61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Adjunct Professor of Natural Sciences
Robert Shapiro earned his B.S. in physics from M.I.T. in 1969 and his Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Harvard University in 1984. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked as a research technician at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. From 1984 to 2009, Shapiro pursued a career in research in the Center for Biochemical & Biophysical Sciences & Medicine (CBBSM) at Harvard Medical School, where he held the position of Associate Professor of Pathology from 1997-2003. From 1996-2002, he was also a visiting professor in biology and biochemistry at the University of Bath in England. When the CBBSM closed, he joined the adjunct faculty at Becker College, where he teaches courses in biochemistry and chemistry.
Shapiro's main research focus at Harvard Medical School was on proteins involved in the formation of new blood vessels: their structure, function, genetics, and role in cancer and other diseases. He has published 78 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and 14 reviews, book chapters, and commentaries.