From the Chair


Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey

The Department of Biological Sciences is the core of research and education in the Life Sciences at Notre Dame. Housed predominantly in the Galvin 
Life Sciences Building at the center of our beautiful campus, the department is home to a diverse community of scholars invested in biological inquiry. 

Research in the department spans the wide realm of the life sciences, across scales of complexity—from cells and organs to whole organisms and ecosystems—and across foci as varied as infectious disease, cancer, organ regeneration, climate change and biodiversity. United through the ultimate goals of fostering human and environmental health, we believe that real-world solutions require integrative biological inquiry and multidisciplinary collaboration. As such, our faculty is expanding to bridge traditional disciplinary strengths, and our department serves as a hub connecting different academic units across campus and different universities worldwide, through life science-related investigation and problem solving.

We believe in learning science by doing science. Notre Dame’s multi-million dollar investments provide our students state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. Our curricula offer programs of study designed to foster innovation. We expect that our graduates will lead in their disciplines and positively impact the future of human health and the environment.

Biological Sciences at Notre Dame is driving many cross-cutting programs in life sciences across the University and around the world. Welcome to our website.

Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey
Morris Pollard Professor & Department Chair