University of Nebraska Medical Center

Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz, PhD, MSc

Research Professor


Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz

Dr. Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz received her MSc from Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska) in Wrocław, Poland, and her doctorate from University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, USA. She continued her postgraduate research at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

She is currently a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Pharmacy. For over 15 years, she directed the UNMC Harry J. Bahr Radiolabeling Facility, where under her supervision, radioactive drugs and radioimmunoconjugates were prepared for clinical studies. Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz’s research activities are focused on the design, synthesis and evaluation of theranostics, i.e., radioactive drugs for the targeted molecular radiotherapy and noninvasive diagnosis of cancer as well as on the identification of tumor-specific targets and development of theranostics to these new targets.

Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz holds several U.S. and international patents. The Investigational New Drug application for the clinical use of one of the radioactive drugs discovered and developed in her laboratories was approved by the FDA. Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals and a member of national and international scientific organizations. Her expertise in the development of a new radioactive drug and in the translational sciences earned her a place on several grant review panels.

Research Activities/Interests
Research activities of Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz’s laboratory are focused on the development of theranostics for individualized treatment of cancer with a special emphasis on the design and development of radiopharmaceuticals safe for the use in pediatric patients. Our ongoing projects also include the identification of novel tumor-associated biomarkers and development of theranostics that can target these markers.
Teaching Activities
Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz lectured in radiation chemistry and biology (MITS 438/638N and RSTE 438N) from 1993 until 2019.