Ingestive Behavior Research Center

Educational Opportunities

Undergraduate Training

Undergraduates at Purdue can receive training in ingestive behavior research a number of ways, such as participating in research-based honors programs, other directed research opportunities, or by volunteering in faculty laboratories.


Graduate Training

The graduate program at Purdue's Ingestive Behavior Research Center provides all students with a solid foundation of skills related to the study of feeding while maintaining the flexibility for each student to design a plan of study tailored to his or her individual interests.  Funds to support doctoral education and research are available through an NIH Training Grant and a University provided Lynn Fellowship.

Several specialized training experiences are provided.  These include: student rotations in different laboratories where varied research experiences may be acquired; topical seminars; journal clubs; visits to other laboratories to obtain training in research methods; involvement in planning and hosting international symposia; teaching programs; and other special events.

Students can participate not only in the core IBRC program, but in any number of Purdue's intedisciplinary programs or centers such as the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program, the Integrative Neuroscience program, the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Food Science, the Center on Aging and the Life Course, the Oncological Sciences Center, and others.

Plans of study vary according to the student's interests and specialization.  Each student develops a plan of study in consultation with his or her graduate committee.  The list below provides examples of courses in relevant areas of ingestive behavior:


Postdoctoral Training

The IBRC offers postdoctoral training opportunities in basic and applied research on ingestive behavior and its disorders. Ph.D's with previous experience in a variety of disciplines including behavioral neuroscience, psychobiology, learning and memory, clinical psychology, anthropology, nutrition, or food sciences can continue their training with a program that is both focused and integrative.  Typically, a postdoctoral associate will concentrate his or her efforts on the experimental approach most complementary to his or her unique interests.  At the same time, the associate has numerous opportunities through collaborations, seminars, and lecture series to obtain a more extensive foundation in the experimental analysis of ingestive behavior.


For information on training or research support opportunities, contact:

Dr. Richard Mattes, Phone: 765-494-0662; email:


About the IBRC

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University is unique in providing an interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the analysis of ingestive behavior and its disorders.

Our Vision

Individual and population-based health practices will be optimized by advancing understanding of the controls of ingestive behavior.

IBRC Executive Committee

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Cresta Cates
Administrative Assistant
Purdue University
Stone Hall, Room 220
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
(765) 494-5735 phone
(765) 494-0674 fax