About CRND


The Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases builds partnerships among the diverse stakeholders of the rare and the neglected disease communities, including patients, healthcare providers and organizations, the National Institutes of Health, academic researchers, funding sponsors, and drug companies. The aim of these collaborations is to support the discovery of novel diagnostics and therapeutics for these diseases.

To read more about our educational and translational science programs, please download our brochures...




CRND Administrative Leadership

Kasturi Haldar

The Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C., Professor of Biological Sciences and the James C. Parsons and Carrie Ann Quinn Director of the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases


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Shahir Rizk

Director of External Programs, Research Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences

Shahir Rizk


CRND Steering Committee

Basar Bilgicer

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Basar Bilgicer


Jesus Izaguirre

Associate Professor , Department of Computer Science and Engineering



Jeffery Scott Schorey

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Jeff Schorey


Olaf Wiest

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Olaf Wiest


Where We Are:

University of Notre Dame
Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases
Galvin Life Science Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Email at: crnd@nd.edu
Phone (574) 631-3372
Fax (574) 631-9788







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