Distinguished Scientist Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.

January 12, 2017

Image with caption: Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.

Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2016 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

  • Name: Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor, UNMC Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: 1998
  • Hometown: Yampol, Ukraine

Research focus:
Humanized mice models

The goal of my research is to improve basic and translational studies for human immune system and infectious diseases.

My research will make a difference because humanized mice hold great value and promise in biomedical research when considering the ethical and technical constraints associated with human studies. Through a better understanding of human gene function in an in vivo setting, these models play a key role in the identification and development of new therapies for the treatment of human infectious disease such as HIV, hepatitis and herpes viruses, as well as highly relevant microbial infections such as tuberculosis and malaria. Humanized mice models demonstrate outstanding potential for the investigation of critical aspects of the neurodegenerative disorders, for example, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. We are expecting expanding use of humanized mice for cancer research.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

  • "However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words." -- Ivan Turgenev
  • "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Three things you may not know about me:

  • I studied music in school.
  • I love visual and performing arts.
  • I can't ride a bicycle.

Anne Nelson
January 21, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Larisa and Polina: two wonderful and brilliant women!

Anne Nelson
January 21, 2017 at 12:44 PM

Larisa and Polina: two wonderful and brilliant women!

Ilona Holland
January 18, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Congratulations! This is wonderful.

Polina Schlott
January 16, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Congratulations Mom! I love you.

Kusum Kharbanda
January 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Congratulations!! We are so proud of you!!

January 12, 2017 at 7:40 PM

Congratulations Larisa!!

Janice Taylor
January 12, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Congratulations! You have always been a Distinguished Scientist to me!

Tamara Lushnikova
January 12, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Congratulations, Dr Larisa Poluektova!

M. Elizabeth Blackburn
January 12, 2017 at 9:14 AM

Congratulations! No surprise!