Revealing the Invisible at Notre Dame, from Fluorescing Tumors to Earth 2.0

Data, and new ways of seeing the world, are key to new science. Prof. Justin Crepp and Dr. Keith Davis will show how innovative research at Notre Dame is revealing the large and small universe. Prof. Crepp will illustrate just how close we are to finding Earth 2.0 and how new instrumentation will make that possible, showing the latest exoplanet findings in a spectacular model of the galaxy.

Dr. Davis will illustrate 3D visuals of other Notre Dame research, including Dr. Matthew Leevy’s work combining multiple modes of imaging in research animals.

The presentation will be held in the College of Science’s Digital Visualization Theater, a 50-foot domed digital theater and planetarium that reveals science in a powerfully immersive way.


Keith Davis
Director, Digital Visualization Theatre
University of Notre Dame

Keith Davis is the Director of the Digital Visualization Theater and Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist in Physics at the University of Notre Dame.  The Digital Visualization Theater (DVT) offers instructors the unique ability to immerse students in high-resolution, high-fidelity images projected on a 50-foot-diameter dome. Keith received a Master’s degree and PhD in physics from Clemson University and Bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Tulsa.





Justin Crepp
Assistant Professor of Physics
University of Notre Dame

Justin R. Crepp is the Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor in physics at the University of Notre Dame. An experimental astrophysicist by training, Crepp designs and builds new instruments for the largest telescopes in the world. His research focuses on developing innovative technologies to detect and study planets orbiting other stars in an effort to search for signs of life. Professor Crepp was awarded a NASA Early Career Fellowship in 2013 for his work in high-contrast imaging. In 2017, he was awarded a NSF Career Fellowship for developing precision spectrographs that use adaptive optics. Recently, Crepp has been selected by the National Academies of Science to serve on a panel that will identify pathways for astrophysics research through the year 2020 and beyond. Prior to teaching at Notre Dame, Crepp was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He received a PhD in astronomy from the University of Florida in 2008 and Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003.


Matt Leevy
Research Associate Professor
University of Notre Dame

Matthew Leevy is a Research Associate Professor in Biological Sciences, currently serves as the Director of Biological Imaging within the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility, and leads an independent laboratory of talented staff, post-docs, and undergraduates. Matt’s primary research interests are centered on the 3D printing of anatomical models derived from clinical and pre-clinical X-ray CT data sets. Matt received a PhD in biophysics from Washington University in Saint Louis and a Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign.