Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame.

Their gift, which will fund three new endowed professorships in adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

An urgent need exists to increase the number of faculty experts performing adult stem cell research at Notre Dame. Doing so will expand upon the strong foundation the College of Science holds in these areas and will help create an environment for excellence in which faculty and students can learn, grow, collaborate, and ultimately affect human health.

The Gallaghers’ gift will build on the already strong adult stem cell research in the College of Science to help the University become a national leader in a vital research area by contributing groundbreaking discoveries aimed at unlocking the mystery of many of these diseases and by serving as the setting for thoughtful discussion and transformative education on an important ethical issue.

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Photo: Rebecca Wingert, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was the first faculty member selected for a Gallagher Family Endowed Professorship.