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Webber Named to Class of 2017 Emerging Investigators

Author: Nina Welding

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Biomaterials Science has named Matthew Webber, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Supramolecular Engineering Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, to its 2017 Class of Emerging Investigators. Chosen for their outstanding work in the field of biomaterials, each of the 31 young researchers is highlighted in the July issue of the journal, which includes articles ranging from findings in nanomedicine to biomimetic materials to molecular delivery systems for applications including cancer therapy, imaging and tissue engineering.
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2017 Walther Cancer Foundation Grants Winners

Author: Khoa Huynh

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We are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2017 Walther Cancer Foundation Cancer Cure Venture (CCV) and Interdisciplinary Interface Training Program (IITP) grants. The overall goals of the CCV funding mechanism is to stimulate novel multi-disciplinary integrative cancer research, seed collaborative interactions between at least 2 scientific fields, provide cross-disciplinary training environment for post-doctoral fellows, and generate high quality preliminary data for extramural application. The IITP funding mechanism aims to establish cancer-focused integrative interdisciplinary training environment, provide 2 years of support for highly qualified and productive applicants, and demonstrate efficacy of this training model to support future NIH T32 application.  


Collaborators: Siyuan Zhang, Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences; Pinar Zorlutuna, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Project Title: An Aging-mimicking Breast-on-Chip (ABoc) for Studying the Effect of Aged Microenvironment on Breast Cancer Progression

Collaborators: Xin Lu, John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences; Matt Webber, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project Title: Novel Antibody-Drug Conjugates for Personalized Therapy of Lethal Prostate Cancer


Student: Marwa Asem

Mentors: Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of Harper Cancer Research Institute, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Matt Ravosa, Professor of Biological Sciences, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Anthropology; Pinar Zorlutuna, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Project Title: Intra-peritoneal Mechanobiology and Tumor:Host Crosstalk in Ovarian Cancer

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Notre Dame research funding reaches record-breaking levels

Author: Joanne Fahey and Brandi Klingerman

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The University of Notre Dame has received $138.1 million in research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2017, surpassing the previous record of $133.7 million set in FY 2015. Additionally, the University also broke its monthly record receiving $27.6 million in June alone. Read More

Notre Dame Research Launches New Module on ND Mobile

Author: Brandi Klingerman

The module features the University’s key research areas, core facilities, and research news

Notre Dame Research (NDR) has launched a new module on the ND Mobile App. This module provides a snapshot of the research taking place at the University of Notre Dame while also providing important information for those conducting research on campus.

When discussing the module, Research Communications Program Director Joanne D. Fahey said, “ND Mobile allows its users to learn about everything from athletics to campus dining, and now the app will also offer that same level of accessibility and awareness for Notre Dame Research. Whether someone is visiting campus or is a faculty member or student, the ND Mobile App now provides an additional, easy-to-use resource to learn more about research, scholarship, and creative endeavor here at Notre Dame.”

The module offers five main sections: Our Research, How Do I…?, Twitter, News, and Contact. The ‘Our Research’ section offers insight into research in the colleges and schools as well as the University’s key research areas and core facilities. Like, ND Mobile users can now view videos or photos, read short descriptions, and find resource links for various research centers and institutes on campus. Read More

Eck Institute for Global Health to study Zika in Belize

Author: Jessica Sieff

Eck Institute for Global Health to study Zika in Belize

The University of Notre Dame has announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the Belize Ministry of Health and the Belize Vector and Ecology Center aimed at strengthening the country’s ability to respond to Zika virus and other arboviruses. Researchers are already working in Belize as part of the five-year project, which will include a full epidemiological and entomological surveillance study, training for health care professionals and public health awareness and education. Read More

New Studies Show Molecular Make-up of Ovarian Cancer May Determine Speed of New Tumor Growth

Author: Brandi Klingerman

Key to understanding ovarian cancer metastasis could lie in cancer cells acting in groups

Cells in the Stack LabOvarian cancer cell tearing apart the mesothelial layer of the peritoneum.

When it comes to ovarian cancer, 60 percent of patients are diagnosed in stage III, meaning the cancer has already metastasized, or spread, throughout the pelvis. Additionally, between 70 and 90 percent of those patients will be diagnosed with recurrence and although recurrent ovarian cancer is treatable, it is rarely curable. These unfortunate results are partially due to the disease’s ability to spread cancer cells and therefore efficiently penetrate other organs. To better understand how metastatic ovarian cancer spreads, Notre Dame researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) are evaluating the impact of ovarian cancer cell molecular composition and how these cells work together to invade surrounding tissue. Read More

Notre Dame graduate students awarded fellowships for cross-disciplinary biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer


Two University of Notre Dame graduate students, Enrico Speri and Yide Zhang, have been awarded the 2017 Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics to support their exceptional  and wide-ranging research programs—which touch on aspects of biology, chemistry, and engineering—over the next academic year.


Speri, a chemistry and biochemistry PhD student working in the labs of Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang, is trying to tackle one of the largest global health threats today: bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Read More