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Dr. Richard Kuhn - Krenicki Family Director

Richard Kuhn received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as his Ph.D. 1986 studying poliovirus.  He then joined the Department of Microbiology where he did graduate research studying poliovirus replication in the laboratory of Dr. Eckard Wimmer.  After receiving his Ph.D. in 1986 he joined the laboratory of Dr. James Strauss at the California Institute of Technology where he studied the replication of alphaviruses using molecular genetic approaches.  He was recruited to Purdue University as an assistant professor in the Markey Center for Structural Biology.  His 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).

Dr. Tommy Sors - Assistant Director Tommy
Thomas (Tommy) Sors joins PI4D as the new Assistant Director, where he will work closely with director Richard Kuhn to drive the strategic direction and manage the daily operations of the Institute. Dr. Sors will be responsible for forming research teams and helping them translate their research goals.  Dr. Sors will continue to support the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), where he has established a reputation for connecting investigators from across the region to core facilities and research collaborators at Purdue.  Dr. Sors comes to PI4D after serving in the Bindley Bioscience Center since 2010, first as Center Project Manager, and then as Chief Scientific Liaison. He received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology from the Department of Horticulture at Purdue University in 2008 and remained at Purdue to complete his post-doctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry.  Dr. Sors can be found in Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology, Suite 125, or you can contact him by phone at (765) 494-1678 or by email at

Ms. Rebecca Fulk - Research Administrative Coordinator

Information coming soon.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rebecca Fulk
Ms. Melanie Lindsay - Research Administrative CoordinatorMelanie
Melanie was hired at Purdue in 1994, while working she continued to take classes and received her B.A. in 1996.  Over the last 20 plus years, she has worked in the College of Science Counseling office, Women in Science Program, The Computing Research Institute, The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Biological Sciences Main office and now the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and infectious Disease.  With all these different groups, she has a large knowledge of people from across campus and disciplines.
She is married to Drake, and they have two beautiful daughters. Nicole and Jessica.  Nicole is attending Purdue University, and Jessica is at Harrison High School.  Along with working full time the girls keep her busy with after school activities.  The entire family loves to tailgate at Purdue Football games and have high hopes of the team improving (fingers crossed!).  Her hobbies are reading, scrapbooking and being with family and friends socializing. Currently she is located in HOCK 123; feel free to contact her at 494-0238 or send an email to

Faculty Leadership Team:

Dr. Richard Kuhn, Director

Dr. Suresh Mittal, Infectious Diseases Leader

Dr. Harm HogenEsch, Inflammation and Immunology Leader

Dr. Ed Delp, Imaging and Diagnostics Leader

Dr. Julia Laskin, Imaging and Diagnostics Leader

Dr. Qing Jiang, Prevention and Intervention Leader

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