Biomedical Research Excellence

Who We Are

  • Established in the fall of 2000 under the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program.
  • Combines the expertise of Nebraska’s leading biomedical research institutions: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Creighton University.
  • Research programs focus on important viral diseases of humans, including HIV-1, Kaposi’s Sarcoma and herpes, as well as viruses within plants and animals.
  • Supported by the Center’s four core facilities: Flow Cytometry, Proteomics, Microscopy, and Bioinformatics.
  • Faculty engage in mentoring young scientists and students from the U.S. and abroad and seek to attract more researchers to Nebraska.


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Register for the symposium in virology

Register for the symposium in virology

Twenty-first Annual Symposium in Virology
Sixth Annual Prem S. Paul Memorial Virology Symposium

October 15, 2021
Nebraska Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


COVID-causing coronavirus following predictable mutational footsteps

Katherine LaTourrette and Hernan Garcia-Ruiz

Vaccine shows signs of protection against dozen-plus flu strains

A vaccine candidate developed by Nebraska’s Eric Weaver and colleagues has demonstrated signs of protection against an unprecedented range of swine flu strains, the likes of which drove pandemics in both 2009 and 1918.

Eric Weaver

Study: Seasonal coronaviruses might stimulate cross-protection against SARS-CoV-2


DHS, Husker officials discuss security of nation’s food system

David Richardson, assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, talks with Andy Benson, director of the Nebraska Food for Health Center, after a presentation Dec. 18.

Researchers aim to use protein to ramp up COVID-19 antigens’ impact

Cutline: Nebraska’s Asit Pattnaik (pictured) and UNMC’s Tom Petro are developing a vaccine framework that exploits the properties of a naturally occurring nanoparticle in an effort to produce a stronger, longer-lasting immune response than other COVID-19 vaccine candidates. They’re also taking a closer look at how SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, inhibits the immune system.

Nasal spray could mean needle-free COVID-19 vaccine

With support from the Office of Research and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program, Shi-Hua Xiang is in the early stages of developing a bacterial delivery system for a COVID-19 vaccine that would be delivered directly to the respiratory tract as a nasal spray.

Search for universal flu vaccine turns to tobacco plants

Weaver goes viral on flu, coronavirus for Faculty 101

Study spotlights potential culprit in relapses of multiple sclerosis


Nebraska duo eyes end to costly swine diseases

Cutline: Nebraska’s Daniel Ciobanu (left) and Hiep Vu have received $1 million in grant funding to continue research that could lead to the development of vaccines and genetic-selection tools to fight some of the world’s costliest swine diseases.

Effects of drug abuse on HIV disease under the microscope

Needles in Puerto Rico

NSF-funded workshop targets microbe-infecting viruses

An upcoming workshop at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will assemble national experts on the viruses that infect microorganisms — including the microbes responsible for more than half of the planet’s oxygen.

NU again lands in world’s top 100 for U.S. patents


The University of Nebraska system ranked among the top 100 academic institutions worldwide in earning U.S. patents during 2018, the second straight year it has received the distinction for legally protecting research discoveries and technological innovations.

Advance could expand vaccine’s protection against respiratory disease


Growing from loss: Virus deletes gene to regain replication


Link between cervical microbiome and cancer discovered

Angeletti and Klein

Nebraska virologists discover safer potential Zika vaccine

Weaver team

Myron Brakke Exhibit

Myron Brakke, the first Nebraskan elected into the National Academy of Sciences, is honored by an exhibit displaying the first-ever high speed swing bucket rotor that he designed, developed and help manufacture that was central his most notable accomplishment of developing density gradient centrifugation for the purification and characterization of viruses and macromolecules.  The exhibit displays the rotor, information on his life and scientific career, as well as information on significant contributions of Nebraskan scientists to the field of virology. The exhibit was conceived, designed and developed in a collaborative effort of students, staff and faculty in the first-of-its-kind course entitled “Exhibits”. The exhibit is on permanent display in the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, home of the Nebraska Center for Virology.

March for Science April 22, 2017

March for Science

On Saturday April 22nd, people around the world marched for science. Lincoln was no exception with an estimated 2500 participants. Our own members of the NCV were key contributors to the March for Science Lincoln.

$1.3M NIH grant to aid study of plants’ viral defense

Wenjin Fan, Qingsheng Li, Zhe Yuan and Guobin Kang

Hernan Garcia-Ruiz did not understand why the farmers could no longer grow the tomatoes and peppers and beans that had once fed their small town north of Mexico City. He was a child then, watching the farmers reluctantly abandon their favored crops for corn and wheat.

Study confirms simian ancestors of HIV can infect human cells

Wenjin Fan, Qingsheng Li, Zhe Yuan and Guobin Kang.

No one knows exactly how it happened. It may have entered through a cut or bite wound, the blood of a chimpanzee seeping into an exposed fingertip or forearm or foot.

Dr. Asit Pattnaik interviewed by 10/11 about Zika virus

Asit Pattnaik

The Zika Virus has been around since the 1940s, generally in Africa, but it has not been studied in depth. Now though, researchers are hitting the ground running as the virus has spread like wildfire through areas in South and Latin America, and over the last several weeks, multiple cases have been reported.

Nutech Ventures - Breakthrough of the Year


The Breakthrough Innovation of the Year award, which was presented to Hiep Vu, Fernando Osorio, Asit Pattnaik and Fangrui Ma for their PRSS Vaccine. The PRSS Vaccine creates a method for the development of a porcine reproductive and respiratory virus vaccine strain capable of inducing broad protection. Current vaccines on the market only protect against a specific strain of the virus, which costs the swine industry more than $640 million a year.