University of Nebraska Medical Center

Michael J. Duryee, MS

Instructor, Division of Rheumatology

Michael J Duryee

Mr. Duryee received his Master's of Science in immunology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) in 2002. He currently serves as the lab manager for the Experimental Immunology Laboratories at both the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is involved in the coordination of multiple biobanks including the VA Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) group, Rheumatoid Arthritis Interactive Network (RAIN) registry, UNMC tissue and synovial fluids registry, UNMC cardiovascular registry, and the UNMC liver and intestinal registry.  He is actively engaged in basic science/clinical translational research in the areas of rheumatology/immunology, gout, lung diseases involved in RA, cardiovascular disease, and alcoholic liver disease. More recently, he has become involved in teaching fellows, medical students, and undergraduate students basic science research in autoimmune diseases.  He has been involved in the authorship of more than 60 publications, and two book chapters, and currently holds two patents for the development of a cardiovascular assay to assess stable vs. unstable plaque in acute myocardial patients. 


  • Evaluation of post-translational protein modifications in autoimmune diseases
  • Exploration of how post-translational proteins work to break/initiate immune tolerance
  • Autoimmune phenotypes in Rheumatoid Arthritis/Rheumatic diseases, gout, lung diseases involved in RA, cardiovascular disease, and alcoholic liver disease
  • Undergraduate Education: BS, Doane University, 1995
  • Graduate Education: MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2002