The diverse research being conducted at WPI’s state-of-the-art facilities reflects the multiple scientific disciplines within the field of biomedical engineering. On any given day the next medical breakthrough may be just around the corner.
Our research operation is strategically sized and offers an open lab environment. The atmosphere is more personal and collaborative; it facilitates close interaction between students and faculty, no matter what their focus of study or research.
One-on-one interaction with faculty is the norm in WPI’s collaborative and innovative lab environments.
WPI specializes in three areas of biomedical research: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics and Mechanobiology, and Bioinstrumentation and Signal Processing. Students choose the path that offers the best fit for their career goals and their interests.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Several BME researchers at WPI focus on creating biomaterials and engineered tissues. Their research includes using biomaterials to enhance tissue regeneration, deliver therapeutic cells to areas of injury or disease, and treat brain cancer, among other groundbreaking discoveries.
Biomaterials and tissue engineering research areas:
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biomechanics research at WPI focuses on measuring the effects of mechanical forces on skeletal and soft tissue remodeling (bone, heart valve, and connective tissue). Mechanobiology research aims to understand the mechanical forces through which cells act on and respond to their environment during normal and diseased tissue (heart valve disease, cancer).
Biomechanics and mechanobiology research areas:
Bioinstrumenation and Signal Processing
Work being done at WPI in the field of bioinstrumentation focuses on pulse oximeter sensors, high throughput microfabricated systems to investigate neural circuits, and quantitative imaging of living cells, among other cutting-edge technologies.
Bioinstrumentation and signal processing research areas:
Biomedical Engineering research is primarily conducted in the 124,600-square-foot Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC) located at Gateway Park. This space is largely dedicated to research laboratories that focus on non-invasive biomedical instrumentation design, signal processing, tissue biomechanics, biomaterials synthesis and characterization, myocardial regeneration, cell and molecular engineering, regenerative biosciences and tissue engineering.
The LSBC research facility also maintains a modern core equipment facility that includes cell culture, histology, imaging and mechanical testing suites to support cellular, molecular, and tissue engineering research activities.
A brief description of each BME research laboratory is given below.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America. It was reported by the American Heart Association in 2013 that over 7 million Americans survived a heart attack resulting in 5 million Americans suffering from heart failure. After a heart attack, the heart will repair itself by replacing healthy contractile tissue with stiff scar tissue that inhibits the pumping function of the heart. As there are limited options to treat heart failure, WPI researchers have examined cell based therapies to restore function lost during a heart attack and are having much success.
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