Living Systems, Macro and Micro

RIT researchers collaborate across biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics to better understand living systems.

Biomedical Applications of Biochemistry

Biochemists study fundamental life processes at the molecular level, exploring the chemistry, structure, and biological significance of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates, along with the small molecules (metabolites) that control their behaviors. Discoveries made using biochemical approaches can be used to identify new drug targets to prevent or cure diseases, to develop vaccines against emerging diseases, to design new drugs and therapeutics based on the structures of proteins or nucleic acids, to develop new molecular tools for evaluating and elucidating cellular function, and to better understand the biochemical roles that biomolecules play in health and disease.

Lea Michel headshot
Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
585-475-4273
Jeffrey Mills headshot
Senior Lecturer
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
Director of the Science Exploration Program
Associate Department Head

Biomedical Mathematics

Current research in the unit involves developing improved mathematical models of physiological systems; gaining new insights into mechanisms of physiological behavior; improving techniques for diagnosing and treating diseases; and devising advanced algorithms for analyzing physiological measurements.

Nathan Cahill headshot
Associate Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science
Director, Mathematical Modeling Program
585-475-5144
Moumita Das headshot
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-5135
Bonnie Jacob headshot
Associate Professor
Department of Science and Mathematics
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Program Faculty, School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-2275
George Thurston headshot
Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Director of Physics MS Program
Program Faculty, School of Mathematical Sciences
585-475-4549

Mathematics of Earth and Environmental Systems

Current work in the unit involves developing new mathematical techniques to study problems of geophysical fluid dynamics, climate modeling, extreme weather, coastal and natural hazards, and other complex systems arising in the study of Earth and environmental systems.

Viral, Microbial and Plant Genomics

Current work in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences uses Next Generation Sequencing to elucidate genomic and proteomics aspects of phage, bacteria and plants as it relates to pathogenesis, resistance, metabolic engineering, etc.

Andre Hudson headshot
School Head
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science
585-475-4259
Eli Borrego headshot
Assistant Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science
585-475-2184