About Us

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).

Karolinska Intitutet (KI) - Stockholm, Sweden to Host 2017 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 2017 course will be held at  Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.   May 15 - 19, 2017.  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 5 - August 9, 2017.  Applications for the summer 2017 program will start being accepted November 15, 2016.  Priority application deadline is February 1, 2017 and the final deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.  For more informaiton on the program visit: summer.