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University of Rhode Island student Sierra Valois has been accepted into the SURF INBRE internship for the summer of 2013. Valois, an undergraduate in the biotechnology program, will dedicate her time in the Laboratory of Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis, working alongside Dr. Alan Rothman and Dr. Carey Medin.

Sierra worked in the lab as an iCubed intern last summer and continued part time during this school year. In addition to her new internship, Sierra also be presenting a poster at the Keystone Symposium on Positive Sense RNA viruses in Boston later this month. She will present her work on a novel fluorescent reporter system for detection of dengue infection in living cells.

The RI-INBRE Program offers summer research opportunities to qualified undergraduate students enrolled at Bryant University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, and the University of Rhode Island.

The goals of the program are to expose undergraduate students to laboratory research and to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in biomedical and behavioral research.