University of Nebraska Medical Center

About Us

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides training for both research-based and education careers, with the average time to degree being five and a half years. Research interests of our faculty include but are not limited to:

  • Molecular biology of cancers, including prostate, pancreas, lung, liver, colon
  • Cellular signaling
  • Endocytosis and trafficking
  • Cellular communication/gap junctions
  • Tumor glycobiology
  • Microbial metabolomics

There are approximately 40 students enrolled in our graduate program, with four to eight students graduating each year with the PhD degree. Our graduates are highly successful in acquiring post-doctoral employment, with several having taken jobs in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Some go directly into faculty positions at area colleges, but most do post-doctoral work at excellent institutions around the country, including Harvard Medical School, National Institutes of Health, University of California, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Hartmann Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Associate Director, Translational Research, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center


Surinder K. Batra

Vice Chair for Administration


Steve Caplan, PhD

Associate Professor
Biochemistry Graduate Committee Chairperson


Kate Hyde, PhD
Amy Dodson

Administrator II