Professor Prash Rangan and two students in the lab looking at a specimen
Two male students smiling and looking over a book together in a lab.
Professor Prash Rangan looks through a microscope.
Two female students sitting in front of two microscopes.

Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering (LISE)

Established through the generosity of UAlbany Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort and RPI Institute Professor Georges Belfort, the Life at the Interface of Science and Technology Endowed Lecture Series is designed to address fundamental questions that require the expertise of both Life Sciences and Engineering to answer. This collaborative lecture series brings world renowned experts to speak to the campus communities at both UAlbany and RPI.

2021


Dr. Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, will be the sixth speaker in the LISE series on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, with her lecture titled: CRISPR: The Science and Opportunity of Genome Editing. The lecture will be virtual via Zoom at 1:00pm (Password: 079849).

Flyer: LISE Featuring Nobel Laureate Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., Tuesday September 21 at 1pm, lecture: CRISP: The Science and Opportunity of Genome Editing
 

Stephen R. Quake, PhD joined the series in 2021 with two lectures: The Cell is a Bag of RNA, (passcode: qq.=g95u) and Molecular Counting and Liquid Biopsies: A Path to Creating Health Equity in the Genomic Revolution.

Stephen Quake LISE flyer, The Cell is a Bag of RNA, and Molecular Counting and Liquid Biopsies: A Path to Creating Health Equity in the Genomic Revolution, April 9, 2021
 


2019


David R, Liu, PhD joined the series in 2019 with his lecture on "Base Editing: Chemistry on a Target Nucleotide in the Genome of Living Cells Using Engineered and Evolved Proteins."

Liu 2019 LISE
 

2018


In 2018, Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold, PhD spoke about Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe."

Arnold 2018 LISE
 

2017


Karl Deisseroth, MD PhD, in September 2017 discussed "Integrated brainwide structural and functional analysis" and "Nature's gift: how the discovery of structural principles in a microbial protein helped illuminate the pathophysiology of psychiatry."

Deisseroth 2017 LISE
 

2016


In 2016, the first speaker in the series Nobel Laureate Thomas R. Cech, PhD gave lectures on two topics: "Long Noncoding RNAs and Epigenetic Gene Silencing" and "CRISPR Genome Engineering Gives New Insights About Telomerase and its Role in Cancer."

Cech 2016 LISE

 

Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology

Undergraduate students from 11 universities participated in the first Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences on Tues. Oct. 25, 2016. Students delivered oral presentations and posters on their research projects and enjoyed a keynote symposium by Novel Laureate, Thomar R. Cech entitled “How to win a Nobel Prize.” The undergraduate symposium was partnered with the new endowed lecture series “Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering,” which included a research seminar by Dr. Cech at University at Albany, SUNY entitled, “Long-noncoding RNAs and Epigenetic Gene Silencing” and a research seminar at RPI entitled: “CRISPR Genome Engineering Give New Insights about Telomerase and its Role in Cancer.” Photographs from the UAlbany events are here. The seminar series was made possible by an endowment by Dr. Marlene Belfort, Distinguished Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, and Dr. Georges Belfort, Institute Professor at RPI.

Symposium Program
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