The South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN), led by the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been awarded a $16.92 million five-year continuation grant from the National Institute of Health for student and faculty research in cell biology, according to a press release.

The project offers research opportunities for students and faculty at all SD BRIN partner institutions, including Dakota Wesleyan University.

Developing human resources and research talent in the areas of biomedical sciences and bioinformatics remains a goal of SD BRIN. This grant continues NIH’s long-term support provided to SD BRIN since 2002 that totals nearly $57 million.

“Our part of the five-year grant will allow six DWU students to get undergraduate research positions over each of the next five summers,” said Paula Mazzer, DWU professor in the biochemistry department. “The students can work with any of the BRIN partners in the state.”

The grant also provides resources for undergraduate research at DWU. Some of the funds also support the inclusion of course-based undergraduate experiences (C.U.R.E.s) in some laboratory classes.

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The renewal includes alterations and renovation money for the DWU to outfit a science innovation lab in DWU’s new School of Business, Innovation and Leadership, which is set to open in the fall of 2021.

SD BRIN is directed by Barbara E. Goodman, Ph.D., professor of physiology in the Division of Basic Biomedical sciences at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.