Three North Idaho College students win awards at statewide biomedical research conference


Moscow, ID – Michael Camerino, Alyssa Holmes, and Jack Krusemark, all three Coeur d’Alene area locals, took home prestigious awards for their summer research at North Idaho College during the 2017 Idaho INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Summer Research Conference last week. Krusemark won third-place in the Industry Intern division while Holmes snagged the first-place prize. Camerino was awarded honorable mention by faculty in the Fellow research division.

Krusemark’s project, titled “Development of a wide pore silica gel” was voted third-place by over 200 faculty and students from the 11 participating Idaho higher-education institutions at the conference. Krusemark did his research at Strategic Scientific Consulting under John Weiser, housed at the University of Idaho Harbor Center. Holmes’ project, titled “Use of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor for treatment of depression” won the first-place prize in the same category. Holmes spent her summer researching at Medicine Man Pharmacy. Camerino’s project, titled “Genetic Mechanism of the neuro-synaptic pathway in the rod circuit” received honorable mention by faculty vote. Camerino was in Dr. Peter Fuerst’s lab at North Idaho College. The conference served as the capstone event for their work this summer.

To be selected as Industry Interns and Fellows for the Idaho INBRE program was a tremendous accomplishment for all three students. Not only that, but there were 12 other students at the conference who spent their summer out in the field as Industry Interns like Holmes and Krusemark, or in an NIC lab like Camerino. Several hundred students from across the state competed to gain a spot in the 10-week research program at one of the 11 higher-education institutions in Idaho.

The INBRE Program has the express purpose to increase Idaho’s competitiveness for federal biomedical research funding and to improve the quality of biomedical education in the state.  It is a collaborative effort of research-intensive institutions to sponsor research and science-based educational opportunities with primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges. Ten Idaho institutions and the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation participate in an unprecedented network of research and educational collaborations. INBRE creates an environment for Idahoans with the talent and desire to solve health problems through research to do so. Idaho INBRE is funded through a competitive grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences at NIH.

Congratulations to Michael Camerino, Alyssa Holmes, Jack Krusemark, and their fellow North Idaho College peers, on their outstanding work as 2017 Idaho INBRE Industry Interns and Fellows!


Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

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