Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)

Gaetano T. Montelione

Professor and Constellation Chair
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
structural bioinformatics
host - pathogen interactions
protein structure, dynamics, and function
biomolecular NMR spectroscopy
molecular biophysics
integral membrane proteins

R. Helen Zha

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

Moussa N'Gom

Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy
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

James Hendler

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

Deborah McGuinness

Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair, Professor of Computer, Cognitive, and Information Technology and Web Sciences
Computer Science
Semantic Web
Linked Open Data
Semantic eScience
Health and Life Science Informatics
Environmental Informatics
Data Science
Artificial Intelligence
Knowledge Graphs

Ganpati Ramanath

John Tod Horton Professor of Engineering
Materials Science and 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

Robert Hull

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

Wilfredo Colón

Professor, Department Head
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
• 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

K. V. Lakshmi

Professor and Director, Baruch '60 Center For Biochemical Solar Energy Research
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
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
Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Steven Cramer

William Weightman Walker Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Multiscale modeling
Affinity precipitation

Ge Wang

Clark & Crossan Endowed Chair Professor and Director of Biomedical Imaging Center
School of Engineering
X-ray computed tomography
Optical molecular tomography
Magnetic resonance imaging
Multimodality imaging
Artificial intelligence (Deep learning)

Richard Gross

Professor, Constellation Chair
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Polymer Chemistry
Bio-based building blocks
Green Chemistry
Advance materials for electro-optical applications
Energy Storage (battery seperator membranes, dielectric materials)
Polymer therapeutics
Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
Biotechnology and Biomaterials
Organic, Medicinal and Drug Discovery
Polymers, Materials and Energy
Green Chemistry and Sustainability

Mattheos Koffas

Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Metabolic Engineering
Industrial Microbiology
Synthetic Biology
Natural Products

Georges Belfort

Institute Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Member, National Academy of Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Membrane separation processes
Transport phenomena
Interfacial phenomena and rheology
Bioseparations and sensors
Protein misfolding and aggregation
Intein technology

Anna Dyson

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
School of Architecture
Building Architecture & Design
Built Ecologies
Building Energy Generation

Robert J. Linhardt

Ann and John H. Broadbent, Jr. ’59 Senior Constellation Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Metabolic Engineering
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Chemoenzymatic Synthesis
Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
Biotechnology and Biomaterials
Organic, Medicinal and Drug Discovery
Polymers, Materials and Energy

B. Wayne Bequette

Professor and Technology Manager, CESMII Northern Regional Manufacturing Center
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Deep learning and AI applications in healthcare
Deep learning and AI applications in smart manufacturing
Diabetes technology
Process systems automation and control

Catherine Royer

Constellation Chair
Biological Sciences
pressure effects on biomolecules
protein folding
protein interaction networks
live cell quantitative fluorescence imaging
transcription regulation

Chunyu Wang

Biological Sciences
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

Curt Breneman

Dean of the School of Science, Professor and Director, Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research (RECCR)
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Materials Informatics
Drug Discovery Software
Computational ADME/Tox
Data Analytics

Deepak Vashishth

Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Tissue Engineering
Regenerative Medicine

Mark H. Holmes

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

Kristin Bennett

Associate Director of the IDEA
Mathematical Sciences
Machine Learning, Data Mining, Data Science
Artificial Intelligence
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.
Fairness and Equity in ML, AI and Health
Innovative pedagogy in data analytics education.
Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics

David Isaacson

Mathematical Sciences
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.

Rick Relyea

David M. Darrin ’40 Senior Endowed Chair; Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute and The Jefferson Project (2014-2022)
Biological Sciences
Disease ecology
Animal behavior