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: Peter Belenky, Brown University, Ph.D., Assistant Professor The impact of cellular NAD metabolism on antifungal toxicity
- Investigator: Alexandra Deaconescu, Brown University Regulation of dsDNA translocation during transcription-coupled DNA repair
- Investigator: Victoria Templer, Providence College Development of an Animal Model for Sociality and Memory Processing
- Investigator: Jayson Spas, Rhode Island College Simultaneous weight intervention to stop smoking
- Investigator: Jodi Camberg, University of Rhode Island Chaperone tools for neurodegenerative diseases
- Investigator: Stephen Kennedy, University of Rhode Island Biomaterials for flexible control over chemotherapeutic delivery profiles
- Investigator: Deyu Li, University of Rhode Island Chemical biology of DNA repair, energy metabolism, and cancer
- Investigator: Ashley Webb, Brown University Identification of transcription factor networks that preserve neural stem cells
- 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
Please see our Research Archives.