Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

Innovative Drug Discovery and DesignConnecting Research Strengths Across the State Collaborative Teams Drive Innovation Developing Imaging Tools for Cancer Detection and TreatmentEstablishing Preclinical Models for Drug TestingDeciphering Distinct Molecular Signatures of Cancer



Investigators in the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) are dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer.  Our programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinary cancer research by promoting interactions among research groups with distinct expertise and by training young scientists to work across scientific fields. Clinical partnerships provide key translational insight and strengthen the mission of discovery.


HCRI Mission Statement:

Innovative and integrative research confronting the complex challenges of cancer


Enlightened Diagnosis win second place in Cardinal Challenge

March 04, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Enlightened Diagnosis win 2nd place in the 2015 Cardinal Challenge

Enlightened Diagnosis (EnDx), a company represented by a team of University of Notre Dame graduate students, recently earned second place in the 2015 Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge at the University of Louisville. The competition included 12 teams as finalists from university entrepreneurship programs around the world.

Orrin Belden: Understanding the Culture behind Cell Cultures

March 03, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

The immune system plays an important part in the formation and progression of cancer cells. Orrin Belden, a senior science pre-professional major, has spent his past two years better understanding and contributing to the field of immunology. Orrin works for Dr. Brian Baker, a professor and researcher who's lab focuses on developing immunological therapies for cancer based on cellular immunity. Read more...

Notre Dame hosts annual science and engineering fair

March 03, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


This past Saturday, (Feb. 28) students from grades 3-12 convened at the Stepan Center for the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Students from Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties were selected by judges at their local school science fairs to participate in NIRSEF.


Research Like a Champion

Fri Mar 6, 2015 • science.nd.edu/ResearchLikeaChampion • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Do you want to cure cancer? 

Participate in the 2nd annual Research Like a Champion competition. Undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges are invited to submit proposals for innovative projects looking into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer. Last year, three teams won research awards of $12,500. Read more...

IUSM- SB SEMINAR: Jeff Kurkewich, Graduate Student

Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:00PM - 5:00PM • 101 Harper Hall Multipurpose Room • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Jeff Kurkewich, Graduate student in the Dahl lab, is one of two seminars (2nd presenter TBA) on March 16 in 101 Harper Hall. …

COS-JAM Abstract Deadline

Fri Mar 20, 2015 • College of Science, University of Notre Dame • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Undergraduate Research

Save the date! The ninth annual College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM) well be held in the Jordan Hall of Science on Friday, May 1, 2015, as part of the eighth Undergraduate Scholars Conference.


All undergraduate students in the College of Science are invited to participate in COS-JAM by sharing their original research with faculty and students, in either an oral or poster format. Research may have been conducted on or off campus, and mentored by faculty from the University of Notre Dame or at other universities and colleges.