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Program Director - Dmitry Korkin

Dmitry Korkin

Dmitry Korkin

Professor-Computer Science
Office: Fuller Labs, Room B22
My research is interdisciplinary and spans the fields of bioinformatics of complex disease, computational genomics, systems biology, and biomedical data analytics. We bring expertise in machine learning, data mining and massive data analytics to study molecular mechanisms underlying genetic disorders, such as cancer, diabetes, and autism, and deadly infections, such as pandemic flu. Our approaches benefit from integrating Next Generation Sequencing, high-throughput interactomics, and structural biology data. ... View Profile

Associate Program Director - Elizabeth Ryder

Elizabeth Ryder

Elizabeth F. Ryder

Associate Professor
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4024
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6011
I have a long-standing interest in applying computer science and mathematics to solve biological problems. I am currently the Associate Director of WPI’s Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and I am always looking for students with interests in this exciting interdisciplinary area. One of my goals in teaching biology is to help students to think more quantitatively about biological questions. A few years ago, my colleague Dr. Brian White of UMass Boston and I were awarded a grant from the NSF to develop a course, “Simulation in Biology”. ... View Profile

BCB Steering Committee

Lane Harrison

Lane T. Harrison

Assistant Professor
Office: Fuller 136
Information visualization is a powerful means for understanding data and informing human minds. As people begin to rely on visualizations to make high-impact and even life-critical decisions, there is a growing need to ensure that information can be perceived accurately and precisely. My research addresses these challenges by leveraging cognitive and perceptual principles to quantify and model user performance with visualizations. ... View Profile
Xiangnan Kong

Xiangnan Kong

Associate Professor-Computer Science
Office: Atwater Kent Lab, Rm 125
Professor Kong’s research interests focus on data mining and machine learning, with emphasis on addressing the data science problems in biomedical and social applications. Data today involves an increasing number of data types that need to be handled differently from conventional data records, and an increasing number of data sources that need to be fused together. Dr. Kong is particularly interested in designing algorithms to tame data variety issues in various research fields, such as biomedical research, social computing, neuroscience, and business intelligence. ... View Profile
Amity Manning

Amity L. Manning

Assistant Professor
Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center 4025
Work in my lab is focused on defining the cellular mechanisms that maintain genome stability in normal cells and understanding how these pathways are corrupted in cancer cells. ... View Profile
Sarah Olson

Sarah D Olson

Associate Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 202D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4940
At WPI, I enjoy teaching all courses fundamental to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and modeling. I look forward to mentoring students interested in working on areas in Mathematical Biology, Computational Biofluids, and Scientific Computing. I specialize in Mathematical Biology, understanding emergent properties of complex systems. The goals of these models are to understand the underlying biological processes and make predictions. Please visit my website to learn more about recent research projects. View Profile
Randy Paffenroth

Randy Clinton Paffenroth

Associate Professor
My research focuses on compressed sensing, machine learning, signal processing, and the interaction between mathematics, computer science and software engineering. My interests range from theoretical results to algorithms for tackling practical applied problems, and I enjoy problems most when mathematical results lead to efficient software implementations for big data. I am looking forward to working with students at all levels and backgrounds who share an interest in mathematics, software, or data. ... View Profile
Reeta Rao

Reeta Prusty Rao

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4013
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6120
My research program focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases. We primarily study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen and the most prevalent fungal pathogen of humans. It is responsible for common clinical problems including oral thrush and vaginitis, but can also lead to life-threatening systematic infections in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients, resulting in 30-50% mortality rates. The estimated annual cost of treating nosocomial Candida infections exceeds $1 billion per year. ... View Profile
Carolina Ruiz

Carolina Ruiz

Professor-Computer Science
Office: Fuller Labs 232
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5640
Carolina Ruiz's research interests are in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data mining. Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, Dr. Ruiz has worked on numerous interdisciplinary research projects with clinicians from the University of Massachusetts Medical School on developing and using machine learning algorithms over clinical and behavioral patient data. ... View Profile
Brigitte Servatius

Brigitte Servatius

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 305C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5361
What is a better way of learning, soaking knowledge up like a sponge or like a sieve? A sponge may be saturated quickly, while an appropriate sieve retains the valuable and discards the superfluous.  The essence of teaching is to enable the student to recognize the jewels in a subject, unearth them, and create a valuable collection.   View Profile
Scarlet Shell

Scarlet Shell

Assistant Professor
Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center 4034
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5917
I have a passion for understanding how living systems work, as well as for sharing my love of biology and research with the next generation of scientists and informed citizens. The central goal of my lab is to understand the regulatory mechanisms that underlie mycobacterial stress tolerance. We combine genetics, genomics, transcriptomics and biochemistry to understand how mycobacteria respond to, and ultimately survive, stressful conditions. Our guiding principles are curiosity, respect, and scientific rigor. ... View Profile

Luis Vidali

Associate Professor
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4018
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4194
I deeply enjoy teaching, in particular conveying the important roles played by plants. It is a great reward when my students realize that plants are more complex and interesting than they anticipated, and they want to learn more. I enjoy that students at WPI are open about thinking in new ways; this critical thinking is the result of intense project-based learning. My research aims at understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying plant cell organization and growth, with the long-term goal of increasing plant productivity. ... View Profile
Zheyang Wu

Zheyang Wu

Associate Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5031
Professor Wu's research interest lies in applying the power of statistical science to promote biomedical researches. In statistical genetics, he is developing novel statistical theory and methodology to analyze genome-wide association (GWA) data and deep (re)sequencing data to hunt new genetic factors for complex human diseases. In epigenetics, he is studying gene expression regulation mechanisms through chromatin interaction, and RNA silencing pathways in the developmental stages of germ-line cells. ... View Profile
Frank Zou

