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ORIP Diversity Supplement Awards Helped a Young Investigator Advance His Career in Biomedical Research and Will Allow Him to Give Back to His Community

Dr. Corbin Schuster’s interest in biomedical research began during his undergraduate training, when he completed a 10-week internship at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. According to Dr. Schuster, after that experience, “My interest in biomedical research—particularly in the study of microorganisms and infectious diseases—just grew.”

Gnotobiotic Mouse Resources Support Studies of Microbial Interactions

Microorganisms affect nearly every aspect of life, regulating numerous biological processes at the ecosystem and organismal levels. All multi-organ animals maintain a unique gut microbiome that plays a key role in regulation of their metabolic, immune, and neurological functions. This area of research has expanded thanks to studies catalyzed by the NIH Human Microbiome Project, but the functional consequences of microbial changes—and the role of individual bacterial species and combinations—remain unknown.

Animal Models and Resources for Coronavirus Research

ORIP aims to provide investigators with the resources and infrastructure they need to improve human health, including by supporting the development of animal models of human disease. The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in humans, caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) strain, has compelled scientists around the world to work remarkably fast to develop vaccines and therapeutics using animal models.

A Go-To Resource Center for Zebrafish Researchers

Since making its debut as a research organism in the late 1970s, the humble zebrafish—an unassuming, pinky-sized striped fish originally found in the freshwaters of the Himalayas—has gained significant traction as a valuable tool among genetics and other biomedical researchers. In 1999, this small-sized fish was bestowed with a full-service resource center, established in Eugene, Oregon, with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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