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.
New Malaria Treatment Discovery
Pam Weathers proved whole plant therapy derived from the Artemisia annua plant was more effective than conventional malaria drugs in 2011. In 2015, she showed the plant was not prone to drug resistance.