Ambassadors Program

The Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador Program is an organized program supported by the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Bindley Bioscience Center and Discovery Park Engagement. The mission of the program is to represent Discovery Park with the highest level of scientific integrity and professionalism at all engagement events and activities. The program consists of 19 graduate students with high-level research capabilities that make them qualified for engagement and leadership roles within each center and reflect the diverse and collaborative nature of the centers. The ambassadors' expected responsibilities include Discovery Park tours, engagement activities/events, K-12 workshops and industry engagement opportunities identified by the Engagement Coordinator.

Discovery Park tours are available upon request.

Nicole Finley
Operations Manager
Discovery Park | MRGN 120D
1201 W. State Street
W. Lafayette, IN 47907
Office: 765.494.3662 | Email: kingman@purdue.edu
 

Meet our 2020 - 2021 Discovery Park Ambassadors

Aayush Aayush

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Chemistry
Research: Continuous manufacturing of immunotherapeutic nucleic acid based nanoparticles using chemically modified chimeric elastin-like polypeptides for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer.
E-mail: aaayush@purdue.edu

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Georges Adam

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Research: Development of microbots for biomedical applications.
Email: adamg@purdue.edu

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Leif Bauer

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research: Quantum optims that involves experimentall studying light-matter interactions in single spin. Through this research we hope to develop new photonic devices.
E-mail:
bauer96@purdue.edu

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Shruti Biyani

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Chemistry
Research: High throughput chemistry using DESI-MS as a guide to analytic-directed continuous flow synthesis of Sonogashira Couplings and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
E-mail: biyanis@purdue.edu

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Muriel Eaton

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Research: Working to decreasing the use of opioids by developing alternative pain treatments for chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, epilepsy, and during the injection of molecular biologics.
E-mail: eaton31@purdue.edu

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Kate Fowee

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautical Engineering
Research: Micropropulsion for small satellites with a focus in attitude control.  Current research utilizes the Scifres Nanotechnology Laboratory where she makes micronozzles.
E-mail: kfowee@purdue.edu

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Casey Hooker

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Research: Control of anaerobic fungal gene regulation
E-mail: hookerc@purdue.edu

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Kok Zhi Lee

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Research: Development of gene-editing tools
E-mail: lee2252@purdue.edu

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Sam Peana

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research:
E-mail: speana@purdue.edu

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Rahul Ramamurthy

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Electrical Engineering
Research:
E-mail: rpadavag@purdue.edu

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Soham Saha

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Electrical Engineering
Research: Study of switchable optical materials for data transfer, optical switching, and nano-optics.
E-mail: saha11@purdue.edu

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Zachary Struzik

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Bindley Bioscience Center
Department: Chemistry
Research: Synthesizing drug delivery vehicles for Niemann Pick Type C Disease (NPC). NPS is a rara lysosomal disorder that is characterized by an accumulation of abberant cholesterol within the late endosome/lysosome of cells. My research involves synthesizing drug delivery vehicles for cyclodextrix to make treatment easier and more effective.
E-mail: zstruzik@purdue.edu

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Xiaohui Xu

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Materials Engineering
Research: Optical properties of plasmonic materials including metals and nitrides to explore applications in photocatalysis, cancer therapy, etc.
E-mail: xu969@purdue.edu

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Ruping Zhou

Discovery Park Graduate Student Ambassador - Birck Nanotechnology Center
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research: 2D low dimenstional materials like graphene, MoS2, hBN, etc. exploring their application on next generation semiconductor transistors.
E-mail: zhou433@purdue.edu

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