Biotechnology Photography Exhibition PDF Print

Biotechnology Photography Exhibition


We are requesting images from CBIS residents for exhibition in the CBIS public areas during (and after) our Fall 2014 Tenth Anniversary celebrations.  These images will be enlarged, framed and mounted (with appropriate credits) on the walls of our Biotech Center.

Please send us any images (< 2MB; .jpg or .png format) that would capture the interest of CBIS passersby, lay and professional, as they walk through the Center.  Please include a one-sentence description of the image, including magnification; this description will not be included in the display.

Please submit images, by Friday, April 18th, via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Biotech 10th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Contest PDF Print

Biotech 10th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Contest

Deadline Extended:  May 5th, 2014
We are asking the Rensselaer community to participate in the design of a T-shirt as part of the 10th Anniversary celebration for the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).

Engineers, artists, scientist, staff, faculty – we welcome entries from everyone on campus!

Please check out our web site – – to stimulate your ideas. Designs can include original artwork, images and captions.

We are a truly interdisciplinary biotechnology center that is focused on innovation and discovery produced by our unique combination of strengths in chemistry, biology, physical science, computation, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering.

Please submit entries, by Monday, May 5 via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The creator of the selected T-shirt design will receive an iPad min!

2nd Annual Capital Region Shared Biotech Research Resources Forum PDF Print

2nd Annual Capital Region Shared Biotech Research Resources Forum

Tuesday April 8, 2014      Albany Medical Center, Huyck Auditorium



11:00 AM       Welcome       Harold Singer, M.D., Albany Medical College


Moderator: Glenn Monastersky, Ph.D., Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)


Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

      Bioimaging and NMR platforms - Scott McCallum, Ph.D.

      Microscopy and cellular imaging systems - Sergey Pryshchep, Ph.D.

      Proteomics and mass spec platforms - Dmitri Zagorevski, Ph.D.

      Stem cell research systems - Brigitte Arduini, Ph.D.

      Analytical biochemistry systems - Joel Morgan, Ph.D.


SUNY - University at Albany

      Genomics/proteomics microarrays - Sridar Chittur, Ph.D.


Wadsworth Laboratories - DOH

      Advanced light microscopy platforms - Richard Cole

      Biochemistry and immunology systems - Leslie Eisele  


Albany Medical College                                         

·         Live cell imaging systems - Joe Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D.

·         Histology laboratory - Livingston Vandewater, Ph.D. 


12:30 PM – MR-3 Building, Albany Medical Center – Posters and Luncheon

                     networking session.


               Thanks to Michael Falzano (AMC) for assistance with this event 

North American Membrane Society Honors Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Georges Belfort PDF Print

North American Membrane Society Honors Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Georges Belfort

Thu, 2014-03-20 14:57

Chemical Engineering Expert Recognized for Exceptional Lifetime Contributions to Membrane Science and Technology

March 20, 2014

World-leading bioseparations expert Georges Belfort, Institute Professor and a member of the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology from the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).

The award, given every three years by NAMS “to recognize individuals who have made outstanding innovations and/or exceptional lifetime contributions to membrane science and technology,” includes a $10,000 prize.

NAMS will present the award to Belfort at a ceremony in June at the professional organization’s annual meeting in Houston. At the meeting, Belfort will present a plenary lecture highlighting his breakthrough contributions in membrane-based bioseparations. Additionally, a special technical session has been organized in honor of Belfort at the 2014 International Congress on Membrane and Membrane Processes meeting in July, in Suzhou, China.

Belfort has earned a place among the world’s most respected academic and industrial chemical engineers. Throughout his career, he has made seminal contributions in liquid-phase pressure-driven membrane-based processes, bioseparations engineering, interfacial science, protein misfolding at surfaces, and affinity separations.

The editor or co-editor of three books, Belfort has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 22 book chapters. His h factor, a key metric for academic researchers that measures both productivity and the impact of published research, is greater than 40. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals and is the international editor of the Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan.

Belfort is the recipient of several major awards in the field of chemical engineering. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Biotechnology Division honored Belfort with the 2011 Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products. In 2008, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) named Belfort one of the “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era.” Also in 2008, he received the ACS E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.

Belfort is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  He is co-founder and former president of NAMS, and has twice been named a fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

In 2012, Belfort was elected a foreign corresponding member of the Institute of Bologna Academy of Sciences, which was created in 1690 and has grown over the centuries into one of Europe’s most renowned scientific societies. Also in 2012, Belfort was also named a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, which is one of 80 institutes that make up the distinguished Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

Belfort received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California at Irvine.

Public Forum 6 - "Women's Health" PDF Print

“Women’s Health”

Biotechnology Public Interest Forum
March 27, 2014 (at noon)

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) hosts periodic Public Forums to introduce the campus and local community to some of the center’s advanced research, as it relates to topics of widespread interest. The center’s sixth Public Forum will focus on “Women’s Health” and will take place on Thursday, March 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in the CBIS Auditorium.

The “Women’s Health” program will include presentations of current research on osteoporosis, breast cancer, and cardiovascular health. Moderator and CBIS Associate Director Glenn Monastersky will make opening comments.

Deepak Vashishth, CBIS director and professor of biomedical engineering, will address the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as the center’s work on bone tissue engineering. Lee Ligon, associate professor of biology, will discuss breast cancer research, and Rebecca Keller, associate professor of cardiovascular science at Albany Medical College, will speak about cardiovascular and heart issues, especially as they relate to women’s health.

The speaker comments will be followed by a moderated panel discussion, with questions from the audience. The forum is open to the Rensselaer community and the general public.

To register

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