Faculty & Staff

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.
Kishore Challagundla Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Lucknow (India), 2007.
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.
Kaustubh Datta

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

Punita Dhawan

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., PhD, UAMS (Little Rock, Arkansas) 1999

Kate Hyde Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Madison, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Maneesh Jain Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., IMTECH (India), 2002.
Development of diagnostics and therapeutics against cancer and allied diseases.
Sukhwinder Kaur Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., IMTECH (India), 2008.
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.
Sushil Kumar Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., CCSHAU, 2001

Imayavaramban Lakshmanan

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

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.

Ashley Mohr

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

Justin Mott     Associate 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. 
Sakthivel Muniyan Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
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.
Wasim (Mohd) Nasser Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
Rebecca Oberley-Deegan Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
Armen Petrosyan Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., Donetsk National Medical University, Donetsk, Ukraine, 2008

Mechanism of Golgi alteration in advanced prostate cancer: focus on aberrant glycosylation. The role for non-muscle Myosin IIA in alcohol-induced Golgi fragmentation.

Moorthy Ponnusamy   Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Madras (India), 2005.
Characterization of cancer stem cells, Mucins in ovarian cancer
Satyayanarayana Rachagani Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., National Dairy Research Institute (India), 2006.
Parthasarathy Seshacharyulu Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
Amar B. Singh Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Banaras Hindu University. Molecular mechanisms of mucosal Inflammation and associated cancer; and Ciliogenesis, autophagy and renal diseases.
Paul Sorgen Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999. Structure, function, and regulation of cardiac gap junctions.
Gaelle Spagnol Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Laurey Steinke Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Protein Structure Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987. Investigation of biofilm metabolism, composition and communication, including Staphylococcus aureus, gut microbiome and thermophilic microbial mats.
Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald Associate 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.
Grish Varshney Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
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.

G. Stanley Cox Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1973. Chromatin structure; DNA methylation; Transcription factors; and Regulation of gene expression.
William G. Chaney Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1979. Biological function of complex carbohydrates.
COURTESY FACULTY
  • Hamid Band, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Robert G. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Gloria Borgstahl, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Shannon M. Buckley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy
  • Siddappa Byrareddy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmacology/Exp Neuroscience
  • Carol A. Casey, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Pawel Ciborowski, Ph.D., 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., Associate 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., Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy; Director, Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics
  • 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
  • Jodi Kreiling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, UNO
  • Robert Lewis, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Xu Luo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Luis Marky, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Aaron Mohs, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Michel J. Ouellette, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine GI
  • David Oupicky, Ph.D., Professor, COPD Pharmaceutical Science
  • Prakash Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Angie Rizzino, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Pankaj Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Rakesh Singh, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Microbiology
  • Joyce Solheim, Ph.D., Professor, Eppley Institute
  • William E. Tapprich, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology,UNO
  • Sarah P. Thayer, Ph.D.
  • Ying Yan, Ph.D.