The RISE program at CCNY supports undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. Since the previous funding period we have made significant progress in graduating undergraduates and masters students who entered doctoral programs after graduation. Graduation of doctoral students in a timely manner and job placement of the graduates remains a strong part of the RISE program. We believe that the progress in promoting of students into doctoral programs reflects a more stringent candidate selection process to screen out students who are already committed to medical careers or careers in other fields unrelated to biomedical research. For this reason strengthening the processes of candidate selection and advisement is one of the cornerstones of the RISE program in the present proposal. We will also institute a more proactive approach to candidate recruitment than has been true before. As in the past, students will be placed in laboratories at CCNY where they will carry out research projects under the mentorship of faculty in the departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics and Earth Science. However, in the next funding period students will have access to a greatly enhanced pool of mentors owing to a recent initiative by the City University of New York to develop infrastructure in the sciences, particularly in the rapidly expanding area of structural biology. Students who choose to work on projects in structural biology will have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for structural analyses of biomolecules at the newly constructed New York Structural Biology Center. In addition, City College has recently established a partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that has created new opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in cancer research at an internationally recognized cancer center. In conjunction with the partnership, City College has developed new courses in cancer biology and biotechnology that will spur greater awareness of, and interest in, cancer research. Among these is a unique course in social marketing that involves students in direct interaction with the minority community in Harlem to address issues of health disparities relating to cancer incidence and prevention. Since RISE is a minority serving program we anticipate that this will allow students to connect to the field in a more personal way. We anticipate that this will also open a new area of behavioral research that can be incorporated as a regular part of the RISE program in the future.

Public Health Relevance

Cancer, and many other diseases disproportionately affect minority populations which results in disparities with regard to both disease incidence and treatment outcomes. The RISE program helps to address these health disparities by training minority scientists and promoting their entry into careers in biomedical research.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Minority Programs Review Committee (MPRC)
Program Officer
Broughton, Robin Shepard
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
City College of New York
Schools of Arts and Sciences
New York
United States
Zip Code
Polanco-Roman, Lillian; Danies, Ashley; Anglin, Deidre M (2016) Racial discrimination as race-based trauma, coping strategies, and dissociative symptoms among emerging adults. Psychol Trauma 8:609-17
Polanco-Roman, Lillian; Gomez, Judelysse; Miranda, Regina et al. (2016) Stress-Related Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation: The Roles of Rumination and Depressive Symptoms Vary by Gender. Cognit Ther Res 40:606-616
Garcia, Thor A; De Jesus, Joel; Ravikumar, Arvind P et al. (2016) II-VI Quantum Cascade emitters in the 6-8μm range. Phys Status Solidi B Basic Solid State Phys 253:1494-1497
Silverman, Julian R; Samateh, Malick; John, George (2016) Functional self-assembled lipidic systems derived from renewable resources. Eur J Lipid Sci Technol 118:47-55
Del Rosario, John S; Feldmann, Katherine Genevieve; Ahmed, Towfiq et al. (2015) Death Associated Protein Kinase (DAPK) -mediated neurodegenerative mechanisms in nematode excitotoxicity. BMC Neurosci 16:25
Chen, Zhiyi; Zhao, Lukas; Park, Kyungwha et al. (2015) Robust Topological Interfaces and Charge Transfer in Epitaxial Bi2Se3/II-VI Semiconductor Superlattices. Nano Lett 15:6365-70
Salas-Ramirez, Kaliris Y; Bagnall, Ciara; Frias, Leslie et al. (2015) Doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide induce cognitive dysfunction and activate the ERK and AKT signaling pathways. Behav Brain Res 292:133-41
Alexander, Adanna G; Marfil, Vanessa; Li, Chris (2014) Use of Caenorhabditis elegans as a model to study Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Front Genet 5:279
Small, Chiyedza; Ramroop, Johnny; Otazo, Maria et al. (2014) An unexpected link between notch signaling and ROS in restricting the differentiation of hematopoietic progenitors in Drosophila. Genetics 197:471-83
Kariev, Alisher M; Njau, Philipa; Green, Michael E (2014) The open gate of the K(V)1.2 channel: quantum calculations show the key role of hydration. Biophys J 106:548-55

Showing the most recent 10 out of 29 publications