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Various Biochemistry Department Laboratories


Our department is committed to the development of new scientists and researchers. The faculty are internationally recognized researchers who work at the cutting edge of science, maintaining externally funded laboratories that investigate an array of exciting questions. We have both a strong undergraduate major and a thriving graduate program in Biochemistry, and many of our significant discoveries are being made by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers working closely with our faculty. We invite you to explore what we have to offer, bring us your curiosity and your talent, and join us in our search for answers.

Here are a few areas in which we are making an impact:

  • Biochemistry Education
  • Metabolism and Metabolic Engineering
  • Structural and Chemical Basis of Protein Function
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Plant and Microbial Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Biochemistry Department Highlights
"Creating Reactions, Forming Bonds"

Adamec develops new plasma sampling technology

Adamec in Lab (resized)
July 23, 2014 -- UNL's Jiri Adamec is refining nationally recognized plasma-extraction technology to develop a cost-effective method to prescreen for diseases in parts of the world without ready access to blood testing. One day, the technology could allow individuals to take their own blood sample with a mere finger prick and blot it onto a small card.

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DiRusso named a Jefferson Science Fellow

Concetta DiRusso

April 23, 2014 -- Concetta DiRusso, biochemistry professor, has been selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow for 2014-15.  The fellowship, which begins in August, includes work in Washington, D.C., and abroad.

She was chosen from a large number of professors nationwide who are accomplished in the fields of science and engineering.

"I am very excited to have this opportunity and hope this experience will be of use in furthering UNL's science and technology goals," she said.

DiRusso will begin her fellowship in August. She will be working in Washington, D.C., with occasional trips abroad.

DiRusso's current research programs focus on understanding the biochemical basis of lipid disorders, including obesity that leads to diabetes, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular diseases; developing drugs to prevent obesity-related diseases; and identifying small compound activators of lipid production in algae for use in renewable bifules.

Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read more about DiRusso here.

The Jefferson Science Fellowship establishes a new model for engaging the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The JSF program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership among the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Written by:  Heather Haskins | IANR News