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


So Much Blood… and for Once it’s a Good Thing

December 16, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Researching hematopoiesis, or blood development, is crucial to the field of cancer research. Understanding how various blood cells and processes work is important in better understanding how blood diseases, like leukemia, develop. Katrina Burgos, a junior at the University of Notre Dame, is especially interested in this field. She helps Dr. Richard Dahl, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, who focuses primarily on the role of mic…

New Notre Dame-IUSM study examines important Ebola protein

December 15, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


A new study by Robert Stahelin, an adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, as well as a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, investigates how the most abundant protein that composes the Ebola virus, VP40, mediates replication of a new viral particle.  Read more...

Mark Suckow recognized by AALAS with Griffin Award

December 03, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


Mark Suckow, DVM, associate vice president for research compliance and research professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, was named the recipient of the 2014 Charles A. Griffin Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). The Griffin Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate ethical science and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices. Suckow was recognized at the association’s annual meeting in San Antonio in October 2014.  



Who's Fighting Cancer?

Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:00PM - 6:00PM • Notre Dame Room, LaFortune Student Center • Calendars: Homepage

January 22, 2015, stop by LaFortune Student Center and learn about our Fighting Irish- Fighting Cancer organizations and clubs. 

4th Annual Harper Cancer Research Institute's Research Day

Mon Apr 13, 2015 • TBD • Calendars: Homepage




You will NOT want to miss this event - it promises to be bigger and better than ever!


A perfect opportunity to view much of the cancer research being done right here on Notre Dame's campus.


Notre Dame Relay for Life

Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:00PM - 11:59PM • Compton Family Ice Arena • Calendars: Homepage

The 11th Annual Notre Dame Relay for Life will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena.  Please note the change in hours.  

It is not too early to create a team and start planning for this wonderfully moving event.  Click here to register.  

American Cancer Society Relay For Life campus events serve as a powerful way for you to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer, from helping people facing the disease in your community to ensuring cancer is a thing of the past for future generations. The Relay For Life movement features campus and community events that offer an opportunity to honor the cancer survivors in your life, promote how you can reduce your cancer risk, and raise money to help find a cure. Today, with the support of thousands of student volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won't stop until we end cancer once and for all!