The oldest university campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, founded in 1844, it carries out undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service.
The university has three campuses: the Uptown Campus in Albany and Guilderland’s McKownville neighborhood, the Downtown Campus in Albany, and the East Campus in East Greenbush, just east of Albany.
The university enrolls more than 17,000 students in nine schools and colleges, which offer 50 undergraduate majors and 128 graduate degree programs. The university academic choices includes new and emerging fields such as public policy, nanotechnology, globalization, documentary studies, biotechnology and informatics.
Students take advantage of more than 500 study-abroad programs, as well as internship opportunities that offer real-world experience in New York’s capital and surrounding region. The Honors College, which opened in fall 2006, offers opportunities for the best-prepared students to work closely with faculty.
The University at Albany faculty had $330.5 million in research expenditures in 2011-2012 for work advancing discovery in a wide range of fields. The research enterprise is in four areas: nanoscale sciences and engineering, social science and public policy, life sciences and atmospheric sciences.
In addition to offering many cultural benefits, such as a contemporary art museum and a writers institute, UAlbany plays a major role in the economic development of the Capital District and New York State — particularly through its programs in nanosciences and nanotechnology and in the biotechnology and biomedical sciences. An economic impact study in 2004 estimated UAlbany’s economic impact to be $1.1 billion annually in New York State — $1 billion of that in the Capital District.
University at Albany research articles from Innovation Toronto
New drug delivery method targets cancer cells – not the entire body – and limits chemotherapy side effects
Now, researchers are developing a better delivery method by encapsulating the drugs in nanoballoons – which are tiny modified liposomes that, upon being struck by a red laser, pop open and deliver concentrated doses of medicine.
Because the nanoballoons encapsulate the anti-cancer drugs, they diminish the drugs’ interaction with healthy bodily systems.
“The nanoballoon is a submarine. The drug is the cargo. We use a laser to open the submarine door which releases the drug. We close the door by turning the laser off. We then retrieve the submarine as it circulates through the bloodstream.” Lovell will continue fundamental studies to better understand why the treatment works so well in destroying tumors in mice, and to optimize the process.
In response to drug-resistant “superbugs” that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, “molecular drill bits” that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls.
They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
The meeting, which features more than 10,000 scientific reports across disciplines from energy to medicine, continues here through Thursday.
One of the researchers in the search for new ways to beat pathogenic bacteria is Georges Belfort, Ph.D. He and his team have been searching for a new therapy against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). It’s a well-known, treatable disease, but resistant strains are cropping up. The World Health Organization estimates that about 170,000 people died from multidrug-resistant TB in 2012.
“If the bacteria build resistance to all current treatments, you’re dead in the water,” said Belfort, who is at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
To avoid this dire scenario, scientists are developing creative ways to battle the disease. In ongoing research, Belfort’s group together with his wife, Marlene Belfort, and her group at the University at Albany are trying to dismantle bacteria from within. They also decided to attack it from the outside.