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Name

Position

Department

Research Interests

UNMC

Jyothi Arikkath

Assistant Professor

MMI - Developmental Neurosciences

molecular and cellular neuroscience, autism, intellectual disability, synapses, mouse behavior

Hamid Band

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

breast cancer, hematological malignancies, endocytic traffic, immunology, stem cell

Surinder Batra

Chairman

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

tumor-associated genes; cancer diagnostics, cancer vaccines; monoclonal antibodies, genetic engineering of antibodies

Ken Bayles

Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

biofilm, metabolism, antibiotic resistance, cell death, pathogenesis

Erika Boesen

Assistant Professor

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

kidney, renal physiology, lupus, endothelin, collecting duct

Gloria Borgstahl

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

structural biology, reactive oxygen species, DNA repair, biochemistry, cancer research

Steve Caplan

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

membrane trafficking, vesicular transport, endocytosis, recycling, organelle biogenesis

Pawel Ciborowski

Professor

Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

HIV, macrophage, mass spectrometry, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology, histones

Martin Conda-Sheridan

Assistant Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, antibacterials, drug design, nanotechnology, cancer

Punita Dhawan

Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

colon cancer, metastasis, therapeutics, biomarker, Claudins.

Jixin Dong

Associate Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

Hippo-YAP, mitosis, cancer, paclitaxel, protein kinase

Andrew Dudley

Associate Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

cartilage, bone, regeneration, tissue engineering, developmental and systems biology

Paul Fey

Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

bacterial pathogenesis, metabolism, biofilm, antibiotic resistance, genetics

Howard Fox

Professor

Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

neurodegeneration, HIV, mitochondria, Parkinson's, pathogenesis

Jered Garrison

Associate Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

radiation, cancer, imaging, drug delivery and therapy

Karen Gould

Associate Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

genetics, immunology, autoimmunity, cancer, estrogens

Babu Guda

Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

bioinformatics, computational biology, cancer genomics, systems biology, metagenomics

Corey Hopkins

Associate Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, infectious disease, neuroscience

Ricia "Kate" Hyde

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

leukemia, hematopoiesis, transcription factors, cancer, gene expression

Joshi Shantaram

Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

chronic lymphocytic leukemia, tumor microenvironment, molecular basis of leukemic progression, experimental therapeutics, lymphoma, neuroblastoma

Tammy Kielian

Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

immunology, infectious disease, Staphylococcus aureus biofilm, neuroimmunology, host-pathogen interactions

Alan Kolok

Director

Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology

toxicology, gene expression, reproductive development, fish model, sexual differentiation

Robert Lewis

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

cell signaling, colon cancer, obesity, metabolism, tumorigenesis

Ming-Fong Lin

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

prostate cancer, carcinogenesis and metastasis, steroid hormones, signal transduction, experimental therapy

Kevin Luczynksi

Assistant Professor

MMI - Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder

prevention of problem behavior, teaching conversation skills, telehealth to improve autism services, identifying children's preferences, observational learning

Luis Marky

Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

molecular biophysics, nucleic acids, thermodynamics and hydration, ligand binding, control of gene expression

Parmender Mehta

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

cell-cell adhesion, gap junctions, connexins, cadherins, cancer

Justin Mott

Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

apoptosis, cancer, fatty liver, obesity, steatohepatitis

Amar Natarajan

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

chemical biology, kinase inhibitors, protein-protein interactions, drug discovery

Greg Oakley

Associate Professor

COD - Oral Biology

cancer, replication stress, DNA damage, cell cycle, biochemistry

Michel Ouellette

Associate Professor

Internal Med GI

telomere, telomerase, pancreatic cancer, Ras signaling, Rac1 GTPase

David Oupicky

Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, nanomedicine, nanoparticles, cancer, nucleic acids

