At the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC) faculty and graduate students are working to advance our understanding of living organisms and their molecular underpinnings, and to translate discoveries into new therapies, devices, and products that will help prevent and cure disease, address our environmental challenges, improve the effectiveness of health care, elevate our quality of life, and even extend our lifespan.
WPI faculty and graduate students are actively engaged in both fundamental and applied research designed to have targeted impact on quality of life issues. In focused research groups – and across disciplines – close-knit relationships are forged, empowering uninhibited discussion at every stage of discovery. Teams are working on techniques for growing new tissues, even whole organs, from a patient’s own stem cells- and developing high throughput screens to identify drug targets and combat infection. Research is under way to develop biofuels that do not compete with the food supply, including advancing the process for development of cellulosic ethanol and algae-derived biodiesel, and using advanced engineering and bioreactor designs to produce therapeutic proteins from plant cultures.
Meet Our Students
Harita (Haridas) Menon
The coming together of academia and industry with the building of the new research facility is one of the greatest strengths of WPI. In addition I cherish the friendly and open faculty-student relationships here at WPI.
Graduates of the Biology and Biotechnology department’s MS and PhD programs will have a detailed knowledge in their area of specialization, a working knowledge of modern research tools, a strong appreciation for scientific research in theoretical and experimental areas, and a foundation for lifelong learning and experimenting, both individually and as part of a team. Students who complete these programs will be well prepared for careers in the academic and private sectors or further graduate education.