School of Arts & Sciences

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The School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sam Walcott as Director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Program. Dr. Walcott succeeds Dr. Liz Ryder, who served as Director of the BCB program during 2022-2023 as well as from 2013-2017, and now serves as Associate Program Director. The Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences would like to thank Dr. Ryder for her leadership and service to the BCB Program.

Dr. Walcott joined WPI in 2019 as an Associate Professor and Sinclair Professor of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Walcott received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University in 2001, and PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, also from Cornell, in 2006. He did a postdoc in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in the Warshaw Lab at the University of Vermont from 2006-2008, and a second postdoc in Mechanical Engineering in the Sun Lab at Johns Hopkins from 2008-2011. Dr. Walcott was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UC Davis from 2011-2015, and an Associate Professor there until 2019. He was the Associate Program Director of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in 2022-2023.

Please join us in congratulating Sam on his new role.