Published 08/11/15

NIH grants fuel biomedical research project

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has approved a project Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Christopher Reid, Ph.D.’s students presented at a conference this summer.

"The research that will be going into this grant and is part of the patent has been driven by the hard work of the undergraduates in the laboratory."

Working through the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), part of the NIH IDeA program, Reid and Jennifer Brewster ’16, James Gravier ’19, and  Keyana Roohani ’17 are characterizing the mode of action of several lead compounds that show promise of being antibiotics against pathogens such as MRSA or pneumonia.

These external grants fund 100 percent of Reid’s research and provide the funds for summer undergraduate research fellowships that support experiences in the laboratory.  Without this funding from RI-INBRE, Reid says, he and his team would not be able to do this work and would not have met their Brown University collaborator, Amit Basu, Ph.D. They recently filed a provisional patent for the new compounds and their work is under preparation to be incorporated into a manuscript to be submitted in the fall.

The team will be applying this fall for an NIH R-21 grant – a step that would not have been possible were it not for the support from RI-INBRE, Reid said. “The research that will be going into this grant and is part of the patent has been driven by the hard work of the undergraduates in the laboratory,” says Reid.