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RIC faculty members leading six INBRE research projects


Six RIC faculty members are lead investigators for the latest RI-INBRE research projects in molecular toxicology, cell biology and behavioral science. Many of the projects feature student participation.

Here are the project leaders and the titles of their projects (linked to the RI-INBRE website):

• Karen Almeida, associate professor of chemistry – “Implications of DNA Replication Fork Proteins for Cancer,” a collaborative project in molecular toxicology.

• Deborah Britt, assistant professor of biology – “Defining a Role for Bcp1 in the DNA Damage Response of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae,” a faculty-development project in molecular toxicology.

• Rebeka Merson, assistant professor of biology – “Gene Divergence of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptors (AHR) in Early Vertebrates,” a student-training project in molecular toxicology.

• Sarah Spinette, assistant professor of biology – “Investigating the Significance of Novel Forms of Ufd2a to Muscle Differentiation,” a student-training project in cell biology.

• Thomas Malloy, professor of psychology – “An Experimental Test of the Intergroup Relations Model: Understanding the Origins of Intergroup Conflict,” a student-training project in behavioral science.

• Robin Montvilo, professor of psychology – “Internet-Based Addiction Counselor Education Study,” a student-training project in behavioral science.


INBRE is an acronym for Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The RI-INBRE network supports and develops talented individuals committed to research careers in Rhode Island, and helps build the biomedical research capacity of Rhode Island institutions.

RI-INBRE is based at the University of Rhode Island and is housed at the College of Pharmacy. In addition to Rhode Island College, participating research institutions include Brown University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island.