About the Jupiter Life Science Initiative

Dr. Rod Murphey

A Message From the Director

The goals of the FAU Jupiter Life Science Initiative are to enhance education and foster research in the life sciences on the John D. MacArthur Campus while building partnerships with local biotechnology companies and research institutes, including the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and The Scripps Research Institute, both located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus. The initiative is a joint effort between the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and it will expand the educational opportunities for students in both Colleges by providing additional science courses on the Jupiter campus, as well as access to sophisticated scientific laboratories and equipment.

We are actively fostering research in the areas of neuroscience and biotechnology in collaboration with our local partners. We are excited to announce that we are recruiting research faculty this year, and our most recent hire, Dr. Greg Macleod, an esteemed neuroscientist, just arrived at FAU Jupiter. Last year, we renovated a 20,000 square foot research building on the MacArthur Campus, and seven neuroscience faculty members relocated their laboratories here, which included bringing over 40 students and staff to Jupiter. A number of FAU faculty members are collaborating with fellow scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and local biotechnology companies.

This summer, we are offering science classes in Jupiter. In addition to enrolling in courses, students have the option of participating in the first Jupiter Summer Science Experience, which will give students the opportunity to meet local scientists, engage in research experiences and tour local research institutes. In the 2014-2015 academic year, faculty from the College of Science will offer a new suite of upper division and graduate courses on the MacArthur campus.

We encourage you to learn more about the Jupiter Life Science Initiative by exploring our Web site, enrolling in courses, applying to our undergraduate and graduate programs, attending our seminars and events, and contributing to the ongoing research of our faculty and students. We hope to see you in Jupiter soon!

 Last Modified 3/3/14