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Experts on biomaterials

Biomaterial scientists and engineers develop materials, both natural and synthetic, that play a broad range of roles in medicine and health care. From medical implants to engineered tissues, the development of biomaterials draws on expertise in biology and synthetic biology, chemistry and chemical engineering, physics, and materials science. WPI experts on biomaterials are exploring the development and use of biomaterials in such areas as women’s health, healing connective tissue, regenerating skin and other tissues, and enhance the production of important drugs and other biomolecules.

Christina Mary Bailey-Hytholt

Professor Bailey-Hytholt's research is focused on areas that include biomaterials, drug and gene delivery, and diagnostics. In her research lab, she applies concepts including lipid and polymeric material... Read More

Kristen  Billiar
Kristen Billiar
Professor and Department Head
Biomedical Engineering

Professor Billiar studies 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... Read More

Terri Anne Camesano
Terri Anne Camesano
Dean of Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies

Professor Camesano is the Dean of Graduate Studies. She is also a chemical engineering professor and director of the Camesano lab which is focused on understanding how bacteria adhere to surfaces. Bacterial adhesion and biofilm... Read More

Natalie  Farny
Natalie Farny
Assistant Professor- Biology & Biotechnology
Biology & Biotechnology

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... Read More

Arne  Gericke
Arne Gericke
Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Undergraduate Studies

Professor Gericke is a biophysical chemist studying lipid mediated protein functions using calorimetric, spectroscopic, and advanced microscopic techniques. An area of particular interest is phosphoinositide mediated... Read More

Sarah D Olson
Sarah D Olson
Professor & Department Head, ad interim
Mathematical Sciences

Professor Olson explores development of mathematical and computational models to understand emergent phenomenon in biological systems. Applications include tissue engineering, micro-organism motility, muscle contraction, and... Read More

George D Pins

Professor Pins has more than 25 years of expertise in the design, development, and evaluation of implantable biomaterials, and the fabrication of biomimetic scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. His research focuses on... Read More

Suzanne Frances Scarlata

Professor Scarlata's work seeks to understand how hormones and neurotransmitters lead to changes in the growth, division, and shape of cells such as cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells). She is particularly interested in... Read More

Eric Mosher Young

Prof. Young is an expert in yeast, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. His research uses machine learning, directed evolution, gene editing, metabolic engineering, and genetic circuits to make yeast cell factories for... Read More

Haichong  Zhang
Haichong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering

Professor Zhang is the founding director of the Medical Frontier Ultrasound Imaging and Robotic Instrumentation (Medical FUSION) Laboratory. The research in his lab focuses on the interface of medical imaging, sensing, and... Read More