Research offers alternative to patient care

Biomedical research provides a multitude of options for students who want to contribute to high-quality patient care by exploring and expanding the frontiers of medicine. 

UNMC's research efforts are focused on seven main areas: 

  • Cancer
  • Transplantation and stem cell therapy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Advanced biomedical technology
  • Bioterrorism preparedness

UNMC began the 21st century by taking major steps to become a world-class medical center. Construction was completed in spring 2004 on the $77 million Durham Research Center, a  10-level building that  includes: 

  • 116 research laboratories and associated research support space
  • A 319-seat auditorium
  • 15 classrooms or conference rooms 

In April 2006, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved construction of a second "twin tower" next to the Durham Research Center. Groundbreaking is expected in fall 2006. 

Opportunities to pursue research projects are available through UNMC's five colleges – Dentistry, Medicine, Graduate Studies, Nursing and Pharmacy – as well as the School of Allied Health Professions. Most programs have an interdisciplinary focus, with cooperation between a variety of departments to provide the most complete educational experience possible.  

In addition, summer research programs provide an opportunity for students from UNMC and undergraduates from other campuses to participate in these endeavors. 

Student research opportunities 

Lab Information for Student Research 

UNMC has many researchers who are funded by the various institutes of the National Institutes of Health. Each spring, Recruitment and Student Engagement identifies talented underrepresented minority undergraduates who are interested in a concentrated research learning experience in a laboratory for 12 weeks for two summers. For more information, e-mail Sherman Petite at spetite@unmc.edu. 

Research accomplishments

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