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Faculty

Kristen Billiar

Kristen Billiar

Professor and Department Head
Office: Gateway Park 4008
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5384
Understanding the mechanisms by which mechanical forces regulate the development and healing of connective tissues and the pathogenesis of disease is becoming one of the foremost problems at the intersection of biomechanics and cell biology—it has spawned the field of mechanobiology. In our lab we use precisely engineered, two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructs as model systems to study the effects of external internal (cell-generated) forces on cell behavior, matrix biochemistry, and the biomechanics of soft tissues and biomaterials. ... View Profile
Dirk Albrecht

Dirk Albrecht

Associate Professor-Engineering
Office: Gateway Park 4004
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4859
My research is in the area of microtechnology and neuroscience, with a focus on developing quantitative tools to study how neural signals govern behavior. My laboratory aims to investigate the molecular and genetic basis of neural circuit function and dynamics, to develop bioinformatic tools for analysis of high-content neural data, and to design rapid cellular and whole-organism screens for therapeutic drugs and genetic modulators affecting neural disease. ... View Profile
Sakthikumar Ambady

Sakthikumar Ambady

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Goddard Hall 303B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5714
I’ve always loved biology from the time I was in middle school. This love encouraged me to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, followed by a doctorate in molecular genetics and research interests in the field of gene mapping, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine. One of the unique features of WPI is the close interaction between students and faculty. The university's project-based educational approach aligns very well with my own teaching philosophy, where laboratory-based approaches convey more of an education compared to theory-based approaches. ... View Profile
Funmi Ayobami

Funmi Ayobami

Assistant Teaching Professor
My interest in biomechanics stems from my curiosity at a young age to understand how physics affects performance and injury in sports. This curiosity led me to study biomedical engineering as an undergraduate here at WPI, while a love of writing led to a double-major in Professional Writing. My passion continued as I pursued my doctorate in biomedical engineering, studying how mechanical forces contribute to the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis in the knee. ... View Profile
Jeannine Coburn

Jeannine M Coburn

Assistant Professor
Office: Gateway 4012
The overall objectives of my research are to develop clinically translatable tissue regeneration and drug delivery strategies, and three-dimensional, in vitro human disease models using biologically-derived biomaterials. We will utilize techniques from engineering, chemistry and biology to address these research areas, including chemical modifications to alter drug-material interactions, small molecule and macromolecule conjugates to direct cell fate, and multi-cellular tissue/disease systems for paracrine signaling and direct cell-cell interactions. ... View Profile
Songbai Ji

Songbai Ji

Professor- Engineering
Office: Gateway Park 3002
The biomechanical mechanisms behind traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been an active research focus for more than 70 years. However, the field is still largely focused on impact kinematics or estimated brain responses in generic regions from single head impact to predict a binary brain injury status on a population basis. An important research focus in my lab is to integrate advanced neuroimaging into TBI biomechanics research to understand injuries to functionally important neural pathways. At the same time, we develop techniques to achieve near real-time response feedbacks. ... View Profile
Adam Lammert

Adam Lammert

Assistant Professor
Office: 50 Prescott 4812
Dr. Adam C. Lammert joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in August of 2019 in the area of Neuroengineering, and as part of the Neuroscience Initiative at WPI. His research is focused on neural control of human movement, with the complementary aims of understanding the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor control and finding meaningful patterns in movements as a window into the brain and brain health. ... View Profile
Solomon Mensah

Solomon Mensah

Assistant Professor
Understanding the role of the vascular endothelial glycocalyx in the pathogenesis of cardiopulmonary-related diseases is the prime focus of my research. The vascular endothelial glycocalyx layer which covers the luminal side of blood vessels is a good indicator for vascular health. This layer is suspected to be degraded during the onset and progression of cardiopulmonary diseases including acute respiratory distress syndrome and lung cancer. ... View Profile
Raymond Page

Raymond L. Page

Professor of Practice
Office: Gateway Park 4005
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4109
For undergraduate instruction, I enjoy relating the fundamentals of individual material properties and biological processes to the engineering of complex systems or processes to produce medically useful products. Coupling engineering principles with the inherent challenges of biological systems to understand and predict system behavior in the context of the capstone design experience is of particular interest. ... View Profile
George Pins

