Kurt Gibbs, PhD

NIH AREA Award goes to KBRIN-Funded researcher

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KBRIN Distinguished New Investigator and KBRIN Start-Up Grant Awardee


Dr. Kurt Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Biology at Morehead State University, received a $319,346 award from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program. Dr. Gibbs' proposal, titled "miRNA expression after spinal cord compression injury in Xenopus laevis," aims to determine how developmental changes in microRNA expression affect the ability of Xenopus frogs to regenerate their spinal cords, which in turn can increase understanding of the genetic regulation associated with recovery from spinal cord injury and generate new therapeutic targets to promote recovery in humans.