New pilot program provides workforce training for biomedical students

FROM THE GUT: University of Rhode Island student Sean Coyne, a researcher in the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program, describes his team’s research on gut bacterial enzymes. 
COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/MICHAEL SALERNO
FROM THE GUT: University of Rhode Island student Sean Coyne, a researcher in the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program, describes his team’s research on gut bacterial enzymes. 
COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/MICHAEL SALERNO

Like most primarily undergraduate institutions, Rhode Island College can fly under the radar when it comes to academic biomedical research in the Ocean State. More than two decades ago, that reputation was warranted: Research at the college was almost entirely faculty-led, said Jamie B. Towle-Weicksel, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at RIC. But

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