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Name

Position

Department

Research Interests

UNMC

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 Institute

Crystallography, Micro-gravity, Virtual Reality, Protein Structure, Drug Discovery

Steve Caplan

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

Sujata S. Chaudhari, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

Staphylococcus aureus, metabolism, reactive oxygen species, superoxide dismutase, oxidative stress

Martin Conda-Sheridan

Assistant Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, antibacterials, drug design, nanotechnology, cancer

Kaustub Datta

Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Cancer, Metastasis, Therapy resistance, Drug development, Animal model of 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

Neurological Sciences

neurodegeneration, HIV, mitochondria, Parkinson's, pathogenesis

Jered Garrison

Associate Professor

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

radiation, cancer, imaging, drug delivery and therapy

Howard Gendelman

Professor

Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Nanotechnology, neurodegenerative disease, neuroprotective immunity, human immunodeficiency virus, CURE

Deepta Ghate

Assistant Professor

Ophthalmology

glaucoma, driving, simulator, peripheral vision, field defects

Gargi Ghosal

Assistant Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Genome Instability, Replication stress response, DPC repair, Progeria and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Stacey Gilk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Pathology and Microbiology

microbiology, cell biology, microscopy, lysosome, lipid

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

Dalia ElGamal

Assistant Professor

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

cancer, leukemia, immune system, lymphoma, and mouse models

Kyle J. Hewitt

Assistant Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

hematopoiesis, stem cells, transcription, anemia, and leukemia/lymphoma

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

Maneesh Jain

Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

pancreatic cancer, mucin, radioimmunotherapy, diagnostics, and therapeutics, cell signaling

Vikas Kumar

Director, Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics Core

VCR Cores

Nrf2/Keap1; Skeletal muscle; Exercise training; Aging; Proteomics

Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD

Professor

Munroe-Meyer Institute

Gene expression, maternal immune activation, transgenic animal models, schizophrenia, autism

Scot Ouellette

Associate Professor

Pathology and Microbiology

Chlamydia, bacterial physiology, metabolism, evolution and genes

Rebecca Oberley-Deegan

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Free radicals, antioxidants, SOD, cancer, fibrosis

Moorthy Ponnusamy

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Cancer stem cells, metastasis, pancreatic cancer, drug-resistance and glycosylation

Joshi Shantaram

Professor

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

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

Sukhwinder Kaur

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Pancreatic cancer, biomarkers, ultrasensitive technologies, mucins, Luminex, exosomes

Tammy Kielian

Professor

Pathology & Microbiology

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

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

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

Youri Pavlov

Professor

Eppley Cancer Center

mutation, cancer replication, recombination, genome stability

Satyanarayana Rachagan

Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Animal models, miRNAs, Mucins, cancer metabolism, microbiome in cancer

Eleanor Rogan

Professor

CoPH - Environ

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

Elizabeth A. Rucks

Associate Professor

 Pathology & Microbiology

Chlamydia trachomatis, SNARE protein, Golgi trafficking, Cellular microbiology, Chlamydial-host interactions

Amar Singh

Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Epithelial Barrier, Colitis, Cancer, Growth Factor, Signaling.

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

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

Elizabeth Wellsandt

Assistant Professor

College of Allied Health Professions

biomechanics, rehabilitation, sports, knee, surgery

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

Jingwei Xie

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Drug Delivery

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

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

Travis Bourret

Assistant Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Lyme disease, relapsing fever, tick-borne diseases, gene regulation, microbial pathogenesis

Laura Bruce

Associate Professor

Biomedical Sciences

amygdala, brain, evolution, fear behavior, genetics

Shashank Dravid

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

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

Laura Hansen

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Papilloma, Skin neoplasms, Epidermal growth factor receptors, and Keratinocytes

Jee Yeon Hwang

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Neuroscience, Aging, Epigenetics, Neurodegeneration, Neuroinflammation

David He

Professor

Biomedical Sciences

neuroscience, gene regulation, inner ear, mechanotransduction, prestin

Tejbeer Kaur

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Sciences

Auditory Neuron, Ribbon Synapse, Innate-Immune System, Inflammation Macrophage

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

Brian J. North

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Sciences

 Aging, protein homeostasis, Cancer, Cardiac Conduction, Parkinson’s

Kristina Simeone

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

epilepsy, neurobiology, cell-signaling, electrophysiology, behavior

Timothy Simeone

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

epilepsy, neurophysiology, electrophysiology, therapeutic mechanisms, ketogenic diet

D. David Smith

Associate Professor

Biomedical Sciences

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

Holly Stessman

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

genetics, autism, cancer, molecular and cellular neuroscience, drug discovery

Patrick Swanson

Professor

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

V(D)J recombination, autoimmunity, cancer, antibody selection, receptor editing

Garrett Soukup

Professor

 Biomedical Sciences

microRNA, hearing, inner ear, hair cell, sensory neuron

Yaping Tu

Professor

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

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

UNL

Arthur “Trey” Andrews

Assistant Professor

 Psychology

 Latino mental health disparities, interventions

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

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

Carl Nelson

Professor

Mechanical & Materials Engineering

robotics, medical devices, mechanical design, dynamic systems, kinematics of machinery

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

Jessica L. Petersen

Associate Professor

Animal Sciences

animal genetics

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

Rebecca Wachs

Assistant Professor

Biological Systems Engineering Department 

low back pain, invertebral disc, orthopedic pain, targeted biomaterial therapeutics, nerve growth, sensitization

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

Assistant 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

Limei Zhang

Assistant Professor 

Biochemistry

Structural Biology, Redox Sensing, Metalloprotein, Transcriptional Regulation, Antibiotic Resistance

Luwen Zhang

Professor

School of Biological Sciences

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