PVM Cancer Researcher Speech Highlights Purdue Inventors’ Reception

Friday, February 15, 2019

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Dr. Timothy Ratliff, distinguished professor of comparative pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Dr. Timothy Ratliff, a Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member who helps lead Purdue’s efforts to find treatments and potential cures for cancer, served as the featured speaker at an event honoring the University’s inventors who received a patent in the most recent fiscal year.  The Purdue’s Inventors Recognition Reception, an annual event held February 6, celebrated innovation at the University.  Several PVM faculty members are among those who received patents in 2017-18. 

Dr. Ratliff, distinguished professor of comparative pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, works with professors and researchers from across the University to translate basic research into lifesaving treatments.  “Working with world-class researchers to discover new ways to treat and eradicate cancer while enhancing the lives of those touched by this devastating disease is truly a lifetime commitment for all involved,” Dr. Ratliff said. “In this endeavor, we are bringing together the best minds and using the highest level of technology and fundamental science to accomplish things that could not be done without collaboration to make a profound impact on those touched by this terrible disease.”  Dr. Ratliff, who lost his father and father-in-law to cancer, said some of the current research being done at Purdue focuses on immunotherapy, chemotherapy sensitivity, nanoparticle development, and drug discovery. 

Receivers of patents in 2017-18 included the following Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members and professor emeritus:

  • Dr. Harm HogenEsch, associate dean for research and professor in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology
  • Dr. James F. Leary, professor emeritus in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Sophie A. Leliévre, professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences; co-leader of the Drug Discovery and Molecular Sensing Program, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; and scientific director, 3D Cell Culture Core (3D3C) facility
  • Dr. Joanne B. Messick, professor in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology
  • Dr. Timothy Ratliff, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Pathobiology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology; Robert Wallace Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
  • Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology
  • Dr. John J. Turek, professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Sherry L. Voytik-Harbin, professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Click here to read a complete news release about the Purdue’s Inventors Recognition Reception, which includes a complete listing of honored Purdue faculty members.


Writer(s): Chris Adam, Purdue Research Foundation, and Kevin Doerr | pvmnews@purdue.edu


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