Women's Global Health Institute

Internal Steering Committee

HarrisonMarietta L. Harrison, Ph.D.

Associate Vice-President for Research

Director, Oncological Sciences Center

Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology


B.A., University of new Hampshire

Ph.D., University of Wyoming

Postdoc, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle

Research: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our group studies the signaling molecule Lck, a member of the Src-family of protein tyrosine kinases. Lck is required for the activation of T-lymphocytes (T-cells) and individuals lacking functional T-cells fail to develop immune responses. In addition to protecting the body from the invasion of foreign pathogens, the immune system is thought to impact the development of cancer. In the case of cancer vaccine development, the immune system actually impedes the therapy of cancer and harnessing the immune system to aid in the prevention and treatment of tumors has been an ongoing strategy in the war against cancer. In addition to its requisite role in T cell development and activation, Lck is itself an oncogene and the forced expression of a constitutively active form in mice leads to the development of thymic tumors. Lck is thus an important player in the field of cancer immunology and a critical player in the overall immune response.

We study all aspects of the regulation and function of Lck and the signaling pathways its activation initiates. Recently, we have concentrated on its cellular localization and its modification by serine phosphorylation, which occurs following the binding of antigen to the T-lymphocyte receptor (TCR) as well as during mitosis. Our group additionally is involved in collaborative projects with both the Gibbs and Post laboratories. With the Gibbs lab, we focus on designing and synthesizing chemical analogs of palmitic acid that will prevent Lck from entering lipid rafts. With the Post lab, we focus on determining the three dimensional structure of serine phosphorylated Lck.

Honors and Credentials

  • Walther Cancer Institute “Collaborator of the Year Award” 2006
  • Purdue Cancer Research Award, 1988
  • National Institutes of Health, National Research Service Award, 1981-1983
  • Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1980-1981

HuberJessica Huber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


B.A., English, Saint John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

M.A., Speech/Lang Path, University at Buffalo

Ph.D., Speech Science, University at Buffalo

Research: Speech Science

Professor Huber developed a new treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease which will allow treatment to take place in everyday communication environments, rather than in the clinic, increasing the generalization of improved communication to patient's daily life even for those with moderate to severe impairments. This treatment involves the use of a small wearable device called the SpeechVive which cues patients to talk louder and clearer through the use of the Lombard Effect. She demonstrated its effectiveness in a two-site clinical efficacy study and patented the technology. Due her efforts in commercialization with assistance from partners at Purdue University, the SpeechVive will be on the market in 2013.

Professor Huber is also examining how communication and treatment gains are affected by other common tasks (for example, how speech and language production change when a person is walking and talking, rather than just sitting and talking). To achieve this research goal, Dr. Huber collaborates with other researchers in the areas of linguistics, balance, gait, and psychosocial factors along with neurologists, speech therapists, and physical therapists.

Professor Huber was recently named as the Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneur in Residence at Discovery Park. As the Entrepreneur in Residence, she assists other faculty and students who are working to translate or commercialize their ideas. She works with the leaders and staff from Discovery Park to improve the pipeline for research to impact the Indiana and U.S. economy.

Honors and Credentials

  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Instructor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 2011
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Instructor in Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 2006
  • Outstanding Faculty Instructor in Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 2005
  • Honors for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association 2000

RundellAnn E. Rundell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

Research: Systems and Computational Biology

The Rundell research laboratory is devoted to developing effective quantitative approaches to design therapeutic and experimental strategies for the predictable manipulation of physiological and cellular processes in desired manners as well as refine the understanding of the underlying mechanisms. The research approach integrates mathematical modeling, systems analysis, and control theory directly with experiments on biological and physiological systems. The ultimate goal is to lead to a new era in tissue engineering, therapeutic design, and personalized medicine based upon validated quantitative approaches that combine theory with experiments, link the controls community with biomedical engineering, and advance mathematical and systems biology.

