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Notre Dame, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center join together to fight sepsis

Author: Arnie Phifer

 

Matthew Champion

Notre Dame and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, a member of the Trinity Health system, have announced that they are collaborating on research aimed at earlier detection of sepsis in patients. Sepsis, a potentially fatal illness in which the body has a severe inflammatory response to bacteria or other microorganisms, is the leading cause of death from infection in the world and is the costliest condition to U.S. hospitals.

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Renee Bouley earns Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIH

Author: Stephanie Healey

Renee Bouley

Renee Bouley, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The fellowship will provide two years of funding for Bouley’s project, “Discovery of a new class of antibacterials that inhibits penicillin-binding proteins.”

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New Notre Dame-IUSM study examines important Ebola protein

Author: William G. Gilroy

Rob Stahelin

A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.

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Notre Dame sponsors first annual Soft Polymer Materials Symposium

Author: Provided by NDnano

 

Haifeng Gao

On November 4, Notre Dame hosted the inaugural Soft Polymer Materials Symposium at McKenna Hall. Twelve Notre Dame faculty and postdocs presented their current research in the areas of general synthesis, application, and characterization of soft polymer materials.

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Agrahari receives Fellowship from the Midwest Affliate of the American Heart Association

Author: Deborah Donahue

Garima Agrahari

Garima Agrahari, graduate student in the laboratory of Francis J. Castelllino, is a recent recipient of a two year predoctoral fellowship from the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.  The title of her study is “Molecular mechanisms of antiphagocytic activity mediated by Plasminogen binding group A streptococcal M-like protein.”

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Prashant Kamat named a Pravasi Fellow

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C. Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been elected as a Prevasi Fellow by the Indian National Science Academy. Kamat was selected for his “most pioneering contributions to the world of science.” His fellowship will begin January 1, 2015.

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New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

Author: Stephanie Healey

New study identifies potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines

A team of University of Notre Dame scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Connecticut, have announced the results of a new study on identifying potential targets for personalized cancer vaccines. The paper, “Genomic and bioinformatic profiling of mutational neoepitopes reveals new rules to predict anticancer immunogenicity,” was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The research group at Notre Dame was led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and included Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and graduate student Cory Ayers.

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Taylor named vice-chair for Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products

Author: Jayme Russell

Rich Taylor

Rich Taylor, associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented a paper on his research, "Chemical and Biological Synthesis of Polyketide Natural Products", at the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products at its annual July meeting. During this year’s conference, Taylor was elected Vice-Chair of the 2015 and Chair of the 2016 conferences to be held at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. This annual international meeting provides a forum for experts to share unpublished research results and engage in scientific discussions.

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Serianni appointed to U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia

Author: Casey O'Donnell

Anthony Serianni

Anthony Serianni, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was recently appointed to a five-year term on the U.S. Advisory Committee for International Carbohydrate Symposia by the CARB Division Executive Committee, a subgroup within the American Chemical Society. Serianni, an elected fellow of the American Chemical Society, will begin his term in early 2015.

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Chem Demo Team celebrates National Chemistry Week

Author: Casey O'Donnell

National Chemistry Week

In celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week, Jordan Hall of Science turned into a veritable sweet shop of marshmallows, ice cream and M&Ms, all in the name of science. Chemistry has never sounded so sweet.

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Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

Author: Dennis Brown

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Peng named editor for Biophysical Journal

Author: Stephanie Healey

Jeffrey Peng

Jeffrey Peng, associate professor for chemistry and biochemistry and concurrent associate professor of physics was recently selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of Biophysical Journal beginning July 1, 2015.

 

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Notre Dame and major New York medical group to collaborate on biomedical research

Author: Arnie Phifer

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The University of Notre Dame and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have announced a plan to collaborate on biomedical research projects, student training, joint conferences and other forms of academic exchange.

The Feinstein Institute was founded in 1999 to host the research operations for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. As a leading nonprofit research institute with more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participating in studies each year, this partnership will allow both organizations access to data sets, patient trials and groundbreaking innovations.

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Nicholas Myers awarded USP Global Fellowship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Nicholas Myers

Fourth year chemistry graduate student Nicholas Myers recently earned a $30,000 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Global Fellowship for his work related to counterfeit drug detection. Myers was one of three recipients chosen this year in the international competition.

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Notre Dame researcher working to understand and combat Ebola virus

Author: William G. Gilroy

Robert Stahelin

The largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history currently occurring in West Africa has raised fears that the disease may soon spread to the United States. However, a University of Notre Dame researcher who studies the virus believes that, while there are grounds for concern, there is no need to panic.

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Student Spotlight: Biochemist Doug Rice Reflects on 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Participation

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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This past June at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 37 Nobel Laureates met 600 young scientists from around the world —including University of Notre Dame graduate student Douglas Rice — to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss suchtopics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

 

 

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