INBRE funding is used to support undergraduate biomedical research opportunities for LCSC students. Each summer LCSC students work in research laboratories at colleges and universities around the state of Idaho. These ten-week fellowships provide students with a hands-on experience in established biomedical research laboratories around the state. Students are provided with $6,000 stipend and money for research supplies. At the end of the summer, students present their research findings at the Idaho INBRE Annual Research Conference. Application materials for this program typically are available in December and the deadline for application is in February. Selection for this program is competitive.
Lauren James spent the summer of 2014 as an INBRE Fellow at Boise State University (BSU) in Dr. Jennifer Forbey’s laboratory. The Forbey laboratory studies ecological approaches to drug discovery. Lauren’s research project focused on cytochrome P450s (CYPs) which are a group of enzymes largely responsible for drug metabolism. The aim of Lauren’s research was to compare the activity of cytochrome P450s (CYPs) in multiple species using both known CYP substrates and natural products from sagebrush. After completing her Fellowship, Lauren will continue her work on the project at LCSC and BSU as a technician. Lauren, a graduate of Lewiston High School, plans on attending medical school after she graduates with her B.S. degree in Biology.
As an INBRE Fellow at the University of Idaho in 2014, Tucker worked in Dr. Larry Forney’s laboratory. One of the projects in the Forney laboratory is the study of community dynamics of vaginal microbes and its role in vaginal health. Specifically, Tucker studied the interaction of four species of Lactobacillus in his project titled “The Effect of Interactions on the Growth Dynamics of Vaginal Lactobacillus Species”. Tucker plans on attending medical school after he graduates from LCSC with a B.S degree in Biology.
Jacob’s project as a 2014 INBRE Fellow was conducted in Dr. Jakob Magolan’s laboratory at the University of Idaho. The Magolan laboratory studies organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and bioactive natural product synthesis. Jacob’s project, “New Oxidations Using DMSO and Visible Light” focused on new oxidation reactions using dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as a terminal oxidant under visible light photoredox catalysis conditions. In addition to being an INBRE Fellow, Jacob is a member of both the LCSC Cross Country and LCSC Track teams. After graduation, Jacob plans on attending graduate school in a Ph.D. program in either chemistry or biology.
Jack’s INBRE Fellows project, “Modulation of Proximal and Distal Muscle Function During Level vs Incline Hopping in Desert Kangaroo Rats” was conducted in Dr. Craig McGowan’s laboratory at the University of Idaho. This study both sonomicrometry and electromyography were used to determine the function of both proximal and distal muscles o f the kangaroo rat while hopping in various slopes. Jack is a graduate of Lewiston High School and plans on attending medical after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology.