Research Environment

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  • At WPI, students work with world-renowned faculty members to make discoveries that can benefit people around the globe.

  • Our labs introduce students to the same cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation they will encounter in the medical professions.

  • Our world-class interdisciplinary facilities allow faculty and students from diverse academic disciplines to work together on important discoveries.

  • WPI researchers are pursuing medical advances in early Alzheimer’s detection, heart defect discovery, and tissue rejuvenation, among other areas.

As an undergraduate student at WPI you’ll have a key advantage over your peers at other universities - access to our world-class facilities.  These facilities are comprised of more than 40 research centers and laboratories, including the newly renovated George I. Alden Life Sciences Center and the state-of-the-art Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center within Gateway Park, as well as individual professors’ labs.

Within these facilities, you’ll get hands-on, fundamental and applied research experience, you’ll learn about such subjects as cellular, molecular, and developmental biology; biochemistry; computational biology; genomics; and neuroscience—all while making discoveries that can change the way we live for the better.  The experience you’ll gain in research fundamentals, working in interdisciplinary teams, and practical problem solving are invaluable additions to a professional school application.

George I. Alden Life Sciences Center

Located within Goddard Hall, the 21,300-square-foot interdisciplinary Alden Center features four floors of open, technology-rich spaces dedicated to undergraduate biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering programs.

The labs support WPI's goal of raising its undergraduate life sciences education to a world-class level and has enabled the university to create a dynamic, well-equipped learning center that promotes cross-disciplinary teaching. Learn more…

Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC)

Located in Gateway Park, the world-class, 125,000-square-foot LSBC was built in 2007 and is home to research across disciplines and in conjunction with industry.  The LSBC  is filled with faculty and students conducting research in such important areas as regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, wound healing, repair of damaged heart tissue, and regeneration of damaged organs and digits; sophisticated advances in prosthetic device technologies; innovative medical devices including implantable sensors and related wireless communications; and many other instances of the ways in which the power of engineering and science are now being applied to advances in medicine and health. Learn more…


 Finding a Way to Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

Finding a Way to Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease and no way to detect the early onset of the malady. WPI researchers are developing a technique that will help with early detection of Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and other illnesses.