Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
Dr. Daniel Suter studied Biology at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, receiving an MS degree in Biological Sciences in 1988. After pursuing additional training in Biology and Chemistry Education at the ETH Zurich, he conducted graduate research on neuronal cell adhesion molecules with Prof. Peter Sonderegger in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Zurich. After receiving a PhD in Biochemistry in 1995, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Paul Forscher at Yale University as a Postdoctoral fellow with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Roche Research Foundation. During his time at Yale University, Dr. Suter made significant contributions to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of neuronal growth cone motility and guidance, using quantitative high-resolution live cell imaging techniques. For example, he provided the first direct experimental evidence that support the model of substrate-cytoskeletal coupling during growth cone migration.
<br />In 2003, he started his own lab at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, continuing to unravel the basic mechanisms that control the directional movements of neuronal growth cones. His independent research program has focused on (1) the role of microtubules in growth cone guidance, (2) the dynamics and function of Src tyrosine kinase in growth cones, (3) the role of reactive oxygen species in controlling the neuronal cytoskeleton, and (4) the biomechanics of growth cones. Since 2009, Dr. Suter is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.