Marya Lieberman, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was featured as a member of the Notre Dame All-Faculty Team on Oct. 28 during the football game against North Carolina State.
Thomas Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, honors a different member of the faculty on the field during a timeout at each home football game. The seven professors are chosen from across Notre Dame’s colleges and schools for their excellence in research, teaching, and service to the University.
Lieberman joined the University in 1996 as an assistant professor and became a professor in 2016. Her lab designs paper analytical devices (PADs) to solve a host of analytical problems in low-resource settings. These paper test cards, costing less than 20 cents each, are inexpensive ways to identify counterfeit drugs in developing countries that do not have access to sophisticated laboratory testing. Counterfeit antibiotics and medications for tuberculosis, diabetes and heart conditions are life-and-death issues. Her lab has produced more than 15,000 of the PADs so far.
Lieberman earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington, and was a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology. During her time at Notre Dame she has earned the Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and a Partners for Progress Prosperity (P3) Award for the American Chemical Society Joint Great Lakes/Central Region.