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Adi Dubash secures funding for undergraduate research

Adi Dubash, Department of Biology.

Last updated March 23, 2023

By Tina Underwood

Adi Dubash, the Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Associate Professor of Biology at Furman University, was recognized in SC INBRE Weekly News, which announced two awards he has received to support his research.

The first is an internal, one-year, Furman-granted INBRE Faculty Fellows award for $10,500, which will help fund Dubash’s cardiac research.

The second is a three-year R15 award from the NIH National Institute for General Medicine Sciences (NIGMS) for $364,000, which will support Dubash’s cancer research. Specifically, the NIH NIGMS grant funds Dubash’s project focused on desmosome-regulated ECM attachment and migration in keratinocytes and epidermal cancer cells.

Dubash, a former SC INBRE Developmental Research Project awardee, expressed his appreciation for SC INBRE in a communique. “I want to sincerely thank you for all your support and continually helpful feedback over the past few years,” he wrote. “There is simply no way I could have successfully competed for R15 funding without my prior INBRE awards. I am deeply indebted and grateful to you and everyone on the SC INBRE team for helping me achieve this milestone.”

An R15 is a NIH Research Enhancement Award that supports small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support.

SC INBRE’s goal is to increase the research capacity in the biomedical sciences across the state. SC INBRE is funded through an $18.9 million grant from the NIH IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and consists of 14 member institutions. SC INBRE is administered at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.

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