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


Tom Merluzzi- Fighting for Those Touched By Cancer

November 17, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Watch the latest "Fighting For" video featuring Professor Tom Merluzzi, Notre Dame Department of Psychology, and Kate Voelker, Director of RiverBend Cancer Services. Tom and Kate are Co-Leaders of the HCRI "Behavioral Oncology and Survivorship" program. 


November 17, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is today the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States with a five-year survival rate of only 6 percent.  If we think of cancer as a weed, then chemotherapy is the weed killer we use in our attempts to eradicate this disease.  Unfortunately, 74 percent of patients treated with chemotherapy show tumor recurrence.  This dismal prognosis shows an urgent need for a different type of weed killer.    Read more 

Notre Dame’s junior faculty achieve record success in nationally competitive awards

October 27, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized eight University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science for their excellence in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Additionally, two faculty members have been awarded Young Investigator Program (YIP) Awards from the Army Research Office.


SEMINAR: Dr. Sharon Stack, "History and Future of the Harper Cancer Research Institute

Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:00PM - 5:00PM • 101 Harper Hall • Calendars: Homepage

Stop by the Harper Cancer Research Institute Multipurpose room and hear HCRI Director, Dr. Sharon Stack, discuss the "History and Future of the Harper Cancer Research Institute." …

The Aidan Project

Sun Dec 7, 2014 9:00AM - 3:00PM • Notre Dame, South Dining Hall • Calendars: Homepage

In honor of former Notre Dame student Aiden Fitzgerald, blankets are made each year and distributed to chemotherapy patients in the Michiana area.  Why?  Because "Chemo is COLD!"
This wonderful event is sponsored by Circle K and Knot Hall. 

ACMS Colloquim: "An embedded multiscale approach for studying of blood perfusion and drug transport in tumors"

Mon Dec 8, 2014 4:15PM - 5:15PM • 127 Hayes-Healy Center • Calendars: Homepage


Paolo Zunino, Department of Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pitsburgh, will give a colloquium titled, "An embedded multiscale approach studying of blood perfusion and drug transport in tumors" at 4:15 PM in 127 Hayes-Healy Center.