Noah Weisleder, BS
Hometown: Corinth, Maine; now live in Dunellen, N.J.
Degree earned from WPI:
BS, Biology and Biotechnology
Degrees from other schools:
PhD, cell biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Why did you choose WPI?
I wanted to attend a school that emphasized both developing a scientific approach to problem solving and focusing on the practical application of science and technology. I was also interested in WPI's emphasis on using molecular biology tools in the biotechnology field. Another important issue was the opportunity to participate in true interdisciplinary studies, ranging from engineering to science to the humanities.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for graduate school?
My experience at WPI was instrumental for preparing me to succeed in graduate school. The skills I learned during my time at WPI—leadership, problem solving, cutting-edge scientific techniques, and many others—were vital to entering into a well-known graduate program and to be a successful graduate student. The project-based curriculum and lab-intensive classes are an asset when applying to graduate school.
Current employer/Job title:
- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Assistant Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
- TRIM-edicine/Cofounder, Chief Scientific Officer
How did your studies at WPI prepare you for working in your field?
My time at WPI taught me important skills that allowed me to be successful in developing biologic drugs in the biotechnology field. While my graduate training was more focused on basic biomedical science and animal models of human diseases, my time at WPI provided important practical skills in molecular biology, biochemistry, protein purification, and other aspects of peptide-based drug development.
How did WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepare you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace or graduate school?
A great strength of the WPI plan is the project-based curriculum that effectively simulates the challenges faced in the real world. It was one of the major reasons I came to WPI and has contributed to my success in both academia and industry. These experiences reinforced my belief that a WPI education is valuable in developing a bioscience career. In working with either first year graduate students or fresh hires from undergraduate schools, I’ve found that practical laboratory experience is at a premium, and such experience is a great advantage while applying to graduate school or in looking for industrial employment. It is even more advantageous to be able to point to a project where these skills were applied in a team environment during a long-term project with a measurable outcome, such as the MQP at WPI.
- Foundation for UMDNJ High Impact Award (2010)
- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2008)
- American Heart Association Fellowship (2004)
- Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Research Award (BCM, 2002)
- Best Poster Award, XVII World Congress of the International Society for Heart Research (2001)
- Kranich Award (WPI, 1996)