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Department of Biological Sciences
1W14 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone: (518) 276-6446
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Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies

The 218,000 square-foot Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, located on campus, provides a world-class research facility that focuses on the interface of biosciences and bioengineering. Key areas of emphasis include basic research in fundamental areas of biomedicine, drug discovery and development, regenerative medicine, and functional materials and devices, all of which build upon the fundamental disciplines of biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, biophysics, structural biology, systems biology and computational biology.

Darrin Fresh Water Institute

The Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) provides the opportunity to study a number of ecosystems and to conduct research on important environmental problems. The waterfront Lake George facility includes cottages, an education center, and numerous teaching and research facilities. The Keck Water Lab is located right on campus, and the Automatic Water Quality Monitoring Facility is high in the Adirondack mountains.

The DFWI has earned wide regard for researching the impact of humans on the Adirondack Mountains. It is well known for its all-encompassing study of fresh water systems and ecological processes.

Bioinformatics Laboratory

The Bioinformatics Laboratory, recently constructed with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is equipped with 20 state of the art Silicon Graphics workstations, distance delivery apparatus, and audiovisual equipment. It is connected via a high-speed network to local Challenger and Origin 2000 servers, and provides local access to high-speed RAID drives for searches of the most generally important biological sequence and structure databases.

Available software includes some of the most powerful and generally used searching, sequence alignment, and analysis software, accessible through GCG seqlab and other formats, as well as molecular visualization, modeling, and dynamics packages from Molecular Simulations. Available software includes Vector NTI and Tripos packages.

Biosimulation Laboratory

This “laptop lab” in the Science Center is used for several biology studio classes. It includes network ports for students’ laptop computers and an instructor’s podium, which is equipped for computer projection. Class materials are accessible via the web from a Biological Sciences Department server as well as Rensselaer’s main server. Studio classes taught in the Biosimulation Lab include Genetics and Evolution and Human Physiology.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Teaching Laboratory

A wet lab for the advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory courses is located in the historic (but beautifully renovated) Walker Laboratories, built at the start of the twentieth century. The laboratory includes a walk-in cold room, and is equipped with facilities for modern molecular biology, gene expression, DNA sequencing, protein purification, plate reader based screening assays, and state of the art separation technology.

Genomics Institute

Performing genome-based studies requires advanced instrumentation and specialized techniques. At the Genomics Institute, several core facilities have been established to provide investigators access to laboratories that use state-of-the-art instrumentation and high-throughput technologies for genomics research. Theese facilities continually develop new technologies in genomics for use in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They provide microarray, genotyping, and DNA sequence analyses.

Ordway Research Institute, Inc.

Ordway Research Institute, Inc. is a not-for-profit, freestanding corporation with specific research themes and a mission to translate basic science observations into therapeutics. Ordway’s research takes place in The Center for Medical Science building at University Heights in Albany that houses the Institute’s researchers and investigators, plus research teams from the Wadsworth Center/New York State Department of Health and the Albany College of Pharmacy.

The Center for Medical Science is the first research laboratory facility conceived in the region to serve multiple research institutions. The ambition of the Center reflects the idea that a nationally competitive, critical mass of research scientists in the Capital District can be assembled by meaningful collaboration among the region’s academic and governmental research institutions.

Wadsworth Center

Wadsworth Center is a science-based community committed to protecting and improving the health of New Yorkers through laboratory analysis, investigations and research, as well as laboratory certification and educational programs.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biological Sciences