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Notre Dame’s Reilly Center Releases Its Annual Top 10 of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron

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The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2016. This marks the fourth year the Center has released a list, designed to get people thinking about potential dilemmas before the science or technology goes mainstream. Readers are encouraged to vote on the issue they find most compelling and in need of discussion at and clicking on the vote button. Read More

Obesity contributes to metastasis in ovarian cancer patients

Author: William G. Gilroy

Harper Cancer Center

M. Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of the HCRI and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, notes that ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy in the U.S. Researchers set out to determine whether obesity contributes to ovarian cancer metastatic success. In other words, are tumor cells better able to successfully metastasize when the “host” is obese versus lean? Read More

Back to the Photovoltaic Future with Perovskites

Author: Barbara Villarosa


According to Dr. Prashant Kamat, "It will not be too long before rooftop solar panels will become a preferred option for new construction of houses in the U.S. and elsewhere." In a recent editorial published in the The Journal of Chemistry Letters Read More

Physicist Jay LaVerne named AAAS fellow

Author: William G. Gilroy



Jay LaVerne, professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory and a concurrent research professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

LaVerne’s research concerns the examination of the energy loss, charge and other properties of ionizing radiation and to elucidate the fundamental radiolytic decomposition of molecules and the subsequent kinetics of the reactive transients. Read More

Notre Dame’s Emily Mediate named Rhodes Scholar

Author: Sue Lister

Emily Mediate

Emily Mediate, a 2015 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been endorsed by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar, and will commence her studies at Oxford University in October 2016. Read More

Research Like a Champion Today

Author: Jenna Bilinski

The University of Notre Dame is full of brilliant students with innovative ideas that one day could change the world. Unfortunately, some ideas never get beyond the planning stage due to lack of funding.

That’s where a unique opportunity comes in. 

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The Changing Image of Cancer Research:  Cancer Engineering Wins at CABTRAC

Author: Jenna Bilinski

The Changing Image of Cancer Research:  Cancer Engineering Wins at CABTRAC

October 2015


As a collaboration between 50 academic institutions nationwide and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Training Branch, the Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC) brings together leaders in cancer research dedicated to training the next generation of cancer researchers, in part through NCI-sponsored training grants... Read more Read More

NDIGD, PAD Project win USAID Development Innovation Ventures award

Author: Meg McDermott

This paper test card is inexpensive way to distinguish substitutes or diluted drugs from real medicines used to treat common bacterial infections and tuberculosis

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and Marya Lieberman have won a USAID Development Innovation Ventures award to improve global health. Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, will expand her Paper Analytical Device research in Kenya.

Many pharmaceuticals, particularly those purchased in the developing world, are of poor quality or fake. The Paper Analytical Device project, supported by the College of Science and the Eck Institute for Global Health, allows users to quickly determine whether a drug tablet contains the correct medicines. Read More

Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development partners with Retrophin and the Grace Wilsey Foundation

Author: Marissa Gebhard

The Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development at the University of Notre Dame has established a research collaboration with Retrophin, Inc. and the Grace Wilsey Foundation to focus on developing treatment for NGLY1 deficiency.    

Notre Dame Drug Discovery

The partnership aims to develop a novel therapeutic for patients with NGLY1 deficiency, a rare genetic disorder. NGLY1 deficiency is believed to be caused by a deficiency in an enzyme called N-glycanase-1. The condition is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including global developmental delay, movement disorder, seizures, and ocular abnormalities.

Under this collaboration, the Grace Wilsey Foundation will provide support and funding to Retrophin to enable collaborative discovery efforts, with researchers in the Warren Center, that aim to validate and address a new molecular target that may be relevant to NGLY1 deficiency. Read More

Environment of tumors impacts metastasis, study finds

Author: Gene Stowe

Siyuan Zhang

If a tumor is like a seed, the soil around it plays a significant role in its growth, a new study finds.

According to the study’s results, the microenvironment of a tumor cell has significant impact on cancer metastasis. This discovery by Siyuan Zhang at Notre Dame and a team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has focused attention on fighting cancer in the tumor cell’s microenvironment. Read More

Hummon receives ACS Rising Star Award

Author: Gene Stowe


Amanda Hummon, the Husking Foundation, Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a 2016 Rising Star Award from the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee. Hummon will accept the award at the national American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego in March.  Read More

New Research Cluster at Notre Dame Accelerates Cancer Research

Author: Kallie O'Connell

With cancer affecting millions of lives each year, Notre Dame scientists are working to develop personalized cancer vaccine therapies with the help of computational modeling. The recent acquisition of a General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) compute cluster has significantly accelerated output for Notre Dame researchers. Led by Professor Brian Baker Read More

Molly Duman Scheel receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Molly Duman Scheel

Indiana University announced on Monday (Jun. 8) that Molly Duman Scheel, adjunct associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Small Interfering RNA Larvicides for Control of Malaria Vector Mosquitoes." Read more... Read More

T-Cells: Tussling With Cancer

Author: Samaria O'Brien

Michael Cosiano is one of several undergraduates working in Dr. Brian Baker's lab. The Baker lab focuses on the biophysics and structural biology of T- cell communication, and Michael is making important contributions to this work. Immunology is an incredibly important field linked to cancer research, and by furthering our understanding of the immune system he is helping better understand cancer. Read more... Read More

The Chemistry Behind Cancer

Author: Samaria O'Brien

Contributions to cancer research can take many forms and fall under various disciplines. Using analytical chemistry is important for better understanding the organization and composition of molecules in tissues impacted by cancer. Colleen Riordan, a junior majoring in biochemistry, uses her chemistry and biology background to contribute to cancer research. Read more... Read More