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Dr. Christopher Staiger named Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences


The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (Oct. 9) ratified seven named and distinguished professors and approved a resolution of appreciation for seven donors who have given $1 million or more to Purdue.

Trustees approved Audeen W. Fentiman as the Crowley Family Professor in Engineering Education; David Nolte as the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Timothy L. Ratliff as a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Pathobiology; Rodrigo Salgado as the Charles Pankow Professor in Civil Engineering; Kenneth H. Sandhage as the Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering; Herman Sintim as the Drug Discovery Professor of Chemistry; and Christopher Staiger as a Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences.

Staiger has been a professor of biological sciences at Purdue since 2003. He came to Purdue in 1993 as an assistant professor of biological sciences. He became associate professor of biological sciences in 1999.

His research focuses on understanding how a network of filamentous structures, the cytoskeleton, functions during plant growth, and response to biotic and abiotic stimuli.

Staiger received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Resolutions were approved for donors Edward D. and Ione B. Auer Foundation (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), Drew and Brittany Brees (Intercollegiate Athletics), Cure Engineering Foundation (College of Engineering), Jane Brock-Wilson (Krannert School of Management), Gary and Susan Dernlan (College of Engineering), Marc and Carol Gill (College of Engineering), and Cortland and Vickie Gundling (Purdue Polytechnic Institute). All of the donors contributed $1 million or more.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Sources: Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity,

Christopher Staiger, 765-496-1769,

Original article released by Purdue News on October 9, 2015.

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