University of Nebraska Medical Center

Surinder K. Batra, PhD

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


Surinder K. Batra
  • PhD, Kurukshetra University (NDRI), INDIA, 1983
  • Stragier, L’institut national de la recherché agronomique (INRA)
  • Tours, France, 1982-83
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, 1983-1986
  • Research Associate Post-doctoral Fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA, 1988-1991
Student Research Opportunities
  • Graduate Students
  • Medical Students
  • Summer Research Students
  • Undergraduate students
Research and Clinical Interests

Mucins, tumor-associated genes; cancer diagnostics, cancer vaccines; monoclonal antibodies, genetic engineering of antibodies.

Tumor-associated genes: identification, structure/function analysis, and evaluation as targets for diagnosis/therapy.

Dr. Batra in his lab with two students

Current Projects

The overall goals of our laboratory are to study the molecular mechanisms of neoplastic transformation, differentiation, and altered-growth in human pancreatic, ovarian and prostate tumors.

Current Grants and Contracts

Pancreatic cancer metastasis


PO1 CA217798
Principal Investigators: Surinder K. Batra

Targeting CXCR2 axis in Pancreatic Cancer


RO1 CA 228524 (NIH) (MPI)
Principal Investigators: Rakesh K. Singh and Surinder K. Batra

Role of PD2/Paf1 in Pancreatic Acinar to Ductal Metaplasia


RO1 CA 210637 (NIH) (MPI)
Principal Investigators: Moorthy P. Ponnusamy and Surinder K. Batra

Pancreatic cancer consortium


UO1 CA 210240
Principal Investigator: Michael Hollinswoth
Role on the project: Co.Investigaor (subcontract)