University of Nebraska Medical Center

Surinder K. Batra, PhD

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
  • 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)