Christopher R. Lambert

Associate Teaching Professor

Bioengineering Institute

Office: Gateway Park 3001

Phone: 508-831-5443

Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor with appointments both in the Bioengineering Institute and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He is the Associate Director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute. He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies a research company dedicated to the development of specialized molecular films. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas. ... View Profile

Theodore Crusberg

Biology & Biotechnology

Phone: 508-831-5972, 508-831-5472

Dalin Tang

Professor of Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 202E

Phone: 508-831-5332

I have been teaching and conducting research at WPI since 1988. Teaching is a lot of fun since it involves interactions with students, and we can pass our knowledge and experiences to students for their better future. I have been conducting research for cardiovascular modeling in the past 30 years and has made various contributions, especially in using image-based modeling for vulnerable plaque progression and rupture investigations. I collaborate with faculty from many universities, including Harvard, MIT, University of Washington (Seattle), Washington University (St. ... View Profile

Erkan Tüzel

Associate Professor of Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliated with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


Office: Olin Hall 130

Phone: 508-831-5391

Teaching is a learning and discovering process, both for me and my students. While introductory classes motivate me to develop better ways of explaining elementary concepts and clear misconceptions, upper-level classes stimulate my thinking of the subject material and sometimes challenge me beyond my expectations. The project-based curriculum at WPI also allows me to explore new and exciting areas in computational and biological physics with my students. ... View Profile

Glenn R. Gaudette


Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4012

Phone: 508-831-6086, 508-831-6628

My research aims to develop a treatment for the millions of Americans suffering from myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases. We are focused on regenerating mechanical and electrophysiological function in the heart. Our work has demonstrated the induction of adult cardiac myocytes into the cell cycle. We also have differentiated adult stem cells into cardiac myocytes. In addition, to confirm that the regenerated tissue is mechanically active, our lab has developed a method for accurately measuring regional function at very high spatial resolution in the heart. ... View Profile

George D Pins

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4010

Phone: 508-831-6742, 508-831-5109

The overall objective of my research is to create bioengineered scaffolds to enhance the regeneration of damaged tissues and organs. Specifically, my laboratory uses biomimetic design strategies and novel fabrication processes to develop three-dimensional constructs that emulate native tissue architecture and cellular microenvironments. We use these scaffolds to characterize the roles of extracellular matrix (ECM) cues and topographic features in modulating cellular functions, including adhesion, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and tissue remodeling. ... View Profile

John Andrew Bergendahl

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 208

Phone: 508-831-5772

John Bergendahl is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at WPI. John has six years’ experience as a practicing engineer in industry, and holds a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in environmental engineering, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program at the University of Texas in Austin. ... View Profile

Joseph B. Duffy

Department Head and Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4015

Phone: 508-831-5579, 508-831-5739

Defining signaling pathways that program cellular diversity is one of the foremost problems in biology and is central to my research interests.  In the lab we use molecular, genetic, and biochemical approaches to characterize the function of these pathways and to gain insight into their role in disease.  To date, the lab has focused on the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor network, a principal therapeutic target for a variety of human cancers. ... View Profile

Kristen Billiar

Department Head & Professor

Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Collaborative)

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4008

Phone: 508-831-5384

Understanding 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 biomechanics and cell biology—it has spawned the field of mechanobiology. In our lab we use precisely engineered, two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructs as model systems to study the effects of external internal (cell-generated) forces on cell behavior, matrix biochemistry, and the biomechanics of soft tissues and biomaterials. ... View Profile

John A. McNeill


Associate Department Head

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 305

Phone: 508-831-5567

My favorite course to teach is ECE3204, Microelectronics II. This course is right on the boundary between analog signals in the physical world and digital processing and storage of information. It's a great course for students who want to know "how things work." I use a digital audio system as the theme for the course, following the audio signal as it travels through the system. ... View Profile

Marsha W. Rolle

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4011

Phone: 508-831-4145

In my research laboratory at WPI, teams of graduate and undergraduate students collaborate with researchers at WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School to design, fabricate, culture and analyze cell-based engineered vascular tissue. ... View Profile

