May 12, 2022

Bindley inviting researchers to apply for grad fellowships

Complex research that takes in-depth expertise often requires sophisticated equipment and a great deal of time. The Bindley Bioscience Center wants to help Purdue faculty researchers with all three.

Bindley is providing fellowships for graduate researchers who can tap into the expertise and equipment available at its facilities.

“The mission of our core facilities is to support research across Purdue in specialized areas where perhaps a lot of faculty do not have their own expertise or they need very high-end specialized equipment that requires certain expertise to run or manage,” says Natasha Nikolaidis, assistant director for operations at Bindley.

If selected, graduate student Bindley fellows can help to bridge methodology and/or equipment gaps that may have prevented studies from going forward, Nikolaidis says. The Bindley fellows would then create and test novel research methods at Bindley’s core facilities that offer these technologies:

Nikolaidis said the Bindley fellowships will be granted based on the promise that the work to be done will be broadly applicable and of value to the wider research community. “We will look for something that our core facilities can perhaps use later or could potentially include physical instrumentation development that could be patented and the core facilities could offer in the future,” she says.

Bindley faculty and staff work with the graduate students’ principal investigators to manage the logistics of the collaboration in terms of time, instrumentation and sharing of expertise.

Bindley graduate fellow Manisha Goyal Bindley graduate fellow Manisha Goyal. (Photo provided)
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Bindley graduate fellow Manisha Goyal is on a visiting doctoral fellowship from India. She is the first graduate researcher to be chosen for the one-year Bindley fellowship. Goyal is working to establish a standardized protocol for metabolic flux analysis in research on Drosophila (fruit flies) on behalf of Ramaswamy “Rams” Subramanian, professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and director of Bindley. Her work has implications for other research, such as furthering the understanding of mechanisms that cause metabolic changes in plants. 

“It’s very useful for students as well because we learn a new technique,” Goyal says.

Goyal will return to India to complete her Ph.D., after which she hopes to return to Purdue to continue research work.

Graduate researchers interested in applying for the fellowship should contact Nikolaidis at nnikolai@purdue.edu.

Writer: Amy Raley, araley@purdue.edu
Source: Natasha Nikolaidis, nnikolai@purdue.edu 


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