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.


Developmental Research Project
(DRP) 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

Jared Barrott, Ph.D.

Idaho State University

“Bioprinting 3D sarcoma organoids on a liquid-liquid interface to promote functional precision medicine”

Jennifer Chase, Ph.D.

Northwest Nazarene University

 “Modeling cancer and metabolic syndrome effects in cultured uterine cell lines” / “Harnessing of deep-diving seal cardioprotective factors as novel therapy for myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury” (RAIN)

Luke Daniels, Ph.D.

The College of Idaho

“Cellular Crosstalk Between Glioma and Blood-brain Barrier Endothelia”


Mark Gunderson, Ph.D.

The College of Idaho

“Developing an invertebrate ecotoxicological model using signal crayfish”

Tyler Bland, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“CHRM3 is a biomarker and drug target in chemoresistant lung cancer”

Jay Radke, Ph.D.

Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation

“Interrogating Cell Signaling Pathways during Ad14p1 Lung Pathogenesis”

Julia Martin, Ph.D.

Idaho State University

“Determine the role in Ca in Mn homeostasis and bacterial capsule biogenesis”

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

“Quantitative image analysis to determine the function of selected microglia-expressed genes in retinal development and regeneration”

Sara Heggland, Ph.D.

The College of Idaho

“Effects of e-cigarette flavors on the extracellular matrix and viability of lung fibroblasts and osteoblasts” 

Barrie Robison, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Idaho INBRE SARS-CoV-2 variant surveillance using viral genome sequencing and analyses”

Richard Beard, Ph.D.

Boise State University

“Cellular Crosstalk Between Glioma and Blood-brain Barrier Endothelia ”

Diana Mitchell, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Quantitative image analysis to determine the function of selected microglia-expressed genes in retinal development and regeneration”

Amy Skibiel, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Idaho INBRE Women’s health: contribution of mammary mitochondrial dysfunction to poor milk production in diabetic mothers”

Nick Vietri, M.D.

Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation

“An in vitro characterization of the effect of antibiotics used to treat Clostridium septicum on toxin production and gene expression”

Kristopher Waynant, Ph.D.

University of Idaho

“Catalytic C-H Carboxylation and Decarboxylations towards the Development of APIs”

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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