A Leader in Ground-Breaking Research

UNMC's world-class research results in breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska – and beyond. Our researchers work with providers to speed research discoveries and bring life-changing therapies to patients.

Research by the Numbers

UNMC's researchers are solving today's critical medical questions, while inspiring the next generation of providers and researchers.

$250.5 million

in grants and contracts (2023)


active projects


faculty investigators

Research in the News

Joshua Santarpia, PhD


UNMC team confirms COVID-19's airborne transmission

UNMC was first to report the presence of intact, culturable SARS-CoV-2 virus in small particles exhaled by COVID-19 patients in a July 2020 preprint report of initial data. Now UNMC’s findings on airborne transmission have passed scientific peer review and been accepted for publication by Nature’s Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology.

From left, Terri Blase, Brianna Rezich, Gwen Reiser, and Jaime Malone. Not pictured: Holly Zimmerman and Kristen Fishler.


MMI genetics team publishes study on COVID-19 impact

A team of genetic counselors from the MMI Department of Genetics will have its research published in a coming issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling focusing on COVID-19. The team surveyed patients during the pandemic to discover how the COVID-19 crisis was affecting them, as well as gauge their reaction to the telehealth genetic counseling services implemented as safety measures during the pandemic.

Jennifer Blackford, PhD

Alcohol Use

Study explores sex differences in alcohol use disorder

Jennifer Blackford, PhD, director of research at MMI, recently received a $2 million grant to determine whether a particular brain network drives differences between men and women in cases of alcohol use disorders. The study is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Areas of Emphasis

A wide range of research projects are underway at UNMC, in bench science labs, translational research centers and clinical trials.

Research Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities enable UNMC graduate and doctoral students to study and work in a technologically enhanced research environment. The Omaha campus is home to more than 740,000 square feet of dedicated research space. UNMC's core facilities offer dozens of shared technologies and services.

Core Facilities

Collaboration areas encourage interaction between researchers and clinicians in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Find an Expert

UNMC researchers have diverse areas of expertise and collaborate with biomedical, engineering, informatics and life sciences investigators to advance knowledge.

Research Experts

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials help researchers discover new disease treatments and provide valuable information. Participants can experience several benefits from clinical trials, including gaining access to new treatment options before they are widely available.

Clinical Trials

Additional Resources

UNMC offers a collaborative and highly engaged research community and access to world-class facilities.