Interdisciplinary Nature Enables Expanded Research Potential

WPI’s Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (BCB) program comprises multiple disciplines, and the research focus areas of our program are similarly varied and diverse. Working in state-of-the-art facilities like WPI’s Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, our faculty and student researchers make groundbreaking discoveries at the intersection of Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science.

Learn more about our fascinating research efforts and world-class faculty members involved in them:

Faculty Member Research Focus Areas

Emmanuel O. Agu

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Computer graphics, mobile computing, wireless networks, smartphones as healthcare delivery platform

Tanja Dominko

Regenerative cell biology, stem cells, nuclear reprogramming, epigenetics, reproductive/developmental biology

Joseph B. Duffy

Cancer biology/signal transduction, cancer therapeutics, cell adhesion mechanisms, neurodegenerative disorders

Mohamed Eltabakh

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Database management systems, information management

Lane Taylor Harrison

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Information visualization, visual analytics, human-computer interactions

Xiangnan Kong

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Data mining, social networks, machine learning, big data analytics, connectome

Dmitry Korkin

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Bioinformatics of disease, big data in biomedicine, computational genomics, systems biology, data mining, machine learning

Amity Manning

Cancer cell biology, cell cycle regulation, mitotic progression and chromosome segregation, chromatin regulation, genome stability

William J. Martin

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Algebraic combinatorcs, applied combinatorics

Sarah D. Olson

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Mathematical biology, chemical signaling, mechanics, hydrodynamics

Randy Paffenroth

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Large scale data analytics, statistical machine learning, compressed sensing, network analysis.

Samuel M. Politz

Genetic control of surface glycoprotein expression in C. elegans, chemosensory control of nematode behavior and development, host immune responses to parasitic nematode infections

Reeta Prusty Rao

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Genomic studies and high throughput screening to understand and manage fungal diseases in humans

Carolina Ruiz

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Data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, biomedical data mining

Elke Rundensteiner

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Data and information management, big data analytics, visual data discovery, stream and pattern mining, large scale data infrastructures

Elizabeth F. Ryder

Computational biology, simulation of biological systems, neurobiology

Brigitte Servatius

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Combinatorics, matroid and graph theory, structural topology, geometry, history and philosophy of mathematics

Scarlet Shell

Bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial stress response, prokaryotic gene regulation, prokaryotic genomics and transcriptomics

Jagan Srinivasan

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Bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial stress response, prokaryotic gene regulation, prokaryotic genomics and transcriptomics

Dalin Tang

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Biofluids, biosolids, blood flow, mathematical modeling, numerical methods, scientific computing, nonlinear analysis, computational fluid dynamics

Erkan Tuzel

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Statistical mechanics and polymer physics applied to biology and materials science

Luis Vidali

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Plant cell biology and molecular genetics, live cell microscopy, molecular motors/cytoskeleton

Zheyang Wu

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Biostatistics, high-dimensional model selection, linear and generalized linear modeling, statistical genetics, bioinformatics

Jian Zou

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Financial time series, spatial statistics, biosurveillance, high dimensional statistical inference, Bayesian statistics

State-of-the-Art Facilities Enhance Research and Learning

BCB faculty and students benefit from access to diverse resources available through participating academic departments, the campus computation center, and the research laboratories at Gateway Park, as well as University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Grid and cloud computing, along with high-speed networking, provide substantial computational infrastructure. Students and researchers can tap into most major biological databases, and a wide range of bioinformatics software packages are installed and maintained. Wet labs at the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park and University of Massachusetts Medical School are also available for use.

Summer Research for High School Students

The BCB program provides opportunities for motivated high school students to work alongside WPI faculty members and students who are conducting exciting research at the intersection of biology, mathematics, and computer science. The Summer Research Experience is a free, non-residential program for students who live within driving distance of Worcester, Massachusetts.