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IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)



The goal of North Dakota INBRE is to build biomedical research capacity by serving research universities, baccalaureate institutions, and tribal colleges within the state. Biomedical sciences under INBRE includes research on health and the environment and is inclusive of the following themes: pesticides and non-mammalian biomarkers, nutrition, growth, and development, and genetic factors.   For more information on ND INBRE go to

NDSU INBRE will achieve the goal of ND INBRE by working with tribal colleges within the state to provide outreach, engagement, research training in the desired capacity, and mentorship to each of the tribal colleges in North Dakota through NDSU INBRE Projects. These projects include: Research Training Modules (RTMs), the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), and the Tribal Air Quality Pilot Study (one tribal college only), along with other developments.   

INBRE Communication Flow Chart


The vision of NDSU INBRE is to recruit and retain American Indian students in science research with a particular focus on biomedical sciences.

NDSU INBRE Mission Statement

The mission of NDSU INBRE is to increase the representation of American Indians in research careers.  We accomplish this through our key values.   


  • Respect- for program staff, TCU Faculty/Staff and students, and respect for student aspirations, goals, and opinions
  • Honesty- transparency with all projects and stakeholders
  • Motivation- to carry out the vision and mission of NDSU INBRE 



Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Master of Public Health Program.  Topic areas include public health, community-based participatory research, health disparities.

Andrea Huseth-Zosel, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor.  Topic areas of expertise include public health and social determinants of health.

Kalidas Shetty, PhD, Plant Sciences.  Topic areas of expertise include plant science, food systems, traditional indigenous foods, medicinal plants, etc.

Bernhardt Saini-Eidukat, PhD, Department of Geosciences.  Topic areas of expertise include air quality, minerology, erionite exposure, etc.

Shafiqur Rahman, PhD, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering.  Topic areas of expertise include air quality, particulate exposure (key issue in western ND), etc.

Siobhan Wescott, MD/MPH, Topic areas include, public health, health promotion and disease prevention, health disparities, and vitamin deficiencies.


Pearl Walker, MPH, INBRE Project Manager.  Assists and coordinates in presenting the SURP curriculum, coordinates planning and delivery of the RTMs according to TCU preference, provides assistance in coordinating the Tribal Air Quality Pilot project, and conducts TCU outreach and engagement. 

Ryan Eagle, PH Research Project Manager, American Indian Public Health Resource Center.  Mr. Eagle’s role is in tribal research training and agenda development, and his role in tribal engagement in research development will be vital to the success of INBRE activities.

Vanessa Tibbitts, MA, PH Education Project Manager, American Indian Public Health Resource Center.  Ms. Tibbitts’ role is in Tribal College outreach and public health curriculum development, and her role will be vital to the success of INBRE activities. 

Allison Goldenstein, MPH (c), INBRE Graduate Assistant.  Assist the Project Manager, PI, faculty mentors and other key stakeholders in meeting INBRE program objectives.  The research capacity and expertise of the GA will be developed and enhanced through participation in INBRE.


Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Goal: TCU students have the opportunity to explore research programs, methods, career opportunities, education strategies for success, and meet potential mentors.

NDSU INBRE hosted its first SURP at the NDSU campus and at UND June 1-June 12, 2015.  This program is for ND TCU students only. INBRE’s SURP 2018 will run June 4-15, 2018 at NDSU. Expenses for SURP are covered by INBRE and students that complete the program receive a stipend. 

The 2 week program has many benefits such as being featured in the monthly newsletter and networking with faculty-researchers and student-researchers.  This year, students will have the option to earn college credit for participation in the program. 

The program includes the following activities:   

  • An introduction to public health
  • Lab tours
  • Faculty-mentor pairing
  • Case study and research ethics training
  • An introduction to indigenous research methods
  • Writing workshops
  • Professional development 
  • Team building 
  • Final oral or poster presentation 

INBRE covers the costs of meals, housing, travel assistance, and a stipend, and the course credit (optional).   

Please contact the INBRE Project Manager for questions, or 701.231.6111.

SURP 2016 Images

SURP 2015 Pictures


Tribal Air Quality Pilot Study (Fort Berthold only)

Goal: Provide partnership with Nueta-Hidatsa-Sahnish College, ( promotion of student research, and provide the opportunity for continuity and further development of research capacity at Nueta-Hidatsa-Sahnish College (NHSC).  

There have been significant concerns of air quality in the western half of North Dakota in regards to petroleum development.  The development has caused an increase in dust particulates and minerals in the air and has called the attention to potential increases in upper respiratory infections and related ailments.  The partnership between NHSC and NDSU INBRE is to begin investigating these concerns on the Tribal Air Quality Pilot Study.  Two NHSC will be working with NDSU Faculty researchers to collect and analyze particulate matter samples from Fort Berthold.  They will be analyzing the results using NDSU research labs and facilities.   

NDSU INBRE Monthly Newsletter

Goal:  To provide another form of TCU engagement by issuing continuous project progress and updates to each of the ND TCUs, highlight tribal college students participating in research, and to provide information on research opportunities.





NDSU INBRE Literature Review

Goal: To find literature on successful models of STEM and research curriculum for American Indian student populations. 

The literature review will provide tools and strategies that can apply to INBRE projects such as SURP.  This information will also help in the future development of the NDSU INBRE program.  

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