Meet the Director

Welcome to the website for the Center for Heart and Vascular Research!

I am a scientist studying heart disease, one of the most common causes of death in Nebraska and worldwide. I believe that the best way to combat this devastating disease is by bringing clinicians and scientists together to conduct research into its causes and find new cures. By researching the molecular, cellular, organ, and system-level processes in health and disease, we can develop and implement improved prevention and treatment strategies.

I lead a dynamic research group that exploits cutting-edge technologies to study the human heart. By developing and implementing novel technologies, we discover new insight that fuels our understanding of disease processes and reveals untapped therapeutic targets. In addition to leading a research laboratory, I am also the Director of the UNMC Center for Heart and Vascular Research. In this role, my mission is to create a dynamic research hub that catalyzes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to transform how we fight heart and vascular diseases.

Please browse our CHVR website to learn more about our vision, our research environment, membership opportunities, and how you can support our mission.

Thank you for visiting!

Dr. Rebekah Gundry, Stokes-Shakelford Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, was appointed the role of Director of the UNMC Center for Heart and Vascular Research, effective July 1, 2022.


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Rebekah Gundry