Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
director: Daniel Marcus
A Center of Biomedical Research Excellence awarded to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University provides the resources needed to elevate the research programs of junior basic researchers and clinician-scientists at this and other Kansas institutions to become successful at obtaining independent National Institutes of Health funding. The center studies epithelial function in health and disease.
Epithelia are the layers of cells in the body that form barriers between compartments and are thus important components of most organs of the body. They include the cell linings of the lungs, stomach, skin, kidneys, colon and reproductive tracts, as well as all glands. An understanding of the function these epithelial cells serve in health will give a better understanding of disease states and a basis on which to devise rational therapies.
Seven teams of junior faculty members and mentors in the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine and collaborating departments at K-State, the University of Kansas and KU Medical Center, have initiated this program. All programs focus on epithelial cell physiology or pathophysiology and provide a strong foundation for translational research. To enhance programmatic success, three core facilities have been established: a confocal microscope facility, a molecular biology support facility and an epithelial electrophysiology facility.
The ultimate goal of the program is to move junior faculty members to the level of independent National Institutes of Health-funded investigators as rapidly as possible. The primary investigator of this center, Daniel Marcus, along with the other mentors and advisory committee members, creates and participates in a structured program of interdisciplinary interactions in video-conference seminars and intensive individual guidance.
Updated spring 2006