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The work of the Biology and Biotechnology Department at WPI goes far beyond the theoretical. Our faculty members and students are creative problem solvers who are passionate about using biological concepts in innovative, applicable ways. Ranging from cancer biology and infectious disease research to studies of brain plasticity and the health effects of environmental contaminants, student-driven research at WPI is making an impact.

Our state-of-the-art research facilities, housed at the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, support collaborations among students, faculty, and company researchers from across disciplines, enabling free exchanges of ideas that lead to important advances in healthcare, therapeutics, regenerative biology, the environment, and more.


Search in progress for Systems Biologist in the Dept. of Biology & Biotechnology. A successful candidate will complement the department’s strengths. They will contribute to WPI’s distinctive academic program, which has been recognized globally and nationally for 
• Interdisciplinary, project-based education with the NAE’s Bernard M. Gordon prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education,
• Faculty who are ranked #1 by the Wall Street Journal in balancing teaching and research, and 
• Progressive tenure and promotion policies that elevate teaching and provide multiple paths to promotion

Additionally, the 2021 COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey ranked WPI #1 among peers for faculty satisfaction with interdisciplinary work, mentoring, and collaboration.
Please apply (link here) by November 15th to be considered for the first round of zoom interviews.


Degrees & Certificates

Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Amity Manning explores the molecular mechanisms associated with cancer cells in her lab at Gateway Park

Beating Cancer at Its Own Game

Assistant professor Amity Manning is leading a three-year research projected funded by the National Institutes of Health to explore the molecular mechanisms associated with the genetic mutations and chromosome instability observed in all cancer cells.

The goal is to turn the genetic tables against cancer by learning more about the molecular basis of cancer cells' uncontrolled growth.


Academic Technology Center
All day
Fuller Laboratories
Posters for the GRIE Poster session should be submitted to the ATC by February 2nd.

Meet Our Students

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Sakshi Joglekar ‘24

BS, Biology & Biotechnology; Psychology

International student Sakshi loves to share her culture with others and leans on the support of the community to help her thrive.

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Sabine Hahn

PhD, Biology & Biotechnology

As a PhD student, Sabine enjoys discovering the large range of opportunities a STEM education and a career provides.

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Congratulations Elizabeth Diloreto

Congrats to the WPI Biology Grad student Elizabeth Diloreto for being selected to the Genetics Society of America Early Career Leadership Program. Liz is a graduate student working in the Srinivasan Lab on elucidating how neuropeptides govern innate behavior.

From WPI's Alumni Magazine

Managing the Strain

Jennifer Headman ’01 uncovers the secret power of microbes, and how they just might save the world


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Media Coverage

Benjamin Nephew, assistant research professor of biology and biotechnology, talked with Spectrum News 1 about the science of addiction ahead of a $1 billion-plus Powerball lottery drawing.

The Telegram & Gazette noted work by Reeta Rao, professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, in their article. Rao is working with researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, on a one-year project to screen analogs of a plant-derived compound as a potential prophylactic or therapeutic against Candida auris (C. auris) and soil-transmitted parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, and ascarids.