Turpen Lab

Research Overview

The Nebraska INBRE Project is based on the development of the research capacity, infrastructure and state wide network supporting research activities at eleven institutions of higher education in Nebraska. The project was initiated in 2001 and is currently funded through April 30, 2014. The total cost for the current five year period is approximately $17.9 million. The project relies on collaborative research activity involving students and faculty on the baccalaureate campuses throughout the state, and support for technologically advanced core laboratories on the campuses of the research universities. The major goals of the NE-INBRE are aligned with the objectives of the NIH IDeA Program. These goals are to 1) “establish a multidisciplinary research network with a scientific focus, 2) “build and increase Nebraska’s research base and capacity, 3) “provide research opportunities for undergraduate students and serve as a pipeline for students to enter health research careers”, 4) promote research collaborations, 5) “provide outreach to underrepresented minority students, and 6) enhance science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce.

The scientific focuses of the project are based on the expertise present on the research campuses and the alignment of research projects developed by the undergraduate faculty with these areas. The scientific themes that bring the network together are Cell Signaling, Infectious Disease and Structural Biology and Biophysics. Collaborative arrangements between undergraduate faculty and research mentors are integral to the development of these areas and increasing the research base and capacity for Nebraska. An essential component of the project is the continuation of the INBRE Scholars program on the undergraduate campuses and the opportunities for these Scholars to matriculate in the PhD programs at the research universities. As of this date, 221 undergraduate students have participated in the Scholars program. One hundred thirty six Scholars have graduated. Forty four percent of these graduates have continued advanced study toward the PHD, 35% have entered professional schools and 15% have entered the scientific workforce in Nebraska.

Outreach activities to the Community Colleges has sought to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in the research enterprise and support disease specific initiatives. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is closely involved with the INBRE project particularly with respect to the emerging biotechnology industry in the State.

Lab Group Pictures

Dr. Turpen and Penni Davis with INBRE Scholar Erin Rosenbaugh
Dr. Turpen and Penni Davis with INBRE Scholar Erin Rosenbaugh. Erin is currently a PhD student at UNMC. 
A group of 2010 INBRE Scholars from throughout Nebraska
A group of 2010 INBRE Scholars from throughout Nebraska 

Lab Members
Turpen, James - PI INBRE - Professor & Vice Chair of Ed.
Saralyn, Fisher - Grant Protocol Associate