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

Mar 062023

We are excited to announce that the registration for the 2023 Annual Biomedical Science & Health Disparities Symposium is now OPEN! The symposium will occur April 20 – 21, 2023, both virtually and in-person. 

Event Description: The Annual Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium attracts some of the top health science research and ideas from throughout academia in Hawaii. Medical Students, Residents, Medical Fellows, Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Undergraduates are invited to present their work. Research Associates and Faculty are encouraged to attend. The Symposium will have both virtual and live components this year. Friends and family may attend the online event. The live, in-person poster sessions will be closed to the general public.

Day 1 : April 20, 2023 (Mixed Format)

  • Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Researchers (In-Person posters in Sullivan Center)
  • Medical Students, Residents, and Medical Fellows (5 min Powerpoint presentations via Zoom)
  • Keynote Seminar (In MEB 315 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM, also available via Zoom)

Day 2 : April 21, 2023 (In-Person)

  • INBRE Student Research Experience (SRE) Students
  • Undergraduate Students, Community College Students

For more information about the conference or to register, see the website: deadline to submit an abstract is Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email If you are affiliated with INBRE, please email



Dec 202022

The MHRT program provides directed reading coursework and research projects in topics focused on global health, tropical medicine, infectious diseases and community-based participatory research for undergraduates (juniors and seniors), graduate students and Ola HAWAII junior faculty (see attached flyer).
For instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at

If you or your students have any questions about the program please visit our website at  or contact us at

The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 8, 2023.  

MHRT Program


Nov 142022

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Internship Applications have opened! 
There are intern postings in the following categories/groups:

  • Arias Group
  • Computational Microscopy
  • Data Science (ID)
  • Data Science (QCS)
  • Jacobo Group
  • Leonetti Group
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Protein Sciences
  • Royer Group
  • Theory Group

How to Apply:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the position you want to apply for.
  3. Click on the “Apply Now” button in the upper right corner.
  4. Fill out and submit the application! 

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