Our research spans from the nano level to high resolution protein structures, ending with new medicines, diagnostic tools and treatment devices that improve health and well-being. In order to minimize damage to healthy cells and tissues, we place particular emphasis on compounds that selectively target pathologic cells.
Clicking on the links below will show the list of faculty members that are involved in that specific area of research.
Stages of Drug Discovery
- From the design of new imaging probes and modalities to the development of biosensors for early disease detection, Purdue University has nationally-rated engineering and chemistry strengths in the development of cutting edge detection technologies.
- Target Discovery
- The discovery of the tyrosine kinase Syk, the development of powerful mouse models for pancreatic and colon cancer, and the mechanistic exploitation of the folate receptor, are examples of Purdue scientists uncovering novel targets for the treatment of disease.
- Drug Design/Delivery
- Purdue has over 30 drugs/agents in clinical development with 10 currently in human clinical trials and the number keeps growing, reflecting our strong focus on clinical outcomes.
- Leading cancer research on the Purdue campus for over 30 years, the NCI-designated Purdue University Center for Cancer Research merges science and technology to accelerate cancer treatments.
- From the study of basic lipid metabolism and the interactions of small molecule drugs with calcium channels, to the application of engineering designs and analytical technologies our researchers focus on basic metabolic disorders.
- Immune and Infectious Disease
- Expertise at Purdue ranges from the study of signaling pathways and novel transcription factors in the immune system to the high resolution three- dimensional, atomic structures of viruses.
- Neurological disorders/Trauma
- Purdue hosts the Center for Paralysis specializing in human clinical trial development, and has equally strong programs in concussion research and the advanced design of athletic equipment.