Students, faculty, and staff filled the auditorium of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Sept. 10 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the center. President Shirley Ann Jackson and Director Deepak Vashishth welcomed Dr. Scott Friedman ’76, who gave a talk “The Borderless World of Engineering, Biomedicine and Healthcare—Reflections of a Rensselaer Graduate.” A poster session and refreshments followed the talk.
Friedman, who graduated cum laude from Rensselaer in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, went on to earn his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1979 and completed his internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in 1982. He completed a clinical gastroenterology fellowship and liver research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, in 1983 and 1986, respectively.
He is currently the chief of the division of liver diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital and dean of therapeutic discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Friedman shared his personal story and also gave a history of the evolution of the field of biotechnology. He talked about the important role that data analytics is playing today to improve patient diagnosis and treatment. Friedman also gave many examples of the projects and programs that have been established through the Mount Sinai-Rensselaer affiliation.