May 252023

The Hawaii INBRE Program will be hosting a 9-week Summer Bioinformatics Course from Wednesday, June 14 to Wednesday, August 9, 2023 via Zoom. We highly encourage all Student Research Experience (SRE) students to join in this exclusive experience. All students that complete the course will receive a certificate of completion that they can add to their resumes or CVs. Here is the course description:

Description: This introductory bioinformatics course from INBRE is designed for undergraduate students to gain technical training in bioinformatics. This course is focused on providing students with the necessary skills to learn R programming and utilize this software in their own biological data analysis. Through hands-on exercises and practical examples, they will gain proficiency in utilizing R to process, manipulate, and visualize data. Additionally, this course will cover essential concepts and techniques for performing a general genome analysis. No prior experience with R is necessary and by the end of the course, students will be equipped with the foundational knowledge and practical skills required to integrate bioinformatics into their own research projects. This course will be held via Zoom over a 9-week period. Links to the Zoom sessions will be given at a later date.

For further information, please refer to the attached course syllabus.


For any questions regarding the course, please contact Angelica Valdez ( and Dr. Jon-Paul Bingham ( Thank you!


May 052023

The INBRE Program Meeting and Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium held on April 21, 2023, was a great success with students expanding upon their academic activities. We had nearly 180 total attendees! A special “Thank you” to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the program.
Students, we hope you enjoyed the experience of networking with your peers, listening to the discussion by the panel of professionals, and presenting your poster. We had many faculty comments about the impressive quality of research and the manner of professional presentation – INBRE students you did yourself proud!

The scores are in for the Top 4 INBRE Undergraduate Student Poster Presentations. These students are invited to attend and participate in the NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico August 2 – 4, 2023.

Here are the top 4 scores:

  • Yuewen Ding, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Poster Title: “Production and Characterization of Pre-Fusion Ebola Virus Gp2 Expressed in Drosphila S2 Cells for Analysis of Vaccine-Induced Immune Responses
  • Jenna Spellman (with Nikki Zamani & Samantha Teramulo), University of Hawaii Maui College
    Poster Title: “Effects of Food Preservatives on Human Recombinant Lysozyme in Turbidimetric and Fluorescent Assays”
  • Emily Andrist, Hawaii Pacific University
    Poster Title: “Impact of Environmental Variability on Vibrio vulnificus
  • Finn Reil, University of Hawaii Hilo
    Poster Title: “New Syntheses and Chemistry of Diazo Compounds
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Yuewen Ding, Kapiolani Community College, UH Manoa
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Nikki Zamani, Jenna Spellman, & Samantha Teramulo, University of Hawaii Maui College
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Emily Andrist, Hawaii Pacific University

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Finn Reil, University of Hawaii Hilo
INBRE Admin Team
Front Row (left to right): Kari Kim, Grace Matsuura, Leighanne Felix, Mark Oandasan.
Second Row (left to right): Robert Nichols, Ben Fogelgren, Brad Jones, Peter Hoffman. Missing: Jane Onoye

2023 Biomedical Symposium Day 2 INBRE

Sep 202022

Application Due Date: November 2, 2022

Program Starting Date: May 15, 2023

Conference Date: July 24-26, 2023

Pay: up to $7200 for the summer (paid as hourly wage over the working dates of the program). Housing is included.

Information and link to the application (must create an account):

Aug 152022


Dates:  September 6 – November 15, 2022

Summary:  This learning research community is a 10-week series of asynchronous technical lectures and synchronous workshops to introduce health disparity researchers to data science through practical, hands-on training. Lectures will introduce fundamental principles and techniques of data science in order to extract useful information and knowledge from data. In parallel to lectures, workshop participants will also learn how to explore data, define cohorts and build participant-level datasets using the All of Us Researcher Workbench. Participants will also learn how to write reproducible and modular code with R, including programming best practices.


Aug 032022
INBRE RAIN student Aurora Davis receives the “Overall Best Quality” Award at this year’s CREATE Summer Internship Poster Presentation. Front to Back: Aurora Davis, (West Virginia INBRE), Annie Carper, (Idaho INBRE), and Christian Fernando Alonzo (UH Manoa). Dr. Peter Hoffmann served as Mentor for all three students.

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center’s CREATE Summer Internship program hosted their annual poster presentation on Friday, July 29, 2022. Twenty-three students presented their project posters at this event.

