A key strength of the Biology and Biotechnology Department at WPI is our world-class, interdisciplinary facilities. These include the state-of-the-art Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center within Gateway Park and individual professors’ labs. Here, undergraduate and graduate students get hands-on, fundamental and applied research experience, learning about cellular, molecular, and developmental biology; biochemistry; computational biology; genomics; and neuroscience—all while making discoveries that can change the way we live for the better. Learn more about what we offer.

George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center

Located within Goddard Hall, the 21,300-square-foot interdisciplinary Alden Center features four floors of open, technology-rich spaces dedicated to undergraduate biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering programs.  Learn more...

Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC)

Located in Gateway Park, the world-class, 125,000-square-foot LSBC was built in 2007 and is home to graduate research across disciplines and in conjunction with industry. It’s also home to life sciences companies, state-of-the-art core facilities, and WPI's Corporate and Professional Education division

Research conducted here seeks to address complex problems and compelling questions that impact “local-to-global” communities. Biology and Biotechnology-related research concentrations include the following:

  • Regenerative biosciences and engineering, stem cell biology, neuroprosthetics, and BioMEMs
  • Tissue mechanics, mechanobiology, and biomaterials
  • Plant systems and biofuels
  • Applied molecular genetics
  • Nanoscience and technology and molecular sensors

Bioengineering Institute

Located within the LSBC, the Bioengineering Institute, an interdisciplinary research and development organization, blends academic, industry, and government partnerships to develop and commercialize life sciences-based technologies. Its seven interdisciplinary research centers include the following:

Bioprocess Center

Located within the Bioengineering Institute in the LSBC, the Bioprocess Center’s research focuses on biomanufacturing and developing processes for drug manufacturing. The center contracts with industry for research, as well as provides retraining opportunities for displaced workers, and is home to both undergraduate and graduate course work. >Learn more...


Located within Goddard Hall, the Biology & Biotechnology ProjectLab provides students with MQP opportunities to work on projects affiliated with faculty research in the department's MQP lab on campus. Learn more...

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