Sean Kassen, Ph.D.


309 Jordan Hall Of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-4689

Sean Kassen, director, is responsible for administering all of the functions of the Fund which includes advancing Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease research, fundraising, managing the grants program, and raising awareness of NPC disease. Previously he was the Director of Academic Advancement for the College of Science where he worked to externally promote the priorities of the College of Science to individuals, companies, and foundations. He also coordinated several events including the Road to Discovery cross-country bike ride and the Parseghian Classic to raise awareness and funds for NPC disease.

Sean received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Alma College in Alma, Michigan, and his doctoral degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to attending Notre Dame, Sean conducted research for Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, identifying causes of a rare premature infant disease called necrotizing enterocolitis. His research at Notre Dome ranged in topics from identifying the mechanisms behind retinal development and regeneration to using zebrafish as a model for developing genetic tools.