Bindley Bioscience Center

Administrative Staff

Director

Richard Kuhn

Richard J. Kuhn, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Biological Sciences
Purdue University
Department of Biological Sciences
LILY 1-118

915 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-49-44407
kuhnr@purdue.edu

Richard Kuhn is Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) and Director of the Bindley Bioscience Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.   Dr. Kuhn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1986 and completed his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology.  He joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University in 1991, becoming a Purdue University Faculty Scholar in 2004. He was appointed the position of Director of Bindley Bioscience Center in November 2007. Dr. Kuhn is world renowned for his molecular virology research.  His research based at the Markey Center for Structural Biology at Purdue University has focused on the biology of viruses that infect humans such as yellow fever, dengue virus, West Nile virus and hepatitis C.  Specifically, Dr. Kuhn studies the replication and assembly of the alphaviruses and the flaviviruses. Together with his structural biology colleagues, he has been involved in many fundamental studies examining the structure and assembly of enveloped viruses, including the first structure of the dengue virus.  His research focus continues to be virus replication, virion assembly, and host cell interactions using biochemical, genetic, and structural techniques.  Dr. Kuhn is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a University Faculty Scholar, and an invited member of the U.S. Panel on Viral Diseases of the US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program.

Under Dr. Kuhn’s leadership, the Bindley Bioscience Center will focus around Purdue's strengths in cancer, infectious diseases, and functional and translational genomics. The center will also support future development of technologies in genomics, proteomics and advanced analytical chemistry.

Deputy Director

Joseph Irudayaraj

Joseph Irudayaraj, Ph.D.
Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Purdue University
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
BIND 216

1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-49-40388
josephi@purdue.edu

Joseph Irudayaraj has degrees in Agricultural Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Biological Engineering. He is a Professor of Biological Engineering in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The Primary focus of his research is on single cell technology development for detection and quantification of epigenetic modifications, transcripts, and phosphorylation with an ultimate goal to detect cancers in its earliest possible stage. His research is multidisciplinary, and he collaborates with over 10 departments spanning 5 different colleges across Purdue. He teaches two undergraduate courses (i) Engineering Analysis for Design and (ii) Statistical Methods for Engineering and one graduate course (Biophysics and Biosensors). He serves in the Nanotechnology for medicine, biological instrumentation development, and Epigenetics review panels for the NIH, NSF, NASA, and DOD among other national and international (Canada, European Union, Singapore, UK) proposal review panels. He chairs the Small Business Innovative Grants program (Biological Instrumentation division) at NIH and is a reviewer for over 12 journals and in the editorial board for 5 journals.

He is a member of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy, a co-leader of the Drug Discovery and Molecular Sensing Program of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and was the Graduate Chair of the ABE program (Ranked #1 by the US News and World Report, 2009-2012). He has published over 200 refereed journal articles, over 400 conference presentations, over 50 publications in conference proceedings and book chapters in areas covering Nanotechnology and biosensors, primarily addressing diagnostics, drug delivery, and numerical analysis. He is a strong proponent of training the next generation of the student scientists/engineers in cross disciplinary areas. He is a member of American Chemical Society, Institute of Biological Engineering, Biophysical Society, and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Operations Manager

Luanne Ludwig

Luanne Ludwig
Center Operations Manager
Bindley Bioscience Center
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-494-2276
lml@purdue.edu

Luanne Ludwig is the Center Operations Manager for the Bindley Bioscience Center where she manages the day-to-day activities of the center.  Luanne has been employed with Purdue University since 1997 and with Discovery Park, Purdue’s interdisciplinary research hub, since 2001. She has an extensive background in business service and research administration.  In addition, she has broad experience working with a variety of sponsoring agencies, which serves as valuable resource to help Bindley associated faculty with sponsored program rules & regulations and submitting grant applications.  Luanne’s business skills also impart first-rate project management support for active research projects within the center, as well as provide support for the various cost centers located within the Bindley Bioscience Center.  Luanne can be reached by phone (765) 494-2276 or by email at lml@purdue.edu.


