ICompute to Restart in Spring 2024!

October, 2023

Great news! The Gallicchio lab has been awarded a research grant from the NIH that provides funds to continue ICompute! We are excited to restart the program next semester, and we are actively recruiting undergraduate students. Chemistry and Biology students who are currently engaged or are pursuing research projects in biochemistry and chemical biology are particularly encouraged to apply

For further questions and eligibility criteria please contact Prof. Emilio Gallicchio,

ICompute v1.0 Concludes

August, 2023

After five years of great research experiences, with the end of NSF funding, ICompute terminates at the end of the month. Thank you to all the students and mentors for making these interdisciplinary adventures possible. We are hoping for NIH funds to be awarded to continue this successful program. 

ICompute at the New York American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium

May, 2023

Tasneem Ibrahim (co-mentored by Prof. Laura Juszczak) and Gabriel Cruz (co-mentored by Prof. Mariana Torrente) presented their research at the New York ACS URS at La Guardia Community College on May 6th, 2023.  Tasneem presented on "The Contribution of cation-pi Interactions to the Optical and Physical Properties of Eumelanin" and Gabriel on "Exploring The Effect of Aurora Kinase Inhibitors on Growth Suppression in a Yeast Model of ALS/FTD." It was a great event.  Congrats Tasneem and Gabriel!  

Gabriel giving his talk at the NY ACS URS

Tasneem giving her talk and the NY ACS URS

Gabriel and Tasneem receiving the NY ACS URS certificate

Spring 2023 Class!

January, 2023

Tasneem Ibrahim (co-mentored by Prof. Laura Juszczak) and Gabriel Cruz (co-mentored by Prof. Mariana Torrente) are this semester's ICompute students. Tasneem is studying the properties of eumelanin, and Gabriel is using kinase inhibitors to probe epigenetic regulation in yeast models.

A New Cohort of Students!

January, 2022

A warm welcome to Eddie Louz and Tasneem Ibrahim to ICompute. Eddie will study the effect of aggregation on the acidity of carboxylic with the guidance of Prof. Mark Kobrak. Tasneem is studying the properties of eumelanin under the mentorship of Prof. Laura Juszczak

COVID-19 Update

February 20th, 2021

The ICoMPUte undergraduate research activities are scheduled to resume for Summer 2021. We are looking to establish student cohorts for the Summer+Fall 2021 and for Fall 2021+Spring 2022 research rotations. We are actively seeking Chemistry students who are engaged  or are pursuing a research project in an experimental laboratory that could benefit from a computational modeling component. See below.

COVID-19 Update

August 26th, 2020

All ICoMPUte undergraduate research activities are suspended for the Fall 2020 semester due to the closure of the Brooklyn College research labs to undergraduate students. ICoMPUte undergraduate research will resume as soon as the College reopens in-person undergraduate independent research courses.

COVID-19 Update

March 26th, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all ICoMPUte in-person laboratory research has been suspended. However, computational modeling  and research is continuing, including some concerning COVID-19 related molecules. 

More New Students!

January 15th, 2020

A warm welcome to Oneil Mahoney and Bryant Tufino to ICompute. Oneil will study the estrogenic potential of toxins binding to the estrogen receptor under the guidance of Prof. Lauren Wickstrom at CUNY BMCC.  Bryant is studying a novel class of antibiotics containing gold with Prof. Maria Contel here at the Department of Chemistry at Brooklyn College.

New Students!

October 15th, 2019

Diana Kapkayeva and Elizaveta Son, two Brooklyn College students, joined the ICompute interdisciplinary undergraduate research program. Diana will be studying rotational barriers of atropisomeric compounds and measure their racemization rates under the mentorship of Prof. Gallicchio and Prof. Murelli. Elizaveta will model HDAC inhibitors and test them on yeast cells under the mentorship of Prof. Torrente and Prof. Gallicchio.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 4th, 2019

On Saturday May 4th the ICompute students participated in the 67th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) organized by the New York local section of the American Chemical Society. Marium, Rudolf and Saima each gave a fifteen minute presentation of their research to an audience of fellow undergraduate student researchers and their mentors from academic institutions in the area. The event was a great success. The ICompute students acquired invaluable experience with public speaking and communication with their peers . They also got a chance to meet professors and other undergraduate researchers and build their networking skills. 

Student Presentations

March 11th, 2019

The ICoMPUte students got together to present the research they've done so far to each other. It was fun and interesting to hear about the wide range of research topics and the laboratorial and computational techniques used to study them. It was also a great opportunity for the students to practice their public speaking in an academic setting. Take a look at the presentation slides, available in the students' research blogs! 

Get to know our students and mentors!

Nov 10th, 2018

ICompute kicked off this semester with 3 students working on exciting research projects. The main goal of the program is to expose students to real-world modeling and interdisciplinary and collaborative experimental research. We have an outstanding set of partnering laboratories and mentors helping to reach our goals. 

Announcing ICompute!

June 16th, 2018

The Interdisciplinary Computation & Modeling research Program for Undergraduate students (ICoMPUte) seeks to promote molecular modeling as a research tool in Chemistry and related fields. The program normally lasts two semesters, during which students work in interdisciplinary teams on projects involving wet lab experiments as well as molecular simulations, computer code development, and chemical physics theory & models. 

The program is managed by the Department of Chemistry at Brooklyn College. A small stipend is provided to qualified students. The program is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.

Applications are open for the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 session.

Students in laboratory sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and Physics as well as Math, Computer Science and Engineering are encouraged to apply. Students interested in chemistry laboratory work are expected to have completed Organic Chemistry II laboratory. Applications from CUNY students not at Brooklyn College are encouraged.

For further questions and eligibility criteria please contact Prof. Emilio Gallicchio,