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


Engineers and Cancer Researchers Working in Harmony- Article published

May 01, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

An article published by Danny Taller, Katherine Richards,  Zdenek Slouka, Satyajyoti Senapati, Reginald Hill, David Go and Hsueh-Chia Chang was recently published in the Lab on A Chip website titled, 'On-chip surface acoustic wave lysis and ion-exchange nanomembrane detection of exosomal RNA for pancreatic cancer study and diagnosis

Notre Dame Research announces Internal Grants Program awards

April 30, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

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Thirty-two winners of the Internal Grants Program Awards, including five faculty from the College of Science, were announced today by Notre Dame Research. The grants were awarded to faculty from five colleges and schools in three categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), and Equipment Restoration and Renewal. Read more...

T-Cells: Tussling With Cancer

April 30, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Michael Cosiano is one of several undergraduates working in Dr. Brian Baker's lab. The Baker lab focuses on the biophysics and structural biology of T- cell communication, and Michael is making important contributions to this work. Immunology is an incredibly important field linked to cancer research, and by furthering our understanding of the immune system he is helping better understand cancer. Read more...


10th Annual Midwest Conference on Protein Folding, Assembly and Molecular Motions

Sat May 2, 2015 8:50AM - 6:00PM • Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall) • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

A one-day meeting of Midwestern academic laboratories that study proteins, the workhorse molecules of our cells that are responsible for functions as diverse as food digestion, energy metabolism, and directed transport. 

6th Annual Football 101

Tue Jun 9, 2015 5:00PM - 9:00PM • Guglielmino Athletics Complex, Notre Dame • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

The Kelly Cares Foundation 6th Annual Event has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

More information to follow.  

Jazz Around the Bend

Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:30PM - 7:30PM • The Brick, South Bend • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar