Research and Training Clusters

Structural Biology & Biophysics

Biophysics & Structural Biology

Researchers in structural biology and biophysics study the structures, dynamics, architecture, and physical behavior of biological molecules and biomolecular assemblies using complementary physical, biochemical, and computational techniques.

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Genomics & Proteomics

Genomics & Proteomics

Researchers in genomics and proteomics study the organization and products of genomes, especially the functional proteins, aiming to understand biological pathways, networks, and their relationships with the information content of the cell. 

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Cancer Biology

Cancer Biology

Researchers in cancer biology perform basic and translational research relating to the detection, prevention, onset, and treatment of cancer. Expertise includes oncogenes and growth factors, cell adhesion, metastasis, tumor microenvironment, and tumor immunology.

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Immunology & Infectious Disease

Immunology & Infectious Disease

Researchers in immunology and infectious disease use cross-disciplinary approaches to investigate the mechanisms pathogen virulence, immunological responses required for control, and the interactions between host and pathogen.

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Chemical Biology & Molecular Pharmacology

Chemical Biology & Molecular Pharmacology

Researchers in chemical biology and molecular pharmacology study drug action and drug design and develop synthetic compounds to probe and control biological process.

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Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

Researchers in computational biology and bioinformatics study large datasets such as sequences, microarrays, and metabolic networks, and use computational algorithms to model and understand complex biological systems. 

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Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Researchers in cellular and molecular biology aim to understand the functions and mechanisms of biological processes at molecular and cellular level and investigate how they contribute to cell and organism development.

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Researchers in neuroscience draw on intellectual traditions and technical capabilities existing in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, to study the structures, functions, and mechanisms of the nervous system and brain.

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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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Author: Dr. M. Sharon Stack

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Notre Dame Research announces 2021 Internal Grant Awardees

Author: Joanne Fahey

Twenty-four Notre Dame researchers, along with their collaborators at partner universities, have been awarded funding through Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program. Two types of grants were awarded during this cycle, the Faculty Research Support Regular Grant…
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Author: Zachary Schafer, Brandi Wampler, and Joanne Fahey

Zachary Schafer is a family man whose job it is to fight cancer for a living. At Notre Dame, he leads a lab studying cancer metastasis, is the Coleman Foundation Associate Professor of Cancer Biology in the College of Science, and is affiliated with multiple centers/institutes on campus, including the...

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Thu Jan 27, 2022

Syrah Starnes and Simon Weaver (University of Notre Dame)

     CBBI "Cross-β Peptidomimetics as Disease-specific Inhibitors of Tau Aggregation"  Syrah Starnes "Adapting Bottom-up Proteomics for the Detection and Characterization of Ovarian Cancer Biomarker MUC16"  Simon Weaver

Mon Mar 14, 2022

10th annual Cancer Research Day

Keynote: David Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D. David Tuveson is an American Cancer Biologist (Clinician-Scientist) with a longstanding interest in understanding and treating pancreatic cancer. Dr. Tuveson currently serves as the Director of the Cancer Center and the Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…