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 about CBIS
The Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer
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
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has recognized biocatalysis expert Richard Gross with the 2019 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry, bestowed for outstanding scientific discoveries or chemistries that lay the foundation for cost-competitive environmentally friendly products or manufacturing processes that are less expensive than existing alternatives.
An enzyme activated in diabetics has been found to cause previously aligned cells in a blood vessel to reverse their orientation, creating misalignments that allow veins and arteries to leak three times more blood proteins than normally constructed blood vessels.
With support from the Warren Alpert Foundation, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have launched a search for drug candidates to block a biological process associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
To help address the growing need for a larger workforce of health data analysts and technologists, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the United Health Foundation are expanding access to health informatics educational opportunities and applied health data science research experiences through the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Application (IDEA).
A recent paper authored published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders discussed a test that can predict with approximately 90 percent accuracy whether a pregnant mother has a 1.7 percent or a tenfold increased risk of having a child diagnosed with ASD.
Research & Constellations
CBIS is conducting groundbreaking research in:
CBIS has four endowed Constellations:
- 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
In the News
Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better SkillsOctober 3, 2018 -
To gain new insight into how highly specialized workers learn skills or react to stressful situations, researchers are leveraging advanced scanning technologies to look at what’s happening inside the brain.
Scientists are developing greener plastics – the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to marketAugust 16, 2018 -
Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them after we use them.
Autism Blood Test: One Step CloserJune 25, 2018 -