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


Tissues with Issues: A Deeper Look at Breast Cancer

March 18, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Understanding the mechanisms of cancer progression is incredibly important in discovering a cure. Matthew Messana, a senior Biochemistry major at the University of Notre Dame, is dedicated to investigating the mechanisms that are relevant to breast cancer. Read more...

Enlightened Diagnosis win second place in Cardinal Challenge

March 04, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Enlightened Diagnosis win 2nd place in the 2015 Cardinal Challenge

Enlightened Diagnosis (EnDx), a company represented by a team of University of Notre Dame graduate students, recently earned second place in the 2015 Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge at the University of Louisville. The competition included 12 teams as finalists from university entrepreneurship programs around the world.

Orrin Belden: Understanding the Culture behind Cell Cultures

March 03, 2015 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

The immune system plays an important part in the formation and progression of cancer cells. Orrin Belden, a senior science pre-professional major, has spent his past two years better understanding and contributing to the field of immunology. Orrin works for Dr. Brian Baker, a professor and researcher who's lab focuses on developing immunological therapies for cancer based on cellular immunity. Read more...


Harper Cancer Month of Hope: Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore Special Exhibit

Wed Apr 1, 2015 • Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar


A special exhibit of inspirational books will be available for purchase at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore all throughout the month of April.

Dr. Alexander Anderson, Moffitt Cancer Center

Wed Apr 1, 2015 3:00PM - 5:00PM • 1st Source Auditorium, Raclin-Carmichael Hall • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Dr. Alexander Anderson, Chair of Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department at Moffitt Cancer Center, will be visiting Notre Dame on April 1st. He will be giving a seminar at 3:00 and a reception will follow.…

SEMINAR: Katie Ward, Ph.D.,

Thu Apr 2, 2015 2:00PM - 3:00PM • 112 Pasquerilla Center • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

ND alum, Katie Ward is visiting campus April 2nd. Katie received her PhD from Notre dame and was a researcher in Dr. Rob Stahelin's lab. Katie is now working as a consultant for Quintiles, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services. Katie will be having a seminar in 112 Pasquerilla Center titled: “My path into consulting: Translating laboratory experience to business strategy in the pharmaceutical industry.”
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