Research Focus Areas

The Mathematical Sciences department has several research areas that are internationally recognized, with current support coming from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Security Agency, as well as several corporations. Below is an outline of the main research areas, with links to webpages of associated faculty.

Algebra/Discrete Mathematics

Applied Analysis/Differential Equations

Mathematical Biology

Mathematical biology is an interdisciplinary area of scientific research focused on solving biological problems. Because of the rapid increase in computing power and the vast amount of data collected over the past half century, mathematicians can now build complex mathematical models to explain biological functions and behavior. At WPI, we have a team of well-connected and dedicated researchers focusing their research in areas such as cardiovascular diseases, computational biofluids, cell movement, and population dynamics.  The Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, and Biology offer a joint program in bioinformatics and computational biology.

  • Cardiovascular Modeling and Biomechanics: Tang
  • Cell Motility: Lui
  • Flagellar Swimming: Olson
  • Tumor Modeling: Weekes

Financial Mathematics


Mathematics of Materials Science

Numerical Analysis/Computational Modeling



  • Bayesian Statistics: Bhadra, Nandram
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics: Bhadra, Z. Wu
  • Statistical Decision Theory and High-dimensional Data Analysis: Z. Wu
  • Statistical Genetics: Z. Wu
  • Survey Methodology: Nandram
  • Time Series: Petruccelli
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