About Our Research

The College of Health and Human Sciences brings together scientists to enhance research that broadly addresses informing behavioral choices, improving human health, and enhancing quality of life. Our interdisciplinary research makes a global impact, enhancing the lives of people living in Indiana, throughout the United States and around the world.

With the introduction of our seven strategic research themes, representing 244 HHS faculty, we've set the course for exploring the bounds of interdisciplinary research.

Our research themes include:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease and Disabilities
  • Promotion of Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Social Relationships and Culture
  • Work, Health and Well-being

HHS strives to promote continued scholarly excellence and innovation through the provision of information, resources and enhanced collaboration among scientists as well as stakeholders.

Dorothy Teegarden, PhD
Professor of Nutrition Science
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Current Faculty Research Awardees 

Early Career Research Achievement Award - David Purpura 

Career Research Achievement Award - Cleveland Shields 

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award - Wei Zheng 


Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy Research Poster Session

The event, which was held on Thursday, March 23,  promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in health and disease research across Purdue University.  

Sponsored by Colleges of: Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Pharmancy, Science, Polytechnic Institute, Veterinary  Medicine and Libraries

Winners in each category:


First place: Season Wyatt, Psychological Sciences, HHS (mentor: Amy Brewster)

Second place: Nicole Vike, Basic Medical Sciences, VET MED (mentor: Thomas Talavage and Riyi Shi)

Third place (tie): Nicole Schartz, Psychological Sciences, HHS (mentor: Amy Brewster); Regina Fernandez, Nutrition Science, HHS (mentor: Jessica Ellis)



First place:  Lauren O’Connor, Nutrition Science, HHS (mentor: Wayne Campbell)

Second place:  Joshua Hudson, Nutrition Science, HHS (mentor: Wayne Campbell)

Third place:  Shan Xie, Industrial Engineering, ENG (mentor: Yuehwern Yih)


Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

First place: Hassan Eldosouky, Comparative Pathobiology, VET MED (mentor: Mohamed Seleem)

Second place: Ahmed Hassan, Comparative Pathobiology, VET MED (mentor: Mohamed Seleem)

Third Place:  Ariangela Kozik, Comparative Pathobiology, VET MED (mentor: Yava Jones-Hall)


Cancer (there was a tie for first):

First place: Mohamed Elsayed, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, PHARM (mentor: Mark Cushman);Tomasz Wilmanski, Nutrition Science, HHS (mentor: Dorothy Teegarden)

Third place: Elena Beketova, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, PHARM (mentor: Chang-Deng Hu)


Prevention and Wellness

First place: Shivam Patel, Health and Kinesiology, HHS (mentor: Chad Carroll)

Second place: Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, Human Development and Family Studies, HHS (mentor: Sharon Christ)

Third place: Angel Avina, Consumer Science, HHS (mentor: Andrea DeMaria)



First place: Kang-Yu Hsu, Industrial Engineering, ENG (mentor: Yuehwern Yih)

Second place: Kyoungrae Kim, Health and Kinesiology, HHS (mentor: Bruno Tesini Roseguini)

Third place: Doungkamol Alongkronrusmee, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, PHARM (mentor: Richard van Rijn)

To see pictures from the event, please click here.  

To see all research abstracts from the event, please click here



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