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We extend a warm welcome to Laurie Littlepage, the newest member of our faculty who joined us this summer.  As an assistant professor, Laurie will be directing research in the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute. Prior to joining us, Laurie was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF. She obtained her doctorate in Cell & Developmental Biology from Harvard and holds a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Texas.

            On the other side of the coin, in November of last year the department hosted a mini-symposium to celebrate the professional career of Tom Nowak, who has entered into the distinguished ranks of our emeriti. Among the speakers were Tom’s former graduate students Todd Holyoak of the University of Waterloo, Andy Mesecar of Purdue University, and Pat Loria of Yale University.  It was a wonderful event and a fitting tribute to Tom’s great scholarship and service.       

            We were greatly saddened when Rev. Joseph Walter, C.S.C. and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry passed away on April 18 at the age of 82.  Fr. Walter had a long and distinguished career at Notre Dame characterized by a vigorous research program in inorganic coordination chemistry and superb teaching.  In 1971, Fr. Walter was appointed Chair of the Department of Preprofessional Studies, and in his long tenure at its helm, advised upwards of 5,000 preprofessional students.  He will be greatly missed

New NIH-funded research to solve problem of drug-resistant malaria

Author: Tammi Freehling

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University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Ferdig, Ph.D., is leading a new $11.5 million program project (P01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ferdig and his team at Notre Dame are partnering with researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CID Research) in Seattle and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) to better understand the genes in the malaria parasite that are responsible for drug resistance and virulence in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the often deadly disease.

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Students participate in summer biology research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In the summer of 2017, the University of Notre Dame opened its doors to students from other universities to participate in the annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in biology. Open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in biology, the NSF-funded REU program involves 10 weeks of intensive research that culminates with a final presentation of all the participants’ research.

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Students spend summer performing analytical chemistry research at Notre Dame

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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As in previous years, the University of Notre Dame again welcomed students from around the country to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in analytical chemistry. The program is open to any rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate from four-year colleges who has a strong background in science or engineering and an interest in international development. An NSF-funded program, the 10-week full-time research program teaches students how to participate in a research project that can help solve problems in the developing world.

 

 

 

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Undergraduate wins first place in national conference for medical students

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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Every year, the University of Florida hosts the Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students, an annual gathering for medical students to present important research developments and network with professionals as they prepare to apply to residencies. This year, Samuel Rudisill won a first place award for his research on infant anesthesia and sedation. Remarkably, Rudisill is not a medical student, but a senior at the University of Notre Dame.

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