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NISE Program Teaching Assistant wins two prestigious awards

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Congratulations to Aditi Kulkarni, NMSU graduate student and NISE program’s teaching assistant; who has received two significant awards.   Aditi won the Grad Award for Research Excellence and the Grad Award for Teaching Excellence for 2020.  

According to Dr. Tim Wright, the Awards Committee was uniformly impressed with the contributions she has made to both the research and the teaching mission of the NMSU Biology Department.  She is the first graduate student to receive both awards in the same year.  Combined, both awards provide a monetary sum of $3,000.  She plans to turn the investment in her future education and career goals. Read More



Dr. Stewart Thompson from New Mexico Tech sparks interest in light, sleep and cancer among students and Faculty at San Juan College


     One of New Mexico INBRE main objectives is to increase faculty professional development along with investigator collaboration throughout the state.  Dr. Stewart Thompson, a current NM-INBRE investigator from New Mexico Tech had the opportunity to visit and present his talk “Switching on those lights after dark is toxic to your health: Why blind women get breast cancer less often” at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.  Dr. Thompson’s talk sparked a great interest in his research among students and faculty, helping them learn about the role melatonin plays with light, sleep and cancer.  Read More

NMSU & NISE professor joins initiative to fight shortage of new antibiotics


New Mexico State University & New Mexico INBRE are joining the push to mitigate one of the most critical public health crises facing the world: antibiotic resistance. Dr. Lee Uranga, NMSU professor took part in a week-long training to become a partner instructor in the Tiny Earth network, a program founded by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jo Handelsman with a two-fold mission: to encourage students to pursue careers in science through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses, and to address a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics – by tapping into the collective power of many student researchers concurrently tackling the same challenge, living up to Tiny Earth’s motto, “studentsourcing antibiotic discovery.” Read More

New Mexico’s INBRE program gets renewed by the NIH to enhance Biomedical Research

New Mexico INBRE will be able to expand its efforts to increase biomedical research capability, improve understanding of disease and treatments, plus drive science growth through its statewide network, thanks to a five-year, $18.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

New Mexico IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research (INBRE) is housed at New Mexico State University, and collaborates with more than 10 partner institutions across the state.  One of the goals of the funding is to continue building a nationwide, multi-disciplinary research network that will enhance the biomedical research base with lead scientists, educators and students. This grantwill also go towards promoting community engagement research, addressing health disparities in medically underserved areas and provide student research experiences through summer programs. 

The NM-INBRE conducts biomedical research in thematic research areas that include: Structure and Function of Biomolecules; Cell and Organism; Pathogens; Bioinformatics and Genomics; Community-Based Participatory Research. Projects also align with the goal of advancing clinical/translational research that have “bench to bedside” and community components, focusing on critical health problems in Brain and Behavioral Health; Cancer; Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases; Child Health; Environmental Health; Infectious Disease and Immunity.

This is the fourth grant renewal for the New Mexico INBRE program, which has achieved significant outcomes and impacts over the years.  Since 2001, it has funded more than 70 faculty investigators across the state, has trained more than 920 students at partner institutions and has garnered a total of $118.5 million in research funding.

For the next five years, New Mexico INBRE plans to increase the number of biomedical research projects funded, grow and sustain a competitive, biomedical research base, plus provide cohesive undergraduate and graduate training programs. 

NM-INBRE Science Advisor Dr. Vallabh “Raj” Shah has been awarded a 5-year $3.5 million grant by the NIH to study kidney cancer 

Vallabh “Raj” Shah, PhD, Distinguished and Regents’ Professor in The University of New Mexico’s Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Internal Medicine, and Mark Unruh, MD, chair of Internal Medicine, will study risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) among Native Americans in the southwestern U.S. to determine whether any progress is being made

Shah — who has worked with Native Americans for more than 25 years — and Unruh formed a consortium of investigators with extensive experience in studying chronic diseases, including diabetes and kidney disease.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a five-year $3.5 million grant to fund the consortium in hopes of improving the understanding of potential risk factors for CKD and cardiovascular disease progression, as well as the impact of the disease among Native Americans.  Read More


New Mexico INBRE investigator Dr. Kevin Houston has been awarded $1 million by the NIH

New Mexico INBRE investigator Dr. Kevin Houston has been awarded a $1 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how GPER1-dependent mechanisms of tamoxifen action contribute to tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer cells. 

The goal of this multiyear study entitled “GPER1-Dependent Regulation of IGF-1R in Tamoxifen Treated Breast Cancer Cells” is to further characterize how GPER1 is involved in the development of tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer cells and to identify potential targets for future design of pharmaceutical treatments that can lessen the likelihood that resistance will develop in breast cancer patients that are treated with tamoxifen.

In addition, this funding will provide the resources necessary to encourage and support both undergraduate and graduate students in research training while they are completing their studies at NMSU.