About Us


The WGHI coordinates, promotes, and leverages research and training at Purdue University in engineering and technology, as well as biology, natural and social sciences. General areas of interests are in bone health, women’s cancers, neurodegenerative disorders, and wellness.


The WGHI improves the health and quality of life of women worldwide through research, entrepreneurship, and training future investigators. The Institute drives a new research paradigm in seeking proactive approaches for prevention and early detection of non-communicable diseases, rather than the classic medical model focusing on treatment. We aspire to implement the model of the WGHI nationally and globally in the future. 

Why Purdue?

The State of Indiana has a high incidence of chronic diseases in women and over 28% of Hoosier women are classified as obese. Purdue University has an infrastructure in place for studying disease prevention and development of biomedical technologies as well as an established network for community engagement and global health research through the National Institutes of Health funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Purdue's Discovery Park houses the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Birck Center for Nanotechnology, providing access to cutting-edge analytical technology. Purdue has significant strengths in development of diagnostic tools for breast cancer initiation and rapid screening methods for effective anti-bone loss interventions, as examples. These ongoing research programs can be leveraged to build a comprehensive program that will positively affect women's health and well-being. Purdue University also has a history of innovative education and research programs in translational research.


  • Develop strategies for improving women’s health around world.
  • Build infrastructure to fund and conduct research that applies new technologies to diagnosing and evaluating interventions for optimizing health and preventing disease. 
  • Initiate training programs across disciplines for careers in women’s health research.
  • Facilitate commercialization of health-associated products and technologies.