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Fighting Mosquito-borne Diseases

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“In general, cases of Zika have definitely decreased in most of Central and South America, but the virus is not gone. The mosquitoes carrying Zika and other diseases are still there, and the risk for another infection outbreak is still quite prevalent,” says Elitza Theel, director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory and co-director of the Vector-Borne Diseases Service Line at Mayo Clinic.

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Irish and Notre Dame STEM students encouraged to apply for a Naughton Fellowship

Author: Joanne Fahey

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The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional Ph.D., masters, or undergraduate students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame. Read More

Theoretical physics professor wins NSF grant in computational neuroscience

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of theoretical physics, recently received an international collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Intelligent Information Systems for research on brain neuronal networks. The project is aimed at discovering the fundamental principles of connectivity in the neuronal network of the neocortex and it is in collaboration with Henry Kennedy from the Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute in Lyon, France, with Toroczkai, as the lead principal investigator. Read More

Networking and collaboration in soft materials and polymers at the heart of annual ND-Purdue symposium

Author: Heidi Deethardt

2017 ND-Purdue Soft Matter Symposium Group

What started as a small event in 2014 among Notre Dame’s community of soft matter and polymer researchers, has now grown into an annual regional symposium that includes faculty presentations and student posters from four universities. The research touched on various applications of polymer materials in batteries, solar cells, sensors, nanomedicines, tissue scaffolds, and membrane separation. Read More

‘Realities of Lung Cancer’ focus of Harper Cancer Research Institute seminar

Author: Erin Blasko


The Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend, in partnership with Smoke Free St. Joe, will host “Realities of Lung Cancer,” a free, public seminar on the benefits of smoking cessation from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 (Thursday) — Great American Smokeout day. Read More

New protein study broadens knowledge of molecular basis for disease

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Determining how proteins function on a molecular level is crucial to understanding the underlying basis for disease. Now scientists at the University of Notre Dame are one step closer to unraveling the mystery of how intrinsically disordered proteins work, according to new research published in Science. Read More

The IDEA Center: Bringing Notre Dame's Best Ideas to Market

Author: Ryan Millbern

The newly launched IDEA Center plans to turn the innovations of 15 Notre Dame student and faculty researchers into viable commercial entities in the coming yea r— and to advance the common good in the process.    

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Harper Cancer Research Institute Community Seminar to focus on Breast Cancer Sept. 13

Author: Erin Blasko

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The Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame will host a community breast cancer seminar Sept. 13 (Wednesday) at Raclin-Carmichael Hall, 1234 N. Notre Dame Ave., as part of its occasional Community Seminar Series.

Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by presentations and a Q&A from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Judy Nace, a local breast cancer survivor, and Jeni Prosperi, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and adjunct assistant professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame. Read More

Faculty Seminar with Professor Siyuan Zhang

Author: Khoa Huynh

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Join Siuyan Zhang, the Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 4:00pm in 283 Galvin for a seminar titled Unraveling Bewildered Tumor Ecosystem – From Molecular Insights to Clinical Translation. Read More

Join Notre Dame Research for the 2017 Core Facility Fair

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Notre Dame Research invites faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as external customers to attend the Core Facility Fair on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. From 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the McCourtney Hall B01 Auditorium, attendees will be able to learn how state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise available via the University of Notre Dame core facilities can help take their research to the next level.  Read More

New Notre Dame ideas with potential to improve health and wellness secure funding

Author: Arnie Phifer

Research extends from the most common cause of heart attacks to a rare brain disorder affecting children



The University of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative announced the recipients of its 2017 Discovery Fund awards, which provide seed funding to some of the most creative ideas being developed by Notre Dame faculty and their collaborators in areas of biomedical, environmental, and behavioral health.


Since 2013, AD&T has used its Discovery Fund program to support new projects identified by their scientific originality, multidisciplinary approaches, and likelihood to result in real-world applications and products.


“Our Discovery Fund awards have proven to be great investments,” says Paul Bohn, Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Director of AD&T.


“Not only do we back faculty and students doing exciting, potentially transformative work, but so far every dollar we’ve invested has returned an additional $15 in external grant support. Many have also resulted in commercializable intellectual property. Those are the kinds of outcomes that produce long-term research sustainability.” Read More

Researchers tackle ovarian cancer using a multidisciplinary approach

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Science Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Institute, which is a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend (IUSM-SB), are working with community partners to not only foster awareness of ovarian cancer, but to develop tests for early detection, create novel chemotherapies, and target the Holy Grail: A cure. Read More

New End Point Strategy for Disease Elimination

Author: Sarah Craig

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The University of Notre Dame’s Edwin Michael, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, and his team of researchers have developed a model to assess the utility of using dyethalcarbamazine (DEC) treated salt. Their research was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, a peer-reviewed journal publishing topic areas and methods that address essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. Read More

Dr. Jeremy Zartman Awarded Highly Competitive NIH Grant

Author: Khoa Huynh

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Dr. Jeremy Zartman, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a competitive Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA, R35) grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The MIRA program is intended to provide research support for "the nation’s highly talented and promising investigators”.  Zartman’s 5-year grant entitled Regulation and Function of Multicellular Calcium Signaling in Epithelial Growth and Regeneration will support an investigation of impaired cellular calcium signaling, prevalent in many diseases including skin diseases, Alzheimer’s, and metastatic cancer. Read More

College of Science & Engineering Joint Annual Meeting

Author: Khoa Huynh

2017 Cose Jam Grad Students Postdocs Flier

The College of Science (COS) and College of Engineering (COE) will be hosting the first-ever Joint Annual Meeting on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Jordan Hall of Science. This event will provide an interdisciplinary forum to showcase the diverse research strengths of the graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in both the COS and COE


Matthew J. Ravosa / Professor of Biological Sciences, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Anthropology 

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The Rise of Nanotechnology Research at Notre Dame

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Researchers at NDnano  look two steps ahead to stand apart in a competitive field

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Notre Dame’s nanotechnology research efforts date back to the 1980s, when the studies were mostly simulation-based and focused on computation advancements. In the three decades since, research at the University’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) has grown and evolved in a forward-thinking and distinctive way. Read More

Researchers work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body

Author: Nina Welding


A team of researchers, led by Notre Dame's Zhangli Peng and co-investigator Juan del Alamo of the University of California at San Diego, is studying the transmigration of red blood cells through inter-endothelial slits in the spleen, the narrowest point in the body through which these cells travel, to provide important clues in a variety of physiological and pathological processes and potentially impact the design of artificial organs and other biomedical devices. Read More

Slashing sweets before chemo may make treatment more effective

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Colorectal cancer patients may benefit by avoiding sweets for three days before chemotherapy and by taking a common antimalaria drug, according to new research by biochemistry doctoral student Monica Schroll.

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Schroll, Amanda Hummon, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and two others studied a two-pronged method of weakening colorectal cancer cells to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy, Read More

New research suggests climate change could accelerate mosquito-borne disease epidemics

Author: Sarah Craig

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Bad news for humans about the spread of mosquito-borne disease as climate change continues to worsen. New research from the University of Notre Dame, recently published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, proposes a new way that climate change could contribute to mosquitos’ capacity to drive disease epidemics. As climate change continues to rise, so could the speed of epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and Zika.    Read More

Radiation Laboratory researchers unveil neutral radicals in new process

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Researchers at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory have devised a process to detect neutral radicals, which if more thoroughly understood can be used to improve radiotherapy to kill cancer cells or advance the manufacture of semiconductor chips, among other applications. Read More