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Overview of Services

CERES@WPI is a fee-for-use facility designed to provide WPI researchers and regional industry and academic partners access to state-of-the-art instruments for quantitative analysis of engineered cells. It is located within the WPI Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, Suite 2400, at 50 Prescott Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

For general inquiries, please contact

The main lab capabilities are:
• automated liquid dispensing systems to enable rapid plate preparation and cell screening (epMotion and Echo systems)
• automated cell imaging and multimode plate reading (Keyence BZ810 and BioTek Cytation5)
• quantitative analysis of gene expression (BioRad QX200 automated droplet digital PCR)
• flow cytometry (Beckman Coulter CytoFlex 3-laser and 4-laser cytometers; analysis only –sorting not available)
This facility is of broad interest to researchers and companies developing cell and gene therapies, engineering cells to manufacture commercially valuable products, defining critical quality attributes (CQAs) for cell, gene therapy, and biomolecule analysis and characterization, among many other applications.
In addition, the facility will accelerate research probing fundamental mechanisms of cell and tissue biology with applications in cancer, immunology, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, synthetic biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
CERES was funded by a 2020 Open Capital Award from the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC). The equipment capabilities were designed through partnership between WPI and Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI).


Eric Young Director 608-831-6398

Young Lab

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Internal - 24/7

Federal - 24/7

External - M-F 8AM-5PM

50 Prescott St

 2nd Flr Suite 2417

Worcester, MA 01609

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Eric Young
60 Prescott, Room 4003