Success Stories

Purdue’s life sciences enterprise is a diverse collection of basic and applied research, encompassing dozens of disciplines from agricultural and biological engineering to veterinary medicine. Through life sciences research and graduate education, our faculty and students play a vital role in the collective effort to understand our world and interact with it.

In 2016, we pledged an additional $250 million over the next five years to support life sciences research at the highest level and make a significant impact on human lives. Our researchers are focusing their attention in the following areas.


The Purdue University Center for Cancer Research brings together the best minds from within Purdue University and beyond to study cancers where they start — inside the cell. Using the combined expertise of scientists from disciplines as varied as engineering and veterinary medicine, biology, and chemistry, the center promotes discovery into how cancers develop, progress and respond to treatment. Their work leads to the advancement of new medicines, early detection and diagnostic methods, more effective treatments, and highly efficient drug delivery systems.

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Drug Discovery

Founded in 2013 to leverage Purdue’s strengths across all points of the drug-discovery pipeline, the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery is accelerating the translation of basic research into life-changing treatments. With more than 100 researchers in disciplines ranging from biomedical engineering to medicinal chemistry to fluorescence-guided surgery, scientists bring a rich diversity of experience to pharmaceutical discovery.

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Healthcare Engineering

The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) is a national nucleus for driving high-impact improvement in healthcare delivery. Mobilizing the university's core strengths in engineering, management, basic science and social science, the center partners with medical providers to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Research focuses on issues such as infusion pump safety, adverse drug reactions and poverty and health inequities.

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Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease

The Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D), is leveraging the significant diversity of life sciences, physical sciences and engineering on campus to improve human life. Researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines are inventing and integrating basic immunologic advances, creating new diagnostics, probing basic biological and inflammatory processes, and developing and commercializing novel intervention methods to control an array of chronic inflammatory conditions, cancer and infectious diseases.

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The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience is bringing together researchers from 26 different disciplines to unravel the mysteries of the brain. Collaborating around program areas of development, genetics and neuropharmacology; neurotrauma and neuropathology; aging and neurodegeneration; and neuroengineering, researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries and creating new therapeutics in order to enhance human life.

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Plant Science

The Purdue Institute for Plant Sciences is bringing together agriculture researchers with experts in engineering and computer science to feed a growing planet. Through molecular agriculture and phenomics, researchers are striving to improve the efficiency, nutrition and climate tolerance of crops and move those discoveries from the laboratory to the farm and on to consumers.

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