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2015 Redox Biology Center Symposium Join Us November 13, 2015

Post-doctoral Positions Available

NEW! NIH-funded postdoctoral researcher position available in Dr. Oleh Khalimonchuk's lab.  Help discover why mitochondrial quality control proteases are essential for mitochondrial homeostasis, stress management and neuroprotection. (posted 9/15/14)

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About Us

The Redox Biology Center (RBC) is organized as a broad-based interdisciplinary and multi-institutional entity involving researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (UNMC). The RBC is funded by the National Institute of Health grant P20 RR017675 from the COBRE program of the National Center for Research Resources.

The specific aims of the COBRE-supported Redox Biology Center (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).


The Redox Biology Center welcomes applications from faculty at UNL or UNMC who are interested in being considered for membership. We are particularly interested in further broadening our base to include members whose research interests are in the general area of redox biology and who would benefit from and contribute to the activities sponsored by the RBC. Faculty interested in becoming a member of the Center should contact Dr. Donald Becker (dbecker3@unl.edu or 402-472-9652).

E. Dale Abel, M D, P h D

2014 Symposium Speaker Highlight: E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

Dr. Dale Abel obtained his MB.BS with Distinction from the University of the West Indies, and then a D.Phil. in Physiology from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Abel received Post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University and trained in Endocrinology at Harvard Medical School-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Research Interests include the molecular mechanisms for diabetic cardiomyopathy and the role of insulin signaling and nutrient excess in regulating mitochondrial energetics, autophagy and cardiomyocyte survival. Dr. Abel received an Established Investigator Award (EIA, 2003) from the American Heart Association (AHA). The NIH has continually funded his laboratory since 1997, and also the JDRF and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Van Meter Prize of the American Thyroid Association, the David W. Haack Memorial Award in Cardiovascular Research, the Distinguished Mentor Award U of Utah, the Gerald D. Aurbach Award, the Endocrine Society and the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in Diabetes and Endocrinology - U of Utah. He is an elected Member of the - American Society for Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians. Dr. Abel has elucidated mechanisms by which oxidative stress contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Abel will be presenting "Role of ROS in Cardiomyocyte Lipotoxicity" on November 14, 2014 at the Sheldon Art Museum as part of the 2014 Redox Biology Center Symposium on the Redox Biology of Complex Diseases.  Pre-registration for the symposium is requested but free.

The Symposium is free and open to the public.  Lunch is provided to those who pre-registered.

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Medical School of South Carolina to Host 2015 Redox Biology Center's Summer Graduate Course

The summer redox graduate course, Redox Regulation, Oxidative Stress and Selenoproteins, is a joint training experience encompassing an international exchange with students and lecturers from the Karolinska Institutet (KI), the Redox Biology Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Medical University of South Carolina. The course is built upon a framework of discussions between graduate students in redox biology with leading experts in the field, combined with lectures, training in oral presentation, career counseling sessions and a written exam on redox biology. Teaching will be structured with morning lectures in basic concepts as well as cutting-edge research findings in the field. Afternoon sessions will include student presentations followed by discussions between lecturers and students.  The course is held annually each summer, alternating between the Karolinska Institutet, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Summer 2015 course will be held at the Medical School of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina May 18 - May 22, 2015.  Due to the limited number of seats available in this class an application is required to attend this course.  For more information on the course and to apply please visit the course website.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Nebraska Redox Biology Center at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, offers undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent research projects in redox biology. Research areas range from molecular medicine to environmental biochemistry and plant biochemistry.Students will participate in exciting projects at the cutting edge of research in redox biology. They will formulate and test hypotheses, develop experimental problem-solving skills, and receive training in biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology techniques. Students will also be exposed to a variety of instrumentation such as HPLC and FPLC systems, EPR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and microscopy which are located in the Beadle Center.

The ten-week summer program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and pairs students with a faculty mentor in whose lab the student's research project will be pursued. Each student will participate fully in the life of the mentor's lab. In addition, there will be informal meetings of all program participants to exchange information on research being done and to discuss areas of biochemistry/redox biology that are of particular interest and excitement. There will also be weekly meetings in which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities in biomedical or biotechnology fields. Social, recreational and cultural events with program participants and faculty will further enhance informal interactions. The summer experience will be capped by a luncheon and research symposium in which program participants will present a poster on their project and receive certificates of completion.

This year's program will run June 8 - August 12, 2015.  Applications for the summer 2015 program will start being accepted November 15, 2014.  Priority application deadline is February 1, 2015 and the final deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.  For more informaiton on the program visit: summer.