Collaborative research at Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of Boldizsár Jankó, professor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.
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 science, and mechanical or electrical engineering. It offers students the opportunity to work with Notre Dame faculty on various research projects aimed at solving analytical problems in the developing world, and “teaches students how to engage with a project at the instrumental and experimental design level.”
Brian Baker, recently named the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Structural Biology, has been appointed to the position of chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, effective July 1, 2016.
Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been selected as a member of the 2016 Fellows of the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced the news today in Chemical & Engineering News.
As Richard Taylor completes a three-year term as associate vice president for research in June of this year, he will continue his research on drug discovery for rare genetic diseases, like NGLY1 deficiency, when he and other members of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development move into the building this summer.
At the University of Notre Dame, the Molecular Structure Facility (MSF) analyzes organic or inorganic substances at an atomic level, which allows researchers to learn about the three-dimensional structure and connectivity of the compound they have created. Knowing the molecular make-up of substances oftentimes provides faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students information about whether or not their substance is actually what was intended or even to see if their research is heading in the right direction.
VeriPAD, a startup created by a multidisciplinary team of City College of New York (CUNY) students and recent graduates in collaboration with University of Notre Dame faculty, was awarded the $25,000 Zahn Innovation Center social impact new venture competition grand prize.
Drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease usually target the active sites of specific protein molecules sustaining the disease. Traditional drug design views proteins as rigid 3-D objects with active sites consisting of surface-accessible “pockets” with a specific, well-defined structure. Traditional drug design involves finding small molecules with shapes that fit specifically into this pocket. A new study from University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that there are alternative approaches to targeting these proteins, a significant finding for future clinical applications.
Mr. Mike Harper, benefactor of the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), died this weekend in Omaha NE at the age of 88.
Professors of chemistry and biochemistry, Paul Helquist and Olaf Wiest, together with Frederick Maxfield of Cornell University have received a U.S. patent for potential treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. Patent No. 9,333,222, “Histone deacetylase inhibitors as therapeutic agents for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease,” covers the full class of histone deacetylase inhibitors for the genetic, fatal lysosomal storage disorder and related diseases.
Over 70 researchers from a dozen universities in the Midwest gathered at Notre Dame for the 3rd Midwest Ovarian Cancer Coalition workshop to discuss the latest advances in ovarian cancer research.
Seven members of the Pontifical University of Chile (PUC) visited Notre Dame last week to strengthen developing research partnerships and plan upcoming workshops in biochemistry and chemistry, the latest in a partnership between the universities started in 2013.
Building on the partnership that the University of Notre Dame formed with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in 2010, the University has now established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and is moving the administrative functions and granting process of the foundation from Tucson, Arizona, to Notre Dame.
Through this partnership, the Parseghian family will continue their fight to find a cure or treatment for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease and will continue to help fundraise and support researchers around the world.
A novel three-dimensional cell culture technique is making it possible for researchers to study tumors and evaluate potential cancer therapeutics quicker and more efficiently.
Three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have received awards for exemplary work in undergraduate teaching and advising. Xavier Creary, Charles L. Huisking Professor of Chemistry, and Amanda Hummon, Huisking Foundation Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have received 2016 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Dr. DeeAnne Goodenough-Lashua, has been selected to receive a Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.
Twelve graduate students who are instructors and teaching assistants in the College of Science received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. The recipients are Bide Xiong of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics; Jenifer Gifford, Sheri Sanders, Kimbra Turner, and Victoria Zellmer of Biological Sciences; Michael Brennan, Clyde Daly, Ruth Nelson and Emily Shangle of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Edward Burkard and Brian Stoyell-Mulholland of Mathematics; and Bryce Frentz of Physics.
Haifeng Gao and Vlad Iluc, assistant professors of chemistry and biochemistry, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards. These awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards offered to junior faculty members and are given to recognize outstanding research, education, and integration of education and research. Prof. Gao and Prof. Iluc join the 14 other chemistry and biochemistry faculty members selected as CAREER award recipients.…
The National Science Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 24 current Notre Dame students winning the prestigious award and another 17 earning honorable mention. Overall, there were 41 students recognized by the NSF. This doubles the number of Notre Dame awardees from 2015, and nearly doubles the previous Notre Dame record of 26, set last year, for total students recognized by the NSF.