Faculty to present concepts for 'Pillars of Excellence in the Life Sciences' initiative

July 20, 2015  

Ten "Pillars of Excellence in the Life Sciences" faculty presentations will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 30 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

In an effort to boost Purdue's national reputation in the life sciences, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Partnerships launched an initiative to advance and invest in the life sciences at Purdue. A Faculty Town Hall meeting was held to discuss ideas for new initiatives in the life sciences and a request for concept papers for "Pillars of Excellence in the Life Sciences" was released in March. As a result, 10 Purdue faculty teams were selected to present their concepts for pillars of excellence for review by Purdue faculty and staff.

Presenters are:

Scott Brandt, professor of library science. Presentation: Data Curation for the Life Sciences.

Clint Chapple, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry. Presentation: Molecular Genetics.

Donna Fekete, professor of biological sciences. Presentation: Center for Integrative Neuroscience.

James Fleet, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science. Presentation: Biological Big Data Science: A Foundation for Discovery.

Barbara Golden, professor of biochemistry. Presentation: Precision Medicine -- Launching Pharmacophenomics.

Joseph Irudayaraj, professor of biological engineering. Presentation: Toxicological Sciences and Engineering Institute.

Richard Kuhn, professor and head of the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the Bindley Bioscience Center. Presentation: The Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases (PI⁴D).

Christopher Staiger, professor of biological sciences. Presentation: Cell Biology and Cellular Dynamics.

Ronald Turco, professor of agronomy and director of the Global Sustainability Institute. Presentation: The Purdue Microbiome Core.

Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor and head of Nutrition Science. Presentation: Research Institute for Age-Related Diseases. 

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