Recent NM-INBRE News

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


National Institute of General Medical Sciences debuts Pathways

 

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is excited to debut Pathways, from NIGMS and Scholastic, Inc. Pathways is a collection of free materials that teaches students about basic science and career pathways. Check out these resources, including a student magazine featuring researchers funded by NIGMS: Pathways.


New Mexico INBRE students are selected to attend NIH enrichment week program

Two students from one of New Mexico INBRE partner institutions were selected to attend the NIH enrichment week program.  Arantxa Curley and Chantelle Yazzie from San Juan College were invited to visit the NIH for the Annual NIH Visit week in Bethesda, MD.  The Annual NIH Visit Week is a one-week summer enrichment program to expose Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students to the National Institutes of Health and to biomedical research and healthcare careers. Selected students will participate in science career workshops, interactions in selected NIH laboratories and clinical research settings, a science journal club, informational interviews and professional networking and NIH internship opportunities throughout the week. Arantxa was motivated to apply by her professor,  “I’ve been applying to many internships and this visit week has been on my top  5 to go to and I am excited it’s happening!”  Chantelle saw this internship as a way to learn more about NIH, “My main motivation for applying to NIH was to learn more about the opportunities that are available in my field of study.”  The NIH visit week took place in from the 24 to the 28th of June, 2019.  Both students said that this program exceeded their expectations and recommends students to apply next year, “I recommend to get a great experience of the NIH Visit summer enrichment program because it was an eye opener for me as well as it can be for anyone who plan to go in the pathway of any type of biomedical, research, health field for their future career/academic goals,” Arantxa said.  For more information on the NIH enrichment program, please visit: https://www.nih.gov


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. 


Drug discovered by New Mexico INBRE’s UNM Liaison Dr. Eric Prossnitz and former NM-INBRE Director Dr. Jeff Arterburn could lead to new cancer treatments

Fifteen years after a chance meeting started their partnership, a compound Jeffrey Arterburn, and Eric Prossnitz discovered may lead to new skin cancer treatments.

Arterburn, a Regents professor in chemistry and biochemistry at New Mexico State University, and Prossnitz, a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, met after a regional scientific conference in 2003. Arterburn told Prossnitz about some compounds he had developed that might help Prossnitz’s research. The two quickly realized that their work dovetailed nicely. Complete Article


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NM-INBRE INVESTIGATOR RODOLFO TELLO-ABURTO

Congratulations to Dr. Rodolfo Tello-Aburto, one of our INBRE investigators for recently receiving federal funding by NIH for his R15 entitled “Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Peptide Beta-Lactones as Proteasome Inhibitors and Anticancer Agents“.