Frank Zou

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 102
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6428
Professor Zou's research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics. ... View Profile

BCB Faculty

Andrea Arnold

Andrea N. Arnold

Assistant Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 104A
My research in applied mathematics is in the field of inverse problems and uncertainty quantification, which involves estimating unknown system parameters using indirect observations and analyzing the changes in predicted outcomes due to changes in the inputs. In particular, I am interested in the design and analysis of efficient and robust nonlinear filtering algorithms for state and parameter estimation within a Bayesian inference framework and the application of such algorithms in analyzing real-world data. Please see my personal website for more information. View Profile
Tanja Dominko

Tanja Dominko

Professor-Biological Science
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4020
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4108
Our lab investigates the molecular basis of phenotype switching in human fibroblasts that can be modulated using defined extracellular stimuli. We evaluate the role of oxygen and growth factor FGF2 isoforms independently and in combination in order to identify key molecular mechanisms and pathways, some of which closely mimic mechanisms described in human embryonic stem cells. Extended lifespan of these cells in culture also offers us a model for investigation of molecular mechanism that are regulating cell cycle in the context of both aging and cancer. ... View Profile
Kwonmoo Lee

Kwonmoo Lee

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
My research interest focuses on developing quantitative live cell imaging methodologies to characterize dynamics and coordination of molecular/cellular events related with cytoskeleton organization and dynamics. Using these methods, my lab studies how cells sense, react, and harness mechanic forces in physiological/pathophysiological processes such as brain development and cancer metastasis. Ultimately, I want to develop novel therapeutics based on our mechanobiological understanding of cellular processes. I enjoy working together with students in both classroom and laboratory settings. ... View Profile
William Martin

William J. Martin

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 302A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6764
Bill Martin's goal is to find mathematical research projects that lie between beautiful and powerful mathematical theory, on the one hand, and pressing technological applications, on the other. This effort requires one to keep abreast of both mathematical developments and applications in computer science and engineering. Professor Martin's mathematical research is in the area of algebraic combinatorics, where tools from linear and abstract algebra are applied to problems in discrete math. ... View Profile
Anita Mattson

Anita Elaine Mattson

Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Research in the Mattson Group is a combination of catalyst design, methodology development, and complex molecule synthesis. Our catalyst design program is focused on the synthesis and study of new families of non-covalent catalysts, including boronate ureas and silanediols, that are able to promote new reactivity patterns. The catalyst design and associated reaction development programs are currently geared toward the synthesis of enantioenriched nitrogen and oxygen heterocycles that frequently appear in naturally occurring bioactive compounds. ... View Profile
Elke Rundensteiner

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Professor
Office: Fuller Labs 135
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5815
As founding Director of the interdisciplinary Data Science program here at WPI, I take great pleasure in doing all in my power to support the Data Science community in all its facets from research collaborations, new educational initiatives to our innovative Graduate Qualifying projects at the graduate level. Having served as primary advisor and mentor of over 35 PhD students who have secured successful professional careers in computing, I'm proud of all the great accomplishments of students I have had the opportunity to collaborate with. ... View Profile
Erin Solovey

Erin Solovey

Assistant Professor
Office: FL B21
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6936
My research is in human-computer interaction. One focus of my research is on next-generation interaction techniques, such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological computing, and reality-based interaction. I design, build and evaluate interactive computing systems that use machine learning approaches to adapt and support the user’s changing cognitive state and context. I also investigate novel paradigms for designing with accessibility in mind, particularly for the Deaf community. Much of my work also explores effective human interaction with complex and autonomous systems and vehicles. ... View Profile
Jagan Srinivasan

Jagan Srinivasan

Associate Professor-Biological Science
Office: Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center GP4006
Phone: +1 (508) 8316564
It has been my lifelong dream to become a professor in the field of Biology. Being a faculty member provides a great opportunity to teach and interact with students. Students by nature are highly inquisitive and motivated, and as teachers, we have the responsibility to guide our students to explore and think in new ways. I believe that teaching is a two-way interaction between teachers and students. I come from India and my parents, both of whom were teachers, taught me to strive for excellence in my scholarly pursuits. ... View Profile
Dalin Tang

Dalin Tang

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 202E
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5332
I have been teaching and conducting research at WPI since 1988. Teaching is a lot of fun since it involves interactions with students, and we can pass our knowledge and experiences to students for their better future. I have been conducting research for cardiovascular modeling in the past 30 years and has made various contributions, especially in using image-based modeling for vulnerable plaque progression and rupture investigations. I collaborate with faculty from many universities, including Harvard, MIT, University of Washington (Seattle), Washington University (St. ... View Profile
Sam Walcott

Sam Walcott

Associate Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 100 Institute Road
Min Wu

Min Wu

Assistant Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall, 105C
My research involves analysing size and shape development in biological processes. The form of living systems can be affected by growth and internal force, so it is important to know how they are patterned spatial-temporally. To do this, I develop deterministic approximate inference schemes using static and live imaging data; and develop mathematical models and numerical methods to describe tissue growth and morphogenesis. My research at WPI has attracted interest from all levels of students, and they have become enthusiastic and creative contributors. View Profile
Ali Yousefi

Ali Yousefi

Assistant Professor
Office: 145 Fuller Lab.
My research focuses on developing methodological solutions to problems concerning neuroscience data analysis. ... View Profile

BCB Staff

Mary Courtemanche

Mary Katharine Courtemanche

Administrative Assistant V
Phone: +1 (508) 8315357