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

Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

A major focus of the D'Souza-Schorey lab is to define how altered regulation of signaling pathways that govern cell motility contribute to cancer initiation and progression. The ultimate goal is to utilize this information for the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

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Giles Duffield

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

The Duffield lab is focused on understanding the molecular basis for the circadian clock in both vertebrate (mouse and mammalian tissue culture) and invertebrate (mosquito) animals.

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Siyuan Zhang

Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research

Research Interests: Impact of tumor microenvironment on tumor metastasis and therapeutic resistance to targeted therapies

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Reginald Hill

Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology

The Hill lab uses novel mouse models, human clinical samples, and newly-established assay systems to elucidate how the microenvironment or inflammation contributes to all three stages of tumorigenesis: initiation, progression, and therapeutic resistance.

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Adrian Rocha

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Dr. Rocha'scurrent NSF work focuses on characterizing the effects of wildfire on climate forcing and vegetation recovery on the north slope of Alaska, an area of rapid environmental change.

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Zach Schafer Spotlight

Zachary T. Schafer

Coleman Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology

The Schafer lab studies how cancer cells can survive outside their natural niches and how changes in cellular metabolism can promote survival or induce cell death.

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Michael Ferdig

Professor of Biological Sciences

The Ferdig lab is using methods to overlay critical biological processes on whole-genome data to bridge the gap between critical phenotypes, like drug resistance and virulence, and their underlying gene mutations, with the long-range goal of elucidating new avenues of malaria intervention.

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Nicole Achee

Research Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Eck Institute for Global Health

University of Notre Dame biologists Nicole Achee and Neil Lobo are leaders of an international $23 million research grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Jason McLachlan

Jason S. McLachlan

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Research interests: Ecology of forests and plant population ecology, statistical modeling, paleoecology

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Jennifer Tank

Galla Professor of Biological Sciences

The Tank lab's research program centers on the influence of anthropogenic activities on stream ecosystem function.

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Beth Archie

Beth Archie

Clare Boothe Luce Program Assistant Professor of Biology

Research in the Archie lab combines four areas—behavioral ecology, disease ecology, population genetics, and conservation biology—to understand the evolution of animal social behavior and its genetic and disease-related causes and consequences.

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Kasturi Haldar

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

A team of researchers led by Kasturi Haldar and Souvik Bhattacharjee of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause deadly disease.

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Rebecca Wingert

Assistant Professor, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorship in Adult Stem Cell Research

The Wingert lab studies the mechanisms that direct organ development and regeneration. Currently, Dr. Wingert's primary focus is on the development and regeneration of the kidney.

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Michelle Whaley

Professor of Biological Sciences, Indiana Professor of the Year

Michelle A. Whaley has been named the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

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