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Biocatalysis Expert Richard Gross Recognized for Economical Environmental Chemical Advances

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.

Flipped Cells Cause Blood Vessels To Leak in Diabetes and Other Diseases

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.

Research Seeks Candidates for Alzheimer’s Drug to Block Production of Amyloid Peptide

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.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, United Health Foundation Launch New $1.1 Million Partnership to Train Next Generation of Health Data Experts

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).

Latest Research Hints at Predicting Autism Risk for Pregnant Mothers

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.

Success of blood test for autism affirmed

One year after researchers published their work on a physiological test for autism, a follow-up study confirms its exceptional success in assessing whether a child is on the autism spectrum.

Improving Nature’s Tools for Digesting Plastic

Building on what nature has provided, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have improved the efficiency of a leaf and branch compost cutinase that  breaks down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic used in clear and colored plastic water bottles and many other products.

How a Cell Knows When To Divide

How does a cell know when to divide? We know that hundreds of genes contribute to a wave of activity linked to cell division, but to generate that wave new research shows that cells must first grow large enough to produce four key proteins in adequate amounts.

Commencement 2018 Profile: Catherine Mann

From an early age, Cate Mann envisioned a future connected to the biological sciences. But it was only at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that she found her future in bioinformatics, a blend of computer science and biology.

Dr. Gina O'Connor to speak at Frontiers of Biotechnology Seminar Series
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, CBIS- Bruggeman Room
“From the Lab to the Market: Large Mature Companies and the Challenges of Commercializing Breakthroughs”
Conventional wisdom suggests that breakthroughs come from lean, nimble startups, while large mature companies compete through operational excellence and incremental innovation, yet this is not necessarily the case. This research program has followed companies’ attempts to build a capability for breakthrough innovation over three phases. Dr. O’Connor presents insights to the challenges companies face and ways they are circumventing them to build management systems to bring breakthroughs to market.
Rensselaer Graduate Student Awarded Lush Prize for Work To End Animal Research in Toxicology

Carolina Motter Catarino, a graduate student in chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded £10,000 from the Lush Prize, which is a collaboration between cosmetics company Lush and research organization Ethical Consumer. As the largest prize fund for the complete replacement of animal experiments, it funds projects working to end animal research in toxicology (chemical testing).

NIH Predoctoral Fellow Katie Hollowood Awarded at 44th NEBEC

Congratulations to NIH Predoctoral Fellow Katie Hollowood for winning the "Most Impactful on Human Health" award at the 44th Northeast Bioengineering Engineering Conference held March 28th-30th at Drexel University! Katie was awarded for her presentation "Analysis of Metabolites from Blood Samples of Pregnant Mothers and Probability of Autism Diagnosis of the Child". Katie is a 2nd year graduate student in Professor Juergen Hahn's lab. Her research focuses on metabolic pathways and biomarkers related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Katie has been a NIH-supported trainee in the NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering since August 2017.


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