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Message from the Director

The turn of the 21st century has witnessed a dizzying array of conceptual and technical 
breakthroughs involving both the means to delineate functionally critical interactions in natural 

biological systems and to engineer sophisticated biomimetic systems to replicate natural processes. 

Advances such as the evolutionary design of enzymes and biosynthetic pathways, or the construction of 

nanowire devices for detection of chemicals (and biochemical) rely upon the coordinated efforts of 

biologists, chemists, and engineers, with increasing dependence on scientific partnerships. The B3 

program aims to provide students with the technical agility and team outlook needed to attain such 
accomplishments in their future careers, and is based upon developing partnerships between a multi- 

disciplinary group of scientists at CCNY and beyond. This program that lies at the interface of chemistry, 

biology, physics, and chemical engineering, offers a 21st century curriculum for students who relish math 

and physics but also wish to attack problems of biological or biomedical importance. We hope to build a 

cohesive, agile, and forward-looking group that will collaborate internally and work synergistically with 
partners such as the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), CUNY Institute for 

Macromolecular Assemblies (MMA), New York Structural Biology Center (NYSBC), New York 

Structural Biology Discussion Group (NYSBDG) and the Metro New York Protein Design Group.

Ruth E. Stark
Director of the Institute of Macromolecular Assemblies

CUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Director, Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign

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