CBIS Research Faculty
Research Faculty at CBIS


Linda B. McGown

Professor, William Weightman Walker Chair

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Astrobiology, Bioseparations, Aptamers and related affinity reagents, Molecular self-assembly, G-quadruplex DNA and cancer, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials

Chulsung Bae

Ford Foundation Professor

Clean energy technology, Ion-conducting polymers for energy conversion, Green chemistry

Blanca L. Barquera

bacterial metabolism, bioenergetics and membrane proteins, mechanistic enzymology, gut microbiota, microbial physiology

Georges Belfort

Institute Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Member, National Academy of Engineering

Membrane separation processes, Transport phenomena, Interfacial phenomena and rheology, Bioseparations and sensors, Protein misfolding and aggregation, Intein technology

Kristin Bennett

Associate Director of the IDEA

Machine Learning, Data Mining, Data Science, Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics, Combining operations research and artificial intelligence problem solving methods. , Mathematical programming approaches to problems in artificial intelligence such as machine learning, neural networks, pattern recognition, and planning. , Application of these techniques to medical, financial and scientific problems. , Mathematical programming approaches to other areas in computer sciences such as genetic algorithms and database query optimization., Innovative pedagogy in data analytics education.

Marvin Bentley

Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Membrane trafficking, Molecular motors, Live-cell imaging

B. Wayne Bequette

Professor and Technology Manager, CESMII Northern Regional Manufacturing Center

Deep learning and AI applications in healthcare, Deep learning and AI applications in smart manufacturing , Diabetes technology, Process systems automation and control, Human-in-the-Loop, Safety

Curt Breneman

Dean of the School of Science, Professor and Director, Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research (RECCR)

Cheminformatics, Materials Informatics, Drug Discovery Software, Computational ADME/Tox, Data Analytics

Chris Bystroff


bioinformatics, computational biology, biosensor design, vaccine design, protein structure motifs, population, contraception, systems dynamics

Nancy Campbell

Professor and Department Head

Cynthia H. Collins

Associate Professor

Synthetic Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Communities, Human Microbiome, Protein Engineering, Directed Evolution, Biofilms

Deva Chan

Assistant Professor

Benjamin Chia-Ming Chang

Director of GSAS and Professor

virtual reality, experimental games, interactive installation, open source software

Wilfredo Colón

Professor, Department Head

• biological roles of degradation-resistant proteins, • degradation-resistant proteins in amyloid diseases, • development and application of methods for the proteomics-level identification of hyper-stable proteins

David T. Corr


Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor

Bioseparations, Bioprocessing, Chromatography, Proteomics, Microfluidics, Multiscale modeling, Affinity precipitation, Biosensors

Jonathan S. Dordick

Institute Professor

Biocatalysis and Cell-Free Metabolic Engineering, Biomanufacturing, 3D Cell Culture Engineering and Organoid Development, Immunoengineering, Biomolecular Discovery

Mark J. Embrechts


Data Mining, Big Data, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Computational Intelligence, Biocomputing, Drug Design, Big Data for Renewable Energy, Statistics

Scott Forth

Assistant Professor

Biophysics, Mechanics of Cell Division, Neuronal cytoskeleton, Single Molecule Methods

Ganpati Ramanath

John Tod Horton Professor of Engineering

Nanomaterials, thin films and interfaces for energy and electronics, Discovery of novel materials phenomena and properties, Atomistic/molecular-level interface science and engineering, Materials processing and manufacturing, Nanoscience and nanotechnology, composites

Shekhar Garde

Dean of School of Engineering, Elaine and Jack S. Parker Professor

Vivek Ghosal

Department Head and Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor

Ryan Gilbert


Susan P. Gilbert

Department Head

Cell Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Structure-Function Analysis of Kinesins

Richard Gross

Professor, Constellation Chair

Polymer Chemistry, Bio-based building blocks, Biocatalysis, Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Biosurfactants, Advance materials for electro-optical applications, Energy Storage (battery seperator membranes, dielectric materials)

Juergen Hahn

Professor and Department Head

Systems Biology, Process Systems Engineering

Mariah Hahn


James Hendler

Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science

Kathy High


media artist curator

Mark H. Holmes

Development and analysis of mathematical models for physiological systems, including modeling the biological tissues found in joints (such as the knee).

Robert Hull

Acting Vice President for Research, Henry Burlage Jr. Professor of Engineering, and Director of Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems

Nanotechnology, Electronic Materials, Semiconductors

Jennifer M. Hurley

Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Chair

Circadian Rhythms, Neurospora, Macrophages, Immunology, Protein Structure/Function Relationships, Systems Biology, Ecology

Xavier Intes

biomedical imaging, biomedical instrumentation, medical devices, biophotonics, Deep Learning

David Isaacson


Mathematics applied to medical problems., Medical imaging, Electrical Impedance Tomography. Monitoring heart and lung functions., Mathematics applied to the molecular diagnosis and chemotheraputic treatmentment of breast cancer and other diseases.

