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Karen I Plaut

College of Agriculture Administration 

  • Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences

Agricultural Research at Purdue 

  • Director of Ag Research


Karen I Plaut, Ph.D.

Karen Plaut serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Ag Research in the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.  She is responsible for leadership of research programs in agriculture, food and natural resources including program development and planning, allocation of resources, faculty support, and general advocacy for agriculture, food and natural resources research. She coordinates agricultural research with the College of Health and Human Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and ensures effective linkage with other campus research communities and Cooperative Extension.  In addition to her role as administrator, Dr. Plaut also has an active research program in mammary gland biology.

Dr. Plaut received her B.S. in animal science from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in animal nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University.  Her postdoctoral studies were completed at the National Cancer Institute at NIH.  Before coming to Purdue she was on faculty at the University of Vermont and Michigan State University serving as Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at both institutions.  She also spent a few years working with NASA as Lead Scientist for the International Space Station.

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