INBRE Scholars -- Meet Sean West

July 05, 2012

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Sean West
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 Sean West.


  • Name: Sean West
  • Hometown: Omaha
  • School: University of Nebraska at Omaha

When I was four, I lived in Connecticut. Every year, we went to see dolphin shows. While growing up I thought I wanted to be a "dolphin feeder." That was until we met a dolphin feeder from one of the shows also working at a Chili's restaurant. Since then, I've wanted to be a researcher in cancer and let my obsession with sea life go.

I intend on getting either a Ph.D. or M.D. If I do go to graduate school, it will most likely be in bioinformatics, because I enjoy merging the technical and statistical side of science with the computational powers of computers.

I hope the INBRE program gives me experience doing research, as well as the knowledge of what research needs.

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