Furman University awarded grants to support biomedical research

Faculty mentors and undergraduate students will benefit from the new round of funding from NIH-supported SC INBRE. Pictured: Biology professor Alison Roark with student Parker Murphy.

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GREENVILLE, S.C.—Three Furman University Department of Biology faculty have each received research grants of $72,000 from the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) program for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Biology professors Adi Dubash (“Desmoplakin Harnesses Rho GTPase and p38 MAPK Signaling to Coordinate Cell Migration”), Linnea Freeman (“Sex Differences in Microgliosis: The Role of Gut Microbes”) and Alison Roark (“Interspecific Communication Between Anemones and Their Algal Symbionts”) each received competitive funding from the SC INBRE Developmental Research Program (DRP). Effective July 1, 2018, the awards will be applied to biomedical investigations conducted with undergraduate researchers on the Furman campus.

Among 14 South Carolina primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) eligible to submit applications, Freeman and Roark successfully competed for the two awards made during the 2018-19 award cycle. In addition, Dubash was renewed for a second year of funding following an initial award in July 2017.

Said John Wheeler, Associate Provost for Integrative Science and Principal Investigator of Furman’s INBRE program, “The SC INBRE DRP program has committed more than $730,000 in competitive research funding to Furman faculty since 2015. This is in addition to $1.3 million Furman will receive via the INBRE mechanism supporting undergraduate research access across all departments engaged in biomedical research between 2015 and 2020.

The awards are a testament to the quality of professional scholarship conducted by Furman faculty and students contributing to the mission of the National Institutes of Health.”

SC INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the goal of increasing the biomedical research capacity of the state. The program office directly supports 13 network and four outreach institutions, and provides educational, workplace and career development, and hands-on research training. Learn more at: https://sites.google.com/view/scinbre.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107 and vince.moore@furman.edu.