Luca Issi, PhD Candidate

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PhD candidate

Why did I choose WPI?
The tight relationship between WPI and private organizations is what makes WPI really unique.

What makes me proud to be a WPI student?
I’m proud of being part of a community of bright minds with a strong passion for research.

What do I think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
Research at WPI is very application-oriented, and the goal is to find something that can truly impact society and improve our lives. 

What research projects am I involved in at WPI?
I am working with Professor Reeta Prusty Rao in the field of candida infections. In particular, we are trying to understand the role of a family of secreted aspartyl proteases (SAPS) and how to develop a therapeutic approach to target them. The project represents a joint collaboration between Professor Prusty Rao's lab and the WPI Bioprocess Center, headed by Sanjay Jain.

How have the professors in the Biology and Biotechnology Department at WPI impacted your studies and your life?
WPI faculty members are all committed to high-quality education. Making sure that students are progressing in their research is at the top of the list of their priorities.

What do I hope to do when I graduate? What would be your ideal job?
Ideally, I’d like to get a job in a company where I can apply the knowledge I’m getting here at WPI.

Groups or extracurricular activities I participate in at WPI:

  • I’m an active member of the WPI club soccer team, and I participate in most of the social events organized by the WPI Graduate Student Government (GSG).
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