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Zachary R. Gagnon


PUBLISHED: December 19, 2011

2010 Ph.D. Recipient
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Zachary R. Gagnon was one of the four top graduating doctoral students honored with the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award. Named for a Notre Dame alumnus and his wife, the award recognizes graduate students for their superior ability as exhibited by grades, research, publication records, and fellowships and other awards received during the course of study at Notre Dame, as well as their teaching ability.

Gagnon is a chemical engineer who, during his time in Notre Dame’s Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics, has invented multiple technologies involving pathogen detection for use in the biotech industry. Specifically, his research has focused on engineering microfluidic technologies for portable diagnostics, including genetic and protein identification.

His immediate plans involve a postdoctoral position in cell biology at The Johns Hopkins University where he will assume a position as assistant professor in 2011.