The KY INBRE (formerly KBRIN) is a collaborative network of biomedical researchers in state-supported and independent institutions of higher education within Kentucky and is funded through the NIGMS INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant.

Recent News


  • May 7 NewsletterMS Health Disparities Conference • NIH Collaboratory Workshop Series • Need your 📷 + Lots more!
  • April 30 NewsletterNIH Career Symposium Next Week • NIH STRIDES Initiative (Cloud Computing) + Lots more!
  • April 23 NewsletterKY INBRE and COBRE Collaboration • Code@Thon apps due today! • Picture a Scientist free viewing Lots more!

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  • Now Registering: Inaugural Mississippi Health Disparities 2021 Conference, August 4, Biloxi, MS. More
  • Nov 12-14 SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference, San Juan, PR
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UofL Researcher Receives R15 Funding


Dr. Cheri Levinson

(Dec 11, 2020) Dr. Cheri Levinson, Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Anxiety Treatment (EAT) Lab at the University of Louisville, recently received an R15 award from the NIH National Institute of Mental Health entitled, “Personalized Networks and Sensor Technology Algorithms of Eating Disorder Symptoms Predicting Eating Disorder Outcomes.”

Said Dr. Levinson, “Until we can identify what maintains or exacerbates individual symptoms, clinicians will continue to have difficulty accurately predicting prognosis and will have no empirical guidance to develop targeted treatment plans to promote recovery, therefore, the proposed research has significant public health relevance, as it will lead to personalized, novel, effective treatments that promote full remission and decrease the high societal burden associated with eating disorders.” Learn more

Recent Funding: Eating Disorders


Rachel Tinius and family

(Dec 4, 2020) In 2019, Dr. Rachel Tinius, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Western Kentucky University, received an award to address obesity and physical inactivity in pregnant and postpartum women. This one-year Administrative Supplement from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) was intended to foster collaborations between INBRE and COBRE researchers. Dr. Tinius collaborated with Dr. Nancy Schoenberg from a University of Kentucky COBRE program to develop and test a mobile health application to increase physical activity and improve weight status during and after pregnancy.

Dr. Tinius was recently awarded a second consecutive supplement through the NIGMS Administrative Supplements for Research on Womens Health in the IDeA States program. This award will allow her to take her previous year’s research to the next level. Learn more

Recent Publication


Alexy Arkov

(Nov 20, 2020) Alexey Arkov, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Samuel Tindell at Murray State University and Eric Rouchka from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Louisville have recently been published in Communications Biology.

Said Dr. Arkov, “Our publication, Glial granules contain germline proteins in the Drosophila brain, which regulate brain transcriptome is on the new structures in Drosophila brain's glia ("glial granules"), which resemble membraneless ribonucleoprotein granules in the germline. This includes results from our great collaboration with Eric, and libraries/sequencing were done in the UofL Genomics Core.”

View the article here.

You could be the next person to have data for a publication! KY INBRE currently has an open Call for Pilot Proposals for the Genomics Core (Next Gen Award). Learn more here.



new logo

KBRIN (Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) is rebranding to KY INBRE (Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence). The NIH BRIN Program (2001-2004) was the precursor to the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences INBRE Program. In a year of so many changes and with a change in our Program’s directorship, we felt it was time to change our name to match that of our 24 sister programs located throughout the US and its territories.

With the change in name, also comes a change in branding – a new look, new social media platforms and soon, a revised website.

Learn more about KY INBRE’s Supported Cores


Administrative Core: Responsible for planning, logistical support and evaluation.

Genomics Core: Responsible for sequencing, arraying and access.

Bioinformatics Core: Responsible for development of computer-based applications and access.

Mentoring Core: Supports educational outreach, workshops and collaborative faculty initiatives.

Research Core: Provides developmental awards to aid the establishment of research independence.

Applied Statistics Core: Provides statistical support for new projects, data analysis, experimental design, and statistical software correspondence.

Electron Microscope Core: The purpose of this core is to facilitate the sharing of state-of-the-art equipment and to enhance research and research training.

Network Institutions


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