February 18, 2021

Congratulations Dr. Edwards-Azumara!

Andrea Edwards

Congratulations to Andrea Edwards-Azumara who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Unpaired Regions in G-Quadruplex DNA Regulate “PARP-1 Enzymatic Activation: Implications for a ROS-Directed Transcription and DNA Repair Event” on February 18th. Andrea was a student in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Raney and is now a post-doctoral fellow at UT Southwestern under the direction of…


February 17, 2021

Samantha Kendrick featured in Lymphoma Research Foundation magazine

Samantha Kendrick

Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D. is featured in on pages 24-25 the quarterly issue of the Lymphoma Research Foundation Pulse magazine for a discussion of her research on diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.


February 9, 2021

UAMS’s Justin Leung, Ph.D., Receives $792,000 American Cancer Society Grant to Study DNA Repair Mechanisms

Justin Leung

By Spencer Watson A four-year, $792,000 American Cancer Society Research Scholar grant has been awarded to researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study DNA repair mechanisms. “Understanding the molecular processes of DNA repair can help both better diagnose cancer and to progress treatment,” said Leung, an assistant…


February 1, 2021

January publications

Kendrick lab

The i-Motif as a Molecular Target: More Than a Complementary DNA Secondary Structure. Brown SL, Kendrick S. Pharmaceuticals (Basel). The increased accumulation of Staphylococcus aureus virulence factors is maximized in a purR mutant by the increased production of SarA and decreased production of extracellular proteases. Alkam D, Jenjaroenpun P, Ramirez AM, Beenken KE, Spencer HJ, Smeltzer MS. Infect Immun….


Dr. Tackett presenting for Research Antipasto

Alan Tackett, Ph.D.

Alan Tackett, PhD will host Research and Innovation’s 1st gathering for informal networking, casual mentoring at noon on March 2, 2021.  The 1st Tuesday of each month, Research Antipasto’s host will share career experiences, stories, answer questions, advise, astound, and amaze…for 20 – 30 minutes. Just show up, have fun, and get to know others in…


January 28, 2021

Congratulations Dr. Alkam!

Duah Alkam

Congratulations to Duah Alkam who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Using genome-wide transposon sequencing (TnSeq) to identify osteomyelitis-critical Staphylococcus aureus genes” on January 28th. Duah was a student in the laboratories of Dr. Mark Smeltzer and Dr. David Ussery and is now working as in the UAMS Bioinformatics Shared Resource under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Byrum.


Dr. Diekman honored for teaching excellence

Alan Diekman

Congratulations to Alan Diekman who was recently awarded a College of Medicine Teaching Excellence Award.


January 27, 2021

Top Five Article

Drs. Baldini and Phelan

An article by Dr. Giulia Baldini, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Dr. Kevin Phelan, Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, was one of the top five most-cited articles in the Journal of Endocrinology in 2020. Dr. Baldini and Dr. Phelan coauthored “The melanocortin pathway and control of appetite – progress and therapeutic implications,”…


January 25, 2021

Welcome Dr. Miah

Sayem Miah

Sayem Miah, Ph.D. is a new Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. Research statement My research vision is to understand how cells perceive signals that vary in healthy and cancer cells and how this perception regulates tumorigenesis and metastasis. My lab will undertake a “systemwide” interrogation of signaling networks using innovative proteomic,…


January 6, 2021

Oleg Karaduta appointed to JMSACL editorial board

Oleg Karaduta

Congratulations to Dr. Oleg Karaduta who has been appointed to the Editorial Board (section Proteomics) of the Journal of Mass Spectrometry & Advances in the Clinical Lab (JMSACL). Previously Dr. Karaduta received US Young Investigator Educational Grant from the abovementioned Association.


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