Committee Members

    • Dr. Yuri Lyubchenko

    • Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

    • University of Nebraska Medical Center

    • Dr. Jon P. Anderson - Committee Chair

    • Innovation & Technology Manager

    • LI-COR Biosciences, Inc.

    • Dr. Kenneth W. Bayles

    • Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activity

    • University of Nebraska at Omaha

    • Dr. Daniel P. Schachtman

    • Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture; Director, Center for Biotechnology

    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    • Dr. Charles Bicak

    • Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

    • University of Nebraska at Kearney

    • Ms. Nisha Avey

    • Business Innovation Consultant, Angel Tax Credit Coordinator

    • Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development

    • Dr. Susan Fritz, Committee Vice Chair

    • Executive Vice President & Provost

    • University of Nebraska

    • Dr. Robert "Bob" Wilhelm

    • Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    • Dr. Jennifer Larsen

    • Vice Chancellor for Research

    • University of Nebraska Medical Center

    • Dr. J. Tyler Martin, Sr.

    • Chief Executive Officer, Director

    • Adjuvance Technologies

    • Mr. Phil Kozera

    • CEO

    • MatMaCorp

    • Dr. Janet Seger

    • Professor, Department of Physics

    • Creighton University

    • Dr. Jerry Hudgins

    • Interim Director, Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research; Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    • Dr. Justin Mott

    • Associate Professor - Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    • University of Nebraska Medical Center

    • Dr. Juliane K. Strauss-Soukup

    • Associate Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship

    • Creighton University

    • Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon

    • Varner Professor of Psychology

    • University of Nebraska at Omaha

    • Ms. Gloria Thesenvitz

    • Founder & Board Chair

    • Nova-Tech, Inc.

    • Mr. Dan Hoffman

    • Chief Executive Officer

    • Invest Nebraska Corporation


Dr. Matt Andrews, Nebraska EPSCoR Director
  • Dr. Matt Andrews

  • Director

  • Dr. Matt Andrews began leading Nebraska EPSCoR as director in 2019; he is also a professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, he was Executive Associate Dean with the College of Science at Oregon State University, where he was also a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. From 2000 to 2016, he was McKnight Presidential Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where he was the Founding Director of Graduate Studies of the Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program, and Founding Director of the UMD Bio-Translational Research Center (BRC). Andrews had served as associate professor (advancing from assistant professor) at the Department of Genetics with North Carolina State University from 1987 to 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University School of Medicine, after gaining his M.S. in Biology at Central Michigan University and his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan.

Nebraska EPSCoR Accounting Technician Fred Gartner
  • Fred Gartner

  • Accounting Technician

  • Mr. Gartner joined Nebraska EPSCoR in 2010 following a nearly 10 year career in the Budget and Fiscal Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. His resume also includes extensive budgetary and accounting experience working in the banking, financial services and insurance fields. Mr. Gartner received his Associates of Business Administration degree in 1980 while employed in the banking industry. The opportunity to contribute to enhancing the strength of Nebraska's research and innovation growth through the efforts of Nebraska EPSCoR is an exciting challenge for Mr. Gartner.

Nebraska EPSCoR Outreach Coordinator Nicole Busboom
  • Nicole Busboom

  • Outreach Coordinator

  • Ms. Busboom earned her master's degree in Youth Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- where she also obtained her bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science & Dietetics, with a minor in Agriculture Leadership Education & Communication. She previously worked as EFNEP Extension Assistant with Nebraska Extension. For Nebraska EPSCoR, she leads outreach efforts including Young Nebraska Scientists: bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities to students and classrooms throughout the state.

Nebraska EPSCoR Executive Assistant Nancy Simnitt
  • Nancy Simnitt

  • Executive Assistant

  • Ms. Simnitt began her career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as Secretary to the Director of the School of Biological Sciences. She then took advantage of an opportunity to work for a private tuition payment company in Lincoln. In 2001, Nebraska EPSCoR needed additional staff to support the increased funding and programs that had been added over the past few years. Ms. Simnitt joined Nebraska EPSCoR to support this success and return to the research/academic setting. Ms. Simnitt received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Administrative Secretarial from Southeast Community College-Lincoln.

Nebraska EPSCoR Communications Specialist Carole Wilbeck
  • Carole Allen

  • Communications Specialist

  • Ms. Allen earned her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, with dual majors in Magazine Journalism and Policy Studies. She also completed a certificate program in Nonprofit Management while working at the University of Washington. Her experience includes communications work with a K-12 school, a trade association, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. She enjoys sharing stories of how Nebraska EPSCoR research collaborations serve the world (starting with the state of Nebraska), and helping advance STEM resources.