Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named to The Analytical Scientist’s 2017 Power List for his contributions to genomics research. He has been listed among the top 10 omics explorers, or scientists in the field of biology who study genes, proteins and much more.
One of Dovichi’s most significant research accomplishments is the development of a high-speed DNA sequencer, which was eventually commercialized and later used for the Human Genome Project. In discussing the recognition, Dovichi said, “It is very humbling to be included on this list alongside so many accomplished researchers. I am grateful to my colleagues and students who have supported and contributed to my past and present work.”
Professors Dovichi (left) and Huber
Dovichi, an affiliate of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics initiative and a Precision Medicine program leader, is currently collaborating with Paul Huber, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and affiliated faculty member of the Harper Cancer Research Institute and the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. They are trying to better understand the earliest stages of embryo development using Xenopus laevis, or the African claw frog, by characterizing the change in proteins as the organism is first forming.
When explaining the draw to this area of work, Dovichi said, “I enjoy proteomics research not only because of its challenges but also because of the significant impact the study of proteins has on our understanding of biology. For example, Huber and I are researching how a fertilized egg — a single cell — knows how to divide repeatedly until a fully-fledged organism is created. By learning how and why this happens, we can potentially contribute to a number of other areas of research.”
Dovichi and Huber’s collaboration could have future applications for research related to regenerative medicine, stem cells, birth defects and more. To learn more about Dovichi and his work, please visit https://theanalyticalscientist.com/power-list/2017/.
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Originally published by research.nd.edu on January 10, 2018.at