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Shepherd faculty receives $28,800 grant from WV-INBRE

ISSUED: 27 April 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd faculty receives $28,800 grant from WV-INBRE)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Seung-yun Kim, Shepherd University assistant professor of computer information sciences, has received a $28,800, one-year grant award from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) program. This is the second year that Kim has received an INBRE award for his research on Petri nets. This year's proposal is titled "Petri Nets-based Modeling of Human Systems: Towards Drug Trial Modeling and Simulation."

Based on the INBRE 2010-2011, Kim published three peer-reviewed technical papers at the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in March in New Orleans. These papers include Krebs Cycle, Glycolysis Petri Net Models, and Simulations for Biochemical Education. Melissa Pegues, senior chemistry major from Charles Town and Nicholas Drozda, senior computer engineering major from Martinsburg worked with Kim on this research with collaborating faculty member Dr. Robert Warburton, Shepherd professor of biochemistry.

"This research opportunity will give students a chance to look at other student's work in the biochemistry area and an opportunity to use presentation skills they will use in the future," Kim said.

The grant award will allow two students, who have yet to be named, to work with Kim this summer. The project will begin May 1 and run through April 30, 2012.

"The overall intent is to determine if using Petri nets can improve the process of drug development by replacing some of the pre-clinical trials in animals with a mathematical model," Kim said. "The proposed research will increase the awareness of Petri nets and its tools as well as the importance of the pre-trialing of drugs and provide undergraduate students with a blend of conceptual and theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience to develop critical thinking and research skills."

Research from this project will be presented this summer at the WV-INBRE Summer Symposium at Marshall University in July; work on the project will continue through the academic year 2011-2012.

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