George D Pins

Professor
Office: Gateway Park 4010
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6742
The overall objective of my research is to create bioengineered scaffolds to enhance the regeneration of damaged tissues and organs. Specifically, my laboratory uses biomimetic design strategies and novel fabrication processes to develop three-dimensional constructs that emulate native tissue architecture and cellular microenvironments. We use these scaffolds to characterize the roles of extracellular matrix (ECM) cues and topographic features in modulating cellular functions, including adhesion, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and tissue remodeling. ... View Profile
Zoe Reidinger

Zoe Reidinger

Associate Teaching Professor-Engineering
Office: 100 Institute RD
My areas of interest and enthusiasm lie in biomaterial fabrication and tissue engineering. Bringing this enthusiasm to the classroom is easy with WPI’s focus on undergraduate education and project-based learning. My goal as an instructor is to lead students to higher levels of thinking and understanding by slowly increasing the depth of the course to engage more complex learning behaviors. ... View Profile
Marsha Rolle

Marsha Whitney Rolle

Professor- Engineering
Office: Gateway Park 4011
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4145
In my research laboratory at WPI, teams of graduate and undergraduate students collaborate with researchers at WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School to design, fabricate, culture and analyze cell-based engineered vascular tissue. ... View Profile
Karen Troy

Karen Troy

Professor- Engineering
Office: Gateway Park Room 4007
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6093
The ability of our biological tissues to adapt to their mechanical environment, and the ways in which our tissues are well suited for their own mechanical role within the body, is a constant source of wonder to me. I am interested in understanding the mechanical signals that are experienced within the skeleton during different types of physical activity, understanding what features of these signals stimulate bone to adapt its structure, and in developing noninvasive methods to quantify bone strength. ... View Profile
Catherine Whittington

Catherine Faye Whittington

Assistant Professor
Office: Gateway Park 4026
My research focuses on combining bio-instructive biomaterials with cells to design 3D tissue-engineered platforms for regenerative medicine, disease modeling, improved predictability of therapeutic outcomes, and as translatable technologies for clinic and industry. ... View Profile
Haichong Zhang

Haichong Zhang

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott Suite 311
The research program led by Dr. Haichong (Kai) Zhang focuses on the interface of medical robotics, sensing, and imaging, and to develop a novel biomedical imaging systems that delineates both anatomical and physiological properties of a biological tissue that have been inaccessible. In addition, we will develop robotic assisted imaging systems as well as image-guided robotic interventional platforms, where ultrasound and photoacoustic (PA) imaging are two key modalities to be investigated and integrated with robotics. ... View Profile

Staff

Ina Gjencaj

Ina Gjencaj

Administrative Assistant V
Lynda Hammett

Lynda Hammett

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4112
Robert Kirch

Robert Arthur Kirch

Lab/Research I -Engineering
Lisa Wall

Lisa J. Wall

Lab Manager III
Phone: +1 (508) 8316623

Collaborative Faculty

Jean King

Jean Adelina King

Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Salisbury Labs, 121
Dr. Jean King is the WPI Peterson family Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, affiliate Professor in Biomedical Engineering Department, Professor in the Neuroscience Program and Director, NeuroTech Suite at WPI. Prior to joining WPI, she was vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; a tenured professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology; and director of the university’s Center for Comparative Neuroimaging. ... View Profile
Sarah Olson

Sarah D Olson

Professor & Department Head-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 108
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
Winston Soboyejo

Winston Soboyejo

Senior Vice President and Provost
Office: 100 Institute Road
Winston (Wole) Soboyejo was named Provost and Senior Vice President of WPI in October 2019 , after joining WPI in September 2016  as the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering . Provost Soboyejo came to WPI from Princeton University, where he was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and a renowned materials scientist and engineer. For two years, he led WPI’s School of Engineering. ... View Profile
Holly Ault

Holly Keyes Ault

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 208
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5498
I have enjoyed technical topics since high school, when I was encouraged by my physics teacher to enroll in a pre-engineering course and learned computer programming. I was one of the first women to attend WPI and earned all three of my degrees here, being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from WPI. Prior to my graduate studies, I worked in industry for several years, both in Massachusetts (Norton Company) and Illinois (Olin Corporation), and was usually the only female engineer in my engineering group. ... View Profile
Christopher Brown

