Phone: (765) 494-0618
Office: 112A NUCL
Office Hours: TBD
Mailing address:
  School of Nuclear Engineering
  Purdue University
  Nuclear Engineering Building
  400 Central Drive
  West Lafayette, IN  47907-2017

The BioElectrics and ElectroPhysics (BEEP) Lab explores the interaction of intense electromagnetic radiation (electric pulses, plasmas, and lasers) with materials, particularly biological cells and tissues.  Current research topics of interest include:
  1. Spectroscopy of cold atmospheric pressure plasmas to measure generated reactive species for food treatment and combustion.
  2. Application of pulsed electric fields to induce differentiation and proliferation of stem cells and activation of platelets.
  3. Measurement of changes in electrical properties of pulsed biological cells to elucidate pore formation and ion flow.
  4. Mathematical modeling of membrane dynamics during and after electric pulse application, including temperature gradients, pore formation, and ion flow.
  5. Mathematical modeling of discharge formation for microscale and smaller gaps at atmospheric pressure to predict breakdown for novel applications in MEMS, combustion, and field emission.
  6. Mathematical modeling of tumor growth and development under various nutrient condition and in the presence of cancer treatment modalities, such as plasmas and electric pulses.

PI:  Allen L. Garner, PhD, PE
I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  I received my BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois (1996), MSE in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (1997), MS in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University (2003), and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan (2006).  I am a licensed Professional Engineer (Electrical Engineering) in Michigan.
From 1997 to 2003, I was an active duty submarine officer who served as Reactor Controls Assistant, Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, and Communicator on board the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and as an instructor of Operational Water Chemistry, Radiological Controls, and the Prospective Nuclear Engineering Officer course at Submarine Training Facility, Norfolk, VA.  From 2006 to 2012, I was an Electromagnetic Physicist at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY.  I joined the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in August 2012.  I am also currently a Commander in the United States Navy (Reserves) and serve as the Regional Commanding Officer for the Gulf Region of SurgeMain, which consists of seven units with over 180 Sailors who provide journeyman level support to the Navy's public shipyards.  
I am interested in projects that involve close collaboration between theory and experiment with an emphasis on multidisciplinary projects that involve the interaction of nonionizing and ionizing radiation with materials, particularly biological cells and tissues.  My current research interests include
  • Biomedical applications of pulsed power and plasmas
  • Plasma Physics
  • Pulsed Power
  • High Power Microwaves
  • Theoretical biophysics
  • Biomedical applications of ionizing radiation