Services set for med center’s Bhavana Dave, PhD

Bhavana Dave, PhD

Bhavana Dave, PhD

Services are set for this afternoon (Feb. 16) for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine’s Bhavana Dave, PhD, who died earlier this week following a long illness.

Dr. Dave was a professor in the UNMC Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. Her husband, Rakesh Singh, PhD, also is a professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology at UNMC.

“Dr. Dave was an outstanding geneticist and a wonderful colleague,” said Brad Britigan, MD, dean of the UNMC College of Medicine. “We join her family and friends in mourning her loss.”

Dr. Dave served 29 years at Nebraska Medicine’s Warren G. Sanger Human Genetics Laboratory as a clinical and molecular cytogeneticist, educator, researcher and director of the Human Genetics Laboratory, Munroe-Meyer Institute. She recently moved to the department of pathology, microbiology and immunology in the UNMC College of Medicine.

The cremation service will be today, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at Heafy Hoffman Dworak Cutler, 7805 West Center Road in Omaha. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends donate to the charity of their choice. Med center colleagues also can share their memories of Dr. Dave in the comments section below.


  1. Sid.Byrareddy says:

    We Miss you, Dr. Dave. Dr. Singh, sending love and peace to you in this hard time.

  2. Rajat says:

    We Will Miss You Mami Always

    Rest In Peace😭😭🙏🙏

  3. Shyam Bajekal says:

    I was her classmate and a very great friend during her master’s studies in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. An extremely loving and lovable person who was always there for any one of us classmates in times of any kind of need.
    I, alongwith all other classmates and friends am devastated by her departure that leaves a huge unfillable void in my life.
    May her soul rest in eternal peace. Aum Shanti.🙏🙏

  4. Shyam Bajekal says:

    Bhavana has left an unfillable void in my life. I was her classmate when studying for our Master’s in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She was a very affectionate and kind soul always being there for any one of us in need at any time.
    May her soul rest in eternal peace. Aum Shanti.🙏🙏

  5. Nitin says:

    Om Shanti 🙏

  6. John Keenan says:

    Dr. Dave was a wonderful person and colleague. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  7. Shyamal Roy says:

    It is a great loss for us at UNMC, and a personal loss for me. Bhavana was a close fried to me and my wife, and I knew her from the very start of her career at UNMC. She had a wonderfully warm and charming personality. I never saw Bhavana without a friendly smile. My sincere condolences to her husband, Dr. Rakesh Singh who is also a dear friend to me, and her family. I pray for her soul to rest in peace.

  8. Julie Sommer says:

    My deep condolences to Dr. Singh and his family. Dr. Dave was always a delight to see in the hallways. She will be missed by so many.

    1. Vijay Paralkar says:

      I’m really speechless. I even don’t have a courage to send a message to Dr. Singh and his father-in-law. When I entered their home the first time, I suddenly felt entering a temple and have no words to express my true feelings for the love with which Bhavna Ma’am cooked and served the food that became a lifetime memory for me. I can simply pray for her pure soul to rest peacefully at the God’s feet. I feel completely helpless for not being able to be there during their grieving. Sending my prayers.

  9. Sabin Bista says:

    I am very saddened by the news. My deep condolences to Dr Singh and the family.

  10. Chitrita Roy says:

    Gone too early. Cant believe that I just met you in October and had a friendly chat.Will remember our many musical get togethers with you and your parents. My condolences to Rakesh and family. The loss is great.

  11. Dr Pratibha Gupta says:

    A fine sweet intelligent woman with intellectual info and yet a loving friend to whom I know since 1991
    Dr Rakesh a dedicated husband had a sincere wife and this couple gave so much love to others

    God bless the family

  12. Shelly Nielsen says:

    Bhavana was always willing to talk, whether it was about the genetic results of a patient or asking about my family. She was generous with beautiful gifts she would bring back from trips to see her extended family. She will be missed.

  13. Amy Dodson says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to Dr. Singh and family. I will miss her beautiful smile, she was so friendly and caring. Thinking of you all.

  14. Babu Guda says:

    Bhavana was a very personable and genuine soul. Always helpful to people around her and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. My deepest condolences to Rakesh and Papa!

