The purpose of the Early Career Development (ECD) Program is to sustain highly promising early career investigators in Rhode Island who are productive, exemplify a strong commitment to research excellence, and show interest in establishing an externally funded biomedical research program. Investigators in this program will have research interests in one of the scientific thematic areas of RI-INBRE. These investigators will be expected to set up laboratory facilities, purchase required equipment, recruit students and postdoctoral fellows, generate preliminary data, initiate scientific collaborations, and publish a minimum of one research manuscript by the end of their second year of support. Each investigator is mentored by a senior investigator who possesses research expertise in the field and a track record of securing research grants from NIH or other federal agencies. Investigators from the primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI) are expected to develop productive, sustainable student training programs through extended grants such as NIH R15 and NSF RUI grants. The investigators at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University are expected to gain independence by obtaining multi-year external grants such as NIH R01, R03, R15, and R21 awards. Toward the end of their second year, PUI investigators in the ECD Program may apply for continued funding under the SURF Training research support mechanisms. University of Rhode Island and Brown University investigators that successfully obtain external funding graduate from the program and continue to participate by serving as mentors for junior investigators and students.
Early Career Development Research Projects
- Investigator: Arnob Dutta, University of Rhode Island Regulation of gene expression by mutant Swi/Snf complexes and their interactors
- Investigator: Khadine Higgins, Salve Regina University Exploring Structure Function Relationships in KmtR
- Investigator: William Holmes, Rhode Island College Effects of N-Terminal Acetylation on Chaperone Function and Protein Aggregation
- Investigator: Matthew Ramsey, University of Rhode Island Deciphering Kingella kingae RTX-toxin regulation
- Investigator: Daniel Roxbury, University of Rhode Island Enhancing the permeability of carbon nanomaterials into tumor spheroid models
- Investigator: Yalda Shahriari, University of Rhode Island Characterization of Brain Activity in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Investigator: Jie Shen, University of Rhode Island Sustained Intravitreal Drug Delivery Platform for the Treatment of Uveal Melanoma
- Investigator: Jamie Towle-Weicksel, Rhode Island College DNA Polymerase Theta and its Potential Role in Cancer
- Investigator: Laura Williams, Providence College Sequence Variation and Molecular Evolution of Lytic Enzymes in Predatory Bacteria
- Investigator: Yi Zheng, University of Rhode Island A Novel Nano-Biosensing Technique for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Biomarkers
Please see our Research Archives.