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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Immunology, Pathology & Infectious Disease Faculty

Faculty Departments

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Eppley Institute
  • Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pathology and Microbiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

 

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Faculty

Maher Abdalla

Maher Y. Abdalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Heme Osygenase-1 (HO-1) and immune cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and prostate cancer.

Yazen Alnouti

Yazen Alnouti, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research focus: Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), with a focus on the application of Bioanalytical Chemistry, in vitro and in vivo animal models to support ADMET (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity) and pharmacokinetic (PK) studies; Biomarkers for hepato-biliary diseases based on bile acid metabolism by sulfation.

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Hamid Band

Hamid Band, MD, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Regulation of receptor signaling by endocytic traffic; Cbl-family and CHIP ubiquitin ligases; EHD-family endocytic recycling regulators; mouse genetic models; cancer and stem cell biology.

Ken Bayles

Kenneth W. Bayles, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Staphylococcus aureus infections; biofilm development; the control of bacterial programmed cell death.

 Chengfeng Bi

Chengfeng (Andy) Bi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Oncology and Hematology

Research focus: Pathogenesis and molecular mechanism of hematological malignancies.

Piero Bianco

Piero Bianco, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research focus: Stalled DNA replication fork rescue to maintain genome stability

Jana Broadhurst

M. Jana Broadhurst, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Emerging and englected infectious diseases diagnostic assay development for clinical and public health applications.

Shilpa Buch

Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Therapeutic strategies that may enhance neural function and survival in NeuroAIDS, with possible implications in other neurodegenerative diseases.

Keely Buesing

Keely Buesing, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Research focus: Large animal and pulmonary cellular investigation of novel therapeutics targeting Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Siddappa Byrareddy

Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Understanding host-virus dynamics using molecular biology, virology, immunology, systems biology, and genomic tools to develop prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease, such as Zika virus.

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Scott Campbell

W. Scott Campbell, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Health informatics and pathology informatics.

Rey Carabeo, PhD

Rey Carabeo, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Cell biology of Chlamydia-host cell interaction; Chlamydial strategies of iron acquisition and transcriptional responses to iron starvation.

Vinai Chittezham Thomas

Vinai Chittezham Thomas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Staphylococcal physiology and metabolism; staphylococcus stress response.

Sam Cohen

Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Urologic pathology, carcinogenesis and toxicology.

Martin Conda Sheridan

Martin Conda-Sheridan, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research focus: Design of complex multifunctional biomaterials and bioactive small molecules for medicinal applications.

Leah Cook

Leah Cook, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Investigation of immune interactions within the tumor bone microenvironment that contribute to bone metastatic prostate cancer; identifying novel immunotherapeutic targets for treating and curing metastatic cancers.

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)

Research focus: Investigating and developing novel approaches to prevent and treat human parasitic infections, using approaches that include molecular biology, bioinformatics, -omics, high-content imaging, and genetics.

Jixin Dong

Jixin Dong, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Hippo signaling and cancer; Chemotherapeutic drug resistance.

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Benson Edagwa

Benson Edagwa, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Design, development and evaluation of antiretroviral prodrugs, development of long acting slow effective release ART (LASER ART) and their application to testing in cell and small animal based assays.

Dalia ElGamal, PhD

Dalia Elgamal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Pathogenesis of B-cell malignancies and evaluating novel targeted therapeis for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia and Richter's transformation.

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Paul Fey

Paul D. Fey, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Staphylococcal biology and pathogenesis; antibiotic resistance of clinical relevant pathogens.

Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD

Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Basic and transitional research with the goal of identifying and evaluating novel targets for therapy in gastrointestinal tumors with K-Ras mutations; GI tract, liver, and solid organ transplant pathology.

Howard Fox

Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences

Research focus: Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.

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Howard Gendelman

Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Development and testing of HIV-1 cure strategies; Basic and clinical studies on novel medicines to treat Parkinson's disease.

Stacey Gilk

Stacey Gilk, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Microbial pathogenesis; Coxiella, Rickettsia

Santhi Gorantla

Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Mouse models for HIV; humanized mouse model to study HIV vaccine strategies to induce protective immune responses and immune-based therapeutics to enhance HIV immune responses; HIV pathogenesis.

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Karen Gould, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus: Estrogen receptor alpha regulation of B cell receptor signaling, B cell fate, and lupus pathogenesis.

Timothy Greiner

Timothy C. Greiner, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Etiology and progression of lymphoma by examining the mutational spectra of oncogenes and tumor suppresser genes.

Babu Guda

Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus: Development and application of computational methods for genomic data analyses including cancer genomics, functional annotation of proteins, pathways, networks and systems in biomedical research.

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Kyle Hewitt, PhD

Kyle Hewitt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Research focus: Hematopoitic stem and progenitor cell control of blood production during development and/or regeneration following disease or injury; transcriptional and epigentic mechanisms that cause hematologic disorders; tissue and cellular heterogeneity; CRISPR/Cas9-mediated disruption of gene regulatory networks and cell signaling mechanisms.

Steve Hinrichs

Steven H. Hinrichs, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Molecular pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious organism, antimicrobial drug discovery and bioterrorism preparedness information technology.

Karen Honeycutt

Karen Honeycutt, PhD, MEd, MLS(ASCP)SM
Associate Professor, College of Allied Health Professions – Clinical Laboratory Science Education

Research focus: Effective and efficient educational methodologies; active learning strategies, online and multimedia educational platforms; incorporation of professionalism in MLS education; women and the academic doctoral degree path.

Corey Hopkins

Corey Hopkins, PhD
Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research focus: Design, synthesis and optimization of biologically active small molecules as in vivo probes, drug discovery lead compounds and preclinical candidates.

