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Marya Lieberman earns Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award

Author: Stephanie Healey

Marya Lieberman

Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, was awarded the inaugural Partners for Progress Prosperity (P3) Award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015 Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting on Friday (May 29).  She was recognized for her partnerships with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and Chemists Without Borders.

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Stahelin named recipient of Navari gift

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rob Stahelin

Robert V. Stahelin, adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), has been awarded IUSM-SB's Navari Family Endowed Chair.

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Graduate School honors Steven Corcelli

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Steven Corcelli

During Commencement season 2015, the Graduate School bestowed four prestigious awards: the Distinguished Alumnus Award; the James A. Burns, CSC Award; the Director of Graduate Studies Award; and the Graduate Administrative Staff Member Award.

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Elizabeth Peuchen earns an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Author: Stephanie Healey

First-year graduate student Elizabeth Peuchen is an awardee in the 2015 Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Eight College of Science students and two alumni received awards. In addition, several students and alumni received honorable mentions. There were over 16,000 applications for this year's GRFP with 2,000 awardees nationwide.

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Notre Dame researchers report first nanoscopic mapping of energy transfer between single plasmonic particles and semiconductor substrates

Author: Rebecca Hicks

NanoLett paper image

A group of researchers, led by Prof. Jon Camden, has reported the first nanoscale mapping of the flow of energy between light-harvesting plasmonic nanoparticles and semiconductor substrates. This work demonstrates an exciting new method for researchers to use in probing competing energy transfer mechanisms in nanoparticle on semiconductor systems.

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Chemistry In Motion

Author: Michael Rodio

Hummon in lab

To say that Dr. Amanda Hummon is busy these days—even by Notre Dame standards of busy—would be an understatement. She insists otherwise, of course. But consider this: In addition to teaching classes to Notre Dame undergraduates, Hummon is guiding no less than four major research projects this academic year on varying aspects of cancer research. Read more...

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Investigating aggressive, lethal breast tumors of Kenyan cancer patients

Author: Stephanie Healey

Maggie Kerper

Maggie Kerper came to college interested in science, but really developed a passion for the field after taking her first college-level science classes. After transferring to Notre Dame as a sophomore, she decided to find ways to explore science outside of the classroom.   

Kerper began working with Laurie Littlepage, Campbell Assistant Professor of Cancer Research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, during the spring of her sophomore year. “I went to an extra credit talk given by Prof. Littlepage and was so impressed and interested in her work. I had no idea cancer research opportunities like this existed on campus,” she explains. “I immediately felt drawn to get involved. I can’t think of any other field that I would feel the sort of gratification and drive to work harder than the cancer field.”

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New antibiotic holds promise against antibiotic-resistant infections

Author: Gene Stowe

Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery

Estimates of deaths from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States range upwards of 19,000 annually. Around 1960, when Staphylococcus aureus developed resistance to first-generation penicillin, methicillin and other second-generation beta-lactam antibiotics were adopted to fight the illness. The modern variants of the bacterium have developed resistance to the four drugs now used to treat it.

A team of researchers led by Shahriar Mobashery and Mayland Chang at the University of Notre Dame has discovered a promising new antibiotic, a vital weapon against disease as pathogens evolve to develop resistance to long-used drugs.

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Steven Corcelli named chair of the GEAB

Author: Jayme Russell

Steven Corcelli

Steven Corcelli, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of graduate studies, has been appointed as chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) in 2015. 

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Mayland Chang receives $1.6M American Diabetes Association research award

Author: Stephanie Healey

 

Mayland Chang

Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population. One of the many complications of the disease is the inability of wounds to heal properly because diabetic patients often have nerve damage, weakened immune systems or narrow arteries. In 2010, 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed in the United States due to diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced Tuesday that it is funding a $1.6 million Accelerator Award to Mayland Chang, research professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, to help lower that number. The research award, part of the association’s Pathway Awards program, will provide funding for Chang’s project, “A Strategy to Accelerate Diabetic Wound Repair,” over five years.

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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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