Faculty & Staff

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The Faculty and their Research Interests

PRIMARY FACULTY

Surinder K. Batra

Professor and Chairman Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, Stokes-Shackelford Professor, Associate Director for Education and Training, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer

Steve Caplan Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Hebrew University (Jerusalem), 1998. Molecular mechanisms controlling endocytic recycling and internalization.
William G. Chaney Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1979. Biological function of complex carbohydrates.
Pi-Wan Cheng Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1975. Regulation of mucin glycan biosynthesis in lung diseases and cancer.
G. Stanley Cox

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1973. Chromatin structure; DNA methylation; Transcription factors; and Regulation of gene expression.

Kaustubh Datta

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (India), 1999. Molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis.

Rebecca Oberley-Deegan

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.

Kate Hyde Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Madison, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Maneesh Jain Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., IMTECH (India), 2002.
Development of diagnostics and therapeutics against cancer and allied diseases.
Ming-Fong Lin

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1983. Tyrosine phosphorylation and Redox signal transduction in androgen regulation of cell proliferation and carcinogenesis.

Richard G. MacDonald

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1981. Transmembrane signaling and regulation of cell growth.

Parmender P. Mehta Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, 1983. Connexins and cell-to-cell contact-dependent intercellular communication.
Justin Mott     Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; M.D., St. Louis University, 2004; Ph.D., St. Louis University, 2003.  Control of apoptotic signaling in liver cancer of the biliary tree, namely cholangiocarcinoma. 
Moorthy Ponnusamy   Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Madras (India), 2005.
Characterization of cancer stem cells, Mucins in ovarian cancer
Paul Sorgen Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999. Structure, function, and regulation of cardiac gap junctions.
Laurey Steinke Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Protein Structure Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987. Meta-proteomics and metabolomics of microbial communities.
Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 2005. Understanding the role of redox signaling in the tumor microenvironment that drives the oncogenic hepatocyte growth factor, HGF/c-Met activation during epithelial-fibroblast interaction in breast cancer.
Kelly Trujillo 

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;B.S. Biology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1995Ph.D. Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences center, 2002

RESEARCH FACULTY
David Klinkebiel Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Epigenomics Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1990. Influence of DNA methylation on gene expression and the association with cancer development.
Naava Naslavsky Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Hebrew University (Jerusalem), 1998.
Control of receptor localization to the plasma membrane is central to normal cell function, and dysregulation is the underlying cause for diseases as diverse as atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer.
EMERITUS FACULTY
Margaret L. Heidrick Emeritus Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1971. Aging and immunology; Cytochrome P-450.
John F. Hofert Emeritus Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963. Metabolic alterations in diabetes mellitus; Cytochrome P-4502E1.
Robert F. Ramaley Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1964. Microbial enzymology of bacterial sporulation and the thermostable enzymes of bacteria.
 Judith K. Christman

Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope Core Facility; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967. Gene regulation; DNA methylation.

COURTESY FACULTY
  • Sudhakar Akulapalli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boystown/Creighton University
  • Hamid Band, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Vimla Band, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy
  • Robert G. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Gloria Borgstahl,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Michael Brattain, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Shilpa Buch, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Carol A. Casey, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Pawel Ciborowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Dominic Cosgrove, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • John S. Davis, Ph.D., Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pharmacology; Director, Research & Development, Olson Center for Women's Health
  • Jixin Dong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Terrence Donohue, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Anna Dunaevsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Developmental Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute
  • Jered C. Garrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Chittibabu Guda, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy; Director, Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics
  • Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Michael Hollingsworth,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Keith Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, Oral Biology, College of Dentistry
  • Kusum Kharbanda, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Developmental Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute
  • Jodi Kreiling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, UNO
  • Robert Lewis,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Oksana Lockridge,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Xu Luo,Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Luis Marky, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Michel Ouellette, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Youri Pavlov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Angie Rizzino,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • James M. Salhany, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine-Administration
  • Pankaj Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Rakesh Singh, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Microbiology
  • Joyce Solheim,Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Mark Swanson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UNO
  • William E. Tapprich, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology,UNO
  • Kay-Uwe Wagner, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Program Director for MBEPP
  • Guangshun Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology and Microbiology
  • Jing (Jenny) Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute

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