Patrick Maxwell was awarded a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award to study the influence of
RNA-mediated transposition events on DNA damage and repair in aging cells. This award has two phases; the first is
an $81000 award to fund one year of postdoctoral research sponsored by Joan Curcio at the Wadsworth Center and co-sponsored
by William Burhans at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; the second phase is three years of funding for Patrick as an
independent principal investigator.
The $ 500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
was awarded to Elizabeth Blackburn and Joan Steitz for their pioneering research in telomerase and RNA.
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For the eighth year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been counted among the
top 50 universities in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
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Scott Tenenbaum, Ph.D. and his colleagues will be funded to study the
Comprehensive Identification of ENCODE RNA-based, Cis-regulatory Elements. In this pilot project,
researchers will strive to identify sites that are targets for RNA-binding proteins through
immunoprecipitation coupled with microarrays and high-throughput sequencing.
Zhen Huang, Ph.D., recently won a $135,000 grant from the Muscular
Dystrophy Association for his research on identifying RNA aptamers as drug candidates for
neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.
The State University at Albany is spinning off its first biotech
company, Hocus Locus, which is built around software developed at the university to mine
information contained in non-coding RNA.
Joachim Frank was honored with the rank of Distinguished Professor, which
is the highest rank for a faculty member in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
The New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center laboratories ranked 13th
in the “Best Places to Work” survey, according to The Scientist magazine.