Chief Scientific Liaison

Tommy Sors

Thomas G. Sors, PhD.
Chief Scientific Liaison
Bindley Bioscience Center
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

765-494-1678
tsors@purdue.edu

Thomas (Tommy) Sors is the Chief Scientific Liaison for the Bindley Bioscience Center where he supports the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and is the Managing Director of The Center for Global Research and Intervention in Infectious Disease (C-GRIID). Dr. Sors received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology from the Department of Horticulture at Purdue University in 2008 with research focused on elucidating the metabolic mechanisms of selenium tolerance in plants. He remained at Purdue to complete his post-doctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry conducting research related to protein engineering of precursor lignin biosynthetic enzymes for the improvement of biofuels production from plants. In 2010, he joined the Bindley Bioscience Center where he manages research projects with several academic units and corporate partners. Dr. Sors can be found in the administrative offices of the Bindley Bioscience Center in Room 208, or you can contact him by phone at (765) 494-1678 or by email at tsors@purdue.edu.


Information Technology Systems Specialist

Erik Gough

Erik Gough
Bindley Bioscience Center -Room 119
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-496-3975
goughes@purdue.edu

Originally from Peru, Indiana, Erik Gough earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2003 in Computer and Information Technology. He received a Master's Degree from the College of Technology where he worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Computer and Information Technology. Erik's research efforts were focused in high performance computing and bioinformatics. For the Bindley Bioscience Center, Erik manages the center's servers and research instrument computers. He supports the information technology needs of the center's scientists in addition to collaborating with them on various life sciences research projects.

Administrative Assistant

Bonebrake

Stephanie Bonebrake
Bindley Bioscience Center
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-494-0497
stephb@purdue.edu

Stephanie Bonebrake has extensive Purdue experience, starting as an undergraduate student and now as a Purdue staff member.  She came to Purdue University in 2005 after working for her family-owned greenhouse business.  In May of 2008, she became an undergraduate student again to complete her degree in Agriculture.  Stephanie provides administrative support to the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio Center) in Discovery Park. She will provide administrative support to both centers, working closely with administrative staff, researchers, graduate students and business office staff to assist with the daily operational tasks of each center. She can be reached at 765-494-0497 or stephb@purdue.edu.


Secretary IV

McCreery

Susan McCreery
Bindley Bioscience Center
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-496-6147
smccreer@purdue.edu.

Susan McCreery is new to Purdue University, February, 2012. She is the secretary for the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Oncological Science Center in Discovery Park. She provides secretarial/clerical assistance to Bindley Bioscience staff members, faculty, students, and to professional staff. Susan also provides secretarial/clerical assistance to the Oncological Science Center staff members. Living in Lafayette most of her life, she spent 13 years in retail, 18 years managing an out-of-the home decorating business, and the past 14 years on the staff at LSC. Susan can be reached by phone at (765) 496-6147, or by e-mail at smccreer@purdue.edu.


Business Manager

Steven Gordon

Steven Gordon
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Purdue University
1201 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765 496-1834
sbgordon@purdue.edu

Born and raised in Saint Charles, Missouri, Steven Gordon started his career with Purdue in July,2010. Steven earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Southeast Missouri State in 1991. In July 2010 he joined the "Discovery Park team as Business Manager of Bindley Bioscience Center & Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship". Steven is new to the university atmosphere because he came from the outside corporate world. Steven is looking forward to providing guidance and executing the business needs for the Bindley/ Morgan Center. He can be reached at 765 496-1834 or sbgordon@purdue.edu.


Business Account Clerk V

Michelle Leithliter

Michelle Leithliter
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Purdue University
1201 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-494-3827
mleithli@purdue.edu

Michelle Leithliter is the Account Clerk for Bindley Bioscience Center and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.   She comes to us from Sponsored Programs Services and has been with Purdue University since 2010.  Prior to coming to Purdue, Michelle had worked in the insurance and administrative industry for more than 15 years.   Michelle provides business services for the staff and researchers at the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park.  You may contact Michelle by phone at (765) 494-3827 or email her at mleithli@purdue.edu .  Or, if you need personal assistance, stop by Michelle’s office in MRGN Room 134.


Shipping and Receiving

Don Exmeyer

Don Exmeyer
Bindley Bioscience Center -Room 150
Purdue University
1203 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

765-496-2549
exmeyerd@purdue.edu

Don Exmeyer started with Purdue University in 1997, having worked in the Physical Plant he acquired extensive fabrication experience in the sheet metal and carpenter shop. Prior to starting at Bindley, Don was the acting Shipping Receiving clerk/Building Deputy for the school of Technology in KNOY. At the BBC, Don manages building maintenance and building/corridor access needs as well as shipping/receiving activities. Don's work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and he is located in BIND 150 (building dock area). He can be reached by telephone (765-496-2549) or by e-mail (exmeyerd@purdue.edu).

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1203 W. State Street
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057