Robert B. Norgren, Ph.D.


PhD - Columbia University 1988

Phone: 402-559-8891
Fax: 402-559-7328
URL: Lab webpage


  • 20 years experience teaching Neuroscience to medical students
  • Co-Director of the M1 Neuroscience Core, 2000-2002
  • M1 Golden Apple Award, 1995
  • M1 Golden Apple Award, 1997
  • Alvin Earle Outstanding Health Science Educator Award, 2001


Dr. Norgren's research is currently focused on the use of nonhuman primate genomics to better understand human genetic disease. Work in the Norgren Laboratory resulted in a novel approach to the production of the Rhesus Macaque GeneChip, a device for measuring the expression of tens of thousands of genes at the same time. You can read more about how the rhesus genechip was invented here: "Novel approach results in first-ever rhesus macaque whole-genome array". Ongoing projects include a new assembly and annotation of the rhesus genome in collaboration with Drs. Aleksey Zimin, James Yorke and other investigators. This work was recently highlighted in the cover story for the November issue of Genome Technology: 'The Other Primates'. For more information on current research in the Norgren Lab check out the Lab webpage.


  • Research Career Development Award (KO4), The National Institutes of Health, 1995
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2008

Recent Talks:

  • De novo assembly of the rhesus macaque transcriptome from NextGen mRNA sequences
    Fifth International Conference on Primate Genomics at Houston TX, April 19th 2012
  • Rhesus macaque genomics
    Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, April 6, 2012

  • Limitations of Automated Annotation Software When Used with Draft Genomic Assemblies
    9th Annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference, December 9th 2011 

Publications listed in PubMed

Selected Publications: