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Standard equipment for research in biochemistry and molecular biology is maintained at each participating campus. In addition, central facilities exist at several campuses for molecular biology and physical biochemistry. These facilities include instrumentation and support services for DNA synthesis, peptide synthesis, peptide sequencing and electron microscopy. Other specialized research equipment includes HPLC systems, high-field NMR spectrometers, (500 and 600 MHz), X-ray diffractometers, EPR spectrometers, laser-based lifetime and steady-state fluorometers, and mass spectrometers.

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the CUNY Graduate Center is a premier interdisciplinary research institute, purpose-built for scientific discovery and education that transcend traditional boundaries.

The ASRC is designed around its five dynamic research initiatives. Each occupying an entire floor, the initiatives bring together established scientists, ambitious early-career researchers, and students to collaborate on expansive new research yielding practical benefits for society. They pursue fundamental research leading to breakthrough discoveries that in turn influence technology, medicine, environmental management, and more.

Located on the campus of The City College of New York in Harlem, the striking, 200,000-square-foot ASRC building embodies a bold vision for the future of scientific innovation. At the center’s core is a worldclass facility designed to inspire a novel approach to the scientific method itself—one that links talented and ambitious scientists with hundreds of top researchers from the 25 campuses of The City University of New York (CUNY) as well as colleagues within and far beyond New York City.

CUNY is one of the institutional members of the New York Structural Biology Center (NYSBC). This Center, located adjacent to City College, houses the largest and most advanced cluster of high-field research magnets (NMR equipment) in the United States.

Students and faculty have free access to high-performance computing at various CUNY sites.

Students have access to The Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center as well as library facilities at each senior college, which maintain a wide selection of hard copy and electronic versions of science books and journals accessible to CUNY faculty and students.

GC Librarians also curate comprehensive research libguides for a variety of topics associated with doctoral and master's programs

View the Biochemistry Research Guide »

The Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Library is also located within the same building as the Graduate Center. The SIBL research collection comprises 1.5 million volumes.

Funding Sources for Current Students

Graduate Center doctoral students in years 2 through 6 are eligible for a Doctoral Student Research Grant, individual awards up to $1,500 which can be spent on expenses such as conference and research travel, compensation for human subjects, and more. The deadline to apply is January 31, and students are encouraged to apply early. Applications are submitted online and require one faculty letter of support.

Learn more about the Doctoral Student Research Grant (PDF)

Please note: If you are concerned about the uncertainty of making plans during the times of COVID-19, please note:

  • The spending period for this grant does not start until June 1, 2021, at which point travel restrictions may be looser than they are now.
  • If you are awarded and for some reason you cannot go through with your plan (e.g. the conference you planned to attend is cancelled), you will have the option of changing your original plan (with the approval of your mentor).

The Graduate Center Offers a variety of financial awards, scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities to help current doctoral students finance their education and research.

Learn more about funding opportunities for current doctoral students »

General Student Resources

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These resources may be useful in planning and conducting your studies at the Graduate Center.

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