The Nebraska Center for Integrative Biomolecular Communication (CIBC)

Promoting Collaborative Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Diseases result when the internal stability and normal communications between tissues and cellular pathways are disrupted by genetic defects, environmental disturbances, or pathogens. CIBC will serve as a natural mixing chamber to integrate the research activities of chemists, biochemists, engineers, and bioinformaticists to address critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of how cells communicate and integrate metabolic and regulatory pathways relevant to disease development and progression. CIBC investigators will bring together unique expertise in the understanding of complex diseases and in the development of novel methodologies and technologies to probe communication pathways within and between cells and tissues.

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Welcome from Director James Takacs

Welcome to the Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication (CIBC) website. I hope you will find the information about our collaborative interdisciplinary research to enhance the biomedical research infrastructure in the molecular life sciences stimulating and informative. The proper regulation of biomolecular communication pathways is critical to maintaining healthy function, yet there are many gaps in the fundamental understanding of those pathways. Unraveling those pathways and filling in critical knowledge gaps requires the combined expertise of collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams. Fundamentally, that is the Center’s goal, to enable fundamental problems in biomolecular communication to be researched in more impactful ways.

The CIBC Administrative Core will marshal the research resources provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program and UNL to support progress toward NCIBC’s overall goals and specific aims. Specifically, the Administrative Core will help meet the Center’s goals by providing the level of mentoring and career development needed to propel early stage investigators toward research independence and international recognition, by governing the operations of two research core facilities (i.e., Systems Biology Core and Data Management and Analysis Core) needed to advance CIBC investigators’ research agenda, and by supporting the growth of the Center through its suite of enrichment activities.

We are excited about the Center and invite you to explore our website to learn more about the ongoing research and the opportunities to join in the Center’s efforts.

Research Spotlight: The TelePathy Project

Dr. Massimiliano Pierobon and Dr. Nicole Buan have recently received an NSF award for their collaborative project, entitled “TelePathy: Telecommunication Systems Modeling and Engineering of Cell Communication Pathways.” Dr. Pierobon and Dr. Buan are assistant professors in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Biochemistry, respectively.

Learn more about the project