Find A PhysicianHome  |  Library  |  myDownstate  |  Newsroom  |  A-Z Guide  |  E-mail  |  Contact Us  |  Directions

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


From explorations focused on the development of new treatments and therapeutics to faculty and student-led research driving groundbreaking innovations in health and medicine, research programs at SUNY Downstate span a broad spectrum of interests from the basic sciences; to translational research; to clinical trials; to population research and health equity; to health information technology; to evidence-based research for nursing, healthcare, and education. Our investigators are making discoveries that are changing the world of biomedicine and healthcare.

Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
David Christini, Senior Vice President for Research

Profile page »

Research Pulse

December 2020 

April 2021

Councils & Committees

Research Advisory Council

Reporting to President Riley - meets quarterly.

Research Advisory Council Organization (PDF)

  • David Christini (Chair; Senior Vice President for Research)
  • Deborah Gustafson (co-Vice Chair; representing HRAC; Neurology; 10/1/20 – 9/30/2024)
  • Todd Sacktor (co-Vice Chair; representing LRAC; Physiology & Pharmacology; 10/1/20 – 9/30/2024)
  • Jack DeHovitz - 4 years (Member, Medicine; 10/1/20-9/30/2024)
  • Tracey Wilson - 3 years (Member, SPH; 10/1/20-9/30/2023)
  • Carla Boutin-Foster - 2 years (Member, Medicine; 10/1/20-9/30/2022)
  • Tim Bigdeli - 2 years (Member, Psychiatry; 10/1/2020-9/30/2022)
  • James Knowles - 2 years (Member, Cell Biology; 10/1/2020-9/30/2022)
  • Sabina Hrabetova - 3 years (Member, Cell Biology; 10/1/20-9/30/2023)
  • Juan Marcos Alarcon - 3 years (Member, Pathology; 10/1/20-9/30/2023)
  • Jacquelyn Meyers - 3 years (Member, Psychiatry; 10/1/20-9/30/2023)

HRAC - Human Research Advisory Committee

Reporting to Senior Vice President for Research - meets monthly.

  • Deborah Gustafson (Chair; Neurology)
  • Jack DeHovitz (Medicine)
  • Tracey Wilson (School of Public Health)
  • Carla Boutin-Foster - (Medicine)
  • Tim Bigdeli - (Psychiatry)
  • Jenny Libien (Pathology)
  • Barbara Kitchener (College of Nursing)
  • Richard Coico (Cell Biology)
  • David Kaufman (School of Health Related Professions)

LRAC - Laboratory Research Advisory Committee

Reporting to Senior Vice President for Research - meets monthly.

  • Todd Sacktor (Chair; Physiology and Pharmacology)
  • James Knowles (Cell Biology)
  • Sabina Hrabetova (Cell Biology)
  • Juan Marcos Alarcon (Pathology)
  • Jacquelyn Meyers (Psychiatry)
  • Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis (School of Public Health)
  • Ellen Hsu (Physiology and Pharmacology)
  • Henri Tiedge (Physiology and Pharmacology)

DHSU Symposium Grant Program

The Office of the SVPR aims to advance research and discovery efforts across the DHSU community by promoting and enhancing collaborations among investigators. Through the support of Research Symposia, the Office of the SVPR aims to: 1) better inform the DHSU community (both faculty and trainees) about the diverse ongoing research efforts on campus; 2) kindle new and expanded research collaborations by facilitating face-to-face interactions; 3) identify tangible next steps towards building integrated research programs; and 4) help faculty prepare to respond to future collaborative extramural research grants. Creating synergies among DHSU investigators could also help individual projects expand into larger programs with increased impact and visibility.

Please find details here along with the agenda template

DHSU SVPR Seed Grant Program (2021)


Application Form

Budget Form (Excel)

How to Become an Investigator Series

Conversations led by senior faculty to share their career trajectory, their research area and why they chose that area, strategies for obtaining funding, and general tips for success in academic health sciences research. See here for schedule.

Onboard a Voluntary Researcher (non-faculty)

Voluntary Researcher Request Form


Grant Writing Support

We are pleased to launch two programs to provide grant writing support to faculty at Downstate. Faculty can request only ONE of the following services at a given time.

1) The Grant-Writing Consultancy Service Initiative will enable faculty to request services from recommended grant writing consultancy firms.

2) Mentorship Financial Support Request will enable faculty to work with a newly identified grant-writing mentor and request funds to compensate the mentor for their time and effort / support Request

Research Ramp-up Plans for Downstate Research Activities

Research Ramp-up Plans for both Human Participants and Laboratories can be found here, along with guidelines for completing your plan. All plans must be sent to for approval, prior to ramping up your research.