Summer REU


Program Dates: June 8, 2015 - August 12, 2015 inclusive

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The Nebraska Redox Biology Center at theUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln offers qualified undergraduates an opportunity to pursue independent research projects in redox biochemistry. 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 will place the student with a faculty mentor in whose lab the student's research project will be pursued. The 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 the 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 poster presentation session in which program participants will present a poster on their project and receive certificates of completion.


Students seeking a summer research fellowship should have completed, at a minimum, college chemistry through organic chemistry and one year of college biology by the end of the Spring 2015 term. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required. Students who will graduate at the end of the Spring 2015 term are not eligible for this program. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions. Students who will help the University of Nebraska achieve its mission of excellence through diversity are encouraged to apply.

To apply for the fellowship, complete the on-line application form by March 1, 2015. The on-line application form is available at our web site at If you have questions call Julie Stone at 402-472-4902 or Donald Becker at 402-472-9652 or email at You may also send materials to:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Nebraska Redox Biology Center
Attn: Donald Becker
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
N258 Beadle Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-0662


The primary requirement for the program is ten weeks of full-time work in a research laboratory at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Students must attend the entire program (June 8 - August 12, 2015). In addition, students will attend/complete:

  1. Orientation and safety training (June 9). All of the participants will start their research programs the afternoon of June 9.

  2. Evening workshops/seminars on preparation for postgraduate studies - writing resumes and personal statements and preparing applications for graduate and/or professional schools.

  3. Weekly Seminars - the seminars are hosted by faculty members of the Redox Biology Center will focus on research in their laboratories.

  4. Biweekly luncheon seminars on ethical and social issues in science, careers in the life sciences and other interdisciplinary topics.

  5. Poster symposium and farewell luncheon (August 12).

  6. Voluntary participation in scheduled social events including a program picnic, tours, sporting events and other activities.


  1. Evidence of academic achievement is important. Candidates are also evaluated on the strength of their personal statement and letters of recommendation. Preference is given to students who will have completed three years of full-time undergraduate study by the summer of 2015.

  2. Other basic selection criteria include evidence of preparation to carry out research in areas of interest; evidence of communication and teamwork skills; strong interest in postgraduate studies in the life sciences; academic credentials in keeping with requirements for admission to graduate programs; and breadth of interest as evidenced by the student's course of study and extracurricular activities, hobbies or life experiences.

  3. Every effort is made to ensure that students accepted into the NSF-REU are placed in a research laboratory whose interests match those of the student. Applicants should bear in mind that the University of Nebraska faculty mentor makes the final placement decision. It is not always possible to place everyone with the mentor of their choice.

  4. All students accepted into the NSF-REU will be offered placement in a residence hall on the Lincoln campus. Students may decline this offer and make separate arrangements to live off campus. Students are cautioned that while there are program funds available to cover housing costs, these are restricted to dorm expenses and will not be provided for any off-campus living arrangements.


Students will receive a stipend of $5,500 for the ten-week summer program. In addition, the program will provide double-occupancy modern dormitory accommodations, a full meals program, parking on campus (as needed), and access to the University Health Care and Recreation Centers. A travel allowance is available for those students who are not able to drive to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln campus.


Jiri Adamec, Ph.D.
Proteomics and metabolomics approaches to identify specific molecular pathways of cellular response to various forms of stress

James R. Alfano, Ph.D.
Plant Pathology
Pathogenic strategies employed by bacteria to cause plant diseases focusing onthe type III protein secretion system and the bacterial virulence proteins itinjects into host cells

Raul Barletta, Ph.D.
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Redox homeostasis and metabolic analysis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis latency

Joseph J. Barycki, Ph.D.
Glutathione is the major cellular antioxidant and affords protection against reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Disruption of glutathione homeostasis has been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Our lab studies how glutathione is synthesized and degraded at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level.

Donald F. Becker, Ph.D.
Redox regulatory mechanisms, protein structure-function relationships and proline metabolism

Nicole Buan, Ph.D.
Biological methane production, redox biochemistry, microbial physiology

Liangcheng Du, Ph.D.
Biochemistry, chemistry and biosynthesis of antibiotics and mycotoxins

Rodrigo Franco-Cruz, Ph.D.
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Oxidative stress and neuronal cell death in neurodegenerative diseases

Oleh Khalimonchuk, Ph.D.
Mitochondrial Homeostasis: Biogenesis of Redox-Active Compounds and Mechanisms of Quality Control and Protection.

Jaekwon Lee, Ph.D.
Metal ion transporters, implication of trace elements in metabolic and degenerative disease, cellular stress response

Robert Powers, Ph.D.
Develop NMR and bioinformatic methodologies to explore the structure, function, and evolution of proteins to aid in the discovery of new drugs

Jay Reddy, Ph.D.
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of human autoimmune diseases

Melanie A. Simpson, Ph.D.
Prostate cancer, early regulation of tumor formation and extracellular control of gene expression

Greg Somerville, Ph.D.
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Elucidation of mechanisms by which Staphylococcus aureus controls virulence factor production in response to nutrient limitation.

Julie M. Stone, Ph.D.
Molecular mechanisms and regulation of programmed cell death (PCD) in plants, the role of PCD in plant development and response to pathogens and signal transduction

Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Structural biology of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases

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