Institute for Cancer Research and Education (ICare)


The goal of ICare is to bring together faculty across SUNY Old Westbury around a  common focus on cancer research, and to provide students cutting-edge research  training opportunities and encourage their pursuit of careers in science and medicine.

NEW Summer Science Program


"Thank you for the opportunity to work with you. I especially enjoyed the protein purification. I look forward to seeing you at next year's program." - Dean Creedon

"I'm so grateful to the group at Old Westbury for offering such an interesting and exceptional opportunity for students, and I'll be sure to let the staff at the Locust Valley High School know too how well the program went and what a good experience it was. Thank you so much for all of your guidance and support during my daughter Catherine's week at the ICare program at Old Westbury. Catherine enjoyed the independence it allowed with experiments, and I know she enjoyed meeting some of the students who are studying science at Old Westbury." - Cara (parent)

"I greatly enjoyed the time I was able to spend in your lab this summer. As a results of your expertise and guidance, I gained much deeper understanding and appreciation for scientific inquiry, biochemistry, and the research process methods. Being in the lab was a very positive experience for me and has definitely encouraged me to continue research in the future." - Kristen John

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to work in your lab for a month. It was a very valuable experience for me and I will definitely come back during college." - Vignesh Gunasekaran

ICare Faculty

Manya Dhar-Mascareno

  • Director
  • Associate Professor
  • Biological Sciences

Ruomei Gao

  • Associate Professor
  • Chemistry and Physics

Youngjoo Kim

  • Assistant Professor
  • Chemistry and Physics

William Gillis

  • Assistant Professor
  • Biological Sciences

Headshot of Maria Zulema CabailMaria Zulema Cabail

  • Assistant Professor
  • Biological Sciences


It is important that undergraduate students be exposed to research to gear up their interest in pursuing graduate study in science or medicine. ICare will provide such opportunities by sponsoring students during the academic year and series of intensive summer undergraduate research programs in which students work in the research labs  of individual faculty members.

Short Term Vision Students will engage in research and have the opportunity to present the results of their research in the form of a mandatory poster presentation at college, state wide and national scientific conferences.

Long Term Vision

Partnerships will be established with Ph.D granting institutions to create joint BS- Ph.D degree. Opportunities in research will be extended to High School students. A core equipment laboratory will be set up for use by all members of ICare Teachers training to be high school science educators will be included in the summer training to enhance their research skills.


Institute of Cancer Research and Education
223 Store Hill Road.
NSC 216
SUNY, College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, NY
Email: icare [at]
Phone: 516 876 2737