URI Today

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Students to present biomedical research at SURF Conference, Aug. 1

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Courtesy of Nora Lewis

In a lab on the second floor of the University of Rhode Island’s pharmacy building, Rhode Island College student Sarah Bilida holds a clear plastic tray of thimble-sized cups of bacteria. Some of the cups are bright purple – the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is thriving. And because of a federally backed research program led by URI, Bilidia and college students across the state may have thriving careers in biomedical research.

Bilida is one of 21 undergraduates who have been chosen for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at URI. The Rhode Island College junior was assigned to work in the lab of URI Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science Kerry LaPlante, a nationally recognized researcher in...


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