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


Global Breast Cancer Research at Notre Dame... and Beyond

July 27, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Global Breast Cancer Research at Notre Dame... and Beyond!

Tentative Schedule:

1:00-2:30pm Faculty presentations: Siyuan Zhang, Laurie Littlepage, Jenifer Prosperi
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45 –3:45pm Faculty presentations: Steven Buechler, Ryan Roeder/Tracy Vargo-Gogola…

STEM research leaders call for change in undergrad education

July 27, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


Immediate change is needed at all levels to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in research universities, according to a paper on undergraduate STEM learning and teaching co-authored by Zachary Schultz, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, that appears in a special July issue of the journal Nature.


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New research cluster at Notre Dame accelerates cancer research

July 16, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Dynamics of a tumor neoepitope presented by Major Histocompatibility Complex

With cancer affecting millions of lives each year, Notre Dame scientists are working to develop personalized cancer vaccine therapies with the help of computational modeling. The recent acquisition of a General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) computer cluster has significantly accelerated output for Notre Dame researchers. Led by Brian Baker, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Science and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, an interdisciplinary team of biophysicists, biochemists and immunologists are using the GPGPU cluster to develop new immunotherapeutics. The cluster is maintained and housed by the Center for Research Computing at Union Station Technology Center, downtown South Bend.


33rd Annual Brian Parker Memorial Golf Tournament

Sun Aug 2, 2015 • Indian Lake Hills Golf Course • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

The Brian Parker Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, which will actively strive to provide educational materials, research grants, monetary assistance, and monetary support to those who have cancer by raising funds in response to area needs


Please visit their website

Coaches vs. Cancer Notre Dame Golf Classic

Mon Aug 3, 2015 10:00AM - 5:00PM • Blackthorn Golf Club • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and Shotgun starts at noon. Lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. –  noon. The cost is $3,200 per foursome: includes eight (8) mulligans per foursome, lunch and awards dinner. Awards dinner and ceremony following the tournament are included in the price of the foursome.


Touch Base

Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:00PM - 7:00PM • Four Winds Field, 501 W South St, South Bend, Indiana 46601 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Sponsored by our friends at RiverBend Cancer Services, Touch Base at Four Winds field is a community program which highlights the importance of men's health with vital screenings and education. All screenings and health evaluations are provided by our professional health care partners.…