  15. Tom O’Connor says:

    My condolences, Rakesh, on the loss of this great lady.

  16. Connie Winters says:

    Rakesh and family,
    Such a loss of a wonderful spirit. Dr. Dave and I had such a great time at the dept. holiday parties. I’m so sorry your heart hurts and for your great loss.

    Connie Winters

  17. Sanjay Pandey says:

    Dear Rakesh,
    So sorry to hear the loss of Bhavana ji. It is really heart breaking. May Baba Bhole Kashi Vishwanath ji give her moksha and a place in Swarglok. Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih. 🙏🙏🕉🙏🙏

  18. Paula Turpen says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Rakesh and family on the loss of Bhavana. I had the pleasure of working with her many years ago when she was with the Human Genetics Laboratory.

  19. Ashok Mudgapalli says:

    I am very saddened to hear that Bhavana is no more. A wonderful human being and always saw a smile on her face every time I met her at the workplace or temple. She will be missed dearly. May her soul rest in peace!!

  20. Lois Starr says:

    Such a heartbreaking loss – far too soon. I recall Bhavana spoiling all of us over the holidays with her chef-level dishes at HGL. She is loved by so many.

  21. Jerrells Family says:

    Big Hugs and understanding go to Dr. Singh (colleague and friend, Rakesh) and family in the huge loss of a beautiful soul: Dr. Bhavana Dave. We were so fortunate to know her and enjoy her friendship. Love, Dr. Thomas (deceased) and Janice Jerrells and Jennifer, Nicholas, Cassandra, & Abby Strachota.

  22. Kusum Kharbanda says:

    Rakesh, Very saddened to hear the news. A beautiful soul gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

  23. karuna Rasineni says:

    Dr. Rakesh, we’re so deeply sorry for the loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  24. Diane Pi says:

    Dr. Dave was my director, mentor, friend, and confidante for nearly 30 years at HGL. I miss Bhavana’s presence in the lab, but mostly I miss her smile and warm nature that I was fortunate to know and love. She was a treasured friend. My heartfelt condolences to Rakesh and Papa.

  25. Dr Upendra K. Jani says:

    Dear Rakeshbhai,
    May eternal soul of Bhavna rest in peace in heaven and almighty God impart strength to sustain such a big loss to the family. My pranam to Janak kaka.
    Om Shanti.

  26. Vimla Band says:

    My heart breaks writing this about my dear friend Bhavana Dave. Her infectious smile, hugs, caring and loving nature will be deeply missed. Her melodious voice when she sang in all gathering will always ring in my ears. May God rest her soul in eternal peace and provide strengths to her Dad and Rakesh. Entire Indian community mourns this loss.

  27. Amritesh singh Antu says:

    You will remain alive in our hearts Mani ji, may your soul rest in peace.

  28. Catherine Gebhart says:

    I remember Dr. Dave with great fondness. Wonderfully intelligent with the kindest heart and smile.

  29. NIZAR MAMDANI says:

    So very sorry to hear the sad news about Dr. Dave we pray for her soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

  30. Ishfaq Bhat says:

    Our heart-felt condolences to the Singh family. May the departed soul rest in peace.

  31. Hina Qureishi says:

    My deepest condolences to Rakesh and family. I am so sorry to hear this. It’s indeed a great loss. Bhavana was an excellent colleague and a very kind friend. May she rest in peace.

  32. Neha Gupta says:

    We will miss you Dr. Dave! You have always been so helping, day or night, and with a beautiful and warm smile. I learnt a lot while working with you since the time I joined UNMC. May your soul rest in peace. I am so sorry for your loss Dr. Singh.

  33. Nikki Hackendahl says:

    Rakesh, I am so, so sorry to hear of Bhavana’s passing. She was a gentle soul who will be sadly missed. The Indian food dishes she prepared for the lab made for such joyous events — I will forever cherish those and the items she gifted me from her many trips home. I fondly recall her father dropping by, his big smile, sharing with each of us a yellow mint. Please share my condolences with him as well. Rest east, Dr. Dave.

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