Chemical & Biological Threat detection & Countermeasure Development

New technologies for interdiction, detection and mitigation of the direct effects of WMDs and their health impacts. Unique research that directly supports and transitions to operational elements and end users.

NSRI and its colleagues throughout the University of Nebraska are internationally recognized for extensive expertise in the detection and identification of chemical and biological agents.

Our Focus

Our research focuses on the accurate detection of known and unknown threats and the development of tools that are field-deployable, provide rapid results, recognize bioactive levels and require minimal training to use. In short, the nation depends on our abilities when it comes to dangerous pathogens.


The chemical and biological defense capabilities of NU and NSRI experienced senior scientists and deputy directors with extensive applied knowledge and subject matter expertise in the area of CWMD.


As a trusted-agent of the Department of Defense, we work with colleagues across federal agencies to modernize defense assets through:

  • Rapid prototyping of novel sample collection and transportation material solutions
  • RDT&E of next generation chemical threat sensors and decontamination systems

NSRi and University of Nebraska capabilities

Applied Biology
Execution of R&D laboratory studies to develop detection, collection, identification, and exploitation capabilities


Technical Collection
Development of intelligence collection, field exploitation, and forensic capabilities


Hazard Mitigation
Development of decontamination, consequence mitigation, and remediation capabilities


Testing & Evaluation
Facilitation of advanced development acquisition support and DoD Testing and Evaluation activities

Our collaborative efforts have immediate and substantial impacts to the capability and safety of those responsible for protecting the country and its citizens from WMDs and highly infectious disease. 

Aerosol and Environmental Science
Execution of Aerosol laboratory studies and environmental characterization and dissemination defeat efforts


Materials Biology
Execution of Nano Biology focused studies on substrate effects, binding kinetics, and surface integration properties


Threat & Effects
Development of Intelligence analysis, effects modeling, and simulation studies

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Infectious Disease Patient Care & Transport

The infectious diseases team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has gained unique, invaluable experience in transporting and treating patients suffering from highly infectious diseases. They’ve taken their experience caring for Ebola patients in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and begun to apply this understanding to en route care of patients being transported in isolation from remote locations.

UNMC, NSRI and the University of Indiana has worked closely with the Department of State and U.S. Air Force personnel to implement and evaluate technology, patient handling and staff training/protocols for both agencies.

In addition, UNMC and NSRI staff are actively involved in the training and education of both military and civilian health care workers through the National Ebola Training and Education Center as well as other initiatives sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response and the Department of Defense.

Patient Transport photo

Global Biosurveillance Portal & RedSky integration and information sharing

NSRI facilitated the first information-sharing agreement of its kind between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense (DoD). By integrating platforms from those two agencies — the CDC’s RedSky and the DoD’s Global Biosurveillance Portal (GBSP) — relevant military and civilian alerts are enabled. It also provides warfighters with enhanced situational awareness of force health protection/all-hazard incidents. As a trusted agent of the government, NSRI continues to provide strategic guidance in support of further development and integration of the GBSP and RedSky.

Global Biosurveillance Photo

Drug Development

The University of Nebraska was recently awarded a $11 million contract by the federal government to assist the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI) in the development of drugs to mitigate and/or counteract the effects of Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS). An important aspect of this effort is the formation of a team of pharmaceutical industry consultants who not only provide expert advice on drug development, but also serve as a key link to the pharmaceutical industry.

Researchers Becky Deegan and Kenneth Bayles of UNMC and David Berkowitz of UNL

Leading laboratories & Facilities

Interested in working with one of the leading research institutions for national security?

As USSTRATCOM’s University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska provides an invaluable understanding of strategic deterrence and CBRNE-related requirements gaps. Our Institute’s rapid-response capabilities can help meet your research and solutions needs. Connect with us to find out what we can accomplish together.

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