Kaushik Patel

Professor

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

heart failure, diabetes, neuroscience, renal function, exercise training

Youri Pavlov

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

mutation, cancer replication, recombination, genome stability

William Rizzo

Helen Freytag Chairman in Pediatrics

MMI - Pediatrics

genetic disease, mutation, lipid biochemistry, mouse model, cell culture

Nicole Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

MMI - Center for Autism Spec Disord

autism, children, clinical, language, teaching

Eleanor Rogan

Professor

CoPH - Environ

Agricultural and Occupational Health, estrogens, breast cancer, estrogen-DNA adducts, cancer prevention

Deb Romberger

Chairperson

Internal Medicine Administration

environmental exposures, inflammation, lung, airway epithelial cells, repair

Pankaj Singh

Associate Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

cancer metabolism, systems biology, pancreatic cancer, chemotherapy resistance, metastasis

Rakesh Singh

Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

host-tumor interaction, tumor microenvironment, progression and metastasis

Shelley Smith

Professor

MMI - Developmental Neurosciences

identification of genes affecting hereditary deafness, reading disability, language impairment, speech sound disorder and ADHD

Joyce Solheim

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

immunology, cancer, therapy, treatment, vaccine

Paul Sorgen

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

gap junctions, heart disease, phosphorylation, cell signaling, intercellular communication

Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

breast cancer, redox signaling, antioxidants, tumor microenvironment, tumor-stroma interactions

Wallace Thoreson

Professor

Ophthalmology

synaptic transmission, vision, retina, imaging, electrophysiology

Jonathan Vennerstrom

Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, antimalarial, antiparasitic, drug discovery

Joseph Vetro

Assistant Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, vaccines, cancer, virus, nanomedicine

James Wahl

Associate Professor

COD - Oral Biology

oral cancer, epithelium, cell migration, live cell microscopy, cadherins, desmosome

Jing (Jenny) Wang

Associate Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

colon cancer, metastasis, drug resistance, microRNAs, cancer stem cells

San Ming Wang

Associate Professor

Genetics

Cell Biology & Anatomy,genomics, transcriptome studies, familial breast cancer

Nick Woods

Assistant Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, DNA damage, proteomics, domainomics

Todd Wyatt

Professor

CoPH - Environ

Agricultural & Occupational Health,cigarettes, alcohol, lungs, dusts, agriculture

Matt Zimmerman

Assoc Professor

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

neuroscience, hypertension, neurons, reactive oxygen species, antioxidants

Irving Zucker

Chairperson

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

cardiovascular, heart failure, neural control, hypertension, oxidative stress

CUMC

Peter Abel

Professor

Pharmacology

vascular and airway smooth muscle function, nerve stimulation, pulmonary hypertension, asthma

Devendra Agrawal

Professor and Senior Associate Dean

Center for Clinical & Translational Science

intimal hyperplasia, restenosis, vulnerability of atherosclerotic plaques, mesenchymal stem cells, TREM-1 and inflammation

Jason Bartz

Professor & Vice Chair

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

prions, strains, pathogenesis

Michael Belshan

Associate Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

HIV, virus-host interactions, molecular virology, proteomics, genomics

Charles Bockman

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

Nicotine, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, environmental enrichment, addiction, neuroplasticity

Travis Bourret

Assistant Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

lyme disease, vector-borne diseases, gene regulation, antioxidant defenses

Laura Bruce

Associate Professor

Biomedical Sciences

amygdala, brain, evolution, fear behavior, genetics

Shashank Dravid

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

glutamate, electrophysiology, mouse behavior, NMDA receptor, neuropharmacology

Kristen Drescher

Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

multiple sclerosis, creatine, virus, type 1 diabetes

Richard Goering

Professor and Chair

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

strain typing, epidemiology, whole genome sequencing, MRSA, C. difficile

Richard Hallworth

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

hearing, deafness, hair cells, prestin, biophysics

Laura Hansen

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

cancer, skin cancer, signaling, cell biology, sun exposure

David He

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

neuroscience, gene regulation, inner ear, mechanotransduction, prestin

Kenneth Kramer

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Sciences

zebrafish, development, balance, ear, glycan

Sandor Lovas

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

proteins, polypeptides, structural bioinformatics, molecular dynamics simulations, circular dichroism