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Javeed Iqbal

Javeed Iqbal, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Molecular signatures to improve diagnosis and outcome prediction in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; gene expression profiling and pathway targeted therapy in peripheral T-cell lymphoma; characterization of key molecular signatures in natural killer cell malignancies.

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Georgette Kanmogne

Georgette D. Kanmogne, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: HIV/AIDS, vascular biology and cell signaling.

Adam Karpf

Adam R. Karpf, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Ovarian cancer biology and therapeutics; Cancer epigenetics.

Tammy Kielian

Tammy L. Kielian, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Host-pathogen interactions, immunology, neuroimmunology, translational therapeutics.

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Marilynn Larson

Marilynn Larson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Host and intracellular pathogen interactions, and determining the mechanisms that allow the Tier 1 select agent Francisella tularensis to persist and rapidly replicate within infected macrophages.

Yutong Liu

Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Research focus: Neuroimaging and image processing.

Oksana Lockridge

Oksana Lockridge, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Transglutaminase levels are high in pancreatic ductal carcinoma. By crosslinking proteins, transglutaminase alters their stability and function; protein identification through mass spectrometry.

Xu Luo

Xu Luo, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways in cell death and survival in cancer cells.

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Thomas McDonald

Thomas McDonald, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Immunology; antigen isolation and purification; acute phase proteins; inflammation; immunoassays.

Benita McVicker

Benita McVicker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine -

Gastroenterology-Hepatology
Research focus: Alcohol liver injury and mechanisms.

Lee Mosley

R. Lee Mosley, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Regulation of T Lymphocyte function; T cell-mediated immunity in neurodegenerative disorders.

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Praba Narayanasamy

Prabagaran (Praba) Narayanasamy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Drug design, discovery and development (including drug delivery by nanomedicine) for infectious diseases; study of physiology and pathogenesis of bacteria and virus towards drug discovery; design, synthesis and characterization of substrates, inhibitors, intermediates, products and mechanisms for drug discovery and development.

Caroline Ng

Caroline Ng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology

Research focus: Biology and pathogenesis of Plasmodium falciparum, genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying drug resistance.

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Stephen Obaro

Stephen Obaro, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Research focus: Pneumococcal disease and vaccine, meningococcal disease and vaccine, HIV infections in children, typhoid fever in children, community acquired pneumonia and invasive bacterial infections in Nigerian children.

Scot Ouellette

Scot Ouellette, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology

Research focus: Chlamydial microbiology: bacterial cell division, gene regulation, host-pathogen interactions.

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Thomas Petro

Thomas Petro, PhD
Professor, College of Dentistry

Research focus: Using molecular immunobiology approaches to explore intrinsic pathways to or novel therapeutics for expression and control of cytokines to prevent chronic viral infections, autoimmune disease and/or inflammatory diseases.

Larisa Poluektova

Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.

Moorthy Ponnusamy

Moorthy Ponnusamy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research focus: Cancer stem cells; metastasis; progression of pancreatic cancer.

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St Patrick Reid

St. Patrick Reid, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Molecular virology of novel functions of proteins encoded by highly pathogenic viruses; Elucidating host-pathogen interactions of emerging highly pathogenic viruses including Ebola, Chikungunga and Zika.

Angie Rizzino

Angie A. Rizzino, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Molecular mechanisms that regulate the proliferation of cancer stem cells and pluripotent stem cells.

Don ronning, PhD

Don Ronning, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research focus: Discovery and development of anti-infective and anti-cancer compounds.

Elizabeth Rucks

Elizabeth Rucks, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology

Research focus: Host trafficking to the chlamydial inclusion, growth and development of chlamydia.

Mark Rupp

Mark Rupp, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

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Joshua Santarpia

Joshua Santarpia, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Microbiology

Research focus: Detection, measurement and characterization of bioaerosols, atmospheric chemistry of bioaerosols, microbial communities in ambient environment (aerosol, soil and water) and bacteriophage for therapeutic and industrial uses.

Amar Singh, PhD

Amar Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research focus: Molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer; renal pathobiology.

Rakesh Singh

Rakesh K. Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Tumor growth and metastasis, angiogenesis, tumor immunology, cytokine biology.

Joyce Solheim

Joyce Solheim, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Mechanisms regulating the immune response to tumors and infectious pathogens, and development of new immunotherapies.

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Geoffrey Talmon, MD

Geoffrey Talmon, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Surgical, renal and placental pathology.

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William Tapprich, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)

Research focus: Understanding the structure and function of viral RNA molecules, particularly enteroviral genomic RNA.

Geoffrey Thiele

Geoffrey M. Thiele, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Research focus: Autoimmunity, immune system disorders, immunopathology; infectious diseases/agents; Rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, breast cancer and the immune system, bone loss and erosion, alcoholic liver disease.

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Trevor VanSchooneveld

Trevor VanSchooneveld, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Research focus: Antimicrobial stewardship; Clostridium difficile infections; multi-drug gram negative pathogens; use of infection biomarkers in clinical practice.

Joseph Vetro

Joseph Vetro, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research focus: Developing novel synthetic targeted drug and gene delivery nanocarriers for the anti-angiogenesis treatment of cancer; improving development paradigms for targeted bioimaging and drug delivery nanocarriers; developing subunit vaccines based on the novel adjuvant, EP67.

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Gus Wang

Guangshun (Gus) Wang, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Research focus: Host defense antimicrobial peptides; structural bioinformatics; biomolecular NMR.

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Siwei Zhao

Siwei Zhao, PhD
Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine

Research focus: Developing novel electrical engineering technologies to facilitate localized drug delivery, chronic wound healing and neural/muscular rehabilitation after peripheral nerve injury.

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