Advanced Research Core
Apply Yourself In Applied Research
In our Advanced Research Core program, you can participate in applications-oriented, graduate-level research projects with the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). Work under the mentorship of a NYITCOM faculty member as you provide technical assistance and intellectual input.
Create Knowledge, Make A Difference
If you’re ready to demonstrate high levels of commitment and dedication, the Advanced Research Core (ARC) program is a pathway to a unique educational experience. Work with faculty at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) to support their medical research projects. Be part of the discovery process and actually create knowledge as you help unlock new findings. Work as part of a team while performing basic or applied research. Many ARC projects are published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences.
Expectations & Opportunities
You will be expected to contribute at least eight hours per week toward your ARC project. In addition, NYITCOM faculty may have specific requirements for their research. You will also have the opportunity to participate in NYIT’s Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), and present findings to member of the NYIT community.
- Grade of B or higher in General Biology I & II and General Chemistry I & II
- Demonstrated interest and dedication to research
- Preferred majors include life sciences, biotechnology, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and nursing
Michael C. Granatosky, Ph.D
My research explores locomotor biomechanics in an evolutionary framework to address the overarching question: How to build a quadruped? Quadrupedal locomotion is an incredibly complex form of movement that requires animals to coordinate multiple oscillating anatomical regions through space and time. Furthermore, the neuromuscular substrates for quadrupedal movement are ancient and represent the primitive condition in which all other tetrapod locomotor modes are based. As such, it is impossible to explore important evolutionary events such as the fin-to-limb transition, the advent of flight, or the origins of bipedalism without first considering quadrupedal gait mechanics.
With these considerations in mind, the question of “How to build a quadruped?” becomes a fascinating area of inquiry that requires a collaborative and interdisciplinary investigative approach. My research addresses this broad question through a neontological perspective using living animal models. Current projects in my lab include: using “walking” fish to investigate neuromuscular evolution and energetic costs during the fin-to-limb transition; exploring the importance of proprioceptive sensory information in dictating locomotor performance; and utilizing information gleaned from living animals to develop biomimetic machines.
Knowledge of the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal brain development is pivotal in understanding childhood brain tumors. Our lab is interested in signaling pathways and transcriptional regulation in brain development and pediatric brain tumors. Our research focuses on the interaction between rhombic lip and roof plate and its implication in tumors that arise from these tissue origins. We use cellular and genetic approaches to develop accurate pre-clinical models to understand mechanisms of tumorigenesis, develop innovative diagnostic strategies, and discover novel therapeutic targets for developing safer and more effective therapies.
Navin Pokala, Ph.D.
Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Kurt Amsler, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Department of Biomedical Sciences