The Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute interweaves life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering into the fields of biotechnology and medicine, opening exciting new pathways to innovation and discovery. From complex biological networks to nanoscale assemblies that mimic biological processes, CBIS is a powerhouse of academic and research advancement. More than 200 CBIS scientists and engineers are working here to uncover the molecular basis of biological mechanisms and disease, using biological systems as the basis for new therapeutics, and developing new cellular niches critical in tissue regeneration.  more...

Over Ten Years

  • 40 Faculty
  • 200 Ph.D.s Granted
  • 1,000 Undergrads Trained
  • 2,000 Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • 30,000 Citations (ISI)
  • $130MExternal Grant Funding

News & Events

Doctoral candidate Matthew Dion ’12 and his partners in Amp It Up have been awarded a prestigious EXIST Business Start-up Grant to help fund their invention—an inexpensive device that could make prosthetic legs readily available to amputees in developing nations.

Using pressure to perturb folded proteins, biotechnology researcher Catherine Royer will explore the path of a protein from its unfolded to folded state, advancing our ability to optimize proteins for industrial and pharmaceutical applications.

Moving Ideas From the Lab to the Marketplace

“Fully preparing our students to drive scientific discovery and technological innovation that takes on the great challenges in today’s global marketplace requires giving them the opportunity to think and work both in and beyond the lab, across disciplines and cultures, in the entrepreneurial fray. Paul Bleicher and Julia Greenstein offered our students invaluable insights on how to operate effectively between the worlds of business and academic research” said Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D., director of CBIS.

Federal investments in research are paying off in scientific breakthroughs that are “unleashing the power and potential of proteins” in humans.

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Rensselaer Biotech Research Scientists are “Unleashing the Power and Potential of Proteins” To Address Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and More

Our Center

  • 150 PhD Students
  • 50 Postdoctoral Fellows
  • 33 Principal Investigator Laboratories
  • 25 Visiting Research Scientists
  • 218,000 sq ft modern facility
  • 31, 240 sq ft of open research labs
  • 13,009 sq ft of support labs
  • 27,350 sq ft of core facilities
  • 5,830 sq ft conference and seminar space