• 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
  • Eric Rouchka and Sujata OhriFebruary 6, 2018: FUNDING AWARD! Eric Rouchka, KBRIN's Director of Bioinformatics Core and Co-PI Sujata Saraswat Ohri received funding from The Center for Restorative Spinal Cord Medicine for their pilot project "Role of Circadian Rhythm in SCI Pathogenesis." KBRIN's Julia Chariker, KBRIN's Networks and Data Visualization specialist, will participate.
  • Justin YatesFebruary 6, 2018: Justin Yates, PhD, is the 2018 APA Division 28 Young Psychopharmacologist Award which honors a young scientist doing original, meritorious work in psychopharmacology and encourages excellence in research at the interface between the disciplines of pharmacology and psychology. This is his second APA award this year. Dr. Yates is currently a KBRIN-IDeA Pilot Research Awardee. He will speak at this year’s convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA (August 9-12).
  • Justin YatesJanuary 10, 2018: Justin Yates, PhD, is the 2018 recipient of the B. F. Skinner Foundation New Researcher Award in the area of basic research. Dr. Yates, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science at NKU, has been working in experimental analysis of behavior. He is currently a KBRIN-IDeA Pilot Research Awardee. He has been invited to speak at this year’s convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA (August 9-12).


  • Arlinghous and BahnsenNovember, 2017: Kandis Arlinghaus and Morgan Bahnsen, were awardees at the recent Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting in the areas of Health Sciences and Cellular & Molecular Biology, respectively. Both were participants in the 2017 KBRIN Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program. Watch videos about their research and experiences

  • Austin Parker, Ohio State, newly publishedNovember, 2017: 2016 KBRIN Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program participant Austin Parker is to be published in a peer-reviewed publication. With mentor and co-author Dr. Michal Hetman, their paper "Ribosomal stress and Tp53-mediated neuronal apoptosis in response to capsid protein of the Zika virus" will be published in Scientific Reports - Nature. Austin describes his research and program experiences in this video.
  • lili maSeptember 21, 2017: NSF Award: Lili Ma, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry at NKU and past KBRIN IDeA Awardee has received a three-year $242,979 grant for her research work, “Unusual Oxidation and Domino Reactions via Palladium-catalyzed alpha-Heteroarylation of Ketones.” Read announcement on NKU website.
  • juw Won ParkSeptember 13, 2017: NIH R15 Awarded to Juw Won Park, PhD for his project "Detecting and characterizing circular RNA's using high-throughput sequencing data." Dr. Park serves on the KBRIN Bioinformatics Core Staff as the RNA sequencing analysis specialist.
  • Samantha CarlisleSeptember, 2017: 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
  • Janelle Hare, PhD, MoSUAug 9, 2017: KBRIN-funded Dr. Janelle Hare, biology professor at Morehead State University was honored with the Distinguished Researcher award at Morehead State University. Read more
  • Dr. Janelle HareJune, 2017: Janelle Hare, PhD has just received her 3rd NIH R15 award. The KBRIN-funded researcher at Morehead University received her award for her research on "Mechanisms of Action of UmuD in Regulating DNA Damage-Induced Genes in a umuC-Deficient Bacterium."
  • Katy Carlson, PHD and Morehead State University researcherJune, 2017: KBRIN-funded Morehead State University professor Katy Carlson has just received her 2nd NIH R15 award. This award is for her ongoing work on Accents and Syntactic Attachment.
  •  May, 2017: Former KBRIN IDEA and R15 awardee Chris Curran has been elected Vice President of the Teratology Society. She will serve as President of the Society in 2019. Congratulations, Dr. Curran!
  • April 21-23, 2017: 16th UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit was held at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.


