Life Sciences Discovery through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

University at Albany scientists are advancing knowledge across a broad spectrum of research in the life sciences with special emphasis on cutting edge investigation into the structure and function of biologically active molecules. Scientific research is coalesced around core interests in RNA science and technology, neuroscience, microbiology, molecular evolution of disease and molecular and cell biology. Founded on the philosophy that scientific discovery is a multidisciplinary, collaborative and highly interactive enterprise, the Life Science Research Initiative is based on a dynamic approach to scientific discovery and education. Discovery occurs at the frontiers and intersections of science and Life Sciences faculty provide a critical focus for collaborative discovery across traditional departments as well as with other University at Albany and regional scientists. The Life Sciences Building houses these activities as well as the RNA Institute .

News & Announcements


Following Signals:
Workshop for Interaction and Scientific Collaboration (WISC)

February 27, 2015 | University at Albany, SUNY

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CAS Investigators Awarded Patent

College of Arts and Sciences Investigators Awarded Patent for Cancer-Targeting RNA Molecules

The molecules attach themselves to the surface of cancer cells. Once attached, the patient’s own immune system can recognize, attack and destroy the targeted cancer cells.


Congratulations to our Award Recipients
Life Sciences Research Symposium VI

December 12, 2014 | University at Albany, SUNY

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Krackeler Awards for Best Talk

Mustafa Salih Hizir (Yigit lab, Chemistry) | Simultaneous Detection of Circulating OncomiRs from Body Fluids for Prostate Cancer Staging Using Nano-graphene Oxide

Seth Pearson (Belfort lab, Biological Sciences) | Interrogating Thiazoline Ring Formation in an Engineered RecA Intein

Krackeler Awards for Best Poster

Diana Lalitsasivimol (Wagner lab, Psychology) | Aggressive behavior in progesterone receptor knock out (PRKO) mice

Elena Ryzhikova (Lednev lab, Chemistry) | Raman Spectroscopy of Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnostics

Dharmacon Award for Best Poster

Neil Robertson (Yigit lab,Chemistry) | Improving the miRNA detection using DNase and nano-graphene oxide

Runner Up Awards for Best Talk

Mustafa Balcioglu (Yigit lab, Chemistry) | Smart Polymer Functionalized Graphene Nano-devices for Thermo-switch Controlled Biodetection

Leah M. Seebald (Royzen lab, Chemistry) | Design and Synthesis of Cu(II)-Based Shift Reagent for In-Cell NMR

Runner Up Awards for Best Poster

Kara DeSantis (Larsen lab, Biological Sciences) | Influence of Retinoic Acid Signaling on Innervation and Progenitor Cell Populations in the Embryonic Salivary Gland

Olga Novikova (Belfort lab, Biological Sciences) | Interaction between conjugative and retrotransposable elements in horizontal gene transfer

Dustin Trufanoff (Osuna lab, Biological Sciences) | Translational Control of dksA Involves a Structure in the 5'-Untranslated Region

Full Symposium Program


Viruses and Other Selfish Elements:
Workshop for Interaction and Scientific Collaboration (WISC)

May 17, 2013 | University at Albany, SUNY

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