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The Mission

Provide novel research, technology, training and expertise to improve the U.S. capability to deter, interdict and respond to strategic threats.


NSRI carries the DOD University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) designation on behalf of the University of Nebraska System (NU) and each NU campus. This designation is sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska. NU/NSRI is one of only 15 DOD UARCs in the country. It was established in 2012.

Active Projects

UNMC researchers can leverage the UARC IDIQ contract vehicle through NSRI to quickly get on contract with DOD agencies for projects in NSRI's mission area. They can also tap into NSRI staff expertise and networks to connect their research and ideas to DOD needs. In total, 17 UNMC researchers have led or co-led projects for customers through NSRI since 2012.

NSRI Fellows

43 UNMC researchers have joined the institute as NSRI Fellows to engage closer with NSRI's mission and staff. Fellows are nominated by their peers, confirmed by campus research offices and appointed by NSRI leadership to apply their expertise to national security challenges. In 2023, 10 working groups were formed to focus technical conversations and position expertise for opportunities. Fellows also lead and attend the annual NSRI Fellows Conference to engage with each other, current and former government sponsors and NSRI staff.

Active NSRI Fellows

  • Christopher Barrett, surgery
  • Ken Bayles, pathology and microbiology
  • Elizabeth Beam, nursing
  • Jesse Bell, environmental, agricultural and occupational health
  • David Brett-Major, epidemiology
  • Mara Broadhurst, microbiology and infectious disease
  • Keely Buesing, surgery
  • Eric Carnes, environmental, agricultural and occupation health
  • Rao Chundury, ophthalmology
  • Rebecca Deegan, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Edward Fehringer, orthopedic surgery & rehabilitation
  • Babu Guda, genetics, cell biology and anatomy
  • Mark Hamill, surgery
  • Angela Hewlett, infectious disease
  • Corey Hopkins, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Kevin Kemp, surgery
  • Victoria Kennel, industrial-organizational psychology
  • Joseph Khoury, pathology & microbiology
  • Chris Kratochvil, clinical research & psychiatry
  • Ronald Krueger, ophthalmology
  • Marilynn Larson, pathology and microbiology
  • James Lawler, internal medicine
  • Bethany Lowndes, neurological sciences
  • Miguel Matos, surgery
  • Aaron Mohs, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Daniel Monaghan, pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
  • Nicholas Palermo, computational chemistry
  • Gurudutt Pendyala, anesthesiology
  • St. Patrick Reid, pathology and microbiology
  • Stephen Rennard, pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine
  • Matthew Rizzo, neurological sciences
  • Eleanor Rogan, environmental, agricultural & occupational health
  • Michael Rosenthal, physical therapy education
  • Anthony Sambol, pathology & microbiology
  • Alicia Schiller, anesthesiology
  • Micah Schott, biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Paul Sorgen, biochemistry & molecular biology
  • Denis Svechkarev, pharmaceutical sciences
  • James Talmadge, pathology and microbiology
  • Dong Wang, pharmaceutical sciences
  • Steven Yeh, ophthalmology and visual sciences
  • Sowmya Yelamanchili, anesthesiology

FEATURE: Eric Carnes

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UNMC associate professor of environmental, agricultural and occupational health 

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FEATURE: Bethany Lowndes

UNMC assistant professor and human factors safety engineer

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Curated to feature publications from NSRI Fellows  




Student of NSRI: Brianna Parr contributes to much-needed solutions for healthcare worker safety
Second-year public health graduate student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Enhancing Next-Gen Protective Gear: NSRI Fellow’s PPE Helmet Protects Military, Healthcare Workers
NSRI Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Beam, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center


Med center to spearhead novel approach to disaster planning
UNMC Newsroom | NSRI Fellows Lauren Sauer & Chris Kratochvil
Public health researchers develop drought response guide
UNMC Newsroom | NSRI Fellow Jesse Bell
A leader in fighting disease outbreaks
UNMC Newsroom | NSRI Science & Technology Advisor Josh Santarpia and NSRI Fellow Lauren Sauer

NSRI At A Glance

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$261 Million

Total awards
since 2012

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Total contracts and grants
since 2012

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NU principal investigators leading projects through NSRI since 2012

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Current, active projects
contracted through NSRI

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As the DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska System, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) delivers solutions for strategic deterrence and CWMD mission requirements gaps. Our rapid-response capabilities and efficient contracting vehicle can help federal government program managers meet critical research and development needs. Connect with us to learn more.

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