October 12, 2019

Tresor O. Mukiza Student Highlight

Tresor Mukiza

Tresor is a Ph.D. Student in his 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the laboratory of Dr. Wayne Wahls. He has a B.A. in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Hendrix College. Research Interest Statement The wrong number of chromosomes, called aneuploidy, is the leading cause of spontaneous pregnancy loss, intellectual…


October 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Dr. Raney!

Group of people celebrating Dr. Raney's birthday

We had an impromptu celebration for Dr. Raney’s birthday.  Thanks Sharon and Kahla for the birthday treats.


October 1, 2019

September publications

Wahls lab

The response of phyllodes tumor of the breast to anticancer therapy: An in vitro and ex vivo study Alicja Urbaniak, Fariba Jousheghany, Youzhong Yuan, Sergio Piña‑Oviedo, Adam Huczyński, Magdalena Delgado, Thomas Kieber‑Emmons, Behjatolah Monzavi‑Karbassi, Timothy C. Chambers Oncology Letters   Diverse DNA Sequence Motifs Activate Meiotic Recombination Hotspots Through a Common Chromatin Remodeling Pathway. Mukiza…


September 28, 2019

Village Walk for Cancer Research

photo of walkers

The biochemistry department participated in the 18th Annual Village Walk for Cancer Research in Hot Springs Village.  The walk is a fundraiser for cancer research at WPRCI.  Funds from last years walk are currently funding a project addressing drug resistance in lymphoma in Samantha Kendrick‘s lab.  Also walking were Stephanie Byrum, Alicia Byrd, and Tung-chin…


September 19, 2019

Department welcomes new students with picnic

people at picnic

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomed new GPIBS students to UAMS with a picnic at Allsopp Park.  Thanks to students Katie Bronson and Allie Davis for helping with the organization and set up.      


September 16, 2019

Allie Davis and Binyam Belachew receive white coats

Allie Davis and Binyam Belachew

Allie Davis, a graduate student in Dr. Paul Miller’s lab, and Binyam Belachew, a graduate student in Dr. Kevin Raney’s lab received their white coats at the UAMS Graduate School’s annual Research Induction Ceremony celebrating Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their qualifying exam in the past year.  Congratulations Allie and Binyam!


Allie Davis Elected to Two Professional Groups

Dr. Paul Miller and Allie Davis

Allie Davis, a graduate student in Dr. Grover Paul Miller’s lab has recently been elected to two different groups. Allie was elected to serve on the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX) New Investigator Group. This group comprises promising new investigators (predoctoral, postdoctoral, and new to their careers) that recruit and retain new…


September 13, 2019

Graduate Student Explores Potential of Handheld DNA/RNA Sequencers in Outbreaks

Duah Alkam

By Amy Widner  Imagine there’s an outbreak of an infectious disease. Could health officials on the ground harness the power of new handheld DNA and RNA sequencers to monitor outbreaks in real-time and quickly contain them? This question lies at the heart of research published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution by UAMS Biochemistry and Molecular…


September 10, 2019

Maroof Zafar is the visitor of the week at CSHL

Maroof Zafar

Maroof Zafar, a postdoctoral fellow in Alicia Byrd’s lab, was the featured visitor of the week at Cold Spring Harbor Labs when he attended the CSHL Eukaryotic DNA Replication & Genome Maintenance Meeting.  Check out the article about him.


Megan Reed and Maroof Zafar present at DNA replication meeting

Maroof Zafar, Megan Reed, and Alicia Byrd

Megan Reed, a graduate student in Robert Eoff’s lab presented a poster entitled “DNA polymerase kappa modulates glioma cell plasticity in response to DNA damage” at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs Eukaryotic DNA Replication & Genome Maintenance Meeting.             Maroof Zafar, a postdoctoral fellow in Alicia Byrd’s lab presented a…


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