Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research interests: Biomedical research, drug discovery and development, rare diseases, patient advocacy
Rich Taylor is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a researcher in the Warren Family Center for Drug Discovery 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.
Over the past decade, Taylor has served the University in a number of administrative positions that included efforts culminating in the creation of the Harper Institute as well as two college-level research centers: the Warren Center and the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases. He was recognized with the 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.