REU: Redox Biology

Updates for Summer 2016 coming soon

Some details currently appearing on this site are still for Summer 2015. By mid-November we'll have our Summer 2016 updates in place, ready for you to browse and apply!

Join our program and work with faculty who impact fundamental issues of redox biology: aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and other major illnesses!
Pending funding renewal

For information contact

Dr. Donald Becker
Charles Bessey Professor of Biochemistry; Director, Redox Biology Center
REU Website
2014 Redox Biology REU students
2014 Redox Biology REU students

Application Dates

Nov 15 2014 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 7 2015 Arrival day
June 8 Program begins
August 12 Program ends
August 13 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Other related fields


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

The Redox Biology Center Summer REU Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in 2006 by the National Science Foundation to carry out independent research projects in redox biochemistry. Research areas range from molecular medicine to environmental biochemistry and plant biochemistry.

REU students participate in exciting projects at the cutting edge of research in redox biology. They formulate and test hypotheses, develop experimental problem-solving skills, and receive training in biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology techniques. Students are also exposed to a variety of instrumentation such as HPLC and FPLC systems, EPR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and microscopy which are located in the interdisciplinary Beadle Center.

Individual projects are designed to be completed within the ten-week time frame of the summer program. The projects generally fit into the larger context of the faculty advisor's research program. 

Students are placed with a faculty mentor in whose lab the student's research project will be pursued and students are expected to participate fully in the life of the mentor's lab. There are informal meetings for all program participants which facilitate the exchange of information on the research being conducted. There are also weekly meetings in which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities in biomedical or biotechnology fields. These events provide an opportunity to discuss areas of biochemistry/redox biology that are of particular interest and excitement.

The ten-week summer program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
A summer scholar studies a petri dish under the direction of his mentor in a redox lab.
A summer scholar studies a petri dish under the direction of his mentor in a redox lab.


  • Competitive stipend: $5,500
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access


  • Department orientation
  • Seminars and presentations by department
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

2015 Mentors and Projects

Jiri Adamec, Ph.D. Biochemistry

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 on the type III protein secretion system and the bacterial virulence proteins it injects into host cells.

Joseph J. Barycki, Ph.D. Biochemistry

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. Biochemistry

Redox regulatory mechanisms, protein structure-function relationships and proline metabolism.

Nicole Buan, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Biological methane production, redox biochemistry, microbial physiology.

Rodrigo Franco Cruz, Ph.D. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Oxidative stress and neuronal cell death in neurodegenerative diseases.

Liangcheng Du, Ph.D. Chemistry

Biochemistry, chemistry and biosynthesis of antibiotics and mycotoxins.

Oleh Khalimonchuk, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Mitochondrial Homeostasis: Biogenesis of Redox-Active Compounds and Mechanisms of Quality Control and Protection.

Jaekwon Lee, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Mechanisms of metal-ion metabolism, copper transporters and oxidative stress response.

Robert Powers, Ph.D. Chemistry

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. Biochemistry

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. Biochemistry

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. Biochemistry

Structural biology of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases.