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The power of computational modeling to combat diseases

Author: Sarah Craig


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Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is among the nation’s leading researchers in a unique and growing area within this complex field of disease control and prevention. The Perkins Lab at the University of Notre Dame applies mathematical modeling to the study of infectious disease transmission dynamics and control with a focus on mosquito-borne diseases including, but not limited to, Zika, dengue, and malaria.

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Mark Caprio awarded the Shilts/Leonard Teaching Award for 2017

Author: Grant Johnson and Tammi Freehling

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Mark Caprio, Ph.D., associate professor of theoretical physics, associate chair, and director of graduate studies, is the recipient of the 2017 Father James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Gene Leonard Teaching Award from the College of Science. The award, presented on May 19 at the College of Science Dean’s Awards luncheon, is given for excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching and is the highest teaching honor bestowed by the college.

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Immunotherapy team shares grand prize in McCloskey Business Plan Competition

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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The interdisciplinary team of Structured Immunity patented a new technology for the field of immunology that can increase drug efficacy to kill cancer cells, while decreasing the possibility of side effects. The start-up shared the grand prize in the McCloskey Business Plan competition in April.

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Senior science students honored at luncheon

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

Jordan Hall of Science exterior after a rain storm

Several graduating seniors were honored on Friday, May 19, 2017, during a luncheon in the galleria of the Jordan Hall of Science for their varied accomplishments and successes.

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Notre Dame Grad Student Chosen to Present Work at 2017 Future Fellow Research Conference

Author: Jenna Bilinski

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Alyssa Lesko, fourth-year Biology graduate student, was recently selected to present her work at the 2017 Future Fellow Research Conference (FFRC) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Lesko will present her work on how the loss of tumor suppressor Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) and subsequently how its normal functions leads to tumorigenesis. Read more.

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Scientists reveal new and improved genome sequence of Daphnia pulex

Author: Jessica Sieff

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By understanding how they respond to toxic elements, scientists can look at how environmental changes caused by agriculture and road runoff or warming temperatures and climate change could impact populations in lakes, rivers and standing bodies of water.

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Sarah Lum wins Young Scientist Award

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

Chemistry graduate student recently won the Young Scientist Award at the MSB 2017 conference, a gathering of scientists in the Netherlands that focus on microscale separations and bioanalysis. The Young Scientist Award was established to recognize researchers under the age of 35 in the field who set an outstanding example for other scientists. The award specifically recognizes Lum’s work on developing new forensics technology.

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