  • Maha SolimanDecember, 2016: ADVANCEMENT: Maha Soliman, PhD, new Assistant Professor, Texas Womens's University The KBRIN staff member and researcher completed her postdoctoral work in Neuroscience Training. Congratulations, Maha!
  • Noah Ashley, PhD, WKUSep 21, 2016: Noah Ashley, PhD, receives R15 Award The WKU Assistant Professor was awarded over $400,000 for his research project "Sympathetic Regulation of Inflammation from Sleep Fragmentation."
  • Ben Harrison, PhD, WKUOctober, 2016: Ben Harrison, PhD, advances to Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science Department of the University of New England The KBRIN staff member and researcher completed his postdoctoral training at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. Congratulations, Ben!
  • Cecile MarczinskiMAY 21, 2016: Emily Yocom and Jacob Sifers publish paper 2015 KBRIN Undergraduate Summer Research Program participants are published in the Journal of Comparative Physiology titled "Modulatory effects on Drosophila larva hearts: room temperature, acute and chronic cold stress." Learn More
  • Ben Harrison, PhD and Jeffrey Petruska, PhDAPR 14, 2016: KBRIN-Funded researchers discover role of protein in neuron sprouting Benjamin Harrison, Ph.D (lead author), Jeffrey Petruska, PhD and Eric Rouchka, D.Sc., are among authors of an article featured in The Journal of Neuroscience. Their research into the role of adaptor protein CD2AP in neuron sprouting could lead to therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke recovery and spinal cord injury and was partially funded by KBRIN grants. Read more. (pictured at right: Ben Harrison, Jeffrey Petruska and Kristofer Rau)
  • APR 8-10, 2016: 15th UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit was held at lake Barkley State Park in Cadiz, Kentucky.

  • Mark Bardgett, PhDFEB 24, 2016: Mark Bardgett, PhD, receives an NIH R-15 award Dr. Bardgett, a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University and KBRIN Bridge Awardee, received his award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for his study "Long-term effects of early-life antipsychotic drug treatment".
  • March 13, 2016: NKU Undergraduate Research Leads to National Travel Awards: The Pfizer award was presented to Jamie Weimer of Northern Kentucky University at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. She is the third KBRIN-supported undergraduate in the Curran lab to receive a Pfizer Award. The award is based on academic and research excellence. Jamie also received Second Place for Best Oral Presentation at the 2015 Kentucky Academy of Science meeting.

    Kelsey Klinefelter received an SOT Undergraduate Travel Award to present her research at the same meeting. Kelsey has also received an NKU travel fellowship to conduct biomedical research in Sri Lanka in December 2015. Learn More

  • Jeffrey Petruska, PhDNovember, 2015: Jeffrey Petruska, PhD, received a NIH R01 award Dr. Petruska, of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Center and a KBRIN-funded researcher, received the funding for his research, "Mechanisms Controlling Distinct Modes of Adult Axon Growth". His team includes Ben Harrison, PhD and Eric Rouchka, D.Sc., of KBRIN. Learn More
  • Ribbon Cutting New Laboratory MoreheadKBRIN-Funded Neuroscience Laboratory has ribbon cutting. Morehead State University’s Department of Psychology held a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in Reed Hall. KBRIN provided a $250,000 grant for the renovation.Learn More
  • Cecile MarczinskiSEPT 17, 2015: Cecile Marczinski, PhD, receives new R15 to continue research on the effects of mixing alcohol and energy drinks. Dr. Marczinski is an associate professor at NKU whose research has been cited in recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigations into the safety of alcohol and energy drinks. Learn More
  • Ben Busby, PhD, NIHSeptember 15, 2015: The UofL Bioinformatics Seminar Series and KBRIN presented a bioinformatics seminar with Ben Busby, PhD, from the NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information. The presentation described how NCBI has enhanced several of its genomics resources in the last several months and how some of its public databases can be queried for computational biology and clinical questions. Learn More
  • AUG 10-13, 2015: Western Kentucky University 2015 KBRIN Small Genome Discovery Workshop hosted bio faculty from five Kentucky institutions.
  • Juw Won ParkAugust 1, 2015: Juw Won Park, PhD, joins KBRIN Bioinformatics Core Staff Recently appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Park is providing service and collaboration to the KBRIN Bioinformatics Core. He specializes in RNA Sequencing Analysis. Welcome, Dr. Park! Learn More
  • Erin Strome, PhDAUG 1, 2015: Northern Kentucky University Erin Strome, PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences, was awarded an NIH grant for her project titled “Investigation of Candidate Modifier Loci for Cancer Susceptibility." Learn more

