The Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP) selects and supports the most promising meritorious biomedical research in Idaho. Idaho INBRE’s broad and inclusive scientific theme, Cell Signaling, best serves investigators from a variety of research areas. To accommodate diverse research/teaching appointments in the network institutions, three stratified levels of faculty research participation, each with specific obligatory milestones, are available. Sustainable investigator independence is the ultimate goal.

Although faculty at the research-intensive institutions are eligible, emphasis is to 1) strengthen the research environment at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), 2) integrate research into the PUI educator’s career, and 3) expose PUI students to meritorious research.


Research Project Investigator:

Requires ≥ 50% effort in research.


Pilot Project Investigator:

Requires ≥ 25% effort in research.
A pilot project can be an on-ramp to being a research project investigator.


Student Research Mentor:

Requires <20% effort in research.
These educators focus on providing undergraduate students high-impact participatory research experiences.

INBRE-4 Researchers

In alphabetical order.

Charles Addo-Quaye, Ph.D.

Lewis-Clark State College

In silico characterization of microRNAs in large-scale natural variation studies”

Jennifer Chase, Ph.D.

Northwest Nazarene University

 “Modeling metabolism of cultured uterine cells to understand fertility”

Luke Daniels, Ph.D.

The College of Idaho

“Understanding drug resistance in glioma tumors”


Mark Gunderson, Ph.D.

The College of Idaho

“Developing an invertebrate ecotoxicological model using signal crayfish”

Jerry Harris, Ph.D.

Northwest Nazarene University

“Enhancement of ZnO antibacterial properties by incorporation of plant extracts”

Ayokunle Hodonu, D.A.

Northwest Nazarene University

“Interactions of estradiol, progesterone, and insulin in regulation of uterine glycogen metabolism”


Ben Johnson, Ph.D.

Boise State University

“Strategies to Mitigate Fibrous Encapsulation of Neural Implants”

Nancy Johnston, Ph.D.

Lewis-Clark State College

“Volatile Organic Compounds and Sulfur Monitoring of Northwest wildfire smoke and ambient air – implications on human health”

Seth Long, Ph.D.

Lewis-Clark State College

“Retinal Neural Analysis with the GeForce RTX GPU”

Luke Montrose, Ph.D.

Boise State University

“A pilot study to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effect of exercise in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease” 

Barry Myers, Ph.D.

Northwest Nazarene University

“Machine Learning to Detect Prostate Cancer”

Paul Rowley, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Novel Killer Toxins and their Efficacy Against Drug-Resistant Candida glabrata

Amy Skibiel, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Mitochondrial signaling and activity in relation to milk synthesis across lactation”

Danny Xu, Ph.D.

Idaho State University

“Modulating Cisplatin-Induced Inner Ear Hair Cell Apoptosis Signaling”

Best Practices for Providing Undergraduate Student Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

A White Paper developed by the Idaho INBRE Program 2020 Blue Ribbon Task Force:
Professor of Biology Jane S Finan, Lewis-Clark State College
Professor Biology Sara Heggland, The College of Idaho
Professor Chemistry Daniel Nogales, Northwest Nazarene University, Chair

Undergraduate student research is a high-impact practice proven to enrich the college experience, increase retention, and make learning relevant. High-quality STEM education includes faculty-student research that investigates problems with unknown solutions. The following best practices come from two decades of developing, expanding, and sustaining undergraduate student research opportunities in Idaho and include several practices set by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Read the White Paper HERE

Lewis-Clark State College Addendum to the White Paper

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