Marya Lieberman

Marya Lieberman

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Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: 271 Stepan Hall
Phone: 574-631-4665

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Low-quality medicines, fake pharmaceuticals, counterfeit drug detection

Lieberman has developed “lab on paper” devices that allow people to perform chemical tests in low-resource settings. Her lab designed an inexpensive paper test card that can detect low-quality and fake medications and apply economic pressure to companies that manufacture or distribute them. In 2014, she was awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue this research, dubbed The PAD Project. Lieberman is a member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health. Her additional research interests lie in surface chemistry and DNA nanotechnology.


NDIGD, PAD Project win USAID Development Innovation Ventures award
Detecting low-quality antimalarial drugs with a lab-on-paper
Notre Dame receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health and development
Notre Dame researchers put chemistry lab on paper to detect low-quality medicine
Students solve case in ‘CSI’-style project
Paper-based counterfeit drug testing gains attention


International Business Times — Simple Paper Test Helps In Detecting Counterfeit Drugs
BBC News — ‘Lab on a card’ spots poor quality drugs that can kill
BBC News — Paper test spots counterfeit drugs
South Bend Tribune — ND prof gets $100,000 grant
Fox News — High-tech way to make sure your medicine is safe
Royal Society of Chemistry — Paper device spots antibiotic-resistant bacteria