Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Biomedical research, drug discovery and development, rare diseases, patient advocacy
Rich Taylor is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a researcher in the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and the Harper Cancer Research Institute. His research is focused on the discovery of new chemotherapeutic leads for cancer and rare diseases and has recently identified new leads for a rare lysosomal storage disorder and specific forms of acute myeloid leukemia. These projects have shown positive results in animal model studies and thus their current efforts translational drug development. Over the past decade, he has served the University in a number of administrative positions that have included efforts that have culminated in the creation of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, as well as the vision, development, and establishment of two College-level research centers; the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases and the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development. He was recognized by Provost’s Faculty Award in 2017, in part, for these efforts. More recently, he has been developing patient advocacy programs in partnership with Global Genes, an international rare disease patient advocacy organization. As Director of Notre Dame – California, he established a “Tech and Innovation Ethics” course as a core curriculum within the Silicon Valley Semester program.