  • Dr. Michael Smith, WKUAUG 1, 2015:: Western Kentucky University Michael Smith, PhD, WKU assistant professor of biological sciences and Kevin Williams, PhD, WKU professor of chemistry, were awarded an NIH grant for their project titled “Finding Novel Platinum(II) Complex Anti-Cancer Drugs with Reduced Ototoxicity" Learn more

  • Amy Brausch, PhDMAY 1, 2015: Western Kentucky University Amy Brausch, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, received the Ogden College of Science & Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award at WKU. Learn more
  • Alexey ArkovMAY 1, 2015: Murray State University is now one of KBRIN's Regional Comprehensive Partner/Affiliates with Alexey Arkov, PhD serving as the Murray State University lead faculty member.
  • MAR 2015: Dr. Mark Bardgett from Northern Kentucky University was named a 2015 Fellow in the Midwestern Psychological Association. Dr. Bardgett is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Neuroscience at NKU. He also serves as the institutional Lead Faculty representative for NKU as part of the KBRIN.
  • MAR 20-22, 2015: 14th UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit was held at Paris Landing State Park Conference Center in Buchanan, Tennessee.
    • Dr. HareOctober 2014 - Janelle Hare, Phd and Travis Witkowski, PhD,, were published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE. Dr. Hare and Witkowski researched how bacteria sense and repair DNA damage. KBRIN helped to fund this research. More
    • Dr. MarczinskiCecille Marczinski, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at NKU and KBRIN Awardee has been featured in international and national news this fall. She was elected as a Fellow to the American Psychological Association (APA), was a keynote speaker at a conference in Geelong, Australia, and was featured in an article in The Atlantic. More
    • Kurt Gibbs, Assistant Professor at Morehead receives NIH R15 Award for his proposal "miRNA expression after spinal cord compression injury in Xenopus laevis," More
    • Yan Zhang, PhDAug 2014 - Yan Zhang, PhD,a member of KBRIN's bioinformatics core, has taken a position as a Post Doc at the University of Maryland Institute for Genome Sciences.


    • Nigel Cooper, PhDDr. Nigel Cooper, KY INBRE Program Director, receives 5-year 18.3 million NIH grant award to strengthen Kentucky's infrastructure and capacity for biomedical research. More.


    • WKU researcher shines in “Science Idol” competition — Dr. Jill Maples, an assistant professor in WKU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation,Jill Maples and Sport was selected as a co-winner in the first ever “Science Idol” competition held at the recent National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence in Washington DC. More

    • Sabine Waigel receives awardJUNE, 2014: IDeA CORE TRAVEL AWARD — Sabine Waigel, UofL Genomics Core Manager, receives IDeA Core Travel Award. The travel award for IDeA-sponsored Core Lab members helps defray the cost of attending the 5th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE). Sabine Waigel attended the symposium, which was held June 16-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    • Katy Carlson, PHD and Morehead State University researcher2013 - Katy Carlson's KBRIN-Funded Research Receives $350K NIH Grant — for a project titled “Accents and Syntactic Attachment: Exploring how pitch accents affect the resolution of syntactic ambiguities with or without prosodic boundaries.” - Learn more

    • Dr. Ajay SrivastavaOCT 2013: — The October 2013 issue of the Lane Report highlights a KBRIN researcher's study of the growth of cancer cells. Dr. Ajay Srivastava, a WKU biology professor, and his students conduct genetic experiments on the Drosophila species of fruit fly as a model to study how cancer cells metastasize. Read article

