Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Nebraska Center for Virology (NCV) web site. I hope you will find the information about our Center, our research program, and our research projects on different plant, animal and human viruses interesting and exciting. If you are a perspective student, we hope to inspire you to join our program to becoming a virologist, to explore the wonderful and challenging world of viruses.

The Nebraska Center for Virology (NCV), a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), was formed in the fall of 2000 under the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program of the National Institute of Health. The Center combines the expertise and facilities of Nebraska's leading biomedical research institutions: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Creighton University. Junior and established researchers at these institutions conduct innovative and collaborative research, and provide an environment to attract and promote the development of promising investigators. Since its inception, the Center has research efforts supported by the Center's state-of-the-art core facilities, such as the imaging core, the cell analysis core, the proteomics and genomics, as well as the bioinformatics core. The Center presents a strong mentoring environment and has attracted a number of outstanding virologists to the State of Nebraska. In spring 2008, a new state-of-the art research building, the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Center, which houses the NCV and its faculty from various departments on the UNL campus was completed. The building provides excellent research space and shared facility, including a Biosafety level 3 laboratory to support its researchers. The Center recently received an award from the National Institute of Health to add an extension to its existing building, which will increase our research space by 30%, and provide additional laboratory space for seven more research programs.

I invite you to explore our Center through our web site, and to visit our Center and campus in person in Lincoln, Nebraska. You will find that there is nothing more exciting and unique than the Nebraska Center for Virology.

Dr. Charles Wood, Director
Nebraska Center for Virology