Life Sciences & Bioengineering

WPI's research in the life sciences and bioengineering crosses multiple disciplines and embraces a wide range of focus areas, from cellular biology (neuronal migration and degeneration) to animal behavior (mental flexibility in pollinating insects) to regenerative medicine (repairing damaged hearts with adult stem cells) to disease treatment (attacking malaria with whole-plant therapy). The university has invested more than $110 million in life sciences research over the past decade. This investment includes the 125,000-square-foot Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center for graduate research and the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, both located at WPI's Gateway Park campus.


Exploring the Mystery of Polarized Cell Growth

Luis Vidali is working to solve a longstanding mystery about how some cells are able to organize themselves to grow in an elongated or polarized fashion.

 
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  • kristin-billar-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Kristen L. Billiar
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Billiar is part of a team that received a $1.4 million award for a study that will use technology to help doctors predict the onset of certain causes of heart attacks and stroke.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Terri Camesano
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Camesano studies how cranberry juice can block staph infections from developing in the body, as well as topics in environmental engineering.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Glenn R. Gaudette
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    A research team led by Professor Gaudette developed a novel technology that a surgeon could use to deliver stem cells to targeted areas of the body to repair diseased or damaged tissue.

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  • Sarah Olson

    Faculty Profile

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

    Professor Olson is the Primary Investigator for National Science Foundation funded research involving invertebrate sperm chemotaxis.

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  • Reeta Prusty Rao

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Reeta Prusty Rao
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Associate Professor Chair, Grad Programs Member, CFAR at UMMS Visiting Scientist, Broad Institute

    Her research focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases at the genomic and molecular levels.

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  • Dalin Tang

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Dalin Tang
    Department: Mathematical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Revered in both mathematics and biomedical engineering, Professor Tang’s research focuses on oxygen consumption and cardiac blood flow.

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  • Erkan Tüzel

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Erkan Tüzel
    Department: Physics
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Funded by multiple prominent foundations, Tüzel investigates components of biological systems, including fundamental cellular mechanisms.

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  • Pamela J. Weathers

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Pamela J. Weathers
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Professor

    Weathers coauthored a paper discussing her research on creating interleukin-12, a naturally occurring protein essential to immune system function, from genetically modified tobacco plants.

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  • Luis Vidali

    Faculty Profile

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

    Made evident by a recently published a paper on molecular biology, Vidali continues extensive research on Physcomitrella moss.

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