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Department News and Events

November 16, 2014

Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship. This program will give students a one year paid internship in one of the Wadsworth Center’s Public Health groups, following successful completion of a PhD. As the New York State Public Health Reference Laboratory, the Wadsworth Center houses multiple groups working in the field of Public Health Science. These internationally recognized groups respond to public health threats, and develop advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders. Click here for the more details of the Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship.

October 29, 2014

Recruitment for Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) research

Volunteers Wanted

The Wadsworth Center of the Health Department is seeking volunteers to help develop a new computer program that uses brain-wave activity (EG) recorded from the surface of the head to control movement of a cursor on a computer screen. The goal of the project is a new communication channel for individuals who are paralyzed or have other movement disorders.

Participation is similar to playing a computer game. Participants sit in a reclining chair or their own wheelchair while wearing a standard clinical EG cap. The procedure is completely non-invasive. After an initial 1.5-hour data collection session, volunteers may be asked to participate in further studies that typically require several 1-hour sessions per week for a 1- to 6-month period.

We will try to accommodate individual schedules, i.e., before work, after work, lunch, etc. If sessions cannot be conducted outside your normal work schedule, it will be necessary to charge appropriate accruals (personal or vacation leave). Participants must be reliable and prompt since the success of the study depends on consistent participation and it is difficult to make up missed sessions. Payment will be $25 for the initial session and $18 per session thereafter.

If you are interested, please contact Theresa Vaughan or Bill Sarnacki for more information at the Wadsworth Center, 486-4920 or e-mail:

October 27, 2014

BMS Career Panel Survey

As some of you know the BMS department wants to host a career panel for BMS students as a way for us to be able to hear from professionals in different science careers. ​In order to organize a panel that fits our needs, I would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to take a short survey, here (survey monkey website). We are tentatively looking at April 2015 for the panel, details to follow. Thank you for your help with the survey and please do not hesitate to Cristina Herrera if you have any questions.

October 23, 2014

Course offerings of interest at SUNY and AMC

The SUNY Biology department is offering a cell biology course in the Spring 2015 semester. ABIO 505 Cell Biology II , taught by Drs. Chen and Schmidt will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45am-1:05pm in room BIO248A. Click here and here for last year's syllabus.

In addition, AMC has a number of offerings that may be of interest (note that the AMC academic schedule differs from SUNY's academic schedule):

IMD 604 -Bacteriology: 2 credits, meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am from January 5 - February 25, 2015 (tentative dates). Click here for the syllabus.

IMD605 - Virology: 2 credits, meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00am from March 2 - April 29, 2015 (tentative dates). Click here for the syllabus.

NEU607 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology: 2 credits, meets Monday and Friday 3:00 - 5:00pm from April 3 - May 19, 2015 (tentative dates). Click here for the syllabus).

Please contact Tony Torres if you are interested in taking one of these courses in the Spring 2015 semester.

October 21, 2014

Epidemiology course Spring 2015

The EPI 500 course is available in the Spring 2015 semester for those students that need to fulfill an epidemiology requirement or want to take it as an elective. The class meets on Monday and Wednesday from 10:30-11:50AM at the SPH campus.

October 21, 2014

Elective course for Spring 2015

There is a new course scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester that students can use as an elective course. EHS535 Environment and Cancer. This class meets at the Massry Conferency Center at the CRC on Thursdays from 3-5:30PM. Click here to read about this new class!

October 21, 2014

BMS Fall Newsletter

The inaugural edition of the BMS Newsletter is available. Click here to read it!

October 17, 2014

Dissertation Seminar - Namita Chatterjee

We are pleased to announce the Dissertation Seminar of Namita Chatterjee, titled "Molecular actions of the novel histone deacetylase inhibitor CG-1521 in models of inflammatory breast cancer." The seminar will be held in the CRC Massry Conference Center, SUNY Albany East Campus on Friday, November 7 at 2PM. Please click here to see the seminar announcement.

October 16, 2014

Academic Advisement and Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes

It is to register for Spring 2015 classes. Please click here for the Spring 2015 Final Class Schedule for BMS department. This schedule is also available on the Current Students and Faculty pages. Some changes have been made so please reference this schedule on not the on-line version. Please click here for the Academic Advisement Form. The Advisement form is also available on the Department Forms page. Please be sure to complete the form including your Student ID, and the class number for each course. Tony is asking that all Academic Advisement Forms be returned to me no later than Monday, October 27.

October 10, 2014

SPH Open Houses

Two SPH open houses will be held in the next few weeks. The information for each is as follows:

MPH Degree
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Sit in on a class!
6:00pm - 8:00pm: MPH Program Overview, Admissions and Financial Assistance Q&A, Meet with Faculty, Center for Global Health, and Internships

All Degrees
Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm: MPH Program Overview, Admissions and Financial Assistance Q&A, Meet with Faculty to explore MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH and Certificate program options, Center for Global Health, and Internships

October 10, 2014

CRC Research Seminar Presentation - Winnie Wang

Winnie will be presenting at the CRC Research Seminar on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 3PM. Her talk is titled "Metabolic Paradoxes of Prostate Cancer". The Research Seminar series is held in the Massry Conference Center.

