National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Programs at CSU

". . . . . . promoting excellence in the biomedical sciences . . . . . "

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NIGMS supports student training and faculty research in the biomedical sciences at CSU

bullet point Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) is a student research training program designed to provide expanded opportunities for undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry or physics to prepare for doctoral-level work.

bullet point Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) is a program to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of the university  by support of faculty research.

For answers to frequently-asked questions ("FAQ") about the Chicago State University RISE biomedical training program, click here. If you are interested in applying to be part of the RISE Program, please download and print the RISE Student Employment Form, complete it and drop it off at the CSU NIGMS Office (room SCI-222).  The Program Director will contact you and make an appointment to discuss your eligibility to participate in the program.

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Congratulations to Drs Chen and Mardis on the awards of new SCORE research grants funded by the NIGMS.

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Dr. Jianjun Chen: Synthesis and biological screening of novel HIF-1α inhibitors for the treatment of breast cancer

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Dr. Kristy L. Mardis: Improving DFT Modeling of EPR Data for Small Molecule Organic Photovoltaics


Dr Hilliard photoCongratulations to CSU RISE alumna Dr. Tyvette S. Hilliard on the award  of  a highly competitive 5-year K01 Research Career Development award from the NIH's National Cancer Institute. Dr Hilliard is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame. The subject of her research is how maternal obesity may influence the susceptibility of offspring to ovarian cancer. Since the award of a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2012 Dr Hilliard was a postsdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii before joining the staff at the University of Note Dame earlier this year.



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Welcome to the seven new RISE trainees who were joined by other STEM undergraduate participants in last summer's NIGMS-funded "TILT" research skills workshop.

news itemAs a measure of the scientific impact of the CSU RISE (and its NIGMS predecessor) Program, publications authored or co-authored by program students & alumni in peer-reviewed scientific journals now exceed the 150 milestone.alumni publication chartClick here for a complete listing of publication citations.

news itemCongratulations to 18 CSU NIGMS-funded Programs alumni awarded Ph.D. degrees during the past decade:

Cynthia Aku-Leh, physics, University of Michigan
Shannon Allen, Ph.D. in molecular biology, Northwestern University
Geraldine Cochran, physics education research, Florida International University
Alfred Diggs, biological engineering, Purdue University
Adrienne Eastland, molecular bioscience, Northwestern University
Valerie Goss, Ph.D. in chemistry & nanomaterials, University of Notre Dame
Pablo E. Guzman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Emory University
Tyvette Hilliard, Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Crystalann Jones, Ph.D. in organic chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nicole Jones, biological sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ikenna Madueke, Ph,D. in physiology and biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Diana Mayweather, biochemistry, Northwestern University
Diana Monsivais, biological sciences, Northwestern University
Nikki Nwani, Ph.D. in molecular bioscience, Northwestern University
George Pates, analytical chemistry, Purdue University
Juan Reyes, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Northwestern University
Stephen Smith, chemistry, Northwestern University
Noelle Wakefield, biological sciences, Northwestern University

* This brings the total NIGMS-funded programs (MBRS, SCORE & RISE) alumni awarded the Ph.D. degree in one of the biomedical sciences to 29. For a full list , please click here.

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16th Annual ABRCMS Biomedical Research Conference, November 9-12, Tampa, FL.

EightCSU NIGMS-RISE students were among the four-thousand attendees at this national conference funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and organized by the American Society for Microbiology.  The CSU group made 7 presentations of their biomedical research results. Congratulations to Muriel McClendon for her award winning poster in the chemistry section! For a listing of authors and presentation titles, please click here.

2016 ABRCMS logoGroup picture student poster

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NIGMS logoThe CSU biomedical training and research programs receive generous support from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).nih logo

bullet point  If you have comments, or if you would like more information about CSU NIGMS Programs, contact RISE Program Director, Dr. Devi Potluri, email, or  Programs coordinator Dr Warren Sherman, email

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