Faculty and researchers from throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system have been selected as 2017 CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Grant winners. The CUNY ASRC Seed Grant program is a funding opportunity for CUNY faculty to create research relationships at the ASRC, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research approaches within the five core initiatives at the center: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and the Environmental Sciences. These grants will fund research between CUNY tenured and tenure-track faculty and permanent faculty at the ASRC, and are up to a maximum of $10,000 for a one-year period. For more information about the ASRC Seed Grant Program, please click here. The Winners: Ian Alberts, LaGuardia Community College Design of Potent ARNT (HIF-1Beta) Small Molecule Inhibitors Using a Novel Synergistic Drug Discovery Workflow ASRC Co-Investigator: Kevin Gardner, Structural Biology Jose Anadon, Queens College Effect of urbanization on the trophic ecology of obligate scavengers ASRC Co-Investigator: Brian Giebel, Environmental Sciences Gilda Barabino, City College of New York A Novel Tunable Supramolecular Hydrogel for Articular Cartilage Regeneration ASRC Co-Investigator: Rein Ulijn, Nanoscience Nicolas Biais, Brooklyn College CryoEM Characterization of Type IV pili quaternary structure polymorphism ASRC Co-Investigator: Amedee des Georges, Structural Biology John Dennehy, Queens College Does a Host-Acquired Factor Impact Fitness on Subsequent Hosts in an RNA Virus? ASRC Co-Investigator: Rinat Abzalimov, Structural Biology Nicolas Giovambattista, Brooklyn College Water-Responsive Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage ASRC Co-Investigator: Xi Chen, Nanoscience Konstantinos Krampis, Hunter College Next-generation environmental DNA monitoring: bioinformatics tools to understand global biodiversity. ASRC Co-Investigator: Kevin Gardner, Structural Biology; Patrizia Casaccia, Neuroscience; Rein Ulijn, Nanoscience David Lindo Atichati, College of Staten Island Effects of ocean model resolution on predictions of climate change impacts on estuarine-dependent fishes of the mid-Atlantic Bight ASRC Co-Investigator: Zachary Tessler, Environmental Sciences Alan Lyons, College of Staten Island Interfacial structure of an anti-reflective and anti-soiling nano-structured fluoropolymer coating on glass. ASRC Co-Investigator: Tai-De Li, Nanoscience David Mootoo, Hunter College Synthetic Lectins as Reagents for Carbohydrate Synthesis ASRC Co-Investigator: Adam Braunschweig, Nanoscience Adrian Rodriguez-Contreras, City College of New York Analysis of gene expression during auditory system development of rat pups reared by low and high caring mothers ASRC Co-Investigator: Jia Liu, Neuroscience Rebecca Spokony, Baruch College Characterization of Enhancers Controlled by both Ecdysone and Juvenile Hormone ASRC Co-Investigator: Ye He, Neuroscience Sophia Suarez, Brooklyn College Studying the Pressure and Additives Induced Dynamics in CO2 and CH4 hosting Gas Hydrates ASRC Co-Investigator: Elisa Riedo, Nanoscience Monica Trujillo, Queensborough Community College Does the microbiota from the soil affect the mice gut microbiota? ASRC Co-Investigator: Patrizia Casaccia, Neuroscience Sihong Wang, City College of New York Development of a hybrid 3D microfluidic cell array using PDMS and PMMA to simulate in vivo tissue architecture ASRC Co-Investigator: Jacob Trevino, NanoFabrication Facility