Nikolaos K. Kazantzis


Chemical Engineering

Office: Goddard Hall, 224A

Phone: 508-831-5666

I believe strongly in the primacy of the quality of the student-teacher relationship, its mutually precious intellectual and emotional rewards, and its key role in the attainment of educational objectives such as the development of the student's critical thinking, the capacity for self-exploration, and independence of judgment. Furthermore, at WPI both undergraduate and graduate curricula are creatively designed to highlight the many nuanced forms and features of the inherently complex, value conflict-laden and contextually rich interaction between science, technology, culture, and society. ... View Profile

Peder C. Pedersen


Director, Denmark Project Center

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 205

Phone: 508-831-5641, 508-831-5231, 508-831-5735

I find it both challenging and rewarding to work on health care technologies that can facilitate diagnostic decision making. More specifically, I work in the area of medical ultrasound, which on one hand is a great imaging tool because it is safe and portable and inexpensive, but which on the other hand requires a significant skill level to use effectively. ... View Profile

R. James Duckworth

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 301

Phone: 508-831-5204, 508-831-5231

My electrical and computer engineering interests include multiprocessing, parallel computation, logic synthesis, embedded system design, autonomous robots, and computer architecture. Recently my research work has centered on the Precision Personnel Locator (PPL) for First Responders. This project started as a result of the tragic incident in Worcester in 1999 when six firefighters lost their lives in a warehouse fire. ... View Profile

Raymond L. Page

Professor of Practice

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 4005

Phone: 508-831-4109, 508-831-2883

For undergraduate instruction, I enjoy relating the fundamentals of individual material properties and biological processes to the engineering of complex systems or processes to produce medically useful products. Coupling engineering principles with the inherent challenges of biological systems to understand and predict system behavior in the context of the capstone design experience is of particular interest. ... View Profile

Reeta Rao

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4013

Phone: 508-831-6120, 508-831-6713

My research program focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases. We primarily study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen and the most prevalent fungal pathogen of humans. It is responsible for common clinical problems including oral thrush and vaginitis, but can also lead to life-threatening systematic infections in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients, resulting in 30-50% mortality rates. The estimated annual cost of treating nosocomial Candida infections exceeds $1 billion per year. ... View Profile

Robert Thompson

Chemical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5525, 508-831-5250

Tanja Dominko

Associate Professor

Biology & Biotechnology

Office: Gateway Park 4020

Phone: 508-831-4108, 508-831-2884

Our lab investigates the molecular basis of phenotype switching in human fibroblasts that can be modulated using defined extracellular stimuli. We evaluate the role of oxygen and growth factor FGF2 isoforms independently and in combination in order to identify key molecular mechanisms and pathways, some of which closely mimic mechanisms described in human embryonic stem cells. Extended lifespan of these cells in culture also offers us a model for investigation of molecular mechanism that are regulating cell cycle in the context of both aging and cancer. ... View Profile

Edward A. Clancy


Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Project Center

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 304

Phone: 508-831-5778

I am interested in applying engineering and science skills to problems in medicine and human health. Currently, I am focusing on understanding the electrical activity of human skeletal muscles (EMG) for applications including the control of powered prostheses (e.g., prosthetic hands, elbows, and legs), the clinical diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, and worker safety/ergonomics. ... View Profile

Terri Anne Camesano

Prof & Dean of Grad Studies

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office of the Provost

Office: Office of the Provost

Phone: 508-831-5380

William R. Michalson


Electrical & Computer Engineering

Office: 85 Prescott 204

Phone: 508-831-5766

I joined the faculty of the ECE Department in 1991 after leaving Raytheon Company, where I spent approximately 12 years involved with the development of embedded computers for guidance, communications, and data processing systems for spaceborne and terrestrial applications. At WPI I perform research and teach in the areas of navigation, communications, and computer system design. ... View Profile

Yitzhak Mendelson


Affiliated with Electrical and Computer Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: Gateway Park 3007

Phone: 508-831-5103, 508-831-5096, 508-831-5891

As an educator, I enjoy teaching and mentoring students. At the undergraduate level, I teach advanced biomedical instrumentation and laboratory-based courses that relate fundamental science and engineering concepts to biomedical applications. In addition to classroom teaching, I also enjoy interacting with students less formally in a teaching laboratory setting and mentoring students in capstone design projects. ... View Profile
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