Honors and Credentials

  • 2012 Purdue IMPACT Faculty Fellow
  • 2010 Purdue Seed for Success Award
  • 2010 BMEGSA Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2009 NSF Career Award
  • 2009 Invited to NAE Symposium on Frontiers on Engineering Education
  • 2007 IEEE Senior Member
  • 2004, 2010, 2011 BME Faculty Service Award
  • 1994 and 1995 Benjamin Meissner Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 1993 and 1994 Magoon Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

BolinCatherine Hill, Ph.D.                                                 

Professor of Entomology/Vector Biology  


B.S., Entomology, University of Adelaide, Australia

Ph.D., Entomology, University of Adelaide, Australia

Research: Tropical Diseases

Professor Hill's research focuses on decoding an insect's genome to design an insecticide that exploits it. The goal is to discover next-generation insecticides that are safer for the environment and nontarget organisms like humans and honey bees. Professor Hill chairs the lxodes scapularis Genome Project, the first large-scale genomic analysis of the Lyme disease tick in North America. 

Honors and Credentials

  • 2014 Member, Organizing Committee, EMBO Molecular and Population Biology of Mosquitoes and Other Disease Vectors Meeting, Kolymbari, Crete
  • 2014 Member, Editorial Board, BMC Genomics
  • 2014 Adjunct Faculty 2014-2015. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012 LEAD21 2012-2013 Participant. LEAD21.
  • 2012 TEAM Award, Purdue Agriculture
  • 2011 Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Scholor 2011, Purdue University, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
  • 2010 Member, Genomic Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases Scientific Working Group, 2010-pres, NIH/NHGRI/NIAID
  • 2010 Member, Eukaryotic Pathogens and Vectors Working Group, 2010-pres, NIH/NHGRI/NIAID
  • 2010 Member, Blue Ribbon Panel on "Genomics", February 2010, NIH/NHGRI/NIAID

JaegerLaurie Jaeger, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head of Basic Medical Sciences


B.S., Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University 

D.V. M., Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Ph.D., Veterinary Anatomy, Purdue University

Honors and Credentials

  • 2006 Piper Professor, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2005 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University
  • 2005 Texas Veterinary medical Association Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching
  • 2004-2005 Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Associate
  • 2001 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching
  • 1999 Wiley Distinguished Teaching professorship in Veterinary Medicine
  • 1997 Texas A&M Association of Former Students College-Level Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1996-1997 Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

BolinAlyssa Panitch, Ph.D.

Leslie A. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering  


B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A., Smith College

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research: Biomaterials, Molecular Engineering, Regenerative Medicine

Professor Panitch's research focuses on the design of biopolymers that improve tissue healing and regeneration. Both intracellular and extracellular approaches are used to direct molecular and cellular processes. Broadly, the goal is to limit scar formation, be it vascular intimal hyperplasia, glial scarring, dermal scarring, fibrocartilage or surgical adhesions, while promoting tissue repaire. 

Honors and Credentials

  • 2011 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineer's College of Fellows
  • 2010-2012 Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Purdue Unviersity
  • 2010 - pres, Editorial Board of Biomatter 
  • 2004 - pres, Editorial Advisory Board of Biomacromolecules


Yoon Yeo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy

Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Biomedical Engineering   


B.S., Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

M.S., Microbial Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Ph.D., Pharmaceutics, Purdue University

Post-doctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

Research: Controlled Drug Delivery, Bio-nanotechnology, Tissue Engineering

Professor Yeo's research focuses on developing new drug delivery systems and biomaterials enabling safe, efficient, and clinically viable delivery of drugs, genes and/or cells in a target-specific manner. In particular, Professor yeo is interested in developing drug formulations that will enhance site-specific drug distribution for therapy of tumors or chronic pulmonary diseases.

Honors and Credentials

  • 2014 Showalter Faculty Scholar
  • 2011 NSF Career Award 
  • 2009 AAPS New Investigator Grant Award in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • 2008 AACP New Investigators program for Pharmacy Faculty                                          

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Women’s Global Health Institute

Discovery Park and College of Health and Human Sciences

Purdue University

Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, Room 395

207 South Martin Jischke Drive

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971

(765) 496-9316

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