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


Mechanical engineering major accelerates biological research with new device

August 19, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

 Only four undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame were chosen as research fellows for the Harper Cancer Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HCRI-SURF). The HCRI-SURF awards support full-time summer research for undergraduate fellows working in HCRI laborites. Read more...

Biochemist Doug Rice reflects on 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings participation

July 28, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Douglas Rice and Oliver Smith

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 such topics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

Cancer biologist Zachary Schafer awarded American Cancer Society grant

July 21, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


Zachary T. Schafer, Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS).




Dooley Society Lecture: Student Stipend Award Winners' Presentations

Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:00AM - 12:00PM • Jordan Hall of Science • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Student Stipend Award Winners' Presentation 

ND vs. Michigan Tailgate

Sat Sep 6, 2014 • Harper Hall • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Notre Dame vs. Michigan Tailgate

Come join the fun and activities at Harper Hall prior to the Notre Dame Football Team's final victory over the University of Michigan.

Details on the various activities to follow.



Dooley Society Lecture: Emil T. Hofman Lecture

Sat Sep 6, 2014 11:00AM - 12:00PM • Raclin Carmichael Auditorium, IU School of Medicine 1234 Notre Dame Avenue • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Emil T. Hofman Lecture