Internal Steering Committee

Janice Evans

Professor and Department Head of Biological Sciences
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Sherry Harbin

Professor of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Basic Medical Sciences
Founder and CSO, GeniPhys
B.S., Biochemistry (Honors), Indiana University, 1987 M.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989 PhD., Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, Purdue University
Tissue Engineering/Biomaterials; Extracellular Matrix; Mechanotransduction; 3D Culture Systems; Bioimaging and Image Analysis
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Marietta Harrison

Special Adviser for Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
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
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Jessica Huber, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL)
Founder and CTO, SpeechVive, Inc
B.A., English, Saint John Fisher College, Rochester, NY M.A., Speech/Lang Path, University at Buffalo Ph.D., Speech Science, University at Buffalo
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.
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Laurie Jaeger

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
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Richard Kuhn

Krenicki Family Director of Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D)
The Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., and Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Kuhn's research at Purdue has focused on the replication and assembly of the alphaviruses and the flaviviruses. Together with his structural biology colleagues including Michael Rossmann, he has been involved in many fundamental studies examining the structure and assembly of enveloped viruses, including the first structure of dengue virus. His focus continues to be in virus replication, virion assembly, pathogenesis, and host cell interactions using biochemical, genetic, and structural techniques. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was an American Society for Microbiology lecturer. He is the chair of the U.S. Panel on Viral Diseases of the US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program at NIAID. Purdue honors include selection as a University Faculty Scholar from 2004-2009 and the Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Research Contributions in 2008. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology (1996-present), Virology (2002-present), Viruses (2009-present), and is an editor (2012-2017) of Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews and associate editor of PLoS Pathogens. He is the author of over 175 publications. His current positions are Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director, Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He served as Department Head of Biological Sciences from 2005-2016. He has served the ASV as Chair of the Education and Career Development Committee (2004-2006) and as Vice Chair (2012-2013) and Chair of the Program Committee (2014-2015).
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Yoon Yeo

Professor and Associate Department Head of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy
Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Biomedical Engineering
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.
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