Our Purpose

two scientists studying a plant specimen in a lab

Catalyzing excellence in interdisciplinary life science research


A Penn State community where premier scientists work in diverse and interdisciplinary teams to tackle humanity's biggest challenges.


We propel research excellence and inspire our diverse community of scientists to harness the transformative potential of life sciences research and innovation. By catalyzing this excellence, we evolve and advance traditional research paradigms, creating a dynamic space for curiosity, discovery, and interdisciplinary partnership in life sciences.


We integrate Penn State resources with a nimble mindset. Ever flexible, we leverage these resources in creative ways that extend our reach across the entire university system. We value innovation, risk-taking and have a growth mindset. We build and support diverse teams of faculty, staff, and trainees, knowing that they will be able reach higher than any individual could on their own.