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The Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies serves as the primary focus of biotechnology research, training, and outreach at Rensselaer. The Center facilitates multidisciplinary research in the basic life sciences, engineering sciences, and technology development and maximizes the impact of Rensselaer’s investment to benefit society. As a core differentiator, the CBIS is independent of departmental or school affiliation within Rensselaer. Center membership is based on research strength, collaboration, and focus on biotechnology from basic biology to bioprocessing.


Vision of the Center

The Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) strives to facilitate multidiscipli­nary research in the basic life sciences, applied sciences, and engineering that will impact new discoveries and new technologies to improve the quality of human life. The CBIS represents a public image of Rensselaer’s investment to the life sciences that will benefit society.

The CBIS is focused on research that ranges from the development of new technologies that enhance human healthcare to energy security and sustainability to enabling scientific discoveries to be disseminated responsibly to the public. Major research areas currently underway in CBIS include: stem cell biotechnology, drug discovery and human toxicology, drug delivery, development of alternative and renewable energy and energy storage, and computer simulations and visualization. The figure below depicts the multilevel, multidisciplinary research programs underway.



Importance to Science and Society

CBIS research is geared toward understanding the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, and bioengineering to ensure advances in biotechnology. The outcome of this research is myriad with impacts in translational medicine, drug discovery and delivery, safe and affordable therapeutics, and renewable energy and efficient energy storage.


The CBIS is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technical infrastructure, which allows biotechnology researchers to address critical gaps in our fundamental knowledge of biology and methods to exploit basic information to yield applications that benefit society. The approaches being taken by CBIS researchers include computational and experimental, and a focus at the biomolecular, cellular, and organismal levels.