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Zartman named member of Michiana Forty under 40 Class of 2019

Nina Welding • DATE: April 23, 2019

Jeremiah J. Zartman, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a member of the Michiana Forty Under 40 Class of 2019 by the South Bend Regional Chamber. Recipients are among the most talented and dedicated local young business and professional leaders in the community who have demonstrated initiative in their professional activities, engaged in service to others through their involvement in community organizations and exhibited a passion for the Michiana area. Zartman and the 39 other honorees, who encompass a variety of industry sectors from education and health care to finance, social services and government, will receive an award and be recognized at a luncheon on May 23, 2019 at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind.

A faculty member since 2012, Zartman uses a combination of experimental and computational approaches to reverse engineer multicellular systems, focusing on the biological regulation of tissue growth, pattern formation and regeneration to inspire new ways to treat diseases, such as cancer, and to accelerate wound healing and regeneration.

In 2017, he received a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA, R35) grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the biochemical and mechanical basis of cell communication mediated by calcium signaling, which is prevalent in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, metastatic cancer and many skin conditions.

Zartman received the 2016 National Science Foundation Award Early Career Award for his project “Integrative Analysis for Reverse Engineering Embryonic Pattern Repair Mechanisms,” which focused on the cell-to-cell communications that govern organization, growth and tissue development within embryos. He also received the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) "Rising Star Award” from the BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group.

He is affiliated with the Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative and Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, both at Notre Dame, and with the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine at South Bend.

Zartman earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and engineering physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2004) and his master’s (2006) and doctorate (2009), both in chemical engineering, from Princeton as a Princeton Hertz Fellow. He performed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Zurich (2009-11), having received a Long-Term EMBO postdoctoral fellowship.

For more information on Zartman's research, visit http://sites.nd.edu/zartmanlab/