Named Professorships

Norman Dovichi

Norman Dovichi

Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

All living things have a genome, a sort of file of hereditary and biological information or “list of ingredients.” Human genomes are encoded in DNA—this is why DNA evidence is used for identification—and DNA is divided into genes.

Needless to say, human genome information is critically important and significantly useful to myriad fields of discovery. Hence, in 1990 the US Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health launched the US Human Genome Project, which aimed to fully investigate the human genome and make that information available to researchers everywhere.

It was the most ambitious research project in the history of analytical chemistry, and Norman Dovichi played a major role. Dovichi is well known for having developed the measurement tools that allowed the human genome project to be completed. Accordingly, he has studied broadly the ways in which chemical measurements can affect other fields, and his latest research, in chemical cytometry, could lead to more efficient therapy and treatment of disease.

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Funded by specialty chemical and materials company W.R. Grace & Co. in 1981, this professorship honors the legacy of J. Peter Grace and Allen S. Rupley, the company’s former chairmen and honorary alumni of Notre Dame. Grace was also memorialized with the construction of Grace Hall at Notre Dame, a dormitory-turned-administrative building.