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

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

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

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

R. James Duckworth

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 301

Phone: 508-831-5204, 508-831-5231

My electrical and computer engineering interests include multiprocessing, parallel computation, logic synthesis, embedded system design, autonomous robots, and computer architecture. Recently my research work has centered on the Precision Personnel Locator (PPL) for First Responders. This project started as a result of the tragic incident in Worcester in 1999 when six firefighters lost their lives in a warehouse fire. ... 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

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs

Phone: 508-831-5126

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

Frank Hoy

Beswick Professor

Director, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1319

Phone: 508-831-4998

For many reasons, I am surprised to find myself at WPI. Previously, I lived in my hometown and was employed at my alma mater, never intending to leave. But WPI presented an opportunity that was too exciting to miss. This is an institution that stresses innovation and entrepreneurship, and those have been the focus of my career. The environment here is vigorous and challenging. Students expect to work hard and to be exposed to new ideas. ... View Profile

Christopher R. Lambert

Associate Teaching Professor

Bioengineering Institute

Office: Gateway Park 3001

Phone: 508-831-5443

Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor with appointments both in the Bioengineering Institute and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He is the Associate Director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute. He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies a research company dedicated to the development of specialized molecular films. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas. ... 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

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

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

Mark P. Rice


Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1317

Phone: 508-831-4675

Teaching is really about engaging with others (students, other faculty, guest experts and staff) in creating a learning experience. Though “knowledge transfer” is important, the rate of expansion of the body of knowledge and the ease of accessing it makes skill in learning even more important. Helping students learn about and improve their own thinking/learning process; helping them recognize their own mental patterns; to reinforce or break out of their patterns; and to develop new patterns is the best part of teaching. ... 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

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