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


The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine announces the recipients of the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Fellowships

July 14, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


Through the generosity of several donors, The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine was able to provide summer research fellowships to six outstanding Notre Dame undergraduates this summer. These students are pursuing cutting-edge research in the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute. “The opportunity for these bright and talented undergraduates to pursue full-time research during the summer is a valuable component of their undergraduate experience” Professor David Hyde, Director of the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. “We are fortunate to have donors that understand and appreciate the value of undergraduate research and support our mission in this area”.

Sharon Stack and Matt Ravosa, an academic couple: Researching cancer biology and evolution

July 13, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Stack Ravosa

Sharon Stack and Matt Ravosa joined the University of Notre Dame in 2011, coming from positions at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. Stack is the Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) and the Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ravosa is a professor of biology with concurrent appointments in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Anthropology.

Taking Multiple Myeloma Down for the Count

July 08, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

When battling cancer, everything is on the table. Radiation therapy. Surgery. Chemo. Advances in nanotechnology have enabled researchers, like Associate Professor Z. Basar Bilgicer, Research Assistant Professor Tanyel Kiziltepe, and their team in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, to encapsulate cancer-fighting/cancer-killing drugs into nanoparticles that can deliver therapeutic drugs directly to the site of a tumor, effectively avoiding healthy tissue and minimizing adverse reactions.



Jazz Around the Bend

Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM • Beiger Mansion Inn, 317 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

SAVE THE DATE for RiverBend Cancer Services, Jazz Around the Bend! 

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Coaches vs. Cancer Silent Auction

Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM • Four Winds Field, South Bend IN • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Join us for a fun night at the Silent Auction Reception the evening before the tournament on July 31, 2016 from 6-9pm at Four Winds Field. 

Be sure to come out and join Coach Mike Brey, alongside special VIP guest and legend Troy Murphy and alumni ND men's basketball players.  The evening will include heavy appetizers, a complimentary beer and wine bar, and a cash liquor bar.  Last year over $21,000 was raised at the auction with a variety of once-in-a-lifetime sports packages, experiences, trips and much more!

Coaches vs Cancer Golf Classic

Mon Aug 1, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM • Blackthorn Golf Club • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Save the date for the 2016 Coaches vs. Cancer tournament weekend

Golf Classic

The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Classic, presented by Four Winds Casino Resort, will kick off with a Silent Auction Reception at Four Winds Field on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 6-9pm.  Here golfers and guests have an opportunity to bid on high-end sports memorabilia and experiences – exclusive items you won’t find anywhere! This reception will serve heavy appetizers and a complimentary beer and wine, and cash bar.