SC INBRE target faculty will receive financial support for their research programs and work with senior faculty mentors across the network who help the faculty develop both their research programs and their academic careers. Participating undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors who guide the development of these students’ research projects and advise the students on graduate school and scientific career options.
SC INBRE will also help renovate biomedical-engineering research labs for students and faculty at USC’s College of Engineering and Computing, where the recently established biomedical-engineering degree program needs space and upgrades to allow the program to expand.
The program will also support a bioinformatics core that will fund pilot projects, provide bioinformatics services to network investigators, and organize courses, seminars and symposia to promote the application of bioinformatics to research across the network. Bioinformatics is the application of statistics and computer science to the field of molecular biology.
In addition, the administrative core of SC INBRE will continue to organize and manage the Postdoctoral Academic Career Development (PACD) program, which provides support to postdoctoral fellows who engage in both research and teaching activities across the network.
“The success of SC INBRE hinges on the enthusiastic cooperation and the hard work of a large team of dedicated individuals,” Pirisi-Creek said. “I am very grateful for the unwavering support I received from this large and diverse team during the past four years, the last one in particular. I look forward to five more years of exciting initiatives, expanded opportunities for research, training and increased collaboration and diversity within the network.”