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Peace and Possibilities

May 6, 2020

We have busy lives.  Whether we have a family and a career, a career and no family, or we're concentrating on raising decent human beings, we're always striving for something.  It's different for each of us.

When we look at where we are in our lives or careers, it's not often that we contemplate on how we ended up there.  Sometimes it's never at all…until someone asks.

My guest on this week's podcast has thought about it.  When Rob was 14, his mother passed away from cancer.  He already had a passion for science but was still working on his purpose.  His dad gave him a microscope and his love for science grew.  With supportive family members, a mentor, and laser focus, he continued to pursue an education in science, eventually realizing his goal.

Tune in to learn what he really sees value in now, and what he wish he had learned just a little sooner.

Oh, and learn about how he's helping to solve this crazy problem we're all faced with in 2020!

Rob Stahelin is the Retter Professor of Pharmacy in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Purdue Institute for Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D) at Purdue University. In August of 2017, he was recruited to Purdue University from the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) and the University of Notre Dame. There he had served as the Navari Family Scholar and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (from 2006-17).


Rob grew up in Lombard, IL attending Willowbrook High School. His scientific studies started as an undergraduate biochemistry major at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) followed by a PhD in chemistry from UIC where he studied lipid-protein interactions in health and disease. He then stayed at UIC for a postdoc in biophysics and cell biology and, in 2006, started his own laboratory as an assistant professor at IUSM-SB and Notre Dame. He has contributed to over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts; is an expert in lipid-protein interactions, viral assembly, and drug re-purposing against viruses. His lab now does research on SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. In his free time he enjoys coaching girls softball and serving as a children’s bible study leader.





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