OK-INBRE Research Project Investigators

The OK-INBRE Developmental Research Project Program supports specific biomedical research projects conducted by investigators in the OK-INBRE network.  This is accomplished through a variety of research award mechanisms, including the Research Project Investigator (RPI) award that supports eight investigators (four from OUHSC and/or OMRF and four from the primarily undergraduate institutions).  The RPI awards are awarded at $100,000 per year for two and a half years before a competitive renewal review cycle is required.  All OK-INBRE supported projects must align with the OK-INBRE scientific research themes that span the areas of Cancer, Developmental Biology, and Infectious Diseases. Scientific Advisors for the RPI awardees oversee research progress, help with identifying external funding opportunities, and help to guide the RPIs as they generate an Individual Development Plan for their career trajectory.  

Nesreen Alsbou, OUHSC 
Microbubbles-associated traumatic brain injury detection using portable and low-cost microwave imaging system (Funded 2021 - 2024)

Vishal Chandra, OUHSC 
Localized delivery of SHetA2 for prevention of endometrial carcinogenesis (Funded 2021 - 2024)

Tomoharu Kanie, OUHSC 
Characterization of the ciliary vesicle in cilium biogenesis (Funded 2021 - 2024)

Cammi Valdez, NSU 
Investigating diabetic retinopathy: New tool and mouse model development (Funded 2021 - 2024)

Mohammad Hossan, UCO
Flow analysis of a bioresorbably pipeline embolization device for treatment of aneurysms (Funded 2020 - 2024)

Maria Ruiz Echevarria, OUHSC 
RNA interference (RNAi) of global androgen signaling targeting prostate cancer (Funded 2020 - 2024)

Naushad Ali,OUHSC 
Tasquinimod and Nivolumab Combined Immunotherapy for Liver Cancer (Funded 2019 - 2021)

Shaoning Jiang, OUHSC 
Developmental programming of mitochondrial biogenesis in maternal diabetes: Role of AMPK (Funded 2019 - 2021)

Scott Mattison, UCO
Optical coherence vibrometry guided design of computational cochlear mechanics models (Funded 2019 - 2021)

Horrick Sharma, SWOSU 
Development of small molecules targeting cancer metabolism (Funded 2019 - 2024)

Sapna Das-Bradoo, NSU
Role of Mcm10 in the maintenance of genome stability (Funded 2016 - 2021)

Lauren Zenewicz, OUHSC 
Regulation of C. difficile infection by the cytokine interleukin-22 (IL-22) (Funded 2016 - 2020)

Lilian Chooback, UCO
Development of new antibiotics: Inhibiting Escherichia coli dihydrodipicolinate S (Funded 2016 - 2019)

Zachary Dalebroux, OUHSC 
Salmonella cardiolipins for resistance and evasion of innate immunity (Funded 2016 - 2019)

Kyeorda Kemp, NSU
Elucidating the mechanism of how 4µ8c effects type 2 cytokines (Funded 2016 - 2018)

Mohiuddin Ahmad, OUHSC 
Septo-hippocampal circuitry in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders (Funded 2015 - 2019)

J. Kimble Frazer, OUHSC 
Molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis and treatment resistance in Burkitt Lymphoma (Funded 2014 - 2019)

Morshed Khandaker, UCO
Effect of nanoscale surface treatments on the biomechanical performances of titanium implant (Funded 2014 - 2019)

Joseph Ahlander, NSU
Ard1 control of cell survival and cancer progression in drosophila (Funded 2014 - 2016)

Noah Butler, OUHSC 
Memory T cell-mediated protection against malaria (Funded 2014 - 2016)

Susana Chavez-Bueno, OUHSC 
Identification of virulence factors in E coli strains causing neonatal sepsis (Funded 2014 - 2016)

Anna Csiszar, OUHSC 
IGF-1, NDA repair and neoplasia (Funded 2014 - 2015)

Jicheng Fu, UCO
Personalized pressure ulcer prevention for spinal cord-injured wheelchair users (Funded 2011 - 2016)

Kevin Wang, NSU
Low cost clot-dissolving protein from transgenic plants for stroke treatment (Funded 2011 - 2016)

M. Omar Faruk Khan, SWOSU 
Cyclen based novel antimalarial agents (Funded 2011 - 2014)

Jennifer Peck, OUHSC 
Arsenic exposure and gestational diabetes (Funded 2011 - 2014)

Christopher Sansam, OMRF
TopBP1 complexes in DNA replication and the chemotherapy response (Funded 2011 - 2013)

Yih-Kuen Jan, OUHSC 
Autonomic and microvascular functions and pressure ulcers in spinal cord injury (Funded 2011 - 2012)

Wei-Qun Ding, OUHSC 
The Role of SOD-1 in Docosahexaenoic Acid-Induced Cytotoxicity in Cancer Cells (Funded 2009 - 2014)

Cindy Cisar, NSU
Antibiotic Resistance in Coliforms (Funded 2009 - 2011)

Igor Dozmorov, OMRF
Functional Signature of Multidrug Resistance of Bladder Tumor Cells (Funded 2009 - 2011)

Jaehoon Seong, UCO
MRI Flow Study in the Silicone Replicas of Human Carotid Bifurcation with Age (Funded 2009 - 2011)

John West, OUHSC 
Vaccine-Targeted Identification of Fitness Determinants in the HIV-1 Envelope (Funded 2009 - 2011)

Jessica Martin, NSU
Isolation and Structural Characterization of Marine Fungal Siderophores (Funded 2007 - 2014)

Tim Hubin, SWOSU 
Development and Screening of Transition Metal Complexes as CXCR4 Antagonists (Funded 2006 - 2011)

Susannah Rankin, OMRF
Sister Chromatid Cohesion and the Origin of Tetraploidy (Funded 2006 - 2011)

Dennis Frisby, CU
Regulation of Chlinergic Function in Caenorhabditis elegans (Funded 2006 - 2009)

Christopher Pritchett, NSU
Identification of Mycobacterium Marinum Virulence Genes Using a Modified STM Protocol (Funded 2006 - 2007)

Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, OMRF
In Vivo Localization of Anthrax Toxins by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Funded 2006 - 2007)

Wei Chen, UCO
Mechanistic study on synergistic photo-immunological effects of laser immunotherapy for metastatic cancers (Funded 2004 - 2009)

Carla Guthridge, CU
Characterization of NAG Expression and Functions (Funded 2004 - 2009)

Jason Johnson, SWOSU 
Mechanisms of Synchronization: Vestigial Paths to Urea Cycle Deficiences? (Funded 2004 - 2009)

William McShan, OUHSC 
Regulation of Mismatch Repair in Streptococus Pyogenes (Funded 2004 - 2009)

Lurdes Queimado, OUHSC 
The Role of MMS19 in DNA Repair and Trnascription (Funded 2004 - 2009)

Arden Aspedon, SWOSU 
Identification and characterization of molecular genetic determinants mediating osmoadaption in pseudomonas aeruginosa (Funded 2004 - 2006)

Nancy Paiva, SE
Study of the biosynthesis of medicinal and nutritional plant metabolites using functional genomics and bioinformatics (Funded 2004 - 2006)

Rheal Towner, OMRF
Can antioxidants prevent brain tumor development?: In vivo magnetic resonance (MRI/MRS) evaluation (Funded 2004 - 2006)

Karen Wendel, OUHSC 
Differences in vaginal microbial ecology in women with and without bacterial vaginosis (Funded 2004 - 2006)

Sonya Williams, LU
Characterization of microglial expression of cytokines as a result of age related loss of E2 (Funded 2004 - 2006)