INBRE Scholars - Meet Emmalee Fishburn

June 18, 2012

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Emmalee Fishburn
Twenty-eight students from nine different undergraduate and community college programs have joined the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program this summer.

The program was created to:

  • Expose students to serious biomedical research;
  • Build a statewide biomedical research infrastructure between undergraduate and graduate institutions; and
  • Strengthen each undergraduate institution's infrastructure and increase its capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research.

Below, we get to know more about INBRE scholar Emmalee Fishburn.


  • Name: Emmalee Fishburn
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • University: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Science is exciting to me because it answers basic questions about life. I love asking questions and pursuing the answers. ... I would like to get a Ph.D. with either an emphasis in genetics and/or cancer research.

My ultimate goal is to work on a research team that revolutionizes how the scientific community regards cancer. I primarily hope that my research will help contribute to the growing knowledge that scientists have about disease.

Before college and the INBRE program, I hadn't even considered research as a career option. Not all universities are able to offer their undergraduates this kind of opportunity and I'm fortunate I am able to participate.

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Vicki Murphy
June 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

We are all so very proud of you and what you have accomplished....keep up the great job....someday I am sure that the cure for cancer & other medical problems along with the flukes with genetics can and will be solved with the determination of people like yourself We LOVE you and are so proud of you..... Aunt Vic