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Institutes and Centers at Discovery Park District

The Institutes and Centers at Discovery Park District bring together researchers across disciplines to advance large-scale research that enable breakthroughs and drive innovations in support of solving the world’s most critical problems.

The interdisciplinary institutes and centers are managed by Purdue’s Office of Research. They are primarily located within the Discovery Park District, Purdue’s ever-growing mixed use innovation hub, and serve as a vital resource to the university’s campus-wide research enterprise as well as many outside private and public partners who wish to leverage the university’s world-class talent, state-of-the-art instruments and novel research techniques.

Institutes and Centers


Affiliated Projects, Institutes and Centers


Purdue’s rich history of interdisciplinary institutes and centers began with a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary building for nanotechnology research in 2001 and grew quickly, with two Lilly Endowment grants that totaled more than $50 million and other significant support from the state and private sources, to include six more buildings to support major interdisciplinary initiatives and Indiana’s economic development. By 2014, the interdisciplinary institutes, known then as Discovery Park Institutes and Centers, reached the $1 billion milestone in external sponsored research, private gifts and endowments.

Throughout its decades as the umbrella organization for Purdue’s interdisciplinary research institutes and centers, Discovery Park’s success stemmed from its dedication to advancing large-scale research across disciplines and moving research from the lab to the marketplace. It also provided development opportunities for early career faculty and researchers at Purdue and provided valuable collaborations, workshops and training opportunities.


Dan DeLaurentis, PhD

Vice President for Discovery Park District Institutes,
Bruce Reese Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Phone: (765) 494-0694
Dan DeLaurentis, PhD

Kaethe Beck

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Impact in Life Sciences
Phone: (765) 494-6223
Kaethe Beck

Mary Ann Bobillo

Operations Manager
Mary Ann Bobillo

Lisa Muncy

Executive Assistant
Lisa Muncy

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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