part of the CUNY ASRC Neuroscience Initiative.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 5 - Neuroscience Initiative Fall 2023 Seminar Series: Laura B. Duvall, Columbia University

Oct. 13 - New York City Integrative Structural Biology Symposium

Oct. 27 - The Science of Op-Ed Writing

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CUNY ASRC Initiatives and Facilities

The Environmental Sciences Initiative brings a distinct research vision to the environmental sciences, uniting state-of-the-art analytical capabilities, environmental analytics, and sensing technologies to create fundamental scientific knowledge for addressing the fundamental environmental research questions facing the Planet today and into the future.

The Nanoscience Initiative plays a unique but also an integrative role in nanoscience, focusing on the study of dynamic nanoscale systems, from fundamental understanding to applications ranging from biomedicine to food science and green energy.

The Neuroscience Initiative actively promotes interdisciplinary approaches for the study of environmental influences on brain function and behavior and to develop transformative technologies and advanced platforms aimed at promoting mental health.

Research in the Photonics Initiative encompasses biology, medicine, physics and technology fields such as computer display and lighting, as well as the futuristic fields of quantum information processing and quantum encryption, where data reside on single photons, which are to light what electrons are to electricity.

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Research in the Structural Biology Initiative brings together biologists, chemists, and physicists to tackle many of life’s central questions. How do cells respond to their surroundings? How do they make copies of themselves? What determines the balance between health and disease?

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The Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center is equipped with 17 high-end core facilities that provide sophisticated equipment and staff support to researchers across CUNY and beyond.

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