About BCB

A Diverse Program for Meeting Diverse Challenges

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) students benefit from a truly interdisciplinary program of study—rather than merely a concentration within a traditional biology program. Recognizing both the direction in which the field is evolving—and where the most critical needs will be for scientists, mathematicians, and engineers—WPI in 2010 became one of the very few universities to offer such a program.

BCB comprises three affiliated academic departments—Biology, Computer Science, and Mathematics—and provides opportunities for advanced course work and research for highly qualified students. So when our graduates enter the working world or pursue further study, they are fully capable of speaking the language of all these disciplines and will have an expertise in at least one.

BCB faculty members provide students with the resources to perform innovative scientific research. The diverse learning environment that characterizes BCB promotes easy exchange of ideas, access to all the necessary resources and encourages creative solutions to pressing scientific questions.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Matthew Ward
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Professor

    Ward, the director for the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology programs, focuses his research in the area of information visualization-communicating information in a visual way.

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    Name: Emmanuel O. Agu
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Agu is currently working on an NSF research project that will design and develop a mobile application for advanced diabetes and wound care management for users with foot ulcers.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Joseph B. Duffy
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Associate Professor/Interim Department Head

    Duffy joined WPI in 2006. He was lead author of the paper “Kekkon5 is an extracellular regulator of BMP signaling," published in the journal Developmental Biology.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Mohamed Eltabakh
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Eltabakh’s work is in the areas of query processing and optimization, indexing techniques, scientific data management, and large-scale data analytics.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Bob Kinicki
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Professor

    Professor Kinicki’s teaching is focused on computer networking, and he finds it rewarding to prepare students to handle the complexities of modern computer networking.

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    Name: William Martin
    Department: Mathematical Sciences
    Title: Professor

    Professor Martin was recently awarded a grant to investigate problems in algebraic combinatorics with applications in digital communications and quantum information theory.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Sarah D. Olson
    Department: Mathematical Sciences
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Olson enjoys teaching all courses fundamental to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and modeling, as well as mentoring students at all levels.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Samuel M. Politz
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Associate Professor

    Politz worked with assistant professor Reeta Prusty Rao to develop a model system to study fungal infections. It can be used to screen potential drug targets for hard-to-treat conditions.

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    Name: Reeta Prusty Rao
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Assistant Professor/Graduate Program Coordinator

    Prusty Rao worked with Politz to develop a model system to study fungal infections. This system can screen potential drug targets for hard-to-treat conditions.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Carolina Ruiz
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Ruiz investigates and develops data mining algorithms for genomics and for clinical medicine. She is an active member of WPI’s bioinformatics and computational biology program.

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    Name: Elke Rundensteiner
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Professor

    Rundensteiner, who won the 2010 Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize, works on managing and processing continuously streaming data, her efforts are redefining data management.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Elizabeth F. Ryder
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Associate Professor

    In March 2010, Ryder received a three-year, $228,000 NIH award to study how nerve cells develop from a fertilized egg and then begin forming an organism’s nervous system.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Brigitte Servatius
    Department: Mathematical Sciences
    Title: Professor

    Professor Servatius appreciates any and all questions her students ask. She believes every question is worth asking and investigating, and WPI encourages this innovative way of thinking.

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    Name: Dalin Tang
    Department: Mathematical Sciences
    Title: Professor

    Highlighted by the NIH, Tang leads the research group developing diagnostic tools to help identify plaques at risk of rupture, the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Luis Vidali
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Vidali joined WPI in 2009. His research, which garnered a major award from the National Science Foundation, focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying plant cell growth.

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    Name: Zheyang Wu
    Department: Mathematical Sciences
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Wu's research interest lies in applying the power of statistical science to promote biomedical researches.

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