Biology & Biotechnology
The work of the Biology and Biotechnology Department at WPI goes far beyond the theoretical. Students, faculty, and industry collaborate in research and discovery to solve problems that affect us all. Their goals: to help treat and cure common, dread diseases, like Alzheimer’s and cancer; heal wounds faster; create a greener world through science; and use computer science techniques to solve flesh-and-blood problems.
And we’ve only scratched the surface of what the Biology and Biotechnology Department is doing. Its state-of-the-art new research center, the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, is practically bursting at the seams with fundamental and applied research, conducted with cutting-edge instrumentation and tools. Here, graduate and select undergraduate students work across disciplines and with companies in the field.
Graduates of the Biology and Biotechnology Department at WPI go on to myriad careers in industry and academia, across organizations large and small. And the research interests of our faculty encompass a similarly large range.
It’s an exciting time for the life sciences. We invite you to learn more about how the Biology and Biotechnology Department can help you reach your educational and career goals.
Biology Meets Physics
Assistant Professor Luis Vidali describes his collaboration with Assistant Professor Erkan Tuzel of the Department of Physics to investigate cell biology and help develop a more active biophysics program at WPI.
- Tanja Dominko Named Slovenian Ambassador of Science The award recognizes Dominko's contributions to science, education, and biomedical research. >
- New Compound Prevents First Steps of Fungal Infection Discovery by WPI and UMass Medical School researchers may lead to better treatment for serious blood infections. >
- First Edition of a Bookworm’s Genome Publication of the worm's genetic code opens new field for research of basic biological processes. >
- WPI Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award for Work that Aims to Solve a Mystery about How Cells Grow The $977,000 CAREER Award is the largest in WPI history. >
- GRAD 2013 registration deadline is February 25, 2013 Through two annual events, the university celebrates students' accomplishments, encourages them to share their work with the greater WPI community, and helps them take their research to the next level. >
- Whole Plant Therapy Shows Promise as an Effective and Economical Malaria Treatment, Research Led by WPI Shows May be the basis for a new model for malaria treatment. >
- Study Co-authored by Robert Gegear Provides New Insight into the Sun Compass That Helps the Monarch Butterfly Navigate Published in Nature Communications, the study, conducted at UMass Medical, looks at the role of clocks in the insect's antennae. >
- Developmental Biologist Joseph Duffy Named Head of WPI's Department of Biology and Biotechnology In his research, he explores how cells communicate, work that may offer clues to cancer and other disease states. >
- WPI Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards The awards recognize 12 distinguished members of the WPI faculty for their teaching, scholarship, and service. >
- WPI to Offer New Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Interdisciplinary programs prepare students to apply computational and math skills to biological problems. >
- WPI Students Top Massachusetts Life Sciences Internship Challenge Program The program connects life sciences companies with promising students preparing for careers in the field. >
- WPI Welcomes 16 New Educators and Researchers to its Full-time Faculty Ranks This new faculty class includes the university's inaugural deans of arts and sciences and engineering and the first dean of WPI's New School of Business. >
- WPI Receives $756,000 in Federal Support for Research in the Life Sciences The funds will support research on the molecular processes of nervous system development, bacterial infection, and plant production of a malaria drug. >
- WPI Researchers Take Aim at Hard-to-Treat Fungal Infections WPI team develops a new way to study fungal infections and screen potential drug targets for conditions like thrush, athlete's foot and vaginal yeast infections, which affect millions of people but are difficult to treat with existing medications. >
- At WPI, Some Students Are Learning It’s OK to Peek Students in WPI’s undergraduate biology labs are using clickers in a new way that promises to improve student-achievement and enhance teaching during science labs. It’s all part of a novel academic technology suite, “The Connected Lab,” developed with a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. >