Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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The Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Subprogram (MCD) encompasses approximately 60 laboratories across eight CUNY campuses using a wide variety of model organisms from microbes and invertebrates to mammals and plants. It features faculty working at the cutting edge of cancer mechanisms, biotechnology, signal transduction, gene regulation, genome integrity, cell structure, intracellular trafficking and development/dysfunction of the immune and nervous systems, among others. MCD graduates have completed their Ph.D. degree with strong records of productivity making them highly competitive for postdoctoral positions and fellowships. In addition, many MCD alumni now hold academic faculty posts and leadership positions in the biotechnology industry.

Program Requirements Admissions Requirements

Chair

Jill Bargonetti
Hunter College
bargonetti@genectr.hunter.cuny.edu

Subprogram Advisory COmmittee

Chair: Jill Bargonetti

Faculty

Christine Li 
City College of New York 
cli@ccny.cuny.edu

John Dennehy
Queens College
john.dennehy@qc.cuny.edu

Luis Quadri
Brooklyn College
Lquadri@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Bao Vuong
City College of New York
bvuong@ccny.cuny.edu

Hualin Zhong
Hunter College
zhong@genectr.hunter.cuny.edu

Patrizia Casaccia (Alternate)
Advanced Science Research Center 
pcasaccia@gc.cuny.edu

Itzhak Mano (Alternate)
CUNY School of Medicine
imano@ccny.cuny.edu

Students

Matthew Cleere—Student Representative to Executive Committee
City College of New York

Sara Fresard
Hunter College

Katherine Anderson
City College of New York

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Faculty

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Jeff Beeler

Professor

  • Psychology

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  • Biology

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  • Neuroscience

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience
Nicolas Biais - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Nicolas Biais

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

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  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Physics
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Louis Bradbury

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry
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Diana Bratu

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology
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Patrizia Casaccia

Einstein Professor

  • Biology

Einstein Professor

  • Biochemistry

Einstein Professor

  • Neuroscience

Director, Neuroscience Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center
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Maria Contel

Professor

  • Chemistry

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  • Biochemistry

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  • Nanoscience
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Patricia Cortes

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Neuroscience
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Columba de la Parra

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry
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Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Structural Biology Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center
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Mark Emerson

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Neuroscience
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Paul Feinstein

Professor

  • Biochemistry

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  • Biology

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  • Chemistry

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  • Psychology

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  • Neuroscience
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Jean Gaffney

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology
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Kevin H. Gardner

Einstein Professor

  • Biochemistry

Einstein Professor

  • Biology

Einstein Professor

  • Chemistry

Director, Structural Biology Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center
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Paul Gottlieb

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology
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Nancy Greenbaum

Professor

  • Chemistry

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  • Biology

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  • Biochemistry
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David Jeruzalmi

Professor

  • Chemistry

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  • Biology

Professor

  • Biochemistry
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Daniel Keedy

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry

Assistant Professor, Structural Biology Initiative

  • Advanced Science Research Center
Reza Khayat - Biology

Reza Khayat

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry
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Junghoon Kim

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Psychology

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Neuroscience

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Frida Kleiman

Professor

  • Biochemistry

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  • Biology

Professor

  • Chemistry
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Ronald Koder

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Chemistry

Associate Professor

  • Physics

Assistant Professor

  • Nanoscience
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Andreas H. Kottmann

Medical Associate Professor

  • Biology

Medical Associate Professor

  • Neuroscience

Medical Associate Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Geri Kreitzer

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Neuroscience
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Christine Li

Professor

  • Biochemistry

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  • Biology

Professor

  • Neuroscience
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Diego Loayza

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology
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Shahana Mahajan

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry
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Itzhak Mano

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Psychology

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Medical Professor

  • Neuroscience
Olorunseun Ogunwobi

Olorunseun Ogunwobi

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Director, Hunter College Center for Cancer Health Disparities Research (CCHDR)

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Greg Phillips

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Neuroscience
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Stephen Redenti

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology
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Shireen Saleque

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology
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Renuka Sankaran

Associate Professor

  • Biochemistry

Associate Professor

  • Biology
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Moira Sauane

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry
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David Schwab

Associate Professor

  • Biology

Associate Professor

  • Physics
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Orie Shafer

Professor

  • Biology

Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Mariana Torrente

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry
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Bao Vuong

Assistant Professor

  • Biochemistry

Assistant Professor

  • Biology
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Osceola Whitney

Assistant Professor

  • Biology

Assistant Professor

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Lei Xie

Professor

  • Biochemistry

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  • Biology

Professor

  • Computer Science