Belfort Group

Biomolecular Separations Research Group
Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
and Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180, USA


The Belfort group has a long tradition of collaborating with other scientists and engineers; Currently, these include:

Dr. Marlene Belfort, Distinguished Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY: Collaboration with the M. Belfort lab. focusing on (i) the use of generic techniques to recover desirable proteins from cell lysate using inteins in one step in a laboratory and fluidics platform, (ii) elucidating the mechanism of protein cleavage to discover inhibitors of inteins to stop tuberculosis and (iii) designing and testing sensors based on intein technology.

Dr. Mihai D. Barboiu, Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Membrane Research, CNRS and University of Montpellier, France: preparing and scaling up of supramolecular assemblies in synthetic membranes for selective ion and water transport.

Dr. Brian Chait, Professor, Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry and Gaseous Ion Chemistry, Rockefeller University, NY City, NY: Understanding the dynamic behavior of the nuclear pore complex during transport is the basis of this collaboration.

Dr. Daniele Fabris, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY: Using mass spectroscopy to investigate the behavior of Aβ protective and causative mutants for Alzheimer’s disease and binding of Aβ with inhibitors of aggregation.

Dr. Chip Kilduff, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, RPI: Collaborating on the development of new surface-modified synthetic filtration membranes for domestic treatment of surface waters using photo- and plasma-induced graft polymerization and development of new membranes.

Dr. Poul B. Petersen, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: Measuring the structure of water at modified polymer membrane interfaces and in self-assembled imidazole water channels.

Dr. Srivathsan V. Ranganathan, Staff Scientist/Principal Investigator, The RNA Institute, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY and Dr. Alan A. Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY: Collaborating on molecular dynamics simulations of monomers and dimers of Aβ and its variants.

Dr. Michael Rout, Professor, and Dr. Ryo Hayama, Post-doctoral Associate, Laboratory of Cellular and Structural Biology, Rockefeller University, NY City, NY: Understanding the dynamic behavior of the nuclear pore complex during transport is the basis of this collaboration.

Dr. Sally Temple, Professor, Albany Medical College; Director, New York State Stem Cell Institute, Rensselaer, NY: Interaction between Aβ and chaperone proteins like alpha B crystalline and retinal pigment epithelium cells.

Dr. Yubing Xie, Assistant Professor, School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Albany, NY: Matrix developing polymer substrates fro expanding non-differentiating stem cells.