Biologist Douglas Swank is working to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of the human heart with help from an unexpected source – the tiny Drosophila, commonly known as the fruit fly.
Pushing Boundaries. Inventing Solutions.
The department of Biological Sciences at Rensselaer encompasses a diverse and inherently interdisciplinary portfolio of research. Our faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are deeply involved in the work of pushing boundaries and inventing solutions. They are exploring areas at the forefront of modern biology, including molecular mechanisms of aging, nanobiology and nanotechnology, genetics of model organisms, microbiology and host-pathogen interactions, and synthetic biology.
A team of researchers has developed a new type of biochip that emulates the metabolism of a human liver.
The NSF has awarded a 1.7 million grant to George Makhatadze for research to help understand the speed at which proteins fold and unfold.
A team including Rensselaer researchers have discovered that a specific gene may play a major role in the development of a life-threatening birth defect.
New research, led by Chunyu Wang, has solved one mystery in the development of Familial Alzheimer’s Disease (FAD).