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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.

Recent News

Shirey named second Notre Dame student to present at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Author: Grant Johnson

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Biochemistry graduate student Carolyn Shirey has been selected to attend the 2017 National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Selection in the NGSS is extraordinarily competitive as application is by invitation only. Over 1,500 students were invited to apply for the 2017 symposium of which only 42 students, including Biological Sciences grad student Josh Mason, were selected to participate. Shirey and the other selected participants will receive an all expenses paid trip to St. Jude this Spring where they will give a talk, present a poster, and meet with St. Jude scientists.

Shirey’s research was conducted in the laboratory of Robert Stahelin, Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, and Interim Senior Associate Director at Harper Cancer Research Institute. Read More

NDnano Symposium: Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Author: Heidi Deethardt

NDnano is hosting a one-day symposium on Thursday, ​March 30 entitled "Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders." The keynote will be given by Kevin Tracey, M.D., President & CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend the technical session and/or present their own related research in the afternoon poster session.

2017 NDnano Symposium

“Interdisciplinary research is vital to the field of nanomedicine,” said Dr. David Balkin, managing director of NDnano. “By bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of ORAU-affiliated researchers, this inaugural symposium will help seed ideas for future research collaborations as well as fuel existing engagements that revolve around the use of nanotechnology in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. We look forward to expanding the network of students and researchers, representing an amazing breadth of disciplines, who are focused on contributing to this exciting field.” Read More

International Collaboration Provides Notre Dame Students with Unparalleled Opportunity

Author: Tammi Freehling and Cliff Djajapranata

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For decades, professor Paul Helquist has partnered with colleagues in Sweden to send undergraduate and graduate chemistry students to each others’ laboratories—around 50 in total—to perform research at Notre Dame, the University of Stockholm, Gothenburg University, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm as well as the Astra Zeneca pharmaceutical lab near Gothenburg. Students from Notre Dame obtain valuable experience working in an international lab in a country which has a long-standing, strong program in science and engineering, particularly chemistry.

For past participants, the program can encourage students to pursue new research interests. “One way to gain knowledge about a new field is to read about it; however, being part of this program allowed me to actively conduct research with world-leading experts in a field that I likely would not have ventured into at Notre Dame,” said Michael Grigalunas, a 2014 participant and Ph.D. candidate whose research today involves creating treatments for Niemann-Pick type C disease. Read More