Maksim Royzen

Studies chemical reactions to advance medicine and drug delivery.

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Maksim Royzen

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Chemistry

Bio-orthogonal chemistry, RNA synthesis, drug delivery, pharmaceutical chemistry, bioconjugation

Campus phone: (518) 437-4463
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Originally from the Soviet Union, Royzen received his B.S. in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from New York University in 2006.

Prior to UAlbany, Royzen completed postdoctoral training at the University of Delaware, joining the research group of Professor Joseph Fox. He also spent time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Stephen Lippard as a Kirschstein NIH postdoctoral fellow.

Royzen has been part of UAlbany’s Department of Chemistry since 2013. Much of his lab work focuses on developing new applications of bio-orthogonal chemistry that include drug delivery, RNA synthesis, and investigation of RNA-protein interactions. He recently discovered an innovative treatment strategy for sarcoma patients. It was featured on News Channel 13 WNYT – Albany and in various medical publications including Medgadget and Science Daily.