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.

Past Events



Life Sciences Research Symposium XII, Friday, January 22, 2021

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 virtually on Friday January 22, 2021. See the full Life Sciences Research Symposium schedule.


Seeing the Unseen: A Revolution in Microscopy



Wednesday, October 3, 2018, D'Ambra Auditorium

Featuring Joerg Bewersdorf, Professor of Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University

View the Seeing the Unseen flyer

Flyer for Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering lecture series, featuring Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold, PhD. 'Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe' Monday, October 15, 2018, RPI, 3pm, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, UAlbany at 2:30pm.
  • 2017

    Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University

    Deep Into the Brain

    ALBANY, N.Y. (September 6, 2017) — Last October, the Department of Biological Sciences, in collaboration with RPI, held its first seminar in the Life at the Interface of Science and Engineering lecture series. It featured Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Thomas Cech.

    The series returns this Friday, tackling one of the most intricate parts of human life — the brain — and featuring one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, who will present this year’s program. Read the article, Deep Into the Brain.

    • Primer on Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Bootcamp

      Using Galaxy for NGS Data Analysis
      presented by Olga Novikova

      RNA Sequencing: Workflow Recommendations
      presented by Sridar Chittur

    • 4th Annual Symposium: RNA Science and its Applications

      The RNA Symposium, was held on Friday March 17 and was keynoted by Tom Steitz, Jeanne Lawrence, Melissa Moore and Maria Barna. In addition, Erik Sontheimer, a new member of the SAB, Tom Gingeras, and Marlene Belfort chaired three of the four sessions. The workshops started in the evening of March 15th and continued through March 16th and included miRNA detection using nanoswitch technology, RNA modified nucleoside analyses, and RNA Dynamics: Struc-tural Modeling through Simulation workshop.

    • Junior STEM Idea Exchange (JUSIE)

      JUSIE is an organization of junior faculty members with the focused objective of exchanging ideas and exploring opportunities

      JUSIE holds monthly forums where members from diverse fields present and seek opportunities for cross pollination. See Past JUSIE Presenters

      Paolo Forni will be organizing JUSIE sessions for the next semester.


    • JUSIE Junior STEM Idea Exchange Lightning Event, Junior STEM faculty will present the core of their research in 5 minutes.

      JUSIE Lightning Event

      Junior STEM faculty will present research in 5 minutes.
      May 10 from 2:30PM to 4:30 PM
      D'Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Research Building


    • Starting a Science Career and Learning How to Jump the Hurdles

      October 29, 2015

      Dr. Lydia Contrereas Dr Lydia Contrereas, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, combines bimolecular engineering, genetics and computation to define the interactions of RNAs and proteins in health and disease. Dr Contreras will lead a panel discussion of workplace challenges and opportunities for women of color in the STEM fields. The panel will include UAlbany faculty, administration, graduate students and undergraduates. The event will be cosponsored by UAlbany's Women in Science and Health and the Training Program in RNA Science.

    • Spring Field Day

      May 7th, from 4-6 pm

      Come out for healthy food, field activities, and fun with fellow students and colleagues.
      Where: the courtyard between the Life Sciences & Biology Building.

      Download the Spring Field Day poster.