Post-doctoral Positions Available

The Redox Biology Center currently has several postdoctoral opportunities available.

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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 ( or 402-472-9652).


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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).

Three Flasks

Registrations now being accepted for Annual Retreat

Registration and Abstracts  are now being accepted for the 2014 Annual Retreat.  Submission deadline for both is March 21, 2014.  Those selected to give a talk will be contacted by March 28, 2014.

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Dr. Jaekwon Lee will host the 2014 Redox Biology Center Annual Retreat at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, April 4-5, 2014. This year's retreat will feature two poster sessions, scientific presentations by students, postdoctoral associates and faculty and feature Tohru Fukai, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

Tohru Fukai, MD, PhD

Dr. Tohru Fukai's lab has been investigating a role of oxidative stress and copper (Cu) transport system in cardiovascular disease.  They provided the first evidence that Cu transport proteins, such as antioxidant-1 (Atox1) and/or Menkes protein (ATP7A) protect against endothelial dysfunction induced by hypertension and diabetes by regulating activity of Cu containing antioxidant enzyme, extracellular superoxide dismutase (ecSOD). Recently, Dr. Fukai's lab found that Atox1 is upregulated in atherosclerotic vessels and functions as a Cu-dependent transcription factor to regulate cell proliferation. Moreover, they showed that Atox1 and ATP7A are required for vascular migration and neointimal formation in vascular injury model, and that Atox1 is involved in inflammatory responses. These findings provide novel insights into Cu transport proteins and its regulators as potential therapeutic targets for oxidative stress- and inflammation-dependent cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.



Redox Biology Center Highlights

8/19/2013 - Congratuations to Jay Reddy, RBC member and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor.  Dr. Reddy successfully captured funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his project "Autoimmunity in the Mediation of Infectious Myocarditis".

6/17/2013 - Hatch Equipment funding was awarded to Don Becker, Redox Biology Center Director.  He and six other RBC members submitted a successful proposal to ARD for an UltiMate 3000 HPLC system.  Dr. Becker wrote "The new HPLC will enable UNL faculty to conduct state-of-the-art research requiring separation, isolation and quantification of key molecules from  complex biological mixtures." The new equipment will be installed in the George W. Beadle Center by October 2013.

3/28/2013 - Redox Biology Center announces new funding opportunities.  The RBC is now accepting applications for two grant opportunities; Pilot Grant Program and Exploratory Grant Program.  Awards will be $2,000-$50,000 per year.  For more information please contact Hannah Kahler at 472.3173 or or visit the pilot project page by clicking here

3/26/2013 - Don Becker, Redox Biology Center Director, was named as Charles Bessey Professor of Biochemistry.  Charles Bessey Professorship is awarded to full professors in recognition of distingued scholarship or creative activity.  Dr. Becker joined UNL in 2003 and became the Director of the Redox Biology Center in 2009.  For the complete article visit

3/5/2013 - 
Redox Biology Center member, Jim Alfano, graduate student Anna Joe and co-authors recently reported their findings on how plants defend themselves against invaders in the European Molecular Biology Organization Journal.  For the complete article visit

2/19/2013 -
Congratulations to Chandirasegaran Massilamany.  Chandirasegaran, member of Dr. Jay Reddy's lab, received a grant from the Myocarditis Foundation for the project, "Delineating the Role of Cardiac Myosin-Specific CD8 T Cells in Autoimmune Myocarditis."