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 recently gave a plenary talk at a mini symposium entitled “Interdisciplinary Views of Chronobiology” in Santiago at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile November 28, 2016. Five experts in the field of chronobiology including Dr. Hurley were invited to present their varied perspectives on Chronobiological research and how the field is advancing. The inaugural symposium is the first in a series and was organized to expose and encourage graduate students in Chile to think about research from an international and interdisciplinary standpoint. Dr.

“A recent ASBMB Today article discussed the results of a collaboration between the labs of George Makhatadze of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Nadia Roan of the University of California, San Francisco. The paper, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, discussed the ability of a small molecule gallic acid to reduce HIV infectivity associated with protein aggregates found in semen.

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.

Upcoming Events

Biological Sciences Seminar
Mar 27 at 12:00 pm
Biological Sciences Seminar
Apr 3 at 12:00 pm
Biological Sciences Seminar
Apr 10 at 12:00 pm
Biological Sciences Seminar
Apr 17 at 12:00 pm

News

Organic additives found in road salt alternatives — such as those used in the commercial products GeoMelt and Magic Salt — act as a fertilizer to aquatic ecosystems, promoting the growth of algae and organisms that eat algae, according to new research published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology

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A team of researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will examine the link between zinc deficiency, Hedgehog, and prostate cancer in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

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Troy, N.Y. — Last September, the Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The celebration will now reach beyond Washington, D.C., to the City of Troy, New York as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus presents: A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Saturday, Feb.

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Research published this week in Nature Communications makes it possible to predict how volume for a given protein will change between the folded and unfolded state. 

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Troy, N.Y. — According to the recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2017 survey, hiring for U.S. openings is expected to be relatively flat. Employers indicated plans to hire 5.8 percent more new graduates during 2016-17 than they did in 2015-16 for their U.S. operations.

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Contact Information

Biological Sciences

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