October 8, 2014

NCAP Research Alliance Scientific Research Symposium

NYCAP Research Alliance Scientific Research Symposium to be Held Oct. 23-24
Advancing a Cooperative Translational Medicine Research Paradigm in the Capital Region

The New York Capital Region Research Alliance will hold a research symposium, titled “Advancing a Cooperative Translational Medicine Research Paradigm in the Capital Region,” on October 23-24.

Symposium sponsors Albany Medical College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Albany, and Wadsworth Center, will welcome three internationally recognized researchers and share progress on Alliance-funded research projects.

The featured speakers are:
· Max Diem, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University in Boston. Well-known for his work in physical and biophysical chemistry, bio-imaging and medical diagnostics, he is working on development of unique optical methods for medical diagnosis using molecular fingerprint techniques such as infrared and Raman micro-spectroscopy.
· Matthew D. Disney, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla. His studies of RNA and genome sequencing focus on finding new, patient-specific drugs to treat rare genetic diseases, such as adult onset-muscular dystrophy, and more common disorders with poor prognosis, such as drug-resistant cancers.
· Lawrence S. Honig, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Columbia University in New York city. A foremost Alzheimer’s clinician and researcher, he is working on developing biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, and using molecular and biological tools to analyze gene expression and tissue changes in aging and brain disease.

The symposium will take place:

October 23, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
University at Albany
Uptown Campus, Life Sciences Building
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

October 24, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI)
US Headquarters / West Campus
26 Corporate Circle
Albany, NY 12203

To register for the Symposium, email: with your name, title and institution by October 20, 2014.

Please click here for the Symposium schedule and other information.

October 1, 2014

BMS-GRA Research Seminar

The dates and speakers for this year's (2014-2015) Research Seminar series are listed below:

October 16, 2014
Devon Fitzgerald
William Lainhart
Alicia Salinero

November 13, 2014
Elisabeth Knoll
Kara Levinson
Ada Sedova
Christopher Sevinksy

January 29, 2015
Cristina Herrera
Danielle Kelley
Sameera Sinha Nallanthighal

February 26, 2015
Christina Allen
Roxanne Formoe
Sarah Hirsch
Shawn Murphy

March 26, 2015
Sarah Beaudin
Namita Chatterjee
Donald Matthews
Janmeet Singh Saini

April 23, 2015
William Coon
Richard Johnson
Sridevi Ranganathan
Lauren Rose-Boehnlein

September 19, 2014

Dissertation Seminar - Brandon LaPallo

We are pleased to announce the Dissertation Seminar of Brandon LaPallo, titled "Spinal transection changes external urethral sphincter muscle activity and motoneuron properties: implications for lower urinary tract function after spinal cord injury." The seminar will be held in the Axelrod Theater at Biggs Laboratory on Monday, September 29 at 1PM. Please click here to see the seminar announcement.

September 11, 2014

Incoming Class of 2014 - Photo Directory

The Incoming Class of 2014 Photo Directory has been uploaded to the "Current Students" tab. Check it out!

August 13, 2014

BMS Social Hour - Friday, September 5

There will be an informal social hour at the Recovery Room (located next to the Hilton Garden Inn on New Scotland Ave.) on Friday, September 5 at 4PM to welcome the incoming class of BMS graduate students. Faculty and students alike are welcome. Please mark your calendar. More information will be available as the date approaches.

August 8, 2014

Other BMS News

  • There will be a BMS student town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 4 PM in the DAI auditorium. Please come and provide your feedback about the Department, discuss a career development seminar and other department activities.
  • Just a reminder, the Department provides cash awards ($100-200) to assist in traveling to regional and national meetings. Information will be re-posted on the BMS webpage before the semester kicks off.
  • Please send us ( information about recent accomplishments! Poster presentations, manuscripts in press, fellowships and others news! We will post this information on the webpage.
  • Meet the incoming class of doctoral and master's students! Information to follow about a meet and greet in the first part of September.

August 8, 2014

BMS Research Seminar Series

With the fall semester fast approaching, it is important to let you know of a new Research Seminar Series that the Department will be implementing as part of your doctoral project/dissertation research courses (BMS 898/899). Dr. Jan Conn has offered to spearhead the program this coming academic year.

The primary goal of the seminar series is to provide a forum for students to present their doctoral research to their peers and faculty mentors to garner feedback regarding research progress and direction. The seminar series should be considered a key part of your educational experience and an important component of your professional development within the realm of communication skills. The value of such a series is well recognized, as virtually all biology/biomedical graduate programs have a regular student seminar series. In fact, the Wadsworth Center hosted such series ("breakfast club") until just two years ago.

The 2014-2015 seminars will take place from 2-4 PM (tentatively) on October 16, November 13, February 26, March 26 and April 23 in the CMS second floor seminar room ("collabatorium"").

The actual format of the seminars has yet to be finalized, but we envision 3-4 talks of 15 min in length (with 5 min for questions). It is expected that all doctoral students (years 3-5+) will speak once during the academic year. Attendance will be considered mandatory.

Dr. Conn (through the Department) will be soliciting speakers in the coming weeks.

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