University of Nebraska Faculty to Showcase Developments in Chemical & Biological Defense for National Audience

Nebraska Researchers set to Collaborate with Defense Threat Reduction Agency

May 05, 2015

Ten National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) faculty  are slated to showcase research that is both transformational to technology and improving lives, for an audience of the nation’s best in the chemical and biological defense industry.  Nebraska researchers will be presenting their latest research developments at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference.  The conference, hosted by Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Joint Science and Technology Office and the Chemical and Biological Defense Program, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center Convention Complex May 12-14, 2015.

The 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference will provide the opportunity to examine the best, newest and most dynamic developments in basic and applied research within the chemical and biological defense landscape.

The University of Nebraska, whose faculty have significant expertise in relevant areas such as detection of chemical and biological weapons and defense against weapons of mass destruction, is well-positioned to contribute at the upcoming conference.  Researchers representing NSRI, UNO and UNMC include Dr. Robert Boissy, Dr. Marilynn Larson, Dr. Rongshi Li, Dr. Oksana Lockridge, Dr. Jingwei Xie, Dr. Kate Cooper, Dr. Sanjukta Bhowmick, Dr. Prithviraj Dasgupta, Rhishikesh Thakare and Marsha Morien.    

The NSRI promotes research projects, works closely with faculty researchers in advancing the science of countering weapons of mass destruction and develops new opportunities and relationships with Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors.  The NSRI is sponsoring University of Nebraska faculty researchers in attendance at the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference, granting them the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other researchers concerning the medical and physical sciences related to chemical and biological defense.

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bob Hinson, NSRI Executive Director stated that “the NSRI and NU will have a strong presence at the conference.  Our faculty will be leading rich discussions on some of the current NSRI research being conducted in Nebraska and showcasing our latest developments as a leader in chemical and biological defense.”   

About NSRI
Founded in 2012, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska is the only University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) in the country dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and across other federal agencies. NSRI provides research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies in multiple mission-critical competency areas — including development of medical countermeasures to WMD; nuclear detection and forensics; consequence management; chemical and biological weapons detection; and space, cyber, and telecom law. Learn more at