    • AUG 15-16: Dr.Cecile A. MarczinskiDr.Cecile A. Marczinski associate professor at Northern Kentucky University was invited to speak at a two-day workshop co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and multiple NIH institutes. This workshop brought together prominent experts from across the nation to discuss the current knowledge related to the health implications of energy drinks. Dr. Marczinski discussed her research supported by KBRIN and her NIH R15 award, which has made a national impact on both the scientific community and the general public.
    • APR 11, 2013: KBRIN-Supported NKU Student Shares First Place Award for Poster Competition in the Undergraduate/High School Division at the 2013 Neuroscience Day
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    • 2013:Dr. Manori Jayasinghe— Manori Jayasinghe, former postdoc at Northern Kentucky University, has been offered a tenure-track position in the Physics Department at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash campus.
    • APR 11, 2013- Neuroscience Day 2013 added a new feature "DATA BLITZ:" a few abstracts from each category were selected for the Data Blitz, a rapid-fire overview of a poster presented to the entire audience at the beginning of Neuroscience Day.


    • APR, 2013 - Jordan Oberling2011 KBRIN summer student advances: Jordan Olberding, a WKU senior, was accepted into the PhD program at Yale University. Jordan was a 2011 KBRIN Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program participant. Article and video


    • Susan BoucherMAR 2013 - Susan Boucher joins KBRIN's staff as Program Assistant.

    • FEB 2013: KBRIN-funded research in national news:Dr.Cecile A. MarczinskiDr.Cecile A. Marczinski's research on alcohol and diet soda has been featured by National Public Radio [read article] and CNN [read article] highlighted in a national news report.

    • Dr. Stefan Paula2nd NIH GRANT — Dr. Stefan Paula, an associate professor at NKU has received his second NIH grant for his research "Hydroquinone Derivatives as Novel Calcium Atpase Inhibitors." Dr. Paula describes his research and impact of receiving the grant in this VIDEO

  • Dr. Janelle HareNIH RENEWAL GRANT — Using her NIH renewal grant, Dr. Janelle Hare, an Associate Professor in the Biology & Chemistry Department of Morehead State University continues her research in "Mechanisms of Action of UMUD in Regulating DNA Damage-Induced Genes in a UMUC DEF." VIDEO and ARTICLE

  • APR, 2012 - Whitney Rogers, New KBRIN Program Business Manager joins KBRIN. Whitney comes from the Department of Neurology, most recently managing the nationally recognized Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research and Care. She has over 9 years of experience in clinical research and patient care.
  • MAR 28-APR 1, 2012 - 11th Annual UT-ORNL-KBRIN Bioinformatics Summit was held in Louisville, Kentucky
  • FEB 2012 - Bioinformatics Internships for Undergraduate Students (BIUS) in the Southeast INBRE Region, a collaborative undergraduate summer program was established. Applications for the first summer program were received in March.
    • NOV. 4, 2011 - KBRIN Grant Writing Workshop held at Murray State
    • OCT. 10, 2011 - External Advisory Committee Meeting
    • OCT. 4, 2011- IDeA PI Meeting, Bethesda, MD


    • SEPT. 22-24, 2011 - 2011 Southeast Regional Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
    • Dr. Michael Smith, WKUSEPT. 2, 2011: Science News: Growth Hormone Helps Repair the Zebrafish Ear: Dr. Michael Smith and researchers from Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville worked together to see which genes were switched on or off after acoustic trauma and found distinct patterns of gene expression. Read Article.

    • MAY 12, 2011: KBRIN Bioinformatics Postdoc Associate Jovan David Rebolledo-Mendez, Ph.D.Jovan David Rebolledo-Mendez, Ph.D. was selected for a FASEB MARC Program Presentation Travel Award to attend the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) meeting and 10th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB).