Distinguished scientist: Matthew Lunning, D.O.

February 19, 2019

Image with caption: Matthew Lunning, D.O.

Matthew Lunning, D.O.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2018 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership 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: Matthew Lunning, D.O.
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine; medical director, lymphoma research.
  • Joined UNMC: Aug. 24, 2015. Dr. Lunning completed his internal medicine residency at UNMC in 2009 and was also chief resident in internal medicine from July 2009 to June 2010.
  • Hometown: Mason City, Iowa

Research focus:
Lymphoma, CAR (chimeric antigen receptor)-T cells

The goal of my research is: To improve the outcomes and quality of life in patients with lymphoma.

My research will make a difference because: We have an excellent research team that spans multiple disciplines.

The best advice I've ever been given is: When in times of difficulty remember the Serenity Prayer.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I love to teach tennis.
  • I collect bottles of wine from the year I was born.
  • I enjoy listening to music composed by Dr. Robert Greg Bociek.


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Brenda Ram
February 21, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Congratulations Matt, keep up the great work!

Krishna Gundabolu
February 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Congratulations Matt!

Susan Blumel
February 19, 2019 at 4:39 PM

Congratulations! It's a pleasure and honor to work with you on lymphoma research projects.

Kai Fu
February 19, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Congratulations! Matt, well deserved.

Lisa Runco
February 19, 2019 at 7:10 AM

Congratulations Matt! Very proud of your journey so far, and the future is bright for you.