Thomas Murray

Professor and Chair

Pharmacology

neurons, opioid receptors, brain, glutamate, ion channels

Anna Selmecki

Asst Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

genomics, bioinformatics, fungal pathogens, drug resistance, population genetics

Kristina Simeone

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

epilepsy, sleep, diet, neuroscience

Timothy Simeone

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

epilepsy, neurophysiology, electrophysiology, therapeutic mechanisms, ketogenic diet

D. David Smith

Associate Professor

Biomedical Sciences

peptides, amino acids, solid phase peptide synthesis, chromatography, CGRP

Patrick Swanson

Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

V(D)J recombination, immunoglobulins, B cell tolerance, B cell development, autoimmunity

Yaping Tu

Professor

Pharmacology

signal transduction, G protein-coupled receptor, tyrosine kinase receptor, tumor progression and metastasis, lung diseases

UNL

Peter Angeletti

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer, dysplasia, HIV, Tanzania

Audrey Atkin

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

RNA biology, regulation of gene expression, mRNA decay, signaling, bioactive dietary RNAs

Paul Blum

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

pain control therapeutics, anti-cancer cytokines, synthetic biology, cytokine glycosylation

Deborah Brown

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

T cells, influenza, vaccines, pattern recognition receptors, dendritic cells

Heriberto Cerutti

Professor

School of Biological Sciences - Ctr for Biotechnology

epigenetics, RNA interference, genomics, biotechnology, biofuels

Hernan Garcia Ruiz

Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology

plant-virus interactions, antiviral RNA silencing, antiviral immunity

Eileen Hebets

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

animal communication, sensory systems, mating systems, behavioral evolution, arachnids

Qingsheng Li

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

HIV-1, transmission, vaccine, mucosal immunology, emerging infectious disease

Colin Meiklejohn

Assistant Professor

School of Biological Sciences

Evolution, genetics, speciation, Drosophila, gene regulation

Kristi Montooth

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

Physiological genetics, Mitochondrial biology, Evolutionary genetics, Functional Drosophila genetics, Metabolism

Etsuko Moriyama

Professor

School of Biological Sciences - Ctr for Biotechnology

bioinformatics, genomics, molecular evolution, protein functions, chemoreceptors

Hideaki Moriyama

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

cancer, electrophysiology, hypoxia, influenza, structural biology

Ken Nickerson

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

microbial physiology, fungal dimorphism, quorum sensing, candida albicans, farnesol, glyoxalase and methyl glyoxal, biotin

Angela Pannier

Associate Professor

Therapeutic Nanoparticles

gene therapy, tissue engineering, biomaterials, developmental biology, DNA delivery

Hernan Garcia Ruiz

Assistant Professor

Plant Pathology

Antiviral immunity, virus-host interactions, small RNA biology, antiviral RNA silencing, bioinformatics

James van Etten

Professor

Plant Pathology

algal viruses, chloroviruses, large dsDNA viruses, virus encoded glycosylation, algae

Karrie Weber

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences

microbial ecology, virus ecology, environmental microbiology, microbial physiology

Matthew Wiebe

Associate Professor

Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

virology, immunity, signal transduction, DNA replication, cancer biology

Charles Wood

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

HIV/AIDS, AIDS associated cancer, neuroAIDS

Shi-hua Xiang

Asst Professor

Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

HIV envelope glycoproteins, structure-based design of vaccines or drugs, commensal bacterial therapy, virus-host interactions, viral entry

Janos Zempleni

Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition

Nutrition & Health Sciences

exosomes, gene regulation, human nutrition, non-coding RNA, vesicles

Luwen Zhang

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

Epstein Barr virus, Zika virus, flavivirus, herpesvirus, cancer