July 9, 2020

Brian Koss student highlight

Brian Koss

Brian is a Ph.D. student starting his 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Tackett. He has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Hendrix College. Research Interest Statement My doctoral work focuses on the dynamic interplay between the epigenetic and metabolic pathways used by T…


July 8, 2020

Michael Guderyon alumnus highlight

Michael Guderyon

Michael Guderyon graduated from UAMS in may 2015 with a M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His advisor was Dr. Kevin Raney. After graduating, Mike went to UT Health San Antonio where he received a Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences/ Biology of Aging Track. Mike is currently a Process Development Scientist I at SanBio. In addition,…


On the cover

cover image

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Maroof Zafar and his co-authors, Lindsey Hazeslip, Zain Chauhan, and Alicia Byrd.  Cover art by Lindsey Hazeslip for their recent article on regulation of expression by non-canonical G-quadruplexes was selected for the cover of the July 2020 issue of Biochemistry.


July 1, 2020

June publications

Duah Alkam

A novel Cas9-targeted long-read assay for simultaneous detection of IDH1/2 mutations and clinically relevant MGMT methylation in fresh biopsies of diffuse glioma. Wongsurawat T, Jenjaroenpun P, De Loose A, Alkam D, Ussery DW, Nookaew I, Leung YK, Ho SM, Day JD, Rodriguez A. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2020     The Expression of Human DNA Helicase…


June 9, 2020

Findings on DNA Damage Repair Published by UAMS Cancer Researcher

Leung lab

By Susan Van Dusen LITTLE ROCK — A research team led by cancer researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has uncovered the role of the protein RNF168 in DNA damage repair and shown how mutations of the protein affect people with a rare genetic condition. The study titled “Histone…


June 4, 2020

Alan Diekman receives Master Teacher Award from the College of Medicine

Alan Diekman

Alan Diekman, Ph.D., was honored as the 2020 Master Teacher in recognition of his work with first-year medical students. When College of Medicine students are asked about their best teachers, Diekman’s name comes up often. As director of the Molecules to Cells course, Diekman teaches first-year students and works with other faculty to ensure the…


June 1, 2020

May publications

Byrd lab

Genome Maintenance by DNA Helicase B. Hazeslip L, Zafar MK, Chauhan MZ, Byrd AK. Genes (Basel). 2020     Selective Survival of Sim1/MC4R Neurons in Diet-Induced Obesity. Nyamugenda E, Griffin H, Russell S, Cooney KA, Kowalczyk NS, Islam I, Phelan KD, Baldini G. iScience. 2020         Dual mechanisms suppress meloxicam bioactivation relative…


May 25, 2020

2020 Graduates

Dean McGehee

The UAMS Graduate School held a virtual hooding ceremony which you can read more about here. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department graduated three students last year. Tresor Mukiza, Ph.D. is now a postdoctoral fellow in Joseph Opferman’s lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tresor’s mentor at UAMS was Wayne Wahls. Eugene Nyamugenda, Ph.D. is…


May 21, 2020

Recognize this researcher?

Image of Alan Tackett from KARK

Alan Tackett, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was featured in a story on KARK this morning about clinical trials at UAMS.


May 20, 2020

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Sam Mackintosh

Samuel Mackintosh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UAMS College of Medicine Co-Director, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Proteomics Shared Resource and UAMS Proteomics Core Facility Research Interest Statement My research interests are focused on proteomics and mass spectrometry. As co-director of the Proteomics Shared Resource and UAMS Proteomics Core Facility, I…


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