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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Neurobiologist Christopher Patzke joins Notre Dame faculty

Author: Naya Tadavarthy

Christopher Patzke joined Notre Dame this August as the John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases. His neurobiology research focuses on the genetic makeup of the human brain at the cellular level.
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Attend the 2020 virtual Core Facility Fair

Author: Brandi Wampler

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Notre Dame Research will host a virtual Core Facility Fair from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The event is open to students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 22, 2020

Cancer Wellness Symposium

All are invited to attend the free Cancer Wellness Symposium via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22. 

Tue Sep 22, 2020

CBE Grad Seminar: Frank Doyle, Harvard

Frank Doyle: The Control of Time A challenging problem in systems biology is to rapidly re-entrain circadian oscillations that have been forced out of synchrony with the environment due to external factors such as jet lag or shift work. Recent studies have identified small-molecule pharmaceuticals which effect dose-dependent changes in the mammalian circadian clock, providing an avenue for control of circadian amplitude and phase. In this work, we use a molecular model of the mammalian circadian gene regulatory network to inform a model predictive controller (MPC) for optimal re-entrainment of the circadian clock. Practical constraints on the re-entrainment process arise...

Tue Sep 22, 2020

Departmental Seminar: Patricia Champion

Patricia Champion, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, will give a seminar entitled "Conserved mechanisms of mycobacterial disease" on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m.   Join Zoom Meeting…