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NE-INBRE Scholars Program

What is NE-INBRE?

The NE-INBRE (Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) program is designed to enhance the competitiveness biomedical research in Nebraska by developing the human and technological resources essential for cutting edge research in functional genomics. It is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Research Resources. The project is a collaboration between eight undergraduate institutions located throughout the state and the Ph.D. granting institutions in Nebraska.

What is an NE-INBRE Scholar?

NE-INBRE Scholars are outstanding students selected during their sophomore year. A total of six scholars are chosen from UNO, three from the Bioinformatics program in the College of IS&T and three from the Biology Departement (which may include bioinformatics students). The program is a two-year opportunity for an in-depth experience in biomedical research. NE-INBRE Scholars participate in research projects in laboratories of INBRE Associates, located at one of the eight undergraduate institutions, including UNO. They will also participate in a workshop in Research Fundamentals followed by ten weeks of research in a lab setting. The workshop is organized by mentors in the Training and Mentoring core and takes place during the summer on the campuses of the three Ph.D. granting institutions, the University of NE Medical Center, the University of NE at Lincoln, or Creighton University/Medical Center.

2007-2008 Bioinformatics NE-INBRE Scholars from UNO
(For more information on each scholar's presentation, please click on the student's name.)

College of IS&T:
  • Stephanie Brady
    • Worked at the Durham Research Center with Dr. Myron Toews during the summer of 2007.
    • She studied Stimulation of Lung Fibroblast-Mediated Collagen Gel Contraction my Lysophosphatidic Acid.

  • Adam Cornish
    • Worked with Dr. Pawel Ciborowski in the Proteomics lab at UNMC during the summer of 2007. The lab focused mainly on HIV associated dementia.
    • His project was to increase throughput in proteomics by reducing bottlenecks in data analysis.

  • Laura Heuermann
    • Worked during the summer of 2007 at the Durham Research Center with Dr. Neena B. Haider, whose lab mainly focuses on retinal disease.
    • The purpose of her project was to map the NMF 193 mutation, which causes retinal degeneration, to a region on mouse chromosome 17.

Department of Biology:
  • Kaitlin Barr
    • Worked with Dr. Janee Van Waes' lab at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at UNMC during the summer of 2007 and is continuing her work there.
    • She has studied macular degeneration and how Electroretinograms show differences between degenerative eyes and normal eyes. Work also includes trying to repair damaged retinal pigment epithelium cells using stem cells, which will hopefully restore function to the eye.

2006-2007 Bioinformatics NE-INBRE Scholars from UNO
(For more information on each scholar's presentation, click on the student's name.)

College of IS&T:
  • Jonathan DeMuth
    • Has worked with Dr.s William Chaney and Linda Chaney in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UNMC since June 2006.
    • His research focuses on cytoplasmic N-Acetylgalactosamine modification of cytokeratins and the identification of a novel intracellular glycosylation pathway. As another part of this project, he is trying to identify candidate glycosyltransferases that exist in the cytoplasm.

  • Daniel Recek
    • Works with Dr. Mark A. Pauley at the UNO College of Information Science & Technology.

Department of Biology:
  • Bonnie Errett
    • Has worked with Dr. Bill Tapprich in the Department of Biology at UNO since September 2006.
    • Her work has been to make a mutant of the 5'NTR of Coxsackievirus B3 and determine its effect on the structure and function of the virus.

Previous NE-INBRE Scholars from UNO

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