Christopher A. Brown

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 235
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5627
Chris Brown has been on the WPI faculty since 1989. In 1983 he completed his doctoral work on machining at the University of Vermont, where he also worked in orthopedics and studied ski injuries. As an undergraduate, he was Vermont’s only walk-on All-American skier. He raced and coached there during the longest regular season undefeated streak in NCAA history and is a member of UVM’s athletic hall of fame. ... View Profile
Nancy Burnham

Nancy A. Burnham

Professor-Physics
Office: Olin Hall 219
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5365
Nancy Burnham graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987 with a Ph.D. in Physics. Her dissertation concerned the surface analysis of photovoltaic materials. As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, she became interested in scanning probe microscopy, in particular its application to detecting material properties at the nanoscale. ... View Profile
Terri Camesano

Terri Anne Camesano

Prof & Dean of Grad Studies
Office: 60 Prescott St. (currently remote, please contact via email)
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5380
Terri A. Camesano has been the Dean of Graduate Studies at WPI since 2014, and was the inaugural full-time Dean of Graduate Studies. In her current role, she oversees Graduate Admissions, Graduate Student Professional Development, Online Graduate Education, and Professional Education. Dean Camesano is also the primary advocate for our 2000+ graduate students, and oversees Master's, PhD, and Certificate programs in all areas of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Business. Dean Camesano is also faculty in Chemical Engineering, and has been at WPI since 2000.  View Profile
Ted Clancy

Ted Clancy

Professor
Office: Atwater Kent 304
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5778
Research Interests: Smart Prosthetics, Biomedical Signal Processing/Modeling, Assistive Technology, Wearable Sensors, Biomedical Instrumentation, Medical IoT. I am interested in applying engineering and science skills to problems in medicine and human health. Currently, I am focusing on understanding the electrical activity of human skeletal muscles (EMG) for applications including the control of powered prostheses (e.g., prosthetic hands, elbows, and legs), the clinical diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, and worker safety/ergonomics. ... 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
Loris Fichera

Loris Fichera

Assistant Professor-Engineering
Office: 50 Prescott 4808
My research interests are in the application of robotics and computer science to enhance medicine, and particularly surgery. What gets me out of bed in the morning is the prospect of helping doctors save lives and improve the quality of life of their patients. My students and I work side-to-side with clinical collaborators to create technology that presents a tangible clinical value – for instance, making an existing surgical procedure more accurate or enabling new procedures that are not feasible with current instrumentation. ... View Profile
Gregory Fischer

Gregory S. Fischer

Professor
Office: Office: 50 Prescott, Rm 4804
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5261
Professor Fischer is the William Smith Dean's Professor and a faculty member in Robotics Engineering with a appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery. At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. ... View Profile
Mustapha Fofana

Mustapha S. Fofana

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 206
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5966
Yuxiang Liu

Yuxiang Liu

Associate Professor-Engineering
Office: Rm 4912, Gateway II (50 Prescott St)
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4829
The overarching theme of my research is light-matter interactions and their applications in microscale and nanoscale. Particularly, my research interests include optical trapping, optofluidics, nanophotonics, cavity optomechanics, and fiber optic sensing systems, with an emphasis on optical actuation, damping, and sensing of mechanics in micro-/nano-scale structures and biological specimens. The potential applications of my research include on-chip disease diagnosis, in vivo disease treatments, motion detection in consumer electronics, health monitoring, and biomechanics. ... View Profile
Reinhold Ludwig

Reinhold Ludwig

Professor and Associate Head
Office: Atwater Kent 231
Phone: +1 (508) 8315315
I started at WPI as an Assistant Professor in August of 1986 after graduating from Colorado State University. My research focus has been electromagnetic and acoustic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), and for the past 15 years the development of anatomically shaped coils for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As director of the Center for Imaging and Sensing (CIS), I have concentrated on the exploration of energy/media interactions with emphasis on inspecting critical industrial materials and biological structures. ... View Profile
Marko Popovic

