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February 6, 2019

Cancer researcher speech to highlight Purdue inventors’ event

ratliff-t07 Tim Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, will serve as the featured speaker during Purdue’s Inventors Recognition Reception, an annual event to celebrate innovation at the university. Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A researcher who helps lead Purdue University’s efforts to find treatments and potential cures for cancer will be the featured speaker at an event honoring the university’s inventors who received a patent in the last fiscal year.

Tim Ratliff, a distinguished professor of comparative pathobiology in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, works with professors and researchers from across Purdue to translate basic research into lifesaving treatments.

“Working with world-class researchers to discover new ways to treat and eradicate cancer while enhancing the lives of those touched by this devastating disease is truly a lifetime commitment for all involved,” Ratliff said. “In this endeavor, we are bringing together the best minds and using the highest level of technology and fundamental science to accomplish things that could not be done without collaboration to make a profound impact on those touched by this terrible disease.”

Ratliff, who lost his father and father-in-law to cancer, said some of the current research being done at Purdue focuses on immunotherapy, chemotherapy sensitivity, nanoparticle development and drug discovery.

As one of seven basic science centers in the United States, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has faculty and staff who make novel discoveries that help them understand how cancers form. The center partners with clinicians to turn the findings into new diagnostics, monitoring tools and therapies for patients.

The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research has:

* 118 scientists collaborating with experts around the world.

* Faculty members from 19 departments on campus.

* Nine researchers with discoveries patented last year.

* 11 active clinical trials based on Purdue’s basic cancer research.

* Five discovery groups focused on various types of cancer.

Ratliff will serve as the featured speaker on Wednesday (Feb. 6) during Purdue’s Inventors Recognition Reception, an annual event to celebrate innovation at the university.

Receivers of patents in 2017-18

Faculty and staff at Purdue whose inventions were patented during the 2017-18 fiscal year are:

  • Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • R. Claudio Aguilar, associate professor, assistant head, Showalter Faculty Scholar, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science.
  • Muhammad A. Alam, the Jai N. Gupta Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Joshua M. Alexander, associate professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Jan P. Allebach, the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), Department of Computer Science, College of Science.
  • Ronald P. Andres, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Saurabh Bagchi, director, Center for Resilient Infrastructures, Systems, and Processes, College of Engineering; professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Science.
  • Donald Bergstrom, professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy.
  • Alexandra Boltasseva, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Charles A. Bouman, Showalter Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Darcy M. Bullock, the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering; director, Joint Transportation Research Program, College of Engineering.
  • Mark Carlsen, instrumentation specialist, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Weinong W. Chen, the Reilly Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Material Engineering, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Gary Cheng, associate professor, School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • George T.-C. Chiu, assistant dean for Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships, College of Engineering; professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • James A. Cooper, Jr., professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Eugenio Culurciello, FWDNXT Inc.
  • Mark Cushman, distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy.
  • Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Vincent Jo Davisson, professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy.
  • William Nicholas Delgass, the Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Xinyan Deng, associate professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Xiumin Diao, assistant professor, School of Engineering Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
  • Vincent P. Drnevich, professor emeritus of civil engineering, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Patrick Eugster, adjunct associate professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Science.
  • Ephraim Fischbach, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science.
  • Suresh V. Garimella, director of the National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center; executive vice president for research and partnerships, Purdue University; the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Arun K. Ghosh, the Ian P. Rothwell Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, College of Science.
  • I. Emre Gunduz, former research assistant professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Carol A. Handwerker, the Reinhardt Schuhmann Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Harm HogenEsch, associate dean for research and graduate programs, professor, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • John Howarter, associate professor, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering; associate professor, Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Jeanette L. Jensen, research associate, Department of Food Sciences, College of Agriculture.
  • Guri Johal, professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture.
  • Kevin M. Keener, adjunct professor, Department of Food Sciences, College of Agriculture; professor (by courtesy), Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Alexander Kildishev, associate professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • TJ Kim, associate professor, School of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts.
  • Gerhard Klimeck, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; director, Network for Computational Nanotechnology.
  • Keith R. Kluender, professor and department head, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, former assistant professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Tillmann Kubis, research assistant professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Michael R. Ladisch, director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering; distinguished professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering; distinguished professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • James F. Leary, professor emeritus, College of Engineering.
  • Sophie A. Lelièvre, co-leader drug discovery and molecular sensing program, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; scientific director, 3D Cell Culture Core (3D3C) facility; professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Nutrition Science (by courtesy).
  • Howell Li, senior software engineering, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Joint Transportation Research Program, College of Engineering.
  • Philip S. Low, the Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Zoltan Machaty, professor, Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture.
  • Ernesto E. Marinero, professor, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Andrew D. Mesecar, deputy director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; department head, Department of Biochemistry, College of Agriculture; the Walther Professor of Cancer Structural Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science.
  • Joanne B. Messick, professor, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Robert J. Moon, adjunct associate professor, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Eric A. Nauman, director of Honors Programs, College of Engineering; professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Ei-ichi Negishi, the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Shimon Y. Nof, director of Production, Robotics and Integration Software for Manufacturing and Management, College of Engineering; professor, School of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • David Nolte, the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor Physics and Astronomy, College of Science.
  • Zheng Ouyang, professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie A. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Trenton Harold Parsell, postdoctoral researcher of Abu-Omar Research Group, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Steve D.Pekarek, associate professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Dimitrios Peroulis, associate dean for external affairs, College of Engineering; the Reilly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • R. Byron Pipes, executive director, Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center; distinguished professor, College of Engineering.
  • Zygmunt Pizlo, professor emeritus of mathematical and computational cognitive science, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Michael Povolotskyi, research associate professor, Discovery Park.
  • Minghao Qi, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • P. V. Ramachandran, professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Timothy Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; distinguished professor of comparative pathobiology, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Amy Reibman, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Jeffrey F. Rhoads, professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Birck Nanotechnology Center and Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, College of Engineering; director of practice, Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center; associate director, Purdue Energetics Research Center.
  • Fabio H. Ribeiro, director, Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources; the R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Shirley Rietdyk, professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Kaushik Roy, the Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Cagri A. Savran, professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor (by courtesy), Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Vlad Shalaev, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Thomas Siegmund, professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Garth J. Simpson, professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Michael D. Sinanis, manufacturing engineer and laboratory manager, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Joseph V. Sinfield, director, Innovation and Leadership Studies, College of Engineering; associate professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Steven F. Son, the Alfred J. McAllister Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Keith M. Stantz, associate professor, School of Health Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Ronald Sterkenburg, professor, School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
  • Scott D. Sudhoff, the Michael and Katherine Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Thomas M. Talavage, founding co-director, Purdue MRI Facility, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • David H. Thompson, professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science.
  • Vikas Tomar, director, Interfacial Multiphysics Lab, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, College of Engineering.
  • John J. Turek, professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Selva Kumaran Vadivel Murugan, application developer, IT Enterprise Relationship Management.
  • Arvind Varma, the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Sherry L. Voytik-Harbin, professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine; professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Justin A. Weibel, research associate professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Steven T. Wereley, professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Mary J. Wirth, the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Science.
  • You-Yeon Won, professor, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Dongyan Xu, fellow, Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, Purdue University; the Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, College of Science.
  • Xianfan Xu, the James J. and Carol L. Shuttleworth Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Yi Xuan, research assistant professor, Birck Nanotechnology Center.
  • Yuan Yao, associate professor, Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture.
  • Peide Ye, the Richard J. and Mary Jo Schwartz Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Yoon Yeo, professor, Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy.
  • Jeffrey P. Youngblood, professor, School of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Xiangyu Zhang, professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Science.
  • Babak Ziaie, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.

Writer: Chris Adam, 765-588-3341, cladam@prf.org
Source: Tim Ratliff, tlratliff@purdue.edu


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