Biological Sciences at Rensselaer

With excellent leadership, a strong and growing faculty, and modern facilities Biological Sciences at RPI is poised to tackle real-world molecular problems.

  • Our research areas are diverse, and play an integral role in our vision of the technological university.

  • Undergrads are matched with a Mount Sinai faculty mentor and gain hands-on experience in a biomedical research laboratory.

  • The lines dividing departments and curricula are blurred and intersecting.
  • When people from different disciplines put their heads together, it can result in enhanced discovery.

Announcements

Dr. Jennifer Hurley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, has just received an award through an U01 cooperative agreement funded by the Department of Defense and the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering titled, “Multiscale Modeling of Circadian Rhythms”.  The total award is $3,932,000 with Dr. Hurley’s funding at $580,000.  The lead PI is Dr. William Cannon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Drs.

Matt Schuler, post-doctoral research associate in the Rick Relyea Lab, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a study about how lizards might respond to a changing climate in different types of landscapes.

Dr. Lee Ligon, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences was recently elected Chair of the Public Information Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB ) for a three-year term from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020. The Public Information Committee oversees activities to foster education of public audiences in cell biology. Lee will work with the ASCB Communications and Education Director and the ASCB Science Writer. Congratulations Dr. Ligon.

Applications are now being accepted for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in areas of Cell Biology, Developmental Biology or Neurobiology.  The Department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants are expected to establish a vigorous and externally funded research program in any area of Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, or Neurobiology.  

Congratulations to Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer, Professor and Associate Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute who recently received a one year/$56,578 grant entitled Title: Human and ecosystem health risks of mercury and cyanotoxins in Lake Champlain. Her team will be analyzing five fish species (lake trout, walleye, yellow perch, white perch and smallmouth bass)  for mercury from the seven segments of the lake. She has collaborated with Dr.

News

A $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support and expand the Biomolecular Sciences and Engineering Training Program at Rensselaer.

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The spotlight will be on the biotech industry at the Capital Region Biotechnology Innovation Day on Friday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Rensselaer once again ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest rank for the Institute in the last 11 years.

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From strategic marketing decisions, to material fabrication, to bio-imaging for musculoskeletal research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is welcoming new experts in research as 13 professors join the faculty in the 2016-17 academic year.

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As global temperatures rise, how will lake ecosystems respond? As they warm, will lakes—which make up only 3 percent of the landscape, but bury more carbon than the world’s oceans combined—release more of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane? 

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Contact Information

Biological Sciences

1W14 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590