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Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility Acquires New Equipment

Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility Acquires New Equipment
The new system for high-throughput sequencing supports health and environmental research From cancer to vector-borne diseases, and from drug development to monitoring invasive species, DNA sequencing is vital to the research being done at the University of Notre Dame. To support these research efforts, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility...

Identifying DNA and Developing Data

Identifying DNA and Developing Data
When it comes to battling disease and maintaining healthy environments, DNA sequencing can be imperative to success. At the University of Notre Dame, the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility (GBCF) supports research in many areas that increasingly rely on DNA sequencing, including cancer biology, vector-borne diseases, the development of drug...

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment
Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment.  The research team is developing a tool Egan said is the ecologist’s version of a Star Trek tricorder, according to…

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment

Eco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment
Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment. With federal support, researchers led by Rice's Scott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences, are building tools to detect, quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals and their byproducts.…

Notre Dame mosquito researcher weighs in on Zika

Notre Dame mosquito researcher weighs in on Zika
The Zika zone is expanding in Florida as Miami Beach sees a huge increase in cases and money is running out to help study and fight Zika. Congress has not yet passed a bill to fund it. Now, a Notre Dame researcher is weighing in. Researchers at Notre Dame are...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Managing Director

Tom Springer has been named the new Managing Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), starting June 1, 2016. Springer brings significant management and communication expertise to Notre Dame, including strategic planning, grant development, program design and evaluation, group facilitation, and program promotion.

Prof. Jeff Feder Honored with Graduate School's Burns Award

Prof. Jeffrey Feder, Director of GLOBES from 2005-2012, is one of two award winners of the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. Given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contribution to graduate education, the award honors Feder’s “remarkable vision, coupled with unrelenting...

2016 Internal Grant Program Awardees Announced

Notre Dame Research has provided more than 35 researchers with awards from the Internal Grants Program for 2016. The grant awardees spanned the University in four program categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), Equipment Restoration and Renewal, and Library Acquisitions.

Taking attendance with eDNA

Ecologists study the mix of organisms that live together in a habitat. Sometimes they’ll focus on one member of this ecosystem. But “there are many cases where you’d like to look at a whole community [of organisms],” says Michael Pfrender. He’s a geneticist at the University of Notre Dame in...

Speedy Evolution Affects More Than One Species

The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is not uncommon in the world of evolution. The problem is a lack of hard data that shows this process to be naturally occurring.  However, recent research by a team of scientists, including a Michigan State University entomologist, finds that recent evolutionary changes...

Notre Dame team leads effort to track genetically engineered organisms in the wild

Atlantic salmon (Courtesy Timothy Knepp, USFWS) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a multidisciplinary team of University of Notre Dame researchers a grant of $500,000 to develop a new technology for tracking the movement of genetically engineered (GE) organisms and their byproducts in the environment. “Understanding and monitoring the...

Notre Dame researchers using new technologies to combat invasive species

  A new research paper by a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame’sEnvironmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) demonstrates how two cutting-edge technologies can provide a sensitive and real-time solution to screening real-world water samples for invasive species before they get into our country or before they cause significant damage....

New Notre Dame research paper offers insights on 'ecological speciation'

A new paper by researchers at the University of Notre Dame provides new insights into speciation, which is the evolutionary process by which new biological species arise. The research team, which was headed by Scott P. Egan, a research assistant professor with the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative, and included...

Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific...

Notre Dame receives grant to fight invasive species

Notre Dame is getting involved in the fight to protect the Great Lakes. The university has received a $599,931 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop technology for early detection of invasive species in the Great Lakes. "By stopping these species we can stop the ecological costs, but also...