Kristen Billiar

Department Head & Professor

Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Collaborative)

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4008

Phone: 508-831-5384

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

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 3017

Phone: 508-831-4859

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

Associate Teaching Professor

Director, BME MQP Labs & Teaching Facilities

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Goddard Hall 303B

Phone: 508-831-2883, 508-831-5714

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

Tiffiny A Butler

Assistant Teaching Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: GH224B

For as long as I can remember I have been in love with learning and have had a passion for sport and exercise. This love has grown into a lifelong pursuit in understanding how the body works and the way in which this movement is quantified. I came to WPI after receiving my masters and doctoral degrees in Kinesiology (Athletic Training, Integrative Exercise Physiology) with my research focus on bone and bone biomechanics. I combine my love for education and passion for exercise science in my current position as assistant teaching professor here at WPI. ... View Profile

Jeannine M Coburn

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, 4035

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

Glenn R. Gaudette


Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4012

Phone: 508-831-6086, 508-831-6628

My research aims to develop a treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases. We are focused on regenerating mechanical and electrophysiological function in the heart. Our work has demonstrated the induction of adult cardiac myocytes into the cell cycle. We also have differentiated adult stem cells into cardiac myocytes. In addition, to confirm that the regenerated tissue is mechanically active, our lab has developed a method for accurately measuring regional function at very high spatial resolution in the heart. ... View Profile

Songbai Ji

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4004

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

Kwonmoo Lee

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, 4036

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

Yitzhak Mendelson


Affiliated with Electrical and Computer Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 3007

Phone: 508-831-5103, 508-831-5096, 508-831-5891

As an educator, I enjoy teaching and mentoring students. At the undergraduate level, I teach advanced biomedical instrumentation and laboratory-based courses that relate fundamental science and engineering concepts to biomedical applications. In addition to classroom teaching, I also enjoy interacting with students less formally in a teaching laboratory setting and mentoring students in capstone design projects. ... View Profile

Raymond L. Page

Professor of Practice

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4005

Phone: 508-831-4109, 508-831-2883

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 D Pins

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4010

Phone: 508-831-6742, 508-831-5109

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

Assistant Teaching Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Goddard Hall 303A

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 W. Rolle

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4011

Phone: 508-831-4145

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

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park Room 4007

Phone: 508-831-6093

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


Derya Deane

Derya Deane

Administrative Assistant V

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6441

Elyse Favreau

Lab Manager

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-4867

Lynda Hammett

Administrative Assistant VI

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-4112

Tina Stratis

Administrative Assistant V

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5447


Lisa Wall

Lab Manager II

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6623


Janet Zafiris

Grant Operations Administrator

Biomedical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6159

Collaborative Faculty

Holly Keyes Ault

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 208

Phone: 508-831-5498

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 A. Brown


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 235

Phone: 508-831-5627

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 orthopaedics 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 A. Burnham

Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Office: Olin Hall 219

Phone: 508-831-5365

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 Anne Camesano

Prof & Dean of Grad Studies

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office of the Provost

Office: Office of the Provost

Phone: 508-831-5380

Edward A. Clancy


Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Project Center

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 304

Phone: 508-831-5778

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

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4020

Phone: 508-831-4108, 508-831-2884

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

Gregory S. Fischer

Associate Professor

Director, Automation and Interventional Medicine Laboratory (AIM Lab)
Director, PracticePoint

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 85 Prescott 234

Phone: 508-831-5261

Professor Fischer is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in 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 S. Fofana

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 206

Phone: 508-831-5966

Allen H. Hoffman


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 107

Phone: 508-831-5217, 508-831-5236

Professor Hoffman has interests in biomechanical engineering and rehabilitation engineering. He and his students enjoy developing devices which assist people with disabilities. He teaches project-based design courses in which teams, usually made up of four students, not only design devices but also build and evaluate them. Professor Hoffman‘s research highlights include rehabilitation robotics, which is the design and development of robotic devices to assist persons with disabilities. A patent will be issued for one of his team’s devices in 2012. View Profile

Yuxiang Liu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, Room 110

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

Fred J. Looft

Professor & Ac Dir Systems Eng

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 012

Phone: 508-831-5369, 508-831-5231

When I first came to WPI/ECE, I was involved in the modeling of sensory receptors and neural coding—a field of study at the interface between electrical engineering, communications systems, biomedical engineering, neurosciences, and sensory systems. For about 20 years I published papers and worked on research grants related to sensory systems and neural coding, advised undergraduate and graduate projects, and collaborated on several projects with a colleague at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. ... View Profile

Reinhold Ludwig


Co-Director, MITRE Project Center

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 228

Phone: 508-831-5315, 508-831-5238

I came to WPI over 20 years ago after graduating from Colorado State University. My research includes electromagnetic and acoustic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), and for the past 15 years instrumentation for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As director of the RF Electronics and Medical Imaging Laboratory, I focus on designing radiofrequency (RF) coils and electronic circuits for pre-clinical (animal) and clinical (human) MR scanners. ... View Profile

Amy M. Peterson

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering

Office: Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, Gateway Park I: GP4002

I am excited to be at WPI! I value the focus on project-based learning and I really enjoy mentoring students in the lab and in the classroom. I teach CHE 2014 and have taught graduate level electives in polymer composites and polyelectrolytes, as well as graduate level reactor design. I really enjoy advising MQP teams, and many of my teams have won awards at WPI and externally. ... View Profile

Marko B. Popovic

Asst. Research Professor


Office: Olin Hall 215 (Office) Olin Hall 017 (Lab)

Phone: 508-831-5378, 508-831-5392

Marko B. Popovic's research interest ranges from fundamental physics, e.g. particle physics, to human neurosensory-motor organization, engineering robotics systems that assist and augment humans, biomechatronics, and bioinspired engineering. ... View Profile

Susan Celia Roberts

Professor & Dept Head

Department Head

Chemical Engineering

Office: Goddard Hall, 125

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 James Savilonis


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 108

Phone: 508-831-5686, 508-831-5236

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


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 227

Phone: 508-831-5633, 508-831-5048

John M. Sullivan


Associate Department Head

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 111

Phone: 508-831-5199, 508-831-5236

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

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

Associate Professor of Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliated with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


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

Pamela "Pam" J. Weathers


Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4022

Phone: 508-831-5196

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

Associate Professor


Office: Olin Hall 213A

Phone: 508-831-6057, 508-831-4932

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