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


Biochemist Doug Rice reflects on 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings participation

July 28, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Douglas Rice and Oliver Smith

This past June at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 37 Nobel Laureates met 600 young scientists from around the world — including University of Notre Dame graduate student Douglas Rice — to share their knowledge, establish new contacts, and discuss such topics as global health, the latest findings in cancer or AIDS research, challenges in immunology, and future research approaches to medicine.

Cancer biologist Zachary Schafer awarded American Cancer Society grant

July 21, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


Zachary T. Schafer, Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS).



Seeding Research in Cancer 2014 Winners Announced

July 17, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center

Seeding Research in Cancer 2014 Awardee

Laurie Littlepage, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UND

Microenvironment regulation of asymmetric cell divisions to promote chemotherapy resistance


Walther Cancer Foundation

Seeding Research in Cancer 2014 Awardees…


Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Fri Aug 1, 2014 9:00AM - 3:00PM • Jordan Hall of Science • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

All undergraduates participating in research on campus this summer are welcome to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) by giving a poster or talk.

Students wishing to participate should submit their abstracts at http://xur.library.nd.edu/ by Friday, July 25.


Dooley Society Lecture: Student Stipend Award Winners' Presentations

Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:00AM - 12:00PM • Jordan Hall of Science • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Student Stipend Award Winners' Presentation 

ND vs. Michigan Tailgate

Sat Sep 6, 2014 • Harper Hall • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Notre Dame vs. Michigan Tailgate

Come join the fun and activities at Harper Hall prior to the Notre Dame Football Team's final victory over the University of Michigan.

Details on the various activities to follow.