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Karen I Plaut

College of Agriculture Administration 

  • Interim Dean of Ag/Prof Animal Sciences
  • Interim Dean
765.494.8391
765.494.7420

Animal Sciences 

  • Professor of Animal Sciences

Karen Plaut joined Purdue University as Associate Dean and Director of Ag Research in the College of Agriculture on June 1, 2010. 

She is responsible for leadership of research programs in agriculture, food and natural resources including fiscal management, and a number of regulatory functions assigned by the Indiana State Legislature. Her responsibilities include: research program development and overall direction, budget, planning, allocation of resources, support of faculty in the aggressive pursuit of extramural funds, accountability to supporting clientele, and general advocacy for agriculture, food and natural resources research. She oversees the research budget, grants and contracts, eight regional Purdue Agricultural Centers, research farms, campus-based research facilities, and a number of research centers. She also coordinates agricultural research with the College of Health and Human Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and assures effective linkage with other campus research communities and Cooperative Extension.

Biography

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 assures 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 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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