Group News

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September 2021A new grant award for solid-state NMR spectroscopyPI Ruth Stark and co-PI Robert Messinger (CCNY Chemical Engineering) have secured a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to upgrade our solid-state NMR spectrometer for new applications to biological and engineered materials. See the following web links for press releases:

CUNY Newswire:

CCNY Homepage
July 2021Welcome to our newest Ph.D. student!Benjamin Lesea-Pringle has joined the Stark Lab as a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry. He plans to work on our protein structural biology projects, likely pursuing interests in fatty acid-binding proteins that partner with endogenous cannabinoids and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors to impact whole-body homeostasis, appetite, and obesity.
June 2020Mathiu Perez is a CCNY Great Gradhttps://www.ccny.cuny.edu/commencement-archive/great-grads-2020
June 2021 Notable dissertation by Christine ChrissianStark Group Ph.D. graduate Christine Chrissian wrote a thesis that attracted the attention of our CUNY Graduate Center Librarian Roxanne Shirazi, who highlights notable dissertations each year. You can find the information at A delightful review of the class of 2021’s scholarship
May 2021Mohammed Kallash gets into New York Medical SchoolMohammed Kallash, Honors B.S. (Macaulay Honors College) in Biochemistry, 2020, has been accepted to New York Medical Scholar for his M.D. training. Congratulations to Mohammaed for his talent and his persistence through the COVID times.
May 2021Mathiu Perez is awarded a MD-PhD fellowshiphttps://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/recent-ccny-grad-mathiu-perez-wins-md-phd-nih-oxford-cambridge-scholarship
May 2021Mathiu Perez is a Salk Scholarhttps://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2021/05/05/eight-cuny-students-receive-prestigious-jonas-e-salk-award/
May 2020Yuliana Domiguez Paez wins Frank & Rose Brescia AwardCongrats to Yuli for winning a Frank & Rose Brescia Award for outstanding scholarship and service from the CCNY Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Great going to get this well-deserved honor!
May 2020Mohammed Kallash wins two awardsCongrats to Mohammed for winning two arwards from the CCNY Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: the Benjamin Harrow Memorial Award for excellence in research, demonstrated by an oral presentation of his Honors Thesis project, and the Arthur Levy Award for high scholastic standing in Chemistry.
April 2021Arlind Kacirani going to Yale Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program!Arlind Kacirani, Honors B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2021, will attend Yale Unversity in Fall, 2021 to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He had three excellent choices of schools/programs, but Yale won the day!
January 2021Christine Chrissian awarded Ph.D. Christine defended her dissertation titled "The C. neofomans Cell Wall: A Scaffold for Virulence", in August of 2020 and received her Ph.D. on February 1, 2021 jointly from The CUNY Grad Center and CCNY.
January 2021Christine Chrissian's recent publication gets accoladeA recent publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Ruth Stark and her research team, along with collaborators at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been selected to represent the area of Molecular Biophysics in “The Year in JBC: 2020” and featured on the cover of this retrospective issue of the journal. Their investigation, entitled “Melanin deposition in two Cryptococcus species depends on cell-wall composition and flexibility,” combined transmission electron microscopy, biochemical assays, and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance to gain new insights into why the melanin pigment is a virulence factor in two fungal species that cause potentially lethal disseminated infections in humans. By using genetic deletion to alter the underlying fungal cell-wall scaffold, they uncovered a possible “Goldilocks principle:” the macromolecular architecture must maintain an intermediate degree of flexibility and disorder to promote retention of the melanin pigment, protecting the cryptococcal cells but thereby rendering them resistant to drug therapies. Lead author Christine Chrissian, who was awarded her CUNY/CCNY dual Ph.D. degree in the Molecular Biophysics track of the Biochemistry program this month, is currently continuing her work in the Stark Lab while also teaching Biochemistry I for CCNY undergraduates.

