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Dr. Paul Agris speaks at “Prevention and Extermination of the Global Ebola Outbreak” panel discussion




RNA Institute Director Paul Agris Pursues Therapeutics Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria with $3.3 Million in Federal Aid

Dr. Paul Agris in the labMore than $3.3 million in new federal aid has been awarded to Paul Agris, Ph.D., director of The RNA Institute at the University at Albany, for continued collaborative research on RNA-based antibiotics targeted at drug-resistant bacteria and the molecular engineering of cancer therapies.[More...]



UAlbany RNA Institute holds open house for local kids

Students participating in RNA Day As part of "RNA Day" at the University at Albany, Ward, along with a group of about 12 junior and high school students, participated in activities like extracting DNA from strawberries to highlight the use of science and RNA research in curing deadly diseases at the school's new RNA Institute.[More...]



UAlbany researchers developing tools in fight against ebola, similar viruses

Image of Advanced Instrumentation FacilityAs researchers across the country try to come up with treatment and drugs for things like Cancer, HIV and Ebola, scientists at the University at Albany are working on technology and techniques to accelerate those efforts and make them easier. [More...]



The RNA Institute Investigates Effects of Marijuana and Tobacco Exposure on the Brain

Dr. Maria Basanta SanzhezThe University at Albany today announced a collaborative grant between its RNA Institute and area-based Athghin Biotechnology Inc., to fund research into how marijuana and tobacco exposure impact brain function. The project is supported by a $225,000 small business technology transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). [More...]



UAlbany Biologist Receives $1.43 Million NIH Award for Germline Research to Find Therapies for Cancer and Degenerative Diseases

Prash Rangan at work in his labUniversity at Albany biologist Prashanth Rangan has received a $1.43 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research into both preventing and inducing differentiation in stem cells in order to treat cancers and degenerative diseases.




Focus on Development of Antibiotics to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens

MRSA pathogenA drug discovery and development project is being led by principal investigator Paul Agris, director of The RNA Institute, and includes Alan Chen, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and The RNA Institute, and Kathleen McDonough, research scientist, New York State Department of Health and School of Public Health. [More...]



Dr Marlene BelfortDistinguished Professor Marlene Belfort Named to Key NIH Advisory Panel

Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort, renowned for her groundbreaking research in the field of genetics and biochemistry as well as her passionate guidance of young scientists, has been appointed to a major advisory panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [More...]



Dr Prash RanganUAlbany Young Scientist Named 2014 Pew Scholar for Stem Cell Research

UAlbany biologist Prashanth Rangan joined 21 other outstanding early-career researchers named today as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Rangan was awarded for his investigations into the role of non-coding RNA in the fate of stem cells, whose improper differentiation has been linked to cancer and other degenerative disease. [More...]



Dr Paul AgrisUAlbany RNA Institute pioneers technology for biomedical and pharmaceutical companies

The RNA Institute at the University at Albany is settling into its niche as a technology development center, one year after opening its $9.4 million facility. [More...]



nucleic acid RNA Institute Hosts Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications, Along with RNAi Workshop, Jan. 22-24

The RNA Institute at the University at Albany, in partnership with St. Louis, Mo.-based Sigma-Aldrich, is convening leading U.S. researchers to discuss state-of-the-art scientific and technological innovations at an RNA symposium on Thursday, Jan. 23. [More...]



NYAS PictureThe RNA Institute Cited for Leading the Growing Scientific Focus on RNA’s Potential

One of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious scientific societies profiles The RNA Institute of the University at Albany this month in its online publication’s feature story, “The Rise of RNA: A New Target for Therapeutic Agents.” [More...]



Dr Sheng and Dr. ChenHarvard and Rensselaer Researchers Join UAlbany’s RNA Institute Faculty Ranks

The RNA Institute at the University at Albany announces the addition of two research scientists who will support the Institute’s collaborative RNA research efforts to combat the most difficult of human diseases. Jia Sheng and Alan A. Chen bring their expertise in predicting RNA structure and testing it using x-ray crystallography to the national research resource. [More...]



Cara PagerUAlbany Research Aims to Open Doors to Therapies for Hepatitis C

University at Albany researchers have focused on a specific cellular protein that may hold the key to combatting the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). [More...]

Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of The RNA Institute, Attracting 60 New Cutting Edge Biomedical Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the expansion of The RNA Institute laboratories at the University at Albany, a new state-of-the-art facility for biomedical technology development. [More...]



Fanning excels on track and in lab

altBiology major Kathryn Fanning has expanded her CV to include a publication in the Journal of Neuroscience. She collaborated with researchers in UAlbany's RNA Institute and at the University of Virginia. Already on her CV are University Track and Field records at the mile and the 1000 meter distances. [More...]



Governor highlights RNA Institute Project

altThe RNA Institute was one of only four projects chosen to be presented in front of the Governor during his recent bus tour




Student initiatives to commercialize RNA

altThe RNA Institute's Student Venture Fund Challenges Teams of Science and Business Students to Bring RNA Inventions to Market by awarding teams $50,000 each. [More...]



new hiresUAlbany RNA Institute Recruits Researchers from Harvard and University of Manchester

The RNA Institute at the University at Albany announces the addition of two senior research scientists to support its collaborative RNA research efforts to combat the most difficult of human diseases. [More...]


Sigma DonationUAlbany RNA Institute given valuable molecule collection

Sigma-Aldrich, a St. Louis-based life science and high technology company, has given the center about 200,000 molecules of several types of small RNAs, some for humans and some for mice. The company also provided funds for three symposiums and workshops over the next three years. [More..]


altDell partners for enhanced computation

The RNA Institute and Dell are making state-of-the-art computational equipment available to model ribonucleic acid (RNA) for potential drug discovery and design. Dell’s computational equipment provides researchers with enhanced computation and visualization of RNA using 3-D imaging, [More...]


Life Sciences initiatives win state funding.

The University at Albany is a beneficiary of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Open for Business" grant competition. The RNA Institute has been awarded ... [More..]



Krackeler GiftKrackeler Scientific makes first corporate gift to the Institute

Krackeler Scientific, Inc., an Albany-based distributor of scientific products, has made the first corporate gift to The RNA Institute at the University at Albany. The gift totals $45,000. [More..]



Scientists in a labInterdisciplinary Pilot Research Awards

The RNA Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural Interdisciplinary Pilot Research Program (IPRP) Awardees for the fiscal year 2010. [More...]



Institute launch posterRNA Institute Launch

UAlbany President George Philip was joined by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Congressman Paul Tonko, Institute scientists, industry representatives and many others for the official launch of the Institute on June 4. [More...]



Dan FabrisDan Fabris joins The Institute this month

Dr. Dan Fabris has joined The RNA Institute and become Chair of the Internal Scientific Advisory Board. Dan, whose specialty is mass spectroscopy, will have a joint appointment in Chemistry and Biology.



Paul AgrisPaul Agris joins The RNA Institute as Director

Paul Agris, a moving force behind The Institute, has joined the UAlbany full time as the Institute's Director. Paul will have appointments in Biology and Chemistry.




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