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Program Highlights

EKU profsApril 2019: Alexey Arkov, PhD (Murray State University) Receives R01 award with Co-PI Jeremy Lynch, PhD of University of Illinois at Chicago. The award is for their study titled "Novel insights from a divergent form of germ plasm." This grant is one of only a very few awarded to a PI from a Kentucky regional university. Dr. Arkov is a member of the KBRIN Leadership Committee and has been a past recipient of KBRIN funding.

EKU profsAugust, 2018: KBRIN-IDeA funded project has been highlighted in press release from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Bikram Subedi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Murray State University, has had his research highlighted in several periodicals. Read ACS Article or view all highlights.

EKU profsAugust 13, 2018: EKU's Dr. Lindsay Calderon, associate professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Margaret Ndinguri, associate professor of chemistry, received a a U.S. patent, with 15 claims approved, for their discovery of a chemical compound that better targets specific types of reproductive cancer tumors. Learn More

Samuel WhiteNovember 4, 2018: Samuel White, 2017 KBRIN Summer Research Program participant and student at Murray State University awarded First Place for his oral presentation at the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting. The research is entitled "Courtship behavior, communication, and copulation in Tigrosa annexa."

Kristin MillerNovember 4, 2018: Kristen Miller, KBRIN Summer Research Program participant and student at WKU awarded First Place for her poster presentation at the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting. Read about her project here.

Michael GuyMay, 2018: Michael Guy, NKU Assistant Professor awarded an (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) for his work on “Identification of novel human tRNA modification genes.” Read more about this research and the award details

Samantha CarlisleApril, 2018: Samantha Carlisle is co-organizer of a local R Ladies Global chapter. The community is designed to develop members' R skills & knowledge through social, collaborative learning & sharing. Supporting minority identity access to STEM skills & careers, the Free Software Movement, and contributing to the global R community.Samantha is a doctoral candidate in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a long-time member of the KBRIN Bioinformatics Journal Club


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JOURNAL CLUB SCHEDULE (Wednesdays at 11:15 am unless noted)

MAY 15-19, 2019 - Applications deadline for New Mexico's INBRE "Empowering Biologists with Bioinformatics Workshop" held July 1 – 26, 2019 at The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR), Santa Fe, NM. For biology students and researchers who are newcomers to bioinformatics.

JULY 15-19, 2019 2019 - Essentials of Next Generation Sequencing workshop , Lexington, KY. Registration and more informationis available on the workshop website.

NOVEMBER 6-8, 2019 2019 NIH IDeA Southeast Regular Conference, Louisville, KY. Early bird registration until August 9. Register online


JAN 15, 2019: Preferred submission date for KBRIN Faculty Start-Up Awards


NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Open Date: January 26, 2019

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February 11, 2019: Application deadline for the 2019 KBRIN Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program. Learn more and application link.

Learn about year-round mentored research at regional institutions here.


NIH Announcement: Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Courses (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-19-185) View entire announcement

Important new updates to Application Guidelines for KBRIN-Investigator Development Awards (IDeA) Read

New IDeA Award Requirement: A “Letter of Intent” to submit a proposal must be sent via email to Bruce Mattingly at by Friday, November 30th

! Important recent changes in AREA R15 funding opportunities

Investigators preparing R15 applications to NIH should first explore the NIH R15 (AREA) website

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Research Spotlight

NIH R15 ($400,000+) Dr. Noah Ashley, WKU Assistant Professor, was awarded over $400,000 for his research project "Sympathetic Regulation of Inflammation from Sleep Fragmentation."

NSF (5 years, $950,000+)He received an NSF research grant to study how arctic songbirds in Alaska have adapted to diminished sleep patterns and how that might help in the understanding of sleep loss in humans.

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