Program Office: Room 315 Hunter North
The Center for Basic and Translationjal Research was established in 1985 (Gene Center). The Center is a consortium of 53 researchers from the fields of biology, biological anthropology, chemistry, nanotechnology urban public health, social work, biophysics and psychology who investigate a broad spectrum of exciting areas in biomedical research. The Gene Center is primarily supported by a major grant award from the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), an agency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is an active partner in the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN). Additional support is provided by the Center’s strategic partnership in the Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC) of the Weill Cornell Medical College. The City University of New York and Hunter College provide institutional support.
Areas of investigation at the Center include:
- Addiction research
- Behavioral psychology
- Biological anthropology
- Biomolecular theory
- Drug design and synthesis
- Drug protein interaction with nucleic acids
- Gene expression and signal transduction
- Molecular immunology
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Structural biology
- Neurobiology and biopsychology
- Nanotechnology for medical therapeutics
The Center supports state-of-the-art core research facilities, in the following areas:
- Animal Care (AAALAC accredited)
- Digital Bioimaging with Confocal Microscopy
- Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)
- Internet2 and Video collaboration with Remote Instrumentation
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- X-ray Diffraction
Gene Center researchers have produced several significant findings in areas including cancer biology, neurobiology, nanotechnology, structural biology, biopsychology, drug addiction and AIDS. Its scientists have won national recognition, such as the Ameritec Prize for Paralysis Research the Presidential Award for Research and the Presidential Award for Mentoring for their outstanding contributions. The Gene Center commits to recruiting outstanding faculty, postdoctoral research associates and graduate students. It sponsors special national efforts to identify and promote the development of minorities underrepresented as scientists through participation of faculty in many nationally funded science research programs and through the JustGarciaHill science web site for the professional development of minorities in science. It also nurtures future biomedical researchers through its Summer Program for Undergraduate Research and through complementary activates such as its widely viewed web site on study skills for budding scientists.
The Gene Center supports a vibrant research environment by organizing and funding professional development initiatives, technology workshops, special seminars, colloquia, and a well-recognized annual international symposium, which has enjoyed 24 years of success.
The Gene Center is a key partner in the CTSC, an enterprise the Weill Cornell Medical College leads. Other partners include, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Hunter College School of Nursing and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City. The CTSC, established in 2007, focuses on accelerating advanced research from the laboratory into state of the art patient care (“bench to bedside”) and on improving health outcomes in the community. The Gene Center stimulates collaborations among its members and with scientists at these and other internationally recognized institutions. In conjunction with the CTSC it offers qualified pre-doctoral fellows the opportunity to pursue a certificate in Clinical Translational Research from Weill Cornell Medical College culminating in a doctorate from Hunter/CUNY with a certificate or Masters in Clinical Investigation from Weill Cornell Medical College.