From New York Daily News
Hunter’s bold leap: A CUNY college reaches for the stars with a gleaming new biotech research center
The evolution of City University into a top institution of higher education that also schools the masses has crossed a new threshold in laboratories on Manhattan’s East Side.
Hunter College professors and students have taken up residence in a state-of-the-art medical and biotechnology research center, along with fellow brainiacs from Weill Cornell Medical College. That would be the Cornell of the Ivy League.
By smartly purchasing a floor in Cornell’s newly opened Belfer Research Building on E. 69th St., Hunter vaulted its talent to the forefront of New York’s growth as a center for innovation. As good as anyone anywhere, they circulate among the very best, including Nobel Prize laureates.
Students and professors come from around the world, with plenty of them — root, root, root for the home team — from city high schools and colleges.
Among other things, they’re building infinitesimal structures for delivering targeted medicines, exploring the venom of marine snails as the basis for a superpowerful non-addictive painkiller, analyzing vast amounts of genomic data, developing a technique for rapidly diagnosing colorectal cancer with minimal side effects and searching for a variety of anti-cancer breakthroughs.
By happenstance, they discovered that a compound prevalent in virgin olive oil really does kill cancer cells. Who knows where that might lead?
At its founding, Hunter College had the then-revolutionary mission of educating women to work as teachers. Under President Jennifer Raab, the school is now moving into the science revolution of tomorrow.
Just what the doctor ordered.