INBRE scholars: Meet Karl Krieser

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Karl Krieser
Twenty-two undergraduate students are spending the summer at UNMC doing research.

They are called INBRE scholars and are part of the largest grant in UNMC history.

Today we feature Karl Krieser, a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in bioinformatics.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up here in Omaha and went to high school at Millard North High School. Currently at UNO I am on the golf team.

Has science always been a part of your life?

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I have always thoroughly enjoyed science, whether it was taking extra science classes at school or reading to try and learn more. Ever since I was little I knew science was going to be my career path.

Why did you choose to participate in the INBRE program?
I chose the INBRE program because a couple of my professors suggested that I apply for the scholarship/internship. This program fits perfectly to my interest and my desired future career.

What do you hope to gain from the program?
I hope to gain an insight on what medical research is all about and find areas where I can improve to be a better researcher. This kind of experience will not only expand the way I think, but help me decide exactly what I want in the future.


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The INBRE program

Twenty-two students from 11 different undergraduate and community college programs have joined the Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)/ Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) program. The INBRE/BRIN program is overseen by James Turpen, Ph.D., a professor in UNMC's Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and principal investigator of the $17.2 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the program.

Established in 2001, the INBRE program was created to expose students to serious biomedical research, build a statewide biomedical research infrastructure between undergraduate and graduate institutions and to strengthen undergraduate institution's infrastructure and increase its capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research.

The students, referred to as INBRE scholars, enter the program after completing their sophomore year of college upon recommendation by their college professors. The students are given a two-year scholarship and spend 10 weeks each summer conducting research on either their home campus or at UNMC, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Creighton University.

At the end of the summer the students attend the INBRE annual meeting where they will give an oral presentation.