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Stephen F. Konieczny

What an exciting time to be part of the Life Sciences at Purdue.  The Department is playing an important role in moving biological discoveries to the forefront, where new technologies allow us to interrogate genomes at a level never previously imagined and to correct specific mutations that threaten the viability of organisms.  Our discoveries are contributing to the design of personalized medicine for patients, solving the molecular structures of today's most insidious pathogens, unraveling how the human brain functions, and understanding the complexities of ecosystems that keep our planet healthy.  Each of these areas (and many more) are key to the teaching and research missions of the Department.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our world renown research programs and our award winning faculty.  Here you will learn about our dedication to excellence in education where we take great pride in undergraduate and graduate programs led by passionate faculty, including many listed in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers.

We have recently reorganized the Department into six focus areas that truly cover the breadth of biology:

Additionally, the Department has taken a leading role in establishing the research directions of two new Purdue Institutes. The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience  (PIIN)  is led by Professor Donna Fekete and the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease  (PI4D)  is led by Professor Richard Kuhn.  These Institutes are poised to advance the biological knowledge and clinical capabilities required to address the health issues associated with aging, neurodegeneration, neurotrauma, inflammation, infection, autoimmune disease and cancer.  

We also are excited to announce construction of a new STEM Teaching Lab building which is a joint venture with the College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry.  The new STEM building will house state-of-the-art Biology and Chemistry teaching labs plus several that will support a new joint “Chemical Biology” major that will be offered in both Departments.  You can see more information about the new STEM building and stay up-to-date with construction progress by watching the live feed cam.  We expect that our students will be taking lab classes in STEM beginning August 2020.

Across all areas of learning, discovery and engagement, this is an exciting period for the Department of Biological Sciences.  I hope that you will take some time to navigate through our website and learn more about the Department.  Feel free to visit us in person.  We welcome the opportunity to share our stories with you!

Boiler up!

Stephen F. Konieczny
Professor and Interim Head
Department of Biological Sciences

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