Pankaj Karande

Associate Professor

Drug discovery, Drug delivery, Peptide engineering, High throughput screening, Vaccine design, Biomaterials design

James (Chip) Kilduff

Associate Professor

Water Quality, Membrane Processes

Mattheos Koffas

Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Metabolic Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Natural Products

K. V. Lakshmi

Professor and Scientific Director, Baruch '60 Center For Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Cheminformatics and Computational Chemistry, Polymers, Materials and Energy, Green Chemistry and Sustainability, Solar Energy Conversion

Eric Ledet


Orthopedics, Biomechanics, Spine

Lee Ligon

Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs

Cell Biology, Neurosocience

Robert J. Linhardt

Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering

Glycoscience, Biocatalysis, Metabolic Engineering, Nanobiotechnology, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemoenzymatic Synthesis, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials

George I. Makhatadze

Constellation Chair

bioinformatics, protein dynamics, protein folding, protein aggregation

Scott McCallum

Research Assistant Professor

Linda B. McGown

Professor, William Weightman Walker Chair

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Astrobiology, Bioseparations, Aptamers and related affinity reagents, Molecular self-assembly, G-quadruplex DNA and cancer, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials

Deborah McGuinness

Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair

Ontologies, Semantic Web, Linked Open Data, Semantic eScience, Health and Life Science Informatics, Environmental Informatics

Kristen L. Mills

Associate Professor

Cell and tissue biomechanics, Experimental mechanics of materials

Gaetano T. Montelione

Professor and Constellation Chair

structural bioinformatics, host - pathogen interactions, protein structure, dynamics, and function, biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, molecular biophysics, integral membrane proteins

Joel Morgan

Research Assistant Professor

Analytical biochemistry, Signature thrust: Biotechnology

Mary Simoni

Dean of HASS and Professor

Moussa N'Gom

Quantum Optics: Experimental and Theoretical understanding of light matter interaction, Wavefront Shaping: To modulate coherent transport of light through scattering media, Quantum Entanglement: Entangled photons with orbital angular momentum

Sandra Nierzwicki-Bauer

Associate Director of Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI)

environmental remote sensing, invasive species, water resource management

Marianne Nyman

Water Quality, Biomaterials, Biochemical Engineering, Aquatics

Rick Relyea

David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair; Director, Darrin Fresh Water Institute; Director, Jefferson Project

Ecology, Disease ecology, Ecotoxicology, Evolution, Animal behavior

Catherine Royer

Constellation Chair

pressure effects on biomolecules, protein folding, protein interaction networks, live cell quantitative fluorescence imaging, transcription regulation

Chang Y. Ryu

Professor and Director, NY State Center for Polymer Synthesis

Sustainable Polymer Materials, Block Copolymer Self-assembly , Structure-property-relationships of polymeric materials, Polymer HPLC and Large Scale Purification, Viscoelasticity, polymer thermal characterization, Electron Microscopy & Surface analysis/modification

Douglas Swank


Heart Disease, Muscle Disease, Cardiac Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Motor Proteins, Locomotion, Drosophila Genetics

Deanna M. Thompson

Associate Professor

Patrick T. Underhill

Complex fluids, Coarse-grained simulations, Microfluidics, Biopolymers, Swimming microorganisms

Deepak Vashishth

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor

Bone, osteoporosis, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Glycation, Diabetes, Glycation, Osteocalcin

Chunyu Wang


Alzheimer's disease: amyloid production, aggregation and interaction, Hedgehog autopocessing: mechanism and relevance to cancer, drug discovery in Alzheimer's and cancer, NMR spectroscopy, inteins: structure and mechanism

Ge Wang

Clark and Crossan Endowed Chair Professor

X-ray computed tomography, Optical molecular tomography, Magnetic resonance imaging, Multimodality imaging, Machine learning

Xing Wang

Assistant Professor

Structural DNA Nanotechnology, RNA Mediated Genome Editing and Programming, Biosensing, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, Biotechnology and Biomaterials, Polymers, Materials and Energy

Leo Q. Wan

Associate Professor

Ingrid Wilke

Associate Professor

Terahertz Science and Terahertz Technology, Ultrafast Laser Applications

X. George Xu

Measurement and simulation of Ionizing radiation, Monte Carlo radiation transport method, Anatomical modeling for radiation dosimetry, Medical imaging (X-ray, CT, PET, ultrasound), Radiotherapy (photons, electrons, protons, heavy-ions), Health physics and medical physics, Radiation dosimetry, Parallel Monte Carlo software and computing

Pingkun Yan

Assistant Professor

Medical Image Computing, Image-guided Interventions, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence

Miao Yu

Associate Professor and Priti and Mukesh Chatter ’82 Career Development Chair

Advanced Nanoporous Structures for Energy and Environmental Applications

Mohammed J. Zaki


Data Mining, Bioinformatics

Fuming Zhang

Research Professor

Glycobiology, Glycoenginnering, SPR

R. Helen Zha

Biomimetic and Bio-inspired Materials, Nanostructured Soft Matter, Molecular Engineering and Self-assembly, Nanomedicine, Materials for Energy and Sustainability