David Sanders is no ordinary political candidate. His background isn't even in politics—it's in science.
Currently, Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale College in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995, he joined the Markey Center for Structural Biology at Purdue University. He discovered a biochemical reaction that leads to the entry of cancer-causing retroviruses into cells. He also is the author of two U.S. patents on novel gene-therapy delivery techniques. Dr. Sanders' work on the Ebola virus led to his participation in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention Program, a product of the Nunn-Lugar legislation. He has investigated the transmission of viruses from other animals to humans and is often invited to speak on ethics, biodefense, evolution, gene therapy, vaccination and influenza viruses in public forums. Dr. Sanders is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar.
When he isn't in the classroom or in the lab, Dr. Sanders is deeply involved in the community. He was elected to the West Lafayette City Council in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Dr. Sanders employs his scientific expertise to create smart public policy solutions rooted in data and science. Through public service, he aims to give back to the community he knows and loves. He has lived in West Lafayette for over 25 years, and all three of his sons attended West Lafayette's public schools.
His scientific expertise and his love for the city of West Lafayette are why Dr. Sanders represents you as a West Lafayette City Councilor At-large.
(NOTE: The association of David Sanders with Purdue University is included for identification purposes only and does not imply endorsement by Purdue University or any of its administrative units.)