I start my day in Gateway Park, where many biology, biotechnology, and other sciences and engineering labs are.
PhD, Biology and Biotechnology
While pursuing his PhD, David has found that WPI’s creative approach to and focus on research has been a great asset to his education. By allowing research to transcend traditional boundaries of departments and academic fields, he has learned that there’s no reason a cell biologist can't work with a behavioral biologist, or a marketing student cannot find common ground with a chemical engineer.
Tanja Dominko, associate professor in biology and biotechnology, has provided David with a lot of insight and freedom during his time at WPI. She has enabled him to explore his own work in wound healing, metabolism, and regeneration without being contained to a single research paradigm. This flexible approach has benefited David as a critic, a critical thinker, and a scientist.
- Tanja Dominko, Associate Professor, Biology & Biotechnology
Being accepted to a selective NIH summer internship program doing research in a government lab in Bethesda, MD, on nutrition and clinical oncology
- Demonstrating improvement in explaining complicated scientific concepts and paradigms to others through research presentations, teaching courses, and giving guest lectures
- Guest lecturer for BBT classes
- Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair judge
- Project facilitator for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Geek Is Glam
- Summer intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
As a biologist, my experiments usually have long incubation times, so I’ll often edit scientific literature or analyze data while waiting for cells to grow or membranes to incubate in antibody.
While on lunch break, I might meet with some of the undergraduates under my wing to offer assistance, or discuss research from other students—and even faculty—who solicit my help or particular expertise.
Sometimes I’m asked to help with the operation, troubleshooting, and repair of scientific laboratory equipment, as well as stay up-to-date on training for how to use new equipment.
The WPI students are some of the nicest and accommodating that I have met in my academic career.
If I need advice on research, the faculty members are always available, but my fellow students also offer a wealth of knowledge, often with broad understanding of subject matter along with a very narrow specialization.
The willingness to participate in collaborative research, and the personal openness that comes from relating the work between diverse academic disciplines, are hallmarks of the WPI experience.