Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D.Director
Distinguished Professor and Head of Nutrition Science Department
Director of NIH Botanical Center for Age Related Diseases
Deptuty Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Dr. Connie Weaver was elected in 2010 to membership in the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, of which she is a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. In 2008, she became Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health funded Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. From 2000 to 2010, she was Director of the NIH Purdue-UAB Botanical Research Center to study dietary supplements containing polyphenolics for age-related diseases. Her research interests include mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, and bone health. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board Panel to develop new recommendations for requirements for calcium and related minerals. Dr. Weaver is pastpresident of American Society for Nutritional Sciences. She is on the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute, National Osteoporosis Foundation and Science Advisory Board Pharmavite. For her contributions in teaching, Dr. Weaver was awarded Purdue University's Outstanding Teaching Award. Her honors include the Purdue University Health Promotion Award for Women (1993), the Institute of Food Technologists Babcock Hart Award (1997), USDA A.O. Atwater Lecture Award (2003), the NAMS/Glaxo Smith Kline Consumer Healthcare Calcium Research Award (2006), the Purdue University Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award (2006), and the American Society for Nutrition Robert H. Herman Award (2009), the Natural Products Association's Burton Kallman Scientifi c Award (2010), and the Linus Pauling Research Award (2011). Dr. Weaver was appointed to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advsiory Committee for Americans. She has published over 260 research articles. Dr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in food science and human nutrition from Oregon State University. She received a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from Florida State University and holds minors in chemistry and plant physiology.
Li Yuan Bermel, Ph.D.Managing Director
Women’s Global Health Institute
The Oncological Sciences Center
Li Yuan (Luanne) Bermel, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of Women’s Global Health Institute and Oncological Sciences Center at Discovery Park at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Bermel completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2011. Her research interests cover various areas including vascular biology, cell signaling, regenerative medicine, and coupling of computational modeling and biological experiments. She was funded by Johnson & Johnson to study vascular progenitor cells in heart tissue repair. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The City University of New York with research focused on bone formation induced by mechanical loading using computational cell network model.
Women’s Global Health Institute
Discovery Park, Purdue University
120E Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
1201 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057