Graduate Students

INBRE or the Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, provides research opportunities for undergraduate students.  The INBRE program is supported by a $17.2 million National Institutes of Health Grant.

Current students


Mohannad Almikhlafi
Dr. Howard Fox's lab

M.S., Pharmacology
MCPHS University, Worcester, MA

Research Interests:
Asthma, ASM (airway smooth muscle) remodeling,
ET-1 (endothelin 1)


Mohannd Almikhlafi

Joseph Aloi
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab and
Dr. James Blair's lab

B.S.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests:
Functional neuroimaging; affective, cognitive, and social neuroscience; brain development; disruptive behavior disorders; addiction


Joseph Aloi

Hassan Alsaad
Dr. Daniel Monaghan's lab

Pharm. D., Pharmacy
King Faisal University

Research Interests:
pharmacology, immunology


Hassan Alsaad

Yasra Arif
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

Doctor of Medicine,
Ayub Medical College

Research Interests:
Changes in brain oscillations in visuospatial attention task after tdcs (transcranial direct current stimulation) via magnetoencephalography.


Yasra Arif

Mary Banoub
Dr. Howard Gendelman's lab

B.A., Biology
Rutgers University, Newark Campus, NJ

Research Interests:
HIV


Mary Banoub

Lara Bergdolt
Dr. Anna Dunaevsky's lab

B.A., Chemistry and Biology
Concordia University, Seward, NE

Research Interests:
Maternal immune activation and exosomes


Lara Bergdolt

Ashish Bhandari
Dr. Matthew Van Hook's lab

M.S., Biology
University of Houston

Research interests:
Retina, ganglion cells, glaucoma, TBI. and injury induced neurodegeneration, astrocytes, neuron-glia interactions.


Ashish Bhandari

Denise Cobb
Dr. Howard Gendelman's Lab

B.S.
Kansas State University

Research Interests
Natural and Synthetic Nanoparticles, Antiretroviral Therapies


Denise Cobb

Justin Grassmeyer
Dr. Wallace Thoreson's lab

B.A., Biochemistry
Augustana College

Research Interests:
Retinal physiology

Justin in the news:

UNMC Today | May 10, 2018
Research event lets undergrads, grad students network


Justin Grassmeyer

James Hilaire
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.A., Psychology
Rutgers University

Research Interests:
Nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, HIV


James_Hilaire

Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, M.D.
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests:
Nanomedicine, targeted cancer chemotherapy


Ibrahim Mohammad

Brandon Lew
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S., Physics, Psychobiology
State University of New York at Binghamton


 Brandon Lew

Ke Liao
Dr. Shilpa Buch's Lab

M.S.
China Pharmaceutical University

Research Interests:
The extracellular vesicles mediated cross talking between astrocyte and pericyte implication for BBB

First Prize-Poster Presentation
27th Annual Inter-campus Virology Retreat
"The role of autophagy in HIV tat mediated disruption of BBB"


Kei Liao

Christopher Mesnard
Dr. Howard Fox's lab

B.S., Neuroscience
Creighton University

Research Interests:
The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in aging, as well as mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration


Chris Mesnard

Jeffrey Moffat
Dr. Woo Yang Kim's Lab

B.S.
Brigham Young University

Research Interests:
ARID1B gene, neural development


Jeffrey Moffat

Katherine Odegaard
Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab

B.S., Biology
Gordon State College

Research Interests:
Methamphetamine abuse and opioid abuse and their effects on neural development

Recipient: National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative Summer Course 2018


Katherine Odegaard

Brendan Ottemann
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests:
HIV, Parkinson's Disease, neuroinflammation


Brendan_Ottemann

Farah Shahjin
Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab

M.Pharm Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Research Interests:
Potential role of extracellular vesicles in the pathophysiology of drug addiction and neurotoxicity.


Farah Shahjin 

Brady Sillman
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's laboratory

B.S.
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Development and characterization of long-acting
Dolutegravir nanoparticles for antiretroviral therapy

Brady in the news:

UNMC Today | May 10, 2018
Research event lets undergrads, grad students network

UNMC Today | March 26, 2018
MSBRF winners include UNMC students


Brady Sillman

Amanda Smith
Dr. Woo Yang Kim's lab

B.S., Chemistry
Azusa Pacific University


Amanda_Smith

Nate Smith
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S., Chemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests:
Nanomedicine, antiretroviral therapy, metabolomics


Nate Smith

Rachel K. Spooner
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S.
Central College

Research Interests:
Parkinson's Disease


Rachel Spooner

Hang Su
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S., Medicine
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Research Interests:
Mechanism of HIV infection; HIV treatment;
animal behavior science

Hang in the news: 

UNMC Today | February 6, 2018
Chemically modified drug shows promise for HIV treatment, elimination


Hang Su

Michael Trevarrow
Dr. Max Kurz' lab

B.S., Neuroscience
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Brain imaging and stimulation, motor disease


Michael Trevarrow

Alex Wiesman
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.A., Psychology; BS, Neuroscience
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Magnetoencephalography, neurodegenerative disorders, neuroimaging genetics

Alex in the News:

UNMC Today | May 10, 2018
Research event lets undergrads, grad students network

UNMC Today | Febr. 26, 2018
Ingenuity on display in 3-D printing projects

UNMC Today | July 31, 2017
Alex Wiesman received National Institute of Aging award.

 


Alex Wiesman

Chris Woldstad
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S.
University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests:
MRS/MRI, bioimaging, metabolomics


Chris_Woldstad

Niming Wu
Dr. Howard Fox's Lab

M.D.
Shanghai JiaoTong University  School of Medicine

Research Interests:
miRNA, exosome, TLRs, CNS diseases


Niming Wu

Runze Zhao
Dr. Jialin Zheng's lab

B.S., Biological Sciences
Fundan  University, China

Research Interests:
Neuroimmunology and neural stem cells

Runze in the News
Student spotlight: Meet Runze Zhao


Runze Zhao
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