Assistant Professor- Biology & Biotechnology
Affiliated Department or Office
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
B.S Boston College 2000
Ph.D Harvard University 2009
Postdoc University of Massachusetts Medical School 2009-2013
Expert Bio

Professor Farny is a broadly trained cell and molecular biologist with an interest in the emerging field of synthetic biology. She is currently integrating these interests to pursue research in two key areas: 1) Using biomolecules and engineered biological systems to sense and remediate environmental hazards, and 2) understanding the biological effects of contaminant exposures, particularly in regulating the cellular stress response. Her research is applicable to many areas, including medical diagnostics and therapeutics, food and water safety, autism spectrum disorder, and neurodegenerative disorders.

Media Coverage

WPI professors raise ethical questions on CRISPR breakthrough

Worcester Business Journal

The Worcester Business Journal covered a WPI forum on the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Noted in the article were: Dean, Arts and Sciences, Jean King; Assistant Professor, Social Science, Patricia Stapleton; Associate Professor, Humanities and Arts Bethel Eddy; Associate Professor, Biology and Biotechnology, Rita Rao; and Associate Teaching Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Destin Heilman.

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