REU: Redox Biology

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!

For information contact

Paula Adams
REU Coordinator
Redox Biology REU Website

2016 Redox Biology REU students.
2016 Redox Biology REU students.

Application Dates

Nov 15 2016 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 4 2017 Arrival day
June 5 Program begins
August 9 Program ends
August 10 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
  • Suite-style 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

Learn more about academic and financial benefits.


  • Department orientation
  • 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

Mentors and Projects

Dr. Jiri Adamec Biochemistry

Proteomics and metabolomics approaches to identify specific molecular pathways of cellular response to various forms of stress.

Dr. James R. Alfano Plant Pathology

Pathogenic strategies employed by bacteria

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.

Dr. Raul Barletta Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Redox homeostasis and metabolic analysis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis latency.
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.
Redox regulatory mechanisms, protein structure-function relationships and proline metabolism.

Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Oxidative stress and neuronal cell death in neurodegenerative diseases.
Biochemistry, chemistry and biosynthesis of antibiotics and mycotoxins.
Mitochondrial Homeostasis: Biogenesis of Redox-Active Compounds and Mechanisms of Quality Control and Protection.

Dr. Jaekwon Lee Biochemistry

Mechanisms of metal-ion metabolism, copper transporters and oxidative stress response.
Develop NMR and bioinformatic methodologies to explore the structure, function, and evolution of proteins to aid in the discovery of new drugs.

Dr. Jay Reddy Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of human autoimmune diseases.
Prostate cancer, early regulation of tumor formation and extracellular control of gene expression.

Dr. Greg Somerville Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Elucidation of mechanisms by which Staphylococcus aureus controls virulence factor production in response to nutrient limitation.

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.

Dr. Mark Wilson Biochemistry

Structural biology of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Limei Zhang Biochemistry

The research in the Zhang Lab centers on structure-function relationships of metallomolecules involved in redox sensing, metal homeostasis and detoxification. Diverse tools will be utilized in the Zhang lab, including synchrotron-radiation based X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, as well as biochemical techniques and computational modeling.