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Biochemistry undergraduate develops new method for porphyria diagnosis

Author: Rachel Fellman


A senior biochemistry major, Ethan Ferguson, has led a team to develop a new, much more precise mass spectrometry method for the diagnosis of porphyrias.

Porphyrias are a collection of diseases in which a hemoglobin component called heme is improperly produced and causes a buildup of component material in the body. They can be either genetic or acquired through exposure to lead, hexachlorobenzene, or a variety of other widespread toxic agents; research and treatment require an exact diagnosis and awareness of cause, and therefore an exact identification and quantification of hemes and their metabolites.

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Scientific and Medical Leadership course shows new opportunities to undergraduates

Author: Gene Stowe


A one–day course on Scientific and Medical Leadership, organized by Dean Gregory Crawford, brought top scientists, entrepreneurs, physicians, and academic, military, business and innovation leaders to address a large lecture room filled with undergraduates in the Jordan Hall of Science. The 10–hour event, with nine presentations followed by discussion, was held Oct. 1. Crawford said the leadership course, like a one–day ethics course offered last year, is part of an increased focus on practical opportunities in science.

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Patrick O’Hayer wins Goldwater Scholarship

Author: Stephanie Healey

Patrick O'Hayer - Goldwater Scholar

University of Notre Dame junior Patrick O’Hayer has been named a 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.  He was selected from thousands of applicants to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Hayer is a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and is majoring in biology, with a minor in philosophy. He plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program and wants to conduct translational medical research, likely in the field of molecular genetics.

Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. For more information:

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Mana Espahbodi wins Wiech Outstanding Junior Award

Author: Gene Stowe


Mana Espahbodi has received the 2011 Norbert L. Wiech Outstanding Junior Award. The award, established by Weich, a 1960 Notre Dame graduate who became a leading biochemist and drug developer, honors academic excellence and accomplishments in undergraduate research.

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