Meet the Director

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Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D.
Director of Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) since 2013, and conducting breakthrough research on bones, Deepak Vashishth is working to redefine the role of a top-tier research university: one that is engaged in public and private partnerships, involved in interdisciplinary research, and providing quality education, all to drive entrepreneurial, sustainable, socially responsible scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Through his work as a university center director, previously as a School of Engineering department head, and in professional societies, he has successfully developed partnerships, programs, and platforms, to drive translational scientific research across disciplines, sectors, and geographic boundaries. His collaborative, interdisciplinary bone research is redefining how osteoporosis will be diagnosed and treated. And, fundamentally focused on education, he is preparing the next generation of researchers and the “faculty of the future” by infusing undergraduate and graduate programs with a more interdisciplinary, collaborative, global perspective on sustainable, translational scientific research. 

Vashishth is a dedicated, creative, and future-focused educator who has won Rensselaer awards for outstanding and innovative classroom teaching including the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching award. He earned his B. Eng with honors from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (India), M.S. from West Virginia University (USA), and Ph.D. from the University of London (UK). He then conducted post-doctoral research at the Bone and Joint Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital before joining Rensselaer as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in 1999.                                                   

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Rose Marie LaPietra
Administrative Coordinator

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