  • “The annual program provides hands-on summer research experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students residing in the Islands of Hawaii and the Pacific to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree and to consider a career to address health disparities and contribute to drug discovery” – CREATE Program

This year, Hawaii held its first Hawaii INBRE – RAIN Summer Exchange Program and invited two students, Aurora Davis (West Virginia) and Annie Carper (Idaho), to participate in the CREATE summer internship program. Aurora Davis received the Overall Best Quality Award for her poster presentation entitled, ‘PGM5 Expression In Liver Sinusoidal Endothelial Cells.’

Congratulations to Aurora Davis for her outstanding poster presentation and to all students and their mentors in the CREATE program for their commitment and hard work!!

To learn more about the CREATE program visit their website at:


  1. INBRE: Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence
  2. RAIN: Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks
  3. CREATE: Cancer Research Education, Advancement, Training and Empowerment

Aug 032022

The UHCC CREATE Summer Internship program hosted a poster presentation on Friday, July 28, 022 for the CREATE students to showcase their summer projects.  INBRE RAIN students Carper and Davis were able to participate in this program. 

Background info:  

Annie Carper (Idaho INBRE) and Aurora Davis (Virginia INBRE) both participated in the first Hawaii Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) – Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) Summer Exchange Program.  The summer program is with the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center’s, Cancer Research Education, Advancement, Training and Empowerment (CREATE) Summer Internship Program.  The CREATE Program provides hands-on summer research experiences and a multi-disciplinary curriculum to undergraduate students residing in the Islands of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific to reinforce their intent to graduate with a science degree and to consider a career to address health disparities and contribute to drug discovery. 

For further information about the CREATE program, please refer to their program website:

Photo of the UHCC Coordinator and INBRE team at the poster session:  Left to Right: Gertraud Maskarinec (CREATE Program Lead), Peter Hoffmann, Chi Ma, Christian Fernando Alonzo, Annie Carper, Aurora Davis, FuKun Hoffmann, Robert Nichols, Leighanne Felix

Apr 232021
The Biomedical Symposium was held virtually for the first time on April 15-16, 2021.  Despite some trepidation over holding the event online, the symposium was a tremendous success, with over 200 attendees in attendance for both days.
On Day 1 Drs. Peter Hoffmann and Saguna Verma had a monumental task of organizing and hosting 127 graduate presentations, (126 presenters), which ran at 5-minute intervals in two parallel sessions.  There was an assortment of topics from SARS-Cov-2, the H.O.M.E. Project, arthroplasties, various cancers, urogenital complications, substance abuse, depression, microbiome database development, studies anthropogenic changes to the Kailua Ahupuaʻa, census data analysis, to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Barbara Slusher, Professor of Neurology, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Medicine and Oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, shared a fascinating presentation on academia’s rising contribution to pharmaceutical discoveries. Dr. Slusher is the Director of Johns Hopkins Drug Discovery and is Co-founder of the International Consortium of Academic Drug Discovery with over 150 university-led translational centers.

Day 2 was sponsored by the INBRE Program, led by by Drs. Jon-Paul Bingham and Peter Hoffmann. The morning session began with welcomes by INBRE Principal Investigator Dr. Robert Nichols, and INBRE PATHway Director Dr. Jon-Paul Bingham, followed by a Panel Discussion led by PhD and Master’s Candidates, then followed by breakout rooms for INBRE students to “Meet the Mentors” for Q&A time with INBRE faculty.

The morning session concluded with Keynote Speaker Dr. Zoe Hammatt, JD, MPhil, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and President of Z Consulting, LLC. Dr. Hammatt’s talk on “An Introduction to Research Integrity,” covered the nuances and distinction of rules, regulations and guidelines of commonly accepted norms of research.

The afternoon session comprised of undergraduate poster presentations. There were 51 presentations (49 presenters), running at 15-minute intervals in 5 breakout rooms. Five minutes was allotted for Q&A. Research topics on Day 2 were equally diverse, examples include:
  • Machine learning and metabolomics;
  • Dicephalic parapagus imaging in conjoined twins;
  • Native Hawaiian health;
  • E-Cigarette Marketing and Use;
  • Vibrio vulnificus in the Ala Wai canal;
  • Trends on substance use among emerging young adults
Presentations were professionally done by all presenters. Thank you to the Biomedical Symposium Committee, INBRE judges, Moderators, and INBRE Admin Staff who helped make this symposium possible and a memorable event for all.

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Day 1 and Day 2 Keynote Speakers



(126 presenters) and Day 2 51 presentations, (49 presenters).