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NIC students win honors at biomedical research conference

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North Idaho College students Brianna Melendreras, Sean Baines and Heather Kimm gather for a photo at the Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) research conference in Boise. The students won first place in the student choice division North Idaho College students Brianna Melendreras, Sean Baines and Heather Kimm gather for a photo at the Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) research conference in Boise. The students won first place in the student choice division

North Idaho College students recently earned honors at a state conference for biomedical research students.

Three North Idaho College science students won first place in the student choice division of the eighth annual Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) research conference in Boise Aug. 3-5.

NIC students Brianna Melendreras of Post Falls and Sean Baines and Heather Kimm of Coeur d’Alene presented a research poster based on their work in the INBRE Scholars program. The “Matters of the Heart: Anthracyclines and Cardiotoxicity” poster reflected the students’ two-week internship in the Boise State University laboratory researching manipulation of a particular gene to potentially change the toxic side effects of anthracycline cancer treatment on the heart.

The NIC students are among 12 total selected from higher education institutions across the state for the two-week INBRE Scholars program.

In addition, NIC graduate and current student at the University of Idaho student Mason Frederickson from Coeur d’Alene won first place in the faculty choice division for his research on “Oligonucleotide and Peptide Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles.” Mason participated in the INBRE Fellows program, which grants students $5,000 for a 10-week research experience at the University of Idaho.

A record number of past and current NIC students presented at this year’s conference.

Current NIC students who presented posters included INBRE Fellows Bryne Rush of Post Falls and Hannah Edwards of Rathdrum as well as INBRE Interns Ben Carleton, Tom Croschere and Emily Fowler of Coeur d’Alene.

NIC graduates Matt Horner-Green (Washington State University) and Sara Winzer (University of Idaho) from Coeur d’Alene, Veronica Hendricks (University of Idaho) from St. Maries and Brice Sumner (University of Idaho) from Priest River all presented as well.

INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is designed to give undergraduate students with interest and aptitude the opportunity to gain research experience in biomedical science. The conference was sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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