Life Sciences & Biotechnology

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Driving the future of life sciences fundamental and applied research

Research in Life Sciences and Biotechnology at WPI stands at the intersection of the life sciences, the physical and computer sciences, and engineering. Our researchers are creating new routes to drug discovery and development, exploring the fundamental mechanisms of life to expand knowledge about human diseases and how to treat them. Laboratory discoveries combined with computational analysis are illuminating the workings of everything from chromosomes to viruses, fungi, and bacteria. 

Researchers in this space, who have teamed up under the BioPoint umbrella, are hoping to inspire dynamic, resilient scholarship and education to understand, harness and engineer cells and organisms for next-generation solutions in healthcare and allied industries. 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. 

Research Centers

BioPoint is affiliated with PracticePoint and the Healthcare Delivery Institute. Our faculty are also working on creating two new centers, one that focuses on Cell and Tissue Engineering and another one in the Neuroscience/Neuroengineering space.


BioPoint has access to state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories, which are also open to its partners. Among these are the LSBC, the BETC, PracticePoint, LEAP, and CERES.

Industry & Outreach

Discover the many ways your company can partner with WPI to drive business growth through strong talent pipelines, a more knowledgeable and productive workforce, groundbreaking research, and innovative technologies.

Graduate Programs

The graduate programs for graduate students has been designed to complement traditional training in bioscience, digital and engineering fields. Students will have the flexibility to select research advisors and take electives in other departments.

Undergrad Programs

Undergraduate research at WPI runs the gamut from basic to applied to fundamental. Research problems come from within academia or from our business, industry, or government partners.

Grant Opportunities

The first step in obtaining research funding is identifying appropriate sponsors and opportunities. Although there is no single database that provides comprehensive information about all grant-providing organizations, there are several internal and extern
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Exploring the Mysteries of Cilia

Tiny structures called cilia sit on cells and are critical to health. Researcher Inna Nechipurenko is studying how genes impact cilia formation and function in nerve cells. 

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Nature & WPI

“The Nature conference at WPI brought some of the most brilliant minds in the world under one roof for three days to share insights, engage with students, and to find out what the future holds for nucleic acid medicine,” she said. “Having two Nobel laureates at the conference speaks to the intense interest in mRNA therapeutics and other cutting-edge approaches, but it also highlights the role this sector plays in the regional economy and at institutions like WPI.”


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Citing important contributions to the development of multifunctional biomaterials and in broadening participation of minorities and women in STEM, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Winston Soboyejo to its College of Fellows.