New investigator: Derrick Samuelson, PhD

Derrick Samuelson, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on March 9 for UNMC’s Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

New Investigator

The New Investigator Award is given to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity, such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

  • Name: Derrick Samuelson, PhD     
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine     
  • Joined UNMC: September 2019
  • Hometown: Belgrade, Montana

Please describe your research focus in three words or less: 

The microbiota and mucosal immunity

Why is research important in the world today? 

Research is essential to developing novel solutions to the issues we face as a society, thus enhancing our daily life.

My research will make a difference because: 

It will provide a framework for understanding and manipulating the intestinal microbiota to improve human health.

The best advice I’ve ever received is: 

To achieve your goals, persistence and perseverance is vital.  

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I enjoy many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking and scuba diving.
  • I roast my own coffee.
  • I have an awesome family.


  1. karuna Rasineni says:

    Congratulations Derrick!

  2. Toni Goeser says:

    Well-deserved! Congratulations, Dr. Samuelson!

  3. Todd Wyatt says:

    Dr. Samuelson was awarded his first independent R01 during the last year of his R00 grant. A truly remarkable achievement in this competitive environment. We are honored to have him as a colleague in our Pulmonary Research Group and as a key member in the new Alcohol Center.

  4. Kusum Kharbanda says:

    Congratulations, Derrick! Well-deserved!

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