Life Sciences Discovery through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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.

UAlbany Biology Lab's Findings Make the Cover of the Journal of Neuroscience

Journal of Neuroscience Jan-2020-Paolo-Forni-labPaolo Forni
   

University at Albany Biology Professor Paolo Forni’s Lab made the January 8, 2020 cover of the Journal of Neuroscience. The lab discovered that a transcription factor called Gli3 is critical for the movement of a population of neurons that controls onset of puberty in mice and humans. Read the Journal of Neuroscience article.   Read the UAlbany News article.

2019 Life Science Research Symposium Winners

2019 Life Science Research Symposium participantsAlex Valm present Joanna Medina with LSRS award 11-2019
 

The 2019 Life Science Research Symposium took place on November 15. The Life Sciences Research Symposium provides an opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows to present their research through oral and poster presentations, according the general format of main scientific conferences. It is an important event to promote student excellence and collaboration among researchers across the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Psychology. View the poster and presentation winners

Tackling Fibrosis

Supported by a $3.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health, Professor Melinda Larsen of Biological Sciences is leading a team of undergraduate and graduate students to research the causes and potential treatments for fibrosis. (Photo by Brian Busher)

 

RNA Institute researchers, left to right, Kaalak Reddy, John Cleary and Andrew Berglund pose in the Life Sciences Research Building. (Photo by Patrick Dodson)

Researchers Target Toxic RNA for Clues to Subdue Myotonic Dystrophy

Newly published research by RNA Institute faculty may reveal clues for ways to treat a devastating neuromuscular disease. This recent work by Professor Andrew Berglund, director of the RNA Institute, and two new Institute scientists, John Cleary and Kaalak Reddy, seeks to identify drugs that would reduce the toxic RNA molecules that cause myotonic dystrophy (DM) Learn more

LSRS XI

Life Sciences Research Symposium XI, Friday, November 15, 2019

The Life Sciences Research Symposium provides an opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows to present their research through oral and poster presentations, according the general format of main scientific conferences. It is an important event to promote student excellence and collaboration among researchers across the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Psychology. The Life Sciences Research Symposium will take place on Friday November 15, 2019 at the State University of New York at Albany in the Campus Center Assembly Hall. Learn more

Marlene Belfort

Marlene Belfort Featured in STEM Interview

The Sanctuary for Independent Media's Sophia Cahillane talks to Professor Marlene Belfort on October 7, 2019 about her research and experiences in Biology as well as being a women in STEM. Listen to the Interview

Junior faculty holding their awards

Junior Faculty win NSF and NASA Awards

Junior faculty who won major national awards from the National Science Foundation and NASA were honored at a reception in October. From left to right, Mariya Zheleva, Computer Science; Mustafa Aksoy, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Julia Jennings, Anthropology; Brian Rose, DAES; Jia Sheng, Chemistry; Justin Minder, DAES; Alan Chen, Chemistry/RNA Institute; Chinwe Ekenna, Computer Science; Justin Curry. Math and Statistics; Shaghayegh Sahebi, Computer Science; and Charalampos Chelmis, Computer Science.

Jia Sheng

Modifying the Genetic Blueprint

Jia Sheng, an assistant professor of chemistry at UAlbany, is one of just 16 faculty SUNY-wide to earn the National Science Foundation’s esteemed CAREER award. Sheng received $600,000 to study the structures and functions of natural ribonucleic acid (RNA) modifications and develop molecular tools for gene regulation.  Read more

Kathleen Dennis (L) and Edelgard Wulfert

Flexibility for the Future

Two gifts totaling over $1 million dollars will help ensure student success at the College of Arts and Sciences far into the future, thanks to a loyal alum and UAlbany Foundation board member Kathleen Dennis '75 and Edelgard Wulfert, the college’s former dean. Read more

Dr. Marlene Belfort Granted Honorary Doctorate

Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences Marlene Belfort will be granted an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Belfort, an internationally acclaimed molecular geneticist, will accept the degree in December 2019.

 

A Banner Year

UAlbany saw a major uptick in National Institutes of Health research grants in 2018.




UAlbany News Podcast: How Zebras Can Help Us Understand Anthrax Transmission

On This Episode, Wendy Turner of Biological Sciences Shares Her Work in Studying African Wildlife

Wendy Turner is an assistant professor of biological sciences in the University at Albany’s College of Arts and Sciences. On this episode of the UAlbany News Podcast, Turner shares her work in analyzing anthrax transmission among African wildlife. Turner was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for this project. Read More

CAS turns 25

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2018) — Two visits from national figures, artistic showcases and a closing dinner highlight the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) this month.

David Gersten, professor in the Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will join CAS faculty on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for a 4:15 p.m. panel discussion on “Engaging in a Changing World: The Transformative Power of Education Across Disciplines.” Read More

Women in Science and Health (WISH) Seek to Improve the Environment for Women in STEM fields

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have long been dominated by men, but fortunately that is changing. The number of women choosing STEM careers is increasing. However, the support needed to continue and strengthen this trend is still lacking. Read More