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31 Purdue women researchers featured for Women's History Month


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From promoting urban sustainability to making critical new discoveries for the treatment of cancer and other diseases, Purdue women researchers are striving to make the world a better place.

Once again, in conjunction with Women's History Month, 31 Purdue women researchers will be featured this month on the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships' (EVPRP) social media accounts.

The account, Research at Purdue, can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. A web-based feed will also be available at for those who don’t follow social media.

We’ve received many recommendations from around campus, and we’re excited to be highlighting the faces of women who are making significant contributions to society through their research and scholarship,” says Angie Roberts, senior writer and graphic designer who oversees social media in Research Communications within the EVPRP office.

The posts — which will be noted with the hashtag #31Purdue Women — will appear each morning at 7 a.m. “We encourage our followers to share and retweet so that, together, we can promote the important work that women researchers at Purdue are doing,” Roberts says.

College of Science women researchers

These women researchers at the College of Science are among the 31 recognized.

Professor Briony Horgan sitting at her desk

(Photo of Professor Briony Horgan by Vincent Walter)

Jean Chmielewski

Jean Chmielewski, Alice Watson Kramer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, is a pioneer in chemical biology and drug discovery, designing novel chemical approaches and therapies.

Julie Elliott

Julie Elliott, assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, uses geodetic data, including high-precision GPS and satellite imagery, to evaluate earthquake and volcano hazards and estimate sea-level rise and its potential impacts.

Lucy Flesch

Lucy Flesch, professor and associate head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, studies the collision of tectonic plates that occurs during earthquakes, particularly around the Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan Plateau.

Briony Horgan

Briony Horgan is a professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, and is a scientific member of two Mars rover missions — one that launched in 2011, and another that is slated for 2020.

Christine Hrycyna

Christine Hrycyna, professor of chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry, studies multidrug resistance in human cancer, specifically as it relates to the MDR1 gene, at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

Andrea Kasinski

Andrea Kasinski, assistant professor of biology, works in the Purdue Center for Cancer Research on studies to improve microRNA therapeutics for cancer.

Seema Mattoo

Seema Mattoo, assistant professor of biological sciences, has discovered a new protein involved in the process that determines the fate of cells under stress.

Robin Tanamachi

Robin Tanamachi, assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, directs the Weather Radar Research Lab, using high-tech radar systems for her research on storms and severe weather precursors.

Wen-wen Tung

Wen-wen Tung, associate professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, analyzes big data sets targeting complex global issues with environmental and societal impacts.

Lisa Welp

Lisa Welp, assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, seeks to improve predictions of future vegetation-climate interactions through her studies of the exchange of water and carbon between land surface and atmosphere.

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