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Researchers to pursue novel Zika solution

Researchers to pursue novel Zika solution

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) has received a grant from the USAID to pursue a novel solution to the Zika outbreak. The team, led by Molly Duman Scheel, an associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the Indiana...

Alumnus receives ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award

Alumnus receives ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award

Because of the significant contributions he has made in the field of infectious diseases, The American Chemical Society awarded Timothy Wencewicz with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 23.

Nanoparticles with a big environmental impact

Nanoparticles with a big environmental impact

Consider that a human hair is anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 nanometers in size. A plasmonic nanoparticle, which is a nanoparticle made of noble metals like gold and silver, at their largest are just 100 nanometers, but pack a big punch.

Blue-sky biomedical projects launched by new funding

Blue-sky biomedical projects launched by new funding

“We fund researchers who have exciting, sometimes risky ideas but need assistance to kick-start their investigations and collect preliminary data,” explained Paul Bohn, AD&T’s director. “There’s also a focus on selecting projects that have a recognizable path to becoming high-impact, marketable products.”

Quinn family provides $5 million gift for Phase II of Innovation Park

Quinn family provides $5 million gift for Phase II of Innovation Park

The late Thomas Quinn and his wife, Diane, have made a $5 million gift to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of the second phase of Innovation Park. The Thomas H. and Diane G. Quinn Hall for Innovation and Change will be a 40,000-square-foot, three-level facility located on...

Scientific glassblowing at Notre Dame supports research, discovery across many fields

Scientific glassblowing at Notre Dame supports research, discovery across many fields

When thinking about scientific discoveries, many do not consider the devices or instruments it takes to complete the research. However, the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory’s Scientific Glassblowing Shop (RLSG) offers a distinctive service that helps advance research in the areas of drug discovery, physics, and more. 

Notre Dame students on the front lines of medical research

Notre Dame students on the front lines of medical research

Two Notre Dame undergraduate students—Anne Grisoli and Richard Felli—and two graduate students—Katelyn Ludwig and Steve Marczak—spent the summer of 2016 conducting laboratory and clinical research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. All four are recipients of the inaugural Precision Medicine Research Fellowships, which enable highly qualified...

A summer of analytical chemistry at Notre Dame

A summer of analytical chemistry at Notre Dame

This summer the University of Notre Dame welcomed twelve students to campus to participate in the NSF-funded Research Undergraduate Experience (REU) program in analytical chemistry. The 10-week residential program is open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates at four-year colleges, with backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, computer...

LoSecco publishes memoir of Nobel Prize-winning neutrino discovery

LoSecco publishes memoir of Nobel Prize-winning neutrino discovery

When the announcement was made this past year of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, Notre Dame’s Professor John LoSecco was intimately familiar with both the winners and their prize-winning discoveries. LoSecco had, in fact, played a key role in the discovery of one of the anomalies for which the...

Uncovering a new pathway to halting metastasis

Uncovering a new pathway to halting metastasis

Metastasis, the process by which cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to other sites in the body, is responsible for more than 90 percent of cancer deaths. Thus, there is a significant need to improve the therapeutic options for patients who suffer from metastatic disease. New research from...

Reinterpreting the fossil record on jaws

Reinterpreting the fossil record on jaws

Scientists use the fossil record to make judgments on the physiology and behavior of species. But are those interpretations correct? New research from a team of researchers led by Matthew Ravosa, professor of biology and concurrent professor of both aerospace and mechanical engineering and anthropology, puts into question how we...

Katherine Ward finds niche in the convergence of science and business

Katherine Ward finds niche in the convergence of science and business

While pursuing that Ph.D, Ward heard about the ESTEEM program, a master’s degree in entrepreneurship in which students take ideas from the concept stage through the process of launching a startup company. In Ward’s case, this was the convergence of two paths – science and business — that she hadn’t been...

Page Scholar creates Girls Empowered initiative in Johannesburg

Page Scholar creates Girls Empowered initiative in Johannesburg

After a childhood filled with doctors and surgeries, senior Marisa Olsen knows how impactful a complex medical condition can be on a person’s life. Having compassionate and knowledgeable doctors made a difference in her situation, so she decided to pursue a career in medicine as a way to pay it...

Identifying effective treatments for colon cancer

Identifying effective treatments for colon cancer

In recent years researchers have begun to understand that the development of colon cancer, which is the second most common cancer in the United States, can impact the genome and cause protein changes within cancer cells. This knowledge has brought new medications and targeted therapies to the marketplace and now Notre...

A personal vendetta against cancer

A personal vendetta against cancer

These days, Page-Mayberry funnels that passion into her job as the tissue bank consent coordinator for the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute at Notre Dame. Her mission is to get as many patients as possible to sign a consent form to share their leftover tumor samples with Harper...

Notre Dame graduates receive send-off from global health leader

Notre Dame graduates receive send-off from global health leader

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health program held its 5th Commencement exercise, graduating 21 students with the professional degree of Master of Science in Global Health.  The year culminated with a capstone project in which students fulfilled their research requirement...