When it comes to research and innovation, the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Arts and Sciences and their departments consistently achieve an unparalleled level of excellence. Our groundbreaking, globally renowned undergraduate research has continually led to industry-evolving innovations.

At the Department of Biochemistry, we’re positioned at the interface between the physical sciences (bioinorganic, bio-organic, biophysics), the biological sciences (genetics and molecular biology), and the applied sciences (biotechnology). This merger of research expertise strengthens the program, maximizing the productivity and impact of all of our faculty and student researchers. Such breadth in expertise also affords our students an unparalleled opportunity for growth by interacting with scientists at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and faculty level, who each have diverse but overlapping interests.

We excel in several focus areas:

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

We are proud to be affiliated with centers of high innovation.

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Redox Biology Center

The specific aims of the NIH-supported (RBC) are to buttress and expand the existing strengths in redox biology in Nebraska by mentoring junior faculty to success, recruiting new faculty with complementary research interests and strategically enhancing biomedical research structure. Scientists are amalgamated from two major research institutions in the state (UNL and UNMC).

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Center for Plant Science Innovation

The PSI is an interdisciplinary research and training program in the basic plant sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Outstanding research facilities and an interdisciplinary graduate program complement an excellent group of faculty with research strengths in several areas of plant biology research. Faculty research emphases include plant-microbe interactions, plant signaling and organellar biology, abiotic and biotic stress responses, and genomics/proteomics.

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Virology Center

Center for Virology

The Nebraska Center for Virology (NCV), a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), was formed in the fall of 2000 under the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program of the National Institute of Health. The Center combines the expertise and facilities of Nebraska's leading biomedical research institutions: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Creighton University. Junior and established researchers at these institutions conduct innovative and collaborative research on animal, human and plant viruses, and provide an environment to attract and promote the development of the next generation of virologists. The home of the NCV is the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Center where faculty from 5 UNL departments (Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, School of Biological Sciences, and School of Vet and Biomedical Sciences) are co-localized in this state-of-the-art research facility.

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Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication

The Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC) is an NIH-funded center that aims to bring researchers from across disciplines to study interactions between cells. Faculty combine expertise in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science and others to look at Biology from new perspectives, and to provide interdisciplinary training to students.

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Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases lab

Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), was launched in August of 2014 as a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) with support from the nation’s premier health research agency, the National Institutes of Health. The NPOD proved to be a magnet for attracting top-notch researchers from Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, and Canada to Nebraska, all sharing the vision to combat obesity through tweaking the nutrient content in diets. The NPOD has created employment opportunities at multiple levels, including office and laboratory staff, students, and scientists. Our researchers are supported through an excellent research environment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The NPOD supports cutting edge research core facilities on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These facilities provide researchers from the center, and external users, with services in bioinformatics, biostatistics, large-capacity and high-speed computation, molecular biology, animal imaging and phenotyping, and metabolomics. The services offered by our core facilities will accelerate the rate of discovery in the laboratories of users.

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