https://www.jbc.org/best-of-2020
March 2020 Christine won the James Whittam AwardChristine won the James Whittam Award for Research Excellence from the CCNY Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
April 2019Mathiu Perez wins Goldwater Scholarhttps://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/junior-mathiu-perez-rodriguez-wins-goldwater-scholarship
Undergrad Researcher Mathiu Perez Rodriguez is an ACS Scholar A Stark Group researcher during the summers of 2016 and 2017, Mathiu has been named an American Chemical Society Scholar. Check out the links:CUNY Newswire:http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2018/07/25/top-ccny-junior-mathiu-perez-rodriguez-is-acs-scholar/CCNY Homepage:https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/top-ccny-junior-mathiu-perez-rodriguez-acs-scholar
Stark Group celebrates successful Ph.D. dissertation defense of Qian Wang!He defended on August 30, 2017 and has joined the CUNY CSI group of Rupal Gupta as a postdoctoral fellow. We celebrated in September with a group outing to paint together!
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Stark Group celebrates successful Ph.D. defenses of Liqing Jin and Qing CaiWe had a picnic on the plaza between the CDI and ASRC buildings on CCNY's South Campus, August 10, 2016. Kudos to Liqing and Qing, who presented their work and are now holding jobs in pharmaceutical analysis.
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Stark group undergraduate presents research during City College Freshman ConvocationStark lab undergraduate student researcher Mathiu Perez Rodriguez (center, with back turned to camera) presented his research work to City College President Lisa Coico (in purple gown) at the poster session during the 2016 City College Opportunities for Research and Creative Arts (ORCA) Program Poster Session (II) and Freshman Convocation September 15, 2016.
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Stark lab undergraduate receives Chemistry and Biochemistry Department AwardsStark lab undergraduate student researcher Eseosa Aiwerioghene received the Frank & Rose Brescia Award II at the CCNY 2015-2016 Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Award ceremony in May.
Stark group holds a fatty acid-binding protein-themed group meetingSee attached
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Stark group holds a Solanaceae-themed partySee attached.
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NMR Magnet Moves from CCNY's Marshak to CDI Building, 2015See attached.
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2 Stark lab undergraduates receive Chemistry and Biochemistry Department AwardsTwo undergraduate student researchers in the Stark lab received awards at the CCNY 2014-2015 Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Award ceremony in May. Faiza Boukerche received The Abraham Mazur Award, and Linda Kallash received The Arthur G. Levy Award. Both awards are for academic excellence. Pictured from left to right are Linda Kallash, Dr. Ruth Stark, and Faiza Boukerche.
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3 undergraduates in the Stark lab gave presentations at the 63rd ACS Undergraduate Research
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63rd American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by Queensborough Community College, CUNY on May 9, 2015. Pictured are Faiza Boukerche (speaker), Dr. Keyvan Dastmalchi (mentor), Prof. Ruth Stark, Linda Kallash (speaker), and Eseosa Aiwerioghene (speaker).
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Isabel Wang presents at NYCSEF 2015High school researcher Isabel Wang presents her potato antioxidant work at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair on March 1, 2015.
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Samar Rizk defends her Biochemistry Ph.D. dissertationSamar presented and defended her research on January 17, 2013, with many friends, colleagues, and family in attendance. She has been asked to do the lecturing for a section of CCNY's General Chemistry course next semester, when she will also prepare her findings for publication.
Early action admission to Harvard for high school intern Sindy TanCongratulations to Sindy, one of our recent Hunter High School lab researchers! Untimately she turned down M.I.T. and Princeon to attend Harvard. Go Sindy!

Ruth Stark awarded NYC's 2012 Sloan Public Service Awardhttp://www.fcny.org/fcny/core/sloan/2012/#Stark_Ruth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEFth_6jRKs

Xudong Guan and Sayantani Sarkar awarded Ph.D.'s!Xudong and Sayantani defended in Chemistry and Biochemistry, respectively during Fall, 2011. Congratulations to both students!

Moyouri Bhattacharjee wins Biophysics prize!Moyouri won this prize at the Finals Event of the New York Science and Engineering Fair on March 29, 2011.See the attached photos for a glimpse of who else attended!
Distinguished Professor Ruth Stark elected 2011 AAAS Fellowhttp://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/advancement/news/CCNY-Science-Dean-Ruth-Stark-Named-AAAS-Fellow.cfm

Stark Group is moving to CCNY in September 2007City College of New York will be the new home for the Ruth Stark Research Group.

Look Who's Teaching Science at CUNYNews Photo Attachment

http://www1.cuny.edu/about/whos-teaching.html

Stark and Eversley Take Broadway by Storm

Dr. Ruth Stark and undergraduate student, Toni Eversley, can be found on Broadway and 5th Avenue.

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A Barry Goldwater Scholarship for Undergraduate Mathiu Perez Rodriguez!