Named Professorships

Robert A. Schulz

Robert A. Schulz

Notre Dame Professor of Biological Sciences

Robert A. Schulz is an internationally recognized developmental biologist who uses the Drosophila system to generate and study models of human disease, especially as they relate to anomalies in cardiac and hematopoietic development.  Research ongoing in his laboratory include the analysis of genes required for heart development, with relevance to the study of congenital heart disease, and genes controlling blood cell development, with relevance to the understanding of the origin and progression of leukemias.

A native of New Jersey, Schulz received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctorate in biochemistry from Georgetown University.  He also trained as a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded postdoctoral fellow in developmental biology at Harvard University.  For 22 years, Schulz was a member of the faculty at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he served in his final position as Ashbel Smith Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2007.

Schulz’s research findings have been published in leading science journals including Science, Genes & Development, and Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.  He is a member of the editorial board of the journals Developmental Biology, Differentiation, and Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology and has been a co-organizer of national and international conferences on heart development and disease.  He has contributed extensively to the peer-review process within the science community through service on numerous American Heart Association and NIH grant review committees, and the review of intramural research programs at the National Cancer Institute and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  He recently finished service as a charter member of the Cardiovascular Differentiation and Development Study Section at the NIH.

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The Notre Dame Professorship in Biological Sciences was established by the University in 2011.