Research Leadership: Amarnath (Amar) Natarajan, Ph.D.

March 02, 2020

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This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2019 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Community Service to Research, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

Research Leadership Award

The Research Leadership Award is intended to honor scientists previously recognized as Distinguished Scientists who have a longstanding research funding history and also serve as research leaders and mentors on campus.

  • Name: Amarnath (Amar) Natarajan, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor, Eppley Institute
  • Joined UNMC: 2009
  • Hometown: Chennai, India

Research focus:

  • Drug discovery

The best advice I could give a beginning researcher is: To be curious and the rest will fall into place.

The toughest lesson I've learned is: How to politely say no.

The best part of my job is: working with colleagues (Smitha Kizhake, Vashti Bryant, Ziyan Pessetto, Eric Kumar, Jamie Arnst, Elizabeth Blowers, Greg Hollis, Margaret Taylor, Jacob Contreras, Caroline Robb, Smit Kour, Hannah King, Rajkumar Rajule, Nick Palermo, Yogesh Sonawane, Saandeep Rana, John Napolean, Murad Bendjennet, Sydney Kubica, Sarbjit Singh, Jayapal Mallareddy and fellow faculty members) to come up with creative solutions to problems.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I struggled with languages (Hindi and Sanskrit) through high school/college and barely managed to pass them.
  • I enjoy writing grants but not so much reviewing them.
  • I am an imaginative chef (per my 14-year old daughter).


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John S Davis
March 02, 2020 at 2:04 PM

Congratulations Amar.

Gloria E Borgstahl
March 02, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Congratulations Amar, well deserved!

March 02, 2020 at 10:01 AM

Congratulations Dr. Amar

Adam Karpf
March 02, 2020 at 8:06 AM

Congrats Amar!

March 02, 2020 at 7:58 AM