University of Nebraska Medical Center

Robert Norgren, PhD

Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy


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Dr. Norgren is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy. His research expertise lies in non-human primate genomics, genetics, and neurosciences. Dr. Norgren has taught neurosciences to healthcare professionals for over 30 years. He is currently the co-director of the Neurosciences Block for first-year medical students. Additionally, Dr. Norgren teaches neuroanatomy to Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy students and genomics to graduate students.

  • PhD, Columbia University
  • BS, University of Arizona

Dr. Norgren participated in the design of the Rhesus Macaque Genome Array in collaboration with Affymetrix. He led an effort to create a new and improved version of the rhesus macaque genome, which is widely used by scientists studying infectious diseases, and reproductive and neurological disorders. Dr. Norgren has been working towards developing translational models of human neurogenetic diseases to enhance understanding and facilitate the development of cures.

Selected Publications
  1. A new rhesus macaque assembly and annotation for next-generation sequencing analyses. (2014) Zimin et al. Biology Direct. 9:20.
  2. Leveraging human genomic information to identify nonhuman primate sequences for expression array development. (2005) Spindel et al. BMC Genomics. 6:160.
  3. LHRH neuronal migration: heterotypic transplantation analysis of guidance cues. (2000) Gao et al. Journal of Neurobiology. 42: 95-103.
Honors & Awards
  • iEXCEL Teaching Technologies Award, 2023
  • M1 Golden Apple Award, UNMC, 2021
  • Distinguished Scientist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2008
  • Alvin Earle Outstanding Health Science Educator Award, 2001
  • M1 Golden Apple Award, UNMC, 1997
  • Research Career Development Award, NIH, K04, 1995
  • M1 Golden Apple Award, UNMC, 1995