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Awards & Accolades


WISC poster winner

Congratulations to our 2019 WISC award recipients

Workshops for Interaction and Scientific Collaboration (WISC) student winners with faculty collaborators in parenthesis.

Best Posters: Kahini Sarkar (Prash Rangan), Moustafa Mabrouk (Jonathan Lovell)
Runner up Posters: Anwesha Sarkar (Thomas Begley), Sara Evke (Thomas Begley)
Best Talk: Sean M. Bialosuknia (Alex Ciota), Jibin Punnoose (Ken Halvorsen)

Jia Sheng

Sheng is Awarded NSF's CAREER Award

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 the article about Sheng's NSF award.


Igor Lednev

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 PhD graduate Kyle Doty, were successful in using their existing forensic technology to distinguish an individual’s age range based on bloodstains. Read the article about Lednev's use of laser lights to catch criminals.

Ewelina Mistrek

Solving Crimes Using Light with Ewelina Mistek

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2018) – Ewelina Mistek, a Forensic Scientist and PhD student in the University at Albany’s Department of Chemistry, researches how to identify and analyze small traces of bodily fluids using Raman Spectroscopy. On this episode of the UAlbany News Podcast, Mistek explains how this radiation detection technique could help crime scene investigators collect and preserve evidence. Read article Solving Crimes Using Light with Ewelina Mistek.


  • Congratulations to our Award Recipients
    Life Sciences Research Symposium VII

    September 25, 2015 | University at Albany, SUNY

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    Krackeler First Place Awards: Oral Session

    Kyle Doty (Lednev Lab, Chemistry) | A Raman ‘Spectroscopic Clock’ for Bloodstain Age Determination: the First Week After Deposition

    Gabrielle Todd (Agris Lab, Chemistry/Biology) | Identification of Novel Gram-positive Selective Antibiotics that Target T-box Regulatory Systems

    Krackeler First Place Awards: Poster

    Arun Richard Chandrasekaran (Halvorsen Lab, RNA Institute) | Label-Free Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequences Using DNA nanoswitches

    Kara DeSantis (Larsen Lab, Biology) | Retinoic Acid Receptor Isoform-Specific Regulation of Cytokeratin 5-Positive Progenitor Cells

    Maruda Shanmugasundaram (Lednev Lab, Chemistry) | Deconstruction of inclusion bodies and refolding of bioactive protein using archaeal chaperones

    Runner Up Awards: Oral Session

    Alicia McCarthy (Rangan Lab, Biology) | A Tip of the HAT to the ATAC Complex: Transcriptional Regulation During Oogenesis

    Neil Robertson (Yigit Lab, Chemistry) | Enhanced miRNA Detection Using Graphene and Oligonucleotide Nanodevices

    Runner Up Awards: Poster

    Mustafa Balcioglu (Yigit lab, Chemistry) | Two Dimensional Nanoparticles and Oligonucleotide Assemblies for Biosensing

    Stefania Bellini (Scimemi Lab, Biology) | Neuronal Glutamate Transporters Regulate Cross-Talk Between Glutamatergic and Dopaminergic Circuits

    Zeinab Hosseini (Larsen Lab, Biology) | Nanofiber/Basement Membrane Scaffolds Support a ckit-Positive Salivary Epithelial Progenitor Population

  • University Awards 14 Research Projects Driving Innovation

    Inaugural Presidential Initiatives Rund Recipients' Work Encompasses Biomedical, Life, Forensic and Social Sciences, Advanced Data Analytics and Cyber Security

    Read more about the Life Sciences award winners here

  • 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 2014 Symposium Program