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


Mouse Models Advancing Cancer Research

February 10, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Ironically, my first attempted interview with Dr. Reginald Hill was postponed due to a mouse in his office. I arrived for our interview and was greeted by Hill and his lab members holding trash cans and flash lights attempting to trap the critter. “I promise this is not one of my mice!” said Hill.   Read more...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS--ACS Institutional Research Grant

February 10, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

The Harper Cancer Research Institute is pleased to announce the availability of funds for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). These funds are from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program. 

World Cancer Day 2016

February 04, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Today, February 4th, is designated as World Cancer Day. A truly global event taking place every year on February 4th, uniting the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Join us in the fight. Read more... 


ND Men's Rowing Erg-A-Thon

Sat Feb 13, 2016 • Field House (inside the Joyce Center) • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Join us and support the ND Men's Rowing erg-a-thon, raising funds for pancreatic cancer at HCRI! 



The Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Club is proud to announce their Annual Joseph D. Boyle
Memorial Ergathon
for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Pink Zone Game

Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:00PM - 5:00PM • Purcell Pavilion, University of Notre Dame • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar



Workshop A: Getting Started in Research

Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:00PM - 5:00PM • CUSE, 110 Brownson Hall • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

In this workshop we will explore why and how to get started on a research project or creative endeavor at Notre Dame. We will discuss strategies for discovering your scholarly interests and passions, finding a faculty mentor, formulating a research question, and finding funding sources. All are welcome. There is no need to register in advance.…