Video: Fast-Growing Molecular Research Group at Notre Dame Targets Birth Defects and Other Serious Health Problems

Author: Joanne Fahey


At the University of Notre Dame, the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as well as related programs in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics and Precision Medicine, have come together to build one of the fastest-growing analytical science and engineering programs in the country. Together, these Notre Dame researchers are collaborating as a wider group, known as ASEND, on innovative molecular research and the discovery and design of new technologies to combat disease, promote health, and safeguard the environment.

Speaking about ASEND, including its dynamic – and continuing – growth path that is distinct in the field, Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, said, “Throughout my career I often wondered how I would construct a program if doing it from the ground up. Well, here at Notre Dame we have had the opportunity to do just this in analytical sciences and engineering.” Bohn continued, “By bringing together important intellectual drivers in the fields of biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, and electrical engineering with partnerships that span other academic institutions, like Indiana University and Purdue University, as well as corporate partners, such as Eli Lilly and Co., Notre Dame is actively changing the way our faculty work across traditional disciplinary lines in order to create an organic growth path for our researchers and to help solve some of the most serious health and environmental concerns that our world faces today.”

Bohn talks about some of the research projects that are underway within ASEND alongside his colleagues Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, David Go, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Amanda Hummon, Huisking Foundation, Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, in a new video.

To watch the video, which is part of the Advancing Research series, and learn more about ASEND at Notre Dame, please click here.

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world.

Originally published by Joanne Fahey at on March 04, 2016.