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Eliminating barriers for advancing biomedical science

The Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame is a cross-departmental PhD program for research and training in a range of fields in the biomedical sciences. Scientists across the campus, representing 55 different research groups, are organized into thematic Research and Training Clusters that offer students the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge biomedical research that transcends traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries. Explore our program here, or download a brochure that describes the key aspects.

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Of Synergy and Science

Author: Andy Fuller

Cross-disciplinary research building anchors new research quad

Change sometimes happens slowly, then all at once. On the northeast side of Notre Dame’s campus, a new quadrangle has emerged on space that seemingly just days ago was occupied by a parking lot and sidewalks. Anchoring this new quad on its east side is the state-of-the-art, 220,000 square foot McCourtney Hall of Molecular Science and Engineering. Its opening comes as shifts in the broader research community are hastening a change in how scientific discoveries are taking place.

“You can’t do anything these days without working with someone else, and usually in a very different discipline,” said Brian Baker, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology and chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry within the College of Science. Faculty from Baker’s department are among those who began working at McCourtney Hall when the building opened for the fall semester 2016.

“Chemistry and biochemistry are fundamental disciplines,” Baker said. “Everything from medicinal chemistry to drug discovery to cancer biology, so much of it depends on fundamental chemistry and biochemistry.” Read More

Identifying DNA and Developing Data

Author: Brandi Klingerman

How the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility helps solve health and other research questions

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When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug and antibiotic resistance, monitoring invasive species, and much more.

The GBCF has two distinct groups: Genomics and Bioinformatics. Michael Pfrender – the GBCF Faculty Director, associate professor of biological sciences, and an affiliated faculty member of the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) and the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) – explains how the two groups work together, Read More

Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture – Global Health in the 21st Century

Author: Sarah Craig

The 2016 Paul P. Weinstein Memorial Lecture presented by the Eck Institute for Global Health featured B. Fenton “Lee” Hall, MD, PhD, Chief of the Parasitology and International Programs Branch (PIPB) in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

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The career of Dr. Lee Hall fittingly reflects and embodies the ideals and achievements of Weinstein. Both men have made significant contributions to the United States’ premier biomedical research institution, the National Institutes of Health, and specifically to a better understanding of the parasites that cause human suffering and death around the globe. Also, they were both heavily involved in the prestigious American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Read More