About the Department

From Classroom Theory to Real-Life Impact

Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the individualized attention and an outstanding educational environment offered by the Chemistry & Biochemistry department and its world-class faculty.

But imparting theory is only one of the ways our faculty members teach the next generation of chemists. When not in the classroom, they are in the lab, working on groundbreaking research with the potential to change the way we live in areas such as health, nanotechnology, biomedical sensors and clean energy.

The best part: As a student, you’ll work in an interdisciplinary environment that brings these great minds together. Our programs give you immediate access to state-of-the-art research facilities such as our Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center. You can take advantage of cutting-edge instrumentation and processes to begin making exciting discoveries of your own.

Whether you wish to pursue your undergraduate education at WPI or further your education through graduate studies, WPI’s Chemistry & Biochemistry department is the right place to lay the foundation for a career in academia or industry.

 
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  • Connors

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Robert Connors
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Professor and Associate Head

    The challenge is to make this material accessible by cutting through the mathematics and focusing on the central principles that will be important as students move forward...

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  • Kumar

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Uma Kumar
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Instructor

    I enjoy teaching and interacting with the students--especially in the lab, where I have a chance to get to know the students and the way they think.

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  • Emmert

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Marion Emmert
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Assistant Professor

    I believe that developing the ability to recognize scientific problems, and finding ways to address and solve these problems are the most crucial skills of a scientist.

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  • Heilman

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Destin Heilman
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Instructor

    The students at WPI are fantastic. They have amazing aptitude and often pose challenging questions and share fascinating insights that keep me on my toes.

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  • Dempski

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Robert Dempski
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Our research focus is to combine biochemical and biophysical techniques to investigate the structure and function of two classes of membrane proteins.

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  • Burdette

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Shawn Burdette
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Assistant Professor

    In the classroom, Professor Burdette enjoys trying innovative methods to engage students and developing their writing and analytical thinking skills.

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  • Gericke

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Arne Gericke
    Department: Chemistry & BioChemistry
    Title: Professor and Department Head

    WPI offers an exceptional environment for inquiry and project-based learning, which is in my opinion the best and most inspiring way of teaching science.

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  • Wobbe

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Kristin Wobbe
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Associate Professor

    I love working with first-year students in the Great Problems Seminars. Helping them with their first big WPI project is enormously fun, and I learn something new all the time.

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  • Arugello

    Faculty Profile

    Name: José Argüello
    Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Title: Professor

    Collaboration and camaraderie among postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students are hallmarks of our work. I enjoy mentoring these young colleagues…

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