The Henry Haller Jr. Foundation has donated $750,000 to endow a professorship to support cancer biology research efforts from the Center for Cancer Research and the College of Science at Purdue University. Purdue says the gift was matched by the Walther Cancer Foundation for a total of $1.5 million.

The university says the position will be known as the Boyce Haller Professorship. Haller Foundation board member Kevin Boyce says the endowed professorship will make an impact.

“When I think about all of the Purdue students who will learn from the men and women who hold this professorship,” Boyce said, “the fruitfulness is what makes it all worth it.”

The university says the professorship will support an endowed tenured faculty position within the College of Science and will be available to candidates whose work on theoretical, computational or experimental science advances an area of interest.

“Research today requires the development of new computational approaches and analyses that will reveal new and important cancer-causing pathways. The Boyce Haller Professorship provides the resources we need to recruit a strong, scientific leader whose work will lead to a better understanding of cancer and, with time, new treatments,” said Dr. Timothy Ratliff, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Pathobiology. 

The Walther Cancer Foundation invested more than $4 million worth of matching funds for use by the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.