The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Overall, 15 Notre Dame students, affiliates, and alumni won the prestigious award. Among this decorated cohort are five current College of Science undergraduate and graduate students and four alumni.
The fellowship was designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students for three years of study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States.
Researchers in bioengineering will join a consortium of academia, industry and government organizations and the nonprofit sector to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs.
Small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteins are small peptides that get added on to other proteins to regulate their activity. While SUMO has many regulatory roles in cells, it is especially important for controlling gene expression during early development. Just a few years ago this connection between SUMO and gene regulation was relatively unknown, but now, Notre Dame researchers are exploring how a disruption to the SUMO protein’s ability to regulate embryo development may be linked to congenital heart defects.
Cody J. Smith, the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Assistant Professor of Neural Development and Regeneration, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship.
This is a vital step toward developing new forms of biorobotics and novel treatment approaches for muscle-related health problems such as muscular degenerative disorders, arrhythmia and limb loss.
Two open postdoctoral research positions are available to study neuronal regeneration of the light-damaged zebrafish retina from the resident Muller glia (Conner et al. (2014) J. Neurosci. 34: 14403-14419; Nelson et al. (2013) J. Neurosci. 33:6524-6539).
Research in the laboratory of Rebecca Wingert, the Gallagher Family Associate Professor of Adult Stem Cell Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has confirmed the key role of a certain small molecule in the development of kidney structures in zebrafish, a widely used model for human kidneys. The discovery could help advance understanding to address issues such as birth defects and repair of the kidney after illness or injury.
Dr. David Hyde and his team have been awarded over $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead one of six projects planned to identify biological factors that influence neural regeneration in the retina.
The projects are part of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), a targeted effort to restore vision by regenerating neurons and their connections in the eye and visual system. These six projects will receive a total of $12.4 million over three years, pending availability of funds.…
The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) is pleased to announce that the Best Biological Imaging Publication 2015 is awarded to Dr. Manuela Lahne, a Research Assistant Professor collaborating with Professor David Hyde in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Center for Zebrafish Research, and the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. David Hyde is one of 22 invited international scientists to participate in a closed-door workshop sponsored by the National Eye Institute in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 30. The workshop, entitled “Replacement of Retinal Ganglion Cells from Endogenous Cell Sources,” is part of the Eye Institute’s Audacious Goal Initiative to cure blindness and restore vision by regenerating the damaged retina. It is anticipated that this workshop will help frame future research directions for the National Eye Institute.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Jeremiah Zartman, a junior faculty member in the College of Engineering, with the Early Career Development Award (CAREER). Honoring outstanding research and the integration of education and research within their individual organizations, the CAREER Award is the most prestigious award given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.
Robert A. Schulz, Notre Dame Professor of Biological Sciences receives a 2-year grant from the National Institute Health for a project entitled “Stress induction of a cellular immune response in Drosophila.”
Joel Boerckel, Assistant Professor of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a Collaboration in Translational Research grant for a study entitled “Mechanical Regulation of Neovascularization.”
Pinar Zorlutuna, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, will receive the “Rising Star” Award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and Advanced Biomanufacturing (ABioM) Joint Conference.
From stem cells to population ecology, the research topics studied by both students and professors at Notre Dame is exceedingly diverse. Talk Science, a monthly event hosted by Scientia, the student-run journal of undergraduate scientific research at Notre Dame, aims to highlight research opportunities on campus for interested undergraduates to explore.
Jonathan Jou, a junior biological sciences major, is the distinguished recipient of a fellowship to perform research this summer at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) in Cambridge, MA. Jou was selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, open to current students at Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally, to participate in the HSCI Summer Internship Program (HIP).
Building on the momentum of its recent Strategic Research Investment initiative — which committed $80 million in internal resources to 14 research projects — the University of Notre Dame has announced the winning proposals in a new strategic hiring initiative. The initiative, which is a key component in the University’s Advancing Our Vision program, will create approximately 80 faculty positions in 10 key areas of research across campus, drawing on $10 million in annual funds that have been reallocated from lower-priority expenditures to this academic priority.
Alumnus Michael Gallagher and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorships in Adult Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame.
Their gift, which will fund three new endowed professorships in adult and all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research, will strengthen Notre Dame’s leadership in the field of stem cell research and enhance the University’s effective dialogue between the biomedical research community and the Catholic Church on matters related to the use and application of stem cells and regenerative medicine.