University of Nebraska Medical Center

About Us

The Center for Heart and Vascular Research has a vision to be the hub that facilitates cutting-edge research in cardiovascular health and disease.


To be a world-class leader in heart and vascular research excellence.


Facilitate collaborative basic, translational and clinical research that develops the team into an innovative and leading heart and vascular research center and improves the health of our communities.

  • Develop and apply multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the heart and vasculature respond to injury or stress.
  • Apply the knowledge gained to develop diagnostic tools, test therapeutic strategies, and conduct health services research that prevents, slows, or reverses heart and vascular disease progression.
  • Disseminate our results to scientific, medical, and general communities. Educate and mentor the next generation of scientists.

Build Capacity: Infrastructure that facilitates the co-localization of clinicians and non-clinician biomedical researchers with diverse expertise to promote further cross-pollination of research interests and perspectives.

Tangible Support: Access to resources and support to explore new questions, implement new approaches, and integrate expertise needed to take research to the next level.


Stokes-Shakelford Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Director, Center for Heart and Vascular Research

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Professor, Department of Surgery
Associate Director, Center for Heart and Vascular Research

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Advisory Committee Members

Stokes-Shackleford Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Dean, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
COBRE Advisory Committee

Louise and Morton Degen Professor in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Chair, Internal Advisory Committee, Great Plains IDeA-CTR
COBRE Advisory Committee

Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Duke University, Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
COBRE Advisory Committee

Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport , Dean School of Graduate Studies, Director/Principal Investigator, Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease COBRE, Professor, Departments of Pathology, Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Cellular Biology and Anatomy
COBRE Advisory Committee

Professor of Pharmacology, Director, Center for Molecular & Cellular Signaling in the Cardiovascular System, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
COBRE Advisory Committee

Vice Chancellor for Research

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies

McLaughlin Professor and Chairman Department of Surgery, Professor of Surgery

Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Operations Committee

Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Director, Free Radicals in Medicine Program and Director, EPR Spectroscopy Core, Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine Doctoral Program
Education Lead for COBRE

Assistant Professor
Director of Bioassay Core, Director of Small Animal Ultrasound Core

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery

Department of Neurological Sciences Senior Associate Dean of Research and Development, UNMC College of Medicine Director, Center for Integrative and Translational Neuroscience Co-Investigator, Co-Director, Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Resources

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Assistant Professor
College of Nursing-Omaha Division

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Amy Biggerstaff

Administrative Coordinator

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