The South Bend Regional Chamber’s 2019 Michiana Forty under 40 class includes two Notre Dame scholars.
The inductees are Mark Doerries, associate professor of conducting, head of the graduate studio in choral conducting and acting director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, and Jeremiah Zartman, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and in the bioengineering Ph.D. program.
The Michiana Forty under 40 program, a collaboration among the South Bend Regional Chamber, Young Professionals Network South Bend and others, selects recipients based on criteria including proven success and achievement in their careers, initiative and dedication, and passion for their community.
Doerries, who also serves as the artistic director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and Sacred Music Academy, has been at Notre Dame since 2013. He has recorded four albums with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, including “Christmas with Arturo Sandoval,” a collaboration with Grammy Award winner and jazz trumpeter Sandoval.
Doerries is the co-recipient of a $1.6 million Lilly Endowment Grant for sacred music. He delivered a TEDx Talk in 2015, his albums have topped Billboard’s charts of classical and jazz music, and has conducted choirs in and led students and ensembles on tours through the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
“This award recognizes the dedication of the singers, families, graduate students, faculty and staff of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and Sacred Music at Notre Dame to believe in a community of young people leading sacred music at the highest levels,” says Doerries. “It is an honor to work with these talented musicians and supportive parents and students every week.”
Zartman, a faculty member since 2012, runs a lab that focuses on multicellular systems engineering, specifically on tissue growth, development and regeneration to inspire new ways to treat diseases and wounds.
He has received numerous awards, including a 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society Rising Star Award, a 2017 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award grant from the National Institutes of Health and a 2016 National Science Foundation Early Career Award.
Zartman is affiliated with Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics Initiative and the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. He’s also affiliated with the Harper Cancer Research Institute.
“This award is a recognition of the many students and colleagues across the Notre Dame campus and within our research group seeking to advance our understanding of complex biological systems and to improve human health,” says Zartman. “I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute toward this team effort and for the opportunity each day to make a difference.”