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Next-in-Bio: A Career Expo and Research Symposium

Join us to explore life sciences career paths, discover graduate school options, grow your professional network, and compete for research poster prizes.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM until 6:00 PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609)

2nd floor of the Foisie Innovation Studio

Rooms 203 and 205

Submit your abstract on a topic related to biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, or other biomedical sciences. Please note that you do NOT have to present your research to attend the event. In addition, there are travel awards available for those who qualify. 

Prizes for best poster will be awarded based upon merit (Please note: prizes will be divided if there are multiple winners in a group. Additionally, there will be separate prizes for WPI students {$500 for 1st prize, $200 for 2nd prize}.):

1st Place:  $500

2nd Place:  $200

3rd Place:  $100

1:30 Student Arrival and Poster Set-Up
2:00 Welcome to Next-in-Bio and WPI (Winston Soboyejo, WPI Provost)
2:15 Overview of WPI Graduate Programs (Reeta Rao, Professor of Biology and Biotechnology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at WPI)
2:30 Student Poster Session

Keynote Address 


Kenneth I. Maynard from Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Panel: Careers in the Life Sciences

Luca Issi ’14
PhD, Biotechnology - WPI
Bain Capital


Terri-Ann Kelly '98
BS, Biology - WPI
PhD, Biomedical Engineering - Columbia University
EpiBone, Inc.

Melissa Mobley ’17
PhD, Biology & Biotechnology - WPI
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals


Kristin Poti ’14
BS, Biology and Biotechnology and Hispanic Studies - WPI
PhD, Molecular Biology & Immunology - Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Lando & Anastasi, LLP

5:00 Closing Remarks/Awards and Networking Reception
  • About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems.

    Interdisciplinary collaboration is the organizing principle at play for life sciences research, education, and technology development. Research teams go beyond traditional academic department boundaries and coalesce around ideas, approaching complex problems from multiple perspectives to speed the pace of discovery. Life science research groups engage in teams around a common goal: advancing science and engineering new therapies, devices, and technologies that improve human health and benefit us all. This includes the departments of chemistry and biochemistrybiology and biotechnologybiomedical engineeringchemical engineering, and physics.

  • About WPI Graduate Programs

    WPI graduate students can pursue research excellence in areas that cross several disciplines. Researchers here are leading discovery and innovation in many areas, particularly in the life sciences, supported by awards from the NIH and NSF. Our graduate students regularly present their research at national and international conferences. They are also supported by an office of professional development, which coordinates a plethora of workshops throughout the year that are aimed at improving skills inside and outside the classroom -- all to ensure the success of our graduates upon graduation. There is a new joint degree doctoral program with UMass Medical School, and plenty of other opportunities to leverage state of the art facilities like those in the forthcoming PracticePoint or the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center. Learn more about what is required for graduate programs. 

  • Research Experience for Undergraduates at WPI

    Spend your summer with a research team working to solve some of the most urgent problems facing our society. An Undergraduate Research Experience (REU) at WPI lets you spend 10 weeks at a premier technological university in the heart of New England contributing to cutting-edge science and engineering research projects.

WPI has a great potential work force, a great teaching approach that includes theory and practice, and is located in Massachusetts, a state that invests in and supports the future of life sciences.
Jean King, the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences

Directions & Parking

WPI’s 95-acre campus sits high on a hill in historic Worcester, Massachusetts. Access to the Park Ave. Garage is from Salisbury Street, with secondary access available from the northbound lane of Park Ave. Easiest way to find it is via this GPS Address151 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA. Get more directions and parking info.