Life Sciences

Through Purdue’s new life sciences initiative, we are harnessing our life sciences expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to tackle some of the world’s most debilitating and deadly diseases and to help feed a growing world population.


  • Integrate cross-campus, neurological and immunological sciences faculty in focused interdisciplinary research environments to advance neuroscience, immunology, inflammation and infectious disease research.
  • Expand Purdue’s contribution to the national neuroscience and immunological sciences effort.
  • Attract new faculty in neuroscience and immunological sciences, and strengthen the interface between biology and engineering. 
  • Create new technologies to enhance the detection and treatment of human disease.

Major Milestones

  • In January 2016, Purdue announced an investment of more than $250 million in the life sciences over five years to advance life science research that both improves lives and supports Indiana’s critical life sciences business sector.
  • In the last three years, we have launched two new interdisciplinary campus-wide institutes — the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D) and the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN) — to complement existing research centers on cancer, health-care engineering, drug discovery and plant science. 
  • Established the Neuroscience Cell Engineering Core in the PIIN.
  • We also have added new core research facilities, garnered millions of dollars in new grants and private donations, helped to fund new startups, recruited new faculty members, and expanded partnerships with leading universities and life science companies.