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Driving Innovation in Human Health and Healthcare Systems

The BioPoint team is dedicated to identifying key areas of collaboration with industry and government partners to advance research and development in the life sciences, bioengineering, and biomedical engineering. WPI is particularly well-positioned to help deliver positive outcomes to our partners:

Technical Expertise

Our team of faculty (led by Suzanne Scarlata) has research interests that begin with the examination of health at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels, and extend to patient health and behavior, medical diagnostics, and robotic surgery:

  • Biological Response Mechanisms & Detection. Focus on biological processes on the molecular level includes biomarkers, pharmaceuticals (Faculty leads: Anita Mattson, Tanja Dominko)
  • Cellular & Molecular Engineering. Focus on problems on the cellular level seeks to understand and engineer cell behavior (Faculty lead: Sue Roberts)
  • Healthcare Cyber Physical Systems. Focus on medical robotics for surgery, including integration and image processing (Faculty lead: Gregory Fischer)
  • Healthcare Delivery Institute. Focus on addressing healthcare challenges by applying digital technologies and IoT, process design and systems engineering, data intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and enhanced user experience design (Faculty leads: Emmanuel Agu, Diane Strong)
  • Neuroscience/Engineering. Focus on all aspects of neuroscience from the molecular and cellular, to behavior, network analysis and imaging. (Faculty lead: Jean King)
  • Regenerative Medicine & Biomanufacturing. Focus on tissue engineering and repair. (Faculty lead: George Pins)


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WPI Ranked Top in the Nation for Quality and Accessibility of Professors

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking devised a new ratings system in 2016 that strives to recognize universities focused on doing an outstanding job of educating students, unlike many other rankings that applaud universities for simply being exclusive. This new ranking is specifically focused on the teaching performance of U.S.-based colleges with over 1,000 students. In the first year, WPI ranked at the top of the list.

Strategic Partnership

State of the Art Facilities

WPI and our government and industry partners have invested in state-of-the-art facilities operated on our campuses, which are available for use by our industry partners.

Student Talent

WPI is extremely proud of the talent and capability of both our students and alumni. The university is committed to providing relevant, meaningful project and research experiences for our more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Projects are often proposed and sponsored by industry partners.

STUDENT PROJECTS: Access our database of student research and projects

Dedicated Corporate Engagement Team

The university has a dedicated group of technical program development and corporate business development managers who are experienced in first listening to your needs, then working with your company to design and deliver customized solutions utilizing WPI resources.


Our proximity to the heart of the Massachusetts biopharma supercluster and the demonstrated commitment of our state government to invest in the life sciences ($1.5 billion over 15 years) positions us to provide critical services to help drive innovation to improve human health and the healthcare system.

Current COVID-19 research:

Bioinformatics modeling of the coronavirus and how it attacks biological cells, tissues, membranes, and microbiomes


Researcher is Creating a Safer, More Accurate Way to Detect Prostate Cancer

A biomedical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a new medical robot that uses minimally invasive technologies to safely and accurately detect and monitor prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among American men.

Researcher’s Discovery Gives Clues to Evolution and May Affect Drug Interaction Research

A WPI biologist has shown that a key biological component in a worm’s communication system can be repurposed to take on a different job, a critical finding about the workings of evolution that could one day affect research into drug interactions and agricultural bio-engineering, and provide a better understanding of genetic inheritance through multiple generations.

WPI faculty members interested in joining the BioPoint Interdisciplinary Group may reach out to Suzanne Scarlata (sfscarlata@wpi.edu)