Research Leadership: Ted Mikuls, MD

February 22, 2021

Image with caption: Ted Mikuls, MD

Ted Mikuls, MD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Ted Mikuls, MD
  • Title: Umbach Professor of Rheumatology, vice chair of research, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine-Rheumatology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: August 2002
  • Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

The Research Leadership Award

This 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.

Research focus:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

The best advice I could give a beginning researcher is:

Show initiative. If you wait for "projects" or "opportunities" to fall in your lap, you may be waiting a very long time.

The toughest lesson I've learned is:

Peer review isn't always fair, nor does it always make sense.

The goal of my research is: to better understand mechanisms the links between established risk factors with disease onset and progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

My research will make a difference because:

By better understanding disease pathogenesis in RA, we hope to identify improved strategies for the diagnosis and management and possibly even prevent its onset.

The best part of my job is:

Being involved in patient care, teaching and research makes every day a new adventure.

Something you may not know about me is:

  • I taught science in a local high school for a year before starting medical school.


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    Tom O’Connor
    February 22, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Kudos to one of UNMC’s best. Way to go Dr. Ted!

    February 22, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    Congratulations Red!!!!

    Kaleb Michaud
    February 22, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Congrats, Ted! Grateful for all that you bring to rheum research!