Elizabeth F. Ryder

Elizabeth F. Ryder

Associate Professor

Director, Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4024

Phone: 508-831-5050, 508-831-6011

Neurobiology and genetics are my two favorite scientific subjects, and my goal at WPI is to help students discover for themselves how exciting it is to work in these areas. In the classroom, I try to introduce students not only to necessary background knowledge, but also to some of the cutting-edge research going on in these rapidly changing fields.  One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is helping students learn to read the scientific literature. ... View Profile
Emmanuel O. Agu

Emmanuel O. Agu

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Mobile Graphics Research Group

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 139

Phone: 508-831-5568

Emmanuel Agu is currently an associate professor in the computer science department at WPI having received his Masters and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare. ... View Profile
Joseph B. Duffy

Joseph B. Duffy

Department Head and Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4015

Phone: 508-831-5579, 508-831-5739

Defining signaling pathways that program cellular diversity is one of the foremost problems in biology and is central to my research interests.  In the lab we use molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to characterize the function of these pathways and to gain insight into their role in disease.  To date, the lab has focused on the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor network, a principal therapeutic target for a variety of human cancers. ... View Profile

Mohamed Y. Eltabakh

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 235

Phone: 508-831-6421

Professor Eltabakh’s research is in the broad area of Database Management Systems and Information Management. In particular, his work is in the areas of query processing and optimization, indexing techniques, scientific data management, and large-scale data analytics. Prof. Eltabakh is currently exploring possible extensions to both database management systems and Hadoop framework to support scientific applications and health-care systems. He is a member of the Database Systems Research Group (DSRG) and a faculty member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program. ... View Profile
Robert J. Gegear

Robert J. Gegear

Assistant Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4016

Phone: 508-831-5472

Our laboratory investigates brain-behavior relationships in pollinating insects, with particular focus on the cognitive processes and brain structures that underlie foraging and the role of such processes in the evolution and maintenance of floral complexity. ... View Profile

Lane T Harrison

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: 100 INSTITUTE ROAD

Phone: 980-200-8363

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

Robert Kinicki

Computer Science

Phone: 508-831-5357, 508-831-6116

Xiangnan Kong

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories, 125

Professor Kong’s research interests focus on data mining and big data analysis, with emphasis on addressing the data variety issues in biomedical research and social computing. 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

Dmitry Korkin

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Laboratories, BL22

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. We also develop hardware-optimized algorithms to understand the evolution of animal and plant genomes on the large scale. ... View Profile

Amity L. Manning

Assistant Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

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
William J. Martin

William J. Martin

Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 302A

Phone: 508-831-6764

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
Sarah D Olson

Sarah D Olson

Assistant Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 302

Phone: 508-831-4940

At WPI, I enjoy teaching all courses fundamental to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and modeling. I am looking 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 Clinton Paffenroth

Associate Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories, 124

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
Samuel M. Politz

Samuel M. Politz

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4023

Phone: 508-831-5543, 508-831-5027, 508-831-5028

I especially enjoy teaching when I get to know the students well and can see them learn. WPI gives me the opportunity to do this in the project system. I love teaching students in the research lab, seeing them learn that things in the real world are much more interesting than the textbook view. I get excited when I see something in the lab that doesn’t make sense. When I have made discoveries that turned out to be important, it was like walking through a room at night with the lights off. After bumping into a lot of furniture (ouch!), one eventually finds the light switch. ... View Profile
Reeta Rao

Reeta Rao

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4013

Phone: 508-831-6713, 508-831-6120

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

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 232

Phone: 508-831-5640

Carolina Ruiz's research interests are in data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues in computer science and biology, and medical doctors, Ruiz investigates and develops data mining algorithms for genomics and for clinical medicine. In addition to being a faculty member in computer science, she is a founder and active member of the bioinformatics and computational biology program at WPI. She enjoys teaching courses, and advising undergraduate and graduate research projects in data mining and machine learning. View Profile
Elke A. Rundensteiner

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Professor

Director of Data Science

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 135

Phone: 508-831-5815

My research focuses on how to make use of data and information in an effective manner, towards achieving goals in business, scientific discovery, health services, or in personal endeavors. With the inter-connectivity of the internet, the availability of computing power, and big data everywhere, access to the right piece of information at the right moment, possibly fused together from numerous information sources, remains one of the most critical capabilities that can set you apart from others. ... View Profile

Brigitte Servatius

Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 305C

Phone: 508-831-5241, 508-831-5361

I pose this question: if I dip a wire cage of a cube into soap bubbles, can I get a hexagon? These are questions I love posing to my students. Likewise, I appreciate all questions my students ask me, regardless of how ridiculous they may seem. Every question is worth asking and investigating, and WPI encourages this innovative way of thinking. View Profile
Scarlet Shell

Scarlet Shell

Assistant Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, 4034

Phone: 508-831-5917

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

Jagan Srinivasan

Assistant Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: GP4026, Gateway Park, Life Sciences and Engineering Center, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605

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 of Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 202E

Phone: 508-831-5332

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
Erkan Tüzel

Erkan Tüzel

Associate Professor of Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliated with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 130

Phone: 508-831-5391

Teaching is a learning and discovering process, both for me and my students. While introductory classes motivate me to develop better ways of explaining elementary concepts and clear misconceptions, upper-level classes stimulate my thinking of the subject material and sometimes challenge me beyond my expectations. The project-based curriculum at WPI also allows me to explore new and exciting areas in computational and biological physics with my students. ... View Profile

Luis Vidali

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park

Phone: 508-831-4194

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

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall, 101

Phone: 508-831-5031

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