315 Hunter North; http://ctbr.hunter.cuny.edu/
The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function (Gene Center) was established in 1985. It is a consortium comprised of 53 research faculty who are biologists, chemists, psychologists, physicists as well as a bio-anthropologist and an urban public health scientist. The Gene Center now has a designated cohort of 19 biomedical researchers who focus on increasing the translational/clinical potential of their research in cancer, mental health, and community engagement to help reduce health disparities. The remaining members pursue broader biomedical research goals. The Gene Center is a founding partner with the Clinical and Translational Science Center, a multi-institutional research consortium headquartered at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Gene Center is supported by a major grant from the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (formerly from the National Center for Research Resources), an agency of the National Institutes of Health. The City University of New York and Hunter College provide institutional support to the Gene Center.
The Gene Center primarily supports research in the following three core areas:
Cancer, including detection and therapeutics innovation in treatment for prostate and breast cancers
Neurobiology/behavior, including addiction and neuroprotection as well as diagnosis of stress disorders
Disease Prevention using telehealth e-platforms to serve the underserved
State-of-the-art core research facilities include:
Digital Bioimaging with Confocal Microscopy
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
The Gene Center contributes to research advances in diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations - such as stroke, drug addiction, cancer and AIDS. Gene Center scientists have received distinguished awards such as the Ameritec Prize for Paralysis Research and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for their outstanding research in these areas. A major goal is to develop outstanding faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and summer undergraduate research fellows from underrepresented groups.