Marko B. Popovic

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 213
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5378
In the spirit of a multidisciplinary researcher also referred to as a polymath or renaissance man, Prof. Marko B. Popovic's research interest ranges across numerous fields including engineering robotics systems that assist and augment humans, biomechatronics, biomechanics, neuroscience and sensorimotor control, space and planetary robotics, bio-inspired engineering, as well as fundamental physics, specifically theoretical particle physics. Prof. ... View Profile
Susan Roberts

Susan Celia Roberts

Professor and Department Head
Office: 100 Institute RD
To me there is nothing more exciting than watching a student learn and develop and there is no greater privilege than having the title of professor. My favorite part of my job is being able to mentor and teach students in a research context – be that in a biochemical engineering course or laboratory, through supervising undergraduate IQP/MQP projects or by advising doctoral students in their thesis work. There is no greater satisfaction than to watch a timid, insecure student gain confidence through knowledge and practice. ... View Profile
Brian Savilonis

Brian James Savilonis

Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 108
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5686
The project mode of education is a significant tenet of WPI; project based courses are common, along with the required Interactive Qualifying Project and Major Qualifying Project. Managing this close knit intellectual activity has m any parallels to coaching sports; watching individuals " light up" is tremendously rewarding. The recent addition of the Great Problems Seminar allows strong interaction with the freshman class as well. The thermofluid area is critical to world sustainability and extends beyond technical expertise to socio- political and economic context. View Profile
Satya Shivkumar

Satya Shivkumar

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 227
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5048
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
Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Jeanne Stewart

Assistant Professor
Office: GP4038, Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, Gateway Park
My research utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore and exploit the physical properties of biological soft matter systems. Through investigating the biophysical properties of cells, multicellular communities and their microenvironments, my group seeks to reveal connections between the physical properties of living systems and their disease states and to utilize these findings to develop biological control strategies, therapeutics and diagnostics. We are particularly focused on using our soft matter approach to address bacterial infection prevention and control. ... View Profile
John Sullivan

John M. Sullivan

Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 111
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5199
Teaching is the most important aspect of my profession. I have strived to teach the full spectrum of college offerings addressing freshman students through Ph.D. students. The project philosophy is a fundamental pillar of the WPI education. I encourage and promote this ideal in all of the projects that I advise. Students who bring a project to fruition gain more knowledge and understanding than most conventional instructional modes. I am committed to MQP and IQP activities. ... 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
Pamela Weathers

Pamela Weathers

Professor
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4022
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5196
Prof. Weathers is an internationally recognized expert on Artemisia annua and artemisinin, having worked with the plant and its phytochemicals including the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, for >25 years. She is a Fellow of AAAS and SIVB, won many awards, given many national and international presentations, reviews manuscripts for many journals and proposals for many national and international funding agencies. She is an Associate Editor for two journals. Her lab was the first to genetically transform A. annua. ... View Profile
Qi Wen

Qi Wen

Associate Professor
Office: Gateway Park 3006
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6057
Professor Wen is an experimental biophysicist who is interested in applying physical methods to understand biological phenomena. By measuring the mechanical properties of living cells and the mechanical interaction between cells and ECM, he aims to understand how cells convert external mechanical signals to internal biochemical signals that govern cellular function, including cell morphology, migration, and differentiation. His research will help to design novel materials for wound healing, tissue engineering, and tumor treatment. ... View Profile
Eric Young

Eric Mosher Young

Assistant Professor
Office: GP4037, Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, Gateway Park
Phone: +1 (508) 8316398
My research is in the broad, interdisciplinary field of synthetic biology, which applies engineering principles to biology. Within this field, we apply chemical engineering tenets to reprogram the DNA of yeasts, bacteria, and fungi so their metabolism produces interesting molecules. By treating these cells as "chemical factories," we can approach and solve problems in biofuels, biomaterials, and biosensors from a chemical engineer's point of view. ... View Profile
Yihao Zheng

Yihao Zheng

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 150, 100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609
My research focuses on medical and manufacturing innovation. I apply manufacturing science and technology to enhance healthcare. I contribute fundamental knowledge of tissue mechanics and imaging properties, provide novel computational modeling methodologies to simulate and understand manufacturing and surgical processes, and develop medical devices and clinical manufacturing systems to tackle unmet clinical needs. “Intuition makes an engineer outstanding. ... View Profile