Articles in Research

Robert Hull Named Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

New center will continue and expand upon the work of the Center for Integrated Electronics

Clean Room

Advanced materials leader Robert Hull, the Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the first director of the Institute’s new Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS). The appointment is effective October 1, 2014. As cMDIS director, Hull will help lead the… Read More

Public Forum on Clean Energy Manufacturing

Event part of continuing conversation on the area’s ongoing efforts in the advanced manufacturing sector

Green Wall

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Rensselaer hosted a public forum featuring U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Assistant Secretary David Danielson, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, and Rensselaer Vice President for Research Jonathan Dordick, who discussed the Capital Region’s role as a national leader in clean energy manufacturing, workforce development, and building an innovation economy for the 21st… Read More

Celebrating 10 Years of CBIS

Dr. Scott Friedman ’76 will give keynote address

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
 Center for Biotechnology
 and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), President Shirley Ann Jackson is inviting campus to a symposium and reception on Wednesday, September 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Scott Friedman ’76 will give a talk titled 
“The Borderless World of Engineering, Biomedicine
 and Healthcare—Reflections of… Read More

Making Old Bones New Again

New study offers insight into strengthening bones made fragile by age, diabetes, and osteoporosis

The new study is the first to demonstrate how the compound PTB can dissolve the sugary impurities within bone tissue that cause our
femurs, fibulas, and other bones to become more fragile with age. Shown is trabecular structure in a normal bone (left) and osteoporotic bone (right).

As we age, our bones grow more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. Individuals with diabetes or with certain types of osteoporosis often are similarly afflicted with brittle bones. A new study from biomedical engineers at Rensselaer demonstrates how the compound N-phenacylthiazolium bromide, or PTB, dissolves the sugary impurities within bone tissue that cause our… Read More

NIH Funds Molecular-Level Exploration of Heart Muscle

Biologist Douglas Swank studies fruit fly muscles that are analogous to human heart muscle


A Rensselaer biologist is working to unravel some of the biggest mysteries of the human heart with help from an unexpected source—the tiny Drosophila, commonly known as the fruit fly. Douglas Swank, associate professor of biology, recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two separate grant proposals. One, a five-year, $2.4… Read More

Report on State of Lake George Water Quality

Report reveals threats, will guide strategic vision for the future

Lake George

A major new report—The State of the Lake: Thirty Years of Water Quality Monitoring on Lake George—was released last week by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) and The FUND for Lake George. The 72-page report is the result of 30 years of continuous monitoring that found Lake George to be in “remarkably good condition.”… Read More

Research Showcase

State and federal officials learn about transformational research taking place at Rensselaer


Rensselaer held a Research Showcase on Aug. 5 for state and federal officials to inform them about the transformational research taking place at Rensselaer. The day included tours of major research platforms including the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Low Center for Industrial Innovation. Speakers included Jian Sun, professor and director of… Read More

Summer at Mount Sinai

Three undergraduates spent the summer doing research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Poster Session

Three Rensselaer undergraduate biology students—Mohsin Jawed ’16, Mattie Rosi-Schumacher ’15, and Dongbo “Peter” Yang ’16—spent their summer vacation participating in cutting-edge research as part of the prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The partnership between Rensselaer and Mount Sinai creates an alliance that combines Rensselaer’s strength… Read More

Researchers Develop New Method of Fatty Acid Production Via Dynamic Regulation

Technique has applications for medicine, biofuel, and commodity chemical production

Mattheos Koffas

A team of Rensselaer researchers led by metabolic engineer Mattheos Koffas has developed a technique to more efficiently produce large quantities of the fatty acids that form the basis of compounds used in biofuels, medicine, and commodity chemical production. Results of the study conducted by Koffas and his research group in the Center for Biotechnology… Read More

3-D Printed Tissues Advance Stem Cell Research

Guohao Dai Receives NSF CAREER Award to support research

Guohao Dai

Tissue engineering and vascular biology expert Guohao Dai, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dai will use the five-year, $440,000 grant to advance his research into bio-fabricating human tissues with 3-D cell printing technology. Adult neural stem… Read More