March 11, 2015 | CUNY Matters, The University
A new home for Hunter College scientists — the product of an unusual partnership between Hunter and Weill Cornell Medical College — is the latest entry in CUNY’s decadelong emergence as a leading research university.
In January, Hunter opened its floor of the medical school’s new Belfer Research Building at East 69th Street and York Avenue, a 21,000-square-foot space where Hunter faculty scientists and their students will conduct research in cancer biology, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, computational genomics, bioimaging and nanotechnology.
Just as important as the space itself is its location inside Weill Cornell’s new $650 million research building, a center devoted to translational bench-to-bedside medical research. From this base, Hunter researchers will collaborate with Weill Cornell scientists — a step in CUNY’s drive to forge partnerships with leading institutions and play a key role in New York’s fast-growing science and technology economy.
The move is part of an ambitious expansion of science research and education at CUNY that began in 2001, when the University set in motion a long-term commitment to attracting and retaining the best and brightest science faculty, building state-of-the-art facilities and competing with the nation’s top institutions for government and foundation research dollars. Elevating research and education in advanced disciplines and emerging technologies — being an exemplar of science in the public interest—has since become elemental to CUNY’s mission as the nation’s largest urban public university.
Twelve Hunter faculty researchers — from the biology, chemistry, physics and medical laboratory sciences departments — have moved into the new Belfer building. It’s a move that marks “a truly incredible partnership” between a great public college and a great Ivy League institution, said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.