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.

Laser Focused

Igor Lednev is once again making headlines for his innovative use of laser lights to help law enforcement catch criminals. In his latest proof-of-concept study, Lednev, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at UAlbany, along with recent Ph.D. graduate Kyle Doty, were successful in using their existing forensic technology to distinguish an individual’s age range based on bloodstains. Read More

Deep Into the Brain

One of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, recently presented his work on brain function at both UAlbany and RPI at the annual Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering lecture series, an endowed seminar series sponsored by Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort, a biologist, and RPI Professor Georges Belfort, a chemical engineer. Read More