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Commerce and Community: Aug. 7, 2013

Commerce and Community: Aug. 7, 2013

News and note from around the business community.

Nagelsmith joins Adirondack Trust as new VP

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mark A. Nagelsmith recently joined The Adirondack Trust Company in the trust department as vice president, trust administration.

Nagelsmith has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and currently serves as president of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady.

RPI welcomes biophysics expert

TROY — Catherine Royer, an expert in molecular biophysics, has joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Constellation Chair in Biocomputation and Bioinformatics, and professor in the Department of Biology in the School of Science.

Royer is currently director of the Centre de Biochimie Structurale in Montpellier, France. She will join RPI this month.

Royer’s research seeks to understand the physical mechanisms by which biological molecules work.

Royer is an expert in the use of fluctuation microscopy, a technique that allows her to gather quantitative data on protein interactions in live cells.

Royer first joined the Centre de Biochimie Structurale in 1996 as a visiting director of research. She has served as director of the center since 2007.

Royer earned her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a licence in biochemistry from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and a general academic studies degree in natural sciences from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

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