Centers and Institutes

The science of teamwork.

The image of a lone scientist—a Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, or Albert Einstein—working deep into the night on a weighty problem holds a romantic appeal for many, especially those in the entertainment industry. The reality is the lone scientist is mostly science fiction, as breakthrough scientific discoveries are rarely the accomplishment of a single individual. Uncovering universal truths takes the collaborative efforts of scientists located across the globe and across disciplines. In short, it takes a scientific community, a team committed to working as one in service to the common good. The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science is home to more than 20 centers and institutes, each dedicated to the collaborative research necessary to answer age-old questions and address today’s complex problems.

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics (AD&T) is an exciting interdisciplinary effort by Notre Dame scientists and engineers to tackle some of the world's biggest problems through innovations at the smallest scales. The initiative builds on Notre Dame's recognized leadership in nanotechnology and applies new discoveries - at the cellular level down to the molecular level - to a novel and broadly diverse set of health and environmental changes.

Center for Astrophysics

Center for Astrophysics

The Center for Astrophysics has been created to provide a collaborative environment for the University's many diverse activities in theoretical astrophysics, observational astronomy, and astrophysics projects at Notre Dame's Nuclear Structures Laboratory and the Project GRAND cosmic air shower array.

Center for Environmental Science and Technology

Center for Environmental Science and Technology

This Center, formerly named the Center for Bioengineering and Pollution Control, is a cooperative effort between the College of Science and the College of Engineering, providing education and basic research opportunities for the development of cutting-edge technologies leading to innovative solutions to both national and international environmental problems.

Center for Mathematics

Center for Mathematics

The purpose of the Center of Mathematics at Notre Dame is to promote and stimulate mathematical research; to communicate the power, beauty, and ubiquity of mathematics; and to provide growth opportunities to students dedicated to mathematics.  The Center develops and broadly disseminates fundamental and deep mathematical ideas and encourages collaborative and cross-disciplinary research, both within mathematics and with other disciplines such as physics, computer science, medicine, biology, and biotechnology, among others.

Center for Nano Science and Technology

Center for Nano Science and Technology

The Center for Nano Science and Technology explores new device concepts and associated circuit architectures which are enabled by novel phenomena on the nanometer scale. The Center catalyzes multidisciplinary research at the intersection between chemistry and biochemistry, physics, electrical engineering, and computer science and engineering.

Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases

Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases

The Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases exists to promote and support research and education in basic, translational, and clinical work on rare and neglected diseases at Notre Dame and interacting campuses. There are tens of thousands of rare diseases, typically defined as those which afflict less than 200,000. Among them are cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, Niemann-Pick C disease, and several of the rare forms of cancer. Neglected diseases, by contrast, can affect billions, but like their rare counterparts, have been ignored by researchers. The Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases is addressing this hole in healthcare.

Center for Zebrafish Research

Center for Zebrafish Research

The Center for Zebrafish Research is one of the largest single zebrafish centers in the nation. As a powerful vertebrate model system, zebrafish are used regularly in the research of visual system development, retinal function, visual processing, behavior, and retinal regeneration.

DNA Learning Center

DNA Learning Center

The Notre Dame DNA Learning Center was dedicated in September 2013 and is a hands-on science center devoted to modern biology education that prepares local K-12 students to thrive in the gene age. This advanced science education center is the ideal teaching tool to inspire young students to pursue careers in science and to build a knowledge base that will extend into their educational and post-educational careers.

Eck Institute for Global Health

Eck Institute for Global Health

The University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide enterprise that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, and especially people in low and middle-income countries who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.

Environmental Change Initiative

Environmental Change Initiative

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND–ECI) will tackle the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. The goal of ND–ECI is to provide solutions that minimize the trade–offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade–offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible.

Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute

Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute

The mission of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute is to determine the effects of nano- and micro-particles (e.g., bacteria, natural organic matter, and mineral aggregates) on contaminant transport in geologic systems. The Institute integrates traditional macroscopic and microscopic techniques with state-of-the-art molecular-scale approaches such as x-ray absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and molecular dynamics modeling.

Harper Cancer Research Institute

Harper Cancer Research Institute

The Harper Cancer Research Institute is a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the Indiana School of Medicine in South Bend that investigates many of the Hallmarks of Cancer to gain a molecular-level understanding of these processes and to uncover new targets for cancer therapies. The Institute includes Notre Dame faculty from the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, and Preprofessional Studies within the College of Science, as well as faculty from the College of Engineering.

Institute for Structure & Nuclear Astrophysics

Institute for Structure & Nuclear Astrophysics

This is one of only three medium-scale accelerator laboratories in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation to perform basic research in a wide spectrum of areas that overlap with most of the highest-priority scientific objectives in modern nuclear physics.

Institute for Theoretical Sciences

Institute for Theoretical Sciences

The Institute for Theoretical Sciences (ITS) promotes theoretical research at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the University of Notre Dame by attracting internationally recognized leaders and junior researchers as well as graduate students in selected areas of basic and applied theoretical sciences, and by providing them with the opportunity to pursue research in the international, intellectually stimulating environment of the University of Notre Dame and ANL.

Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science & Applications

Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science & Applications

The Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science & Applications (iCeNSA) is an interdisciplinary research center organized around network science problems in social, biological, biochemical, physical, environmental, financial, organizational, technical, and defense systems. The center has faculty, graduate students, post-docs and undergraduates from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science, and the College of Engineering working a wide range of network projects.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity

The goal of the Center for Biocomplexity is to meld physical, mathematical, and computational approaches with those of modern biology to understand this complexity in a quantitative and predictive way.

Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics

Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics

A National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) is a collaborative research institute involving Notre Dame, Michigan State, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and others, bringing together the fields of nuclear physics, astrophysics, and astronomy.

QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame

QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame

The QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame is a national model for involving high school teachers and students in high-energy physics projects. Founded in 1999 by Notre Dame physicist Randy Ruchti, QuarkNet has given high school physics teachers and students an opportunity to play key roles in such high-profile experiments as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland; Fermilab's Tevatron near Chicago; and future facilities such as the International Linear Collider.

Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine

Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine

The center trains aspiring and practicing physicians in the human element of patient care. The center primarily focuses on training undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions in compassionate care before they enter graduate school. The center also networks with other national and local health care organizations, practicing physicians, nurses, and other helping professionals and conducts research in caring science.

University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center

University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center

Graduate and undergraduate students and faculty interested in Ecology and  Environmental Biology enrich their studies by conducting research at the three University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Centers (UNDERC) located in northern Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan, western Montana, and Puerto Rico. UNDERC-East began in 1976 in a pristine 7500-acre tract of northern forests and lakes straddling Wisconsin and Michigan.

W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research

W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research

The research done at the Center for Transgene Research is for the development and use of gene targeting technology to investigate the roles of the genes of the blood coagulation, anticoagulation, and fibrinolytic pathways in hemostasis and related diseases.

Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development

Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development

In March 2014, the William K. Warren Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. endowed a gift to establish the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery.  The center will be a state-of-the-art resource for a highly productive and renowned group of drug discovery faculty with expertise and interest in areas such as neurological and central nervous system disorders, infectious disease, cancer and rare diseases. The center will support the organization of chemical research discoveries to create the Notre Dame Chemical Compound Collection and promote biological evaluation of the products through internal collaborations and external partnerships with the aim of bringing healing therapies to the market.