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The Department of Biological Sciences has the mission of advancing human and environmental health at the national and international level through excellence in research, education and outreach.

Faculty Spotlight

Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey

Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey

Professor of Biological Sciences

A new study by a team of researchers, led by Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey, sheds light on the molecular basis by which tumor cells modulate their surroundings to favor cancer progression.

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Giles Duffield

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Notre Dame researchers, led by Duffield, provide new genetic information about the circadian rhythms of the malaria mosquito.

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Jessica Hellmann

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Hellmann and her students and researchers study how the world is changing due to global warming. They ask where species will live in the future, how species and ecosystem are molded by changing climate, habitat loss, and invasive species, and what humans might do to help counteract negative impacts of these changes. Her work includes field research, modeling, genomics, bioinformatics, and policy studies.

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David Hyde

David Hyde

Professor of Biological Sciences

David Hyde's research with adult stem cells avoids ethical concerns and shows promising results.

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David Lodge

David Lodge

Professor of Biological Sciences

Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Aquatic Conservation, Lodge is a world-renowned expert on invasive species. He served as the first chair of the national Invasive Species Advisory Committee and was the lead author of the Ecological Society of America’s paper calling for a stronger government response to the problem of invasive species.

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Molly Duman Scheel

Molly Duman Scheel

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Molly Duman Scheel studies nervous system development in a variety of arthropods, including vector mosquitoes.

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Gary Belovsky

Professor of Biological Sciences

Director Environmental Research Center (UNDERC), one of twenty core sites for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). A well-known population/community/conservation ecologist, Belovsky conducts long-term (> 15 years) projects on grasshoppers in Montana and brine shrimp in Great Salt Lake, Utah. Other projects in his lab involve rainforests, pitcher plants, grasshopper diseases, tadpoles, stream insects, small mammals, wolves, mountain lions and birds.

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Malcolm Fraser

Professor of Biological Sciences

A research and development effort by the University of Notre Dame (including the Fraser Lab), the University of Wyoming, and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable of spinning artificial spider silks.

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Nora Besansky

Professor of Biological Sciences

Named O'Hara chair
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New study examines immunity in emerging species of a major mosquito carrier of malaria
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Jennifer Tank

Galla Professor of Biological Sciences

New study focuses on nitrogen in waterways as cause of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere

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Beth Archie

Beth Archie

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Archie receives NSF CAREER Award

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Kasturi Haldar

Julius Nieuwland Professor of Biological Sciences
Founding Director, Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases

“Dedicate some of your life to others,” Thomas A. Dooley, the 1948 Notre Dame alumnus and physician who became internationally famous for his devotion to the poor of Southeast Asia, his fondness for the University’s Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and his cheerful acceptance of death at 34 years of age, once said. “Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intensive effort applied toward a meaningful end.”

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Bob Schulz

Notre Dame Professor of Biological Sciences

Researchers from the laboratory of Robert Schulz have discovered that common genetic factors control the fate of stem cells in the development of the reproductive system and the blood cells of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), a model genetic organism. Their work is published in the September 15 issue of the journal Development.
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