January 21, 2020

Dustyn Barnette Student Highlight

Dustyn Barnette

Dustyn is a Ph.D. Student in his 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. He joined the laboratory of Dr. Grover P. Miller for his research studies. He has a B.S. in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University with minors in chemistry and art. Research Interest Statement A major obstacle in drug development is…


January 17, 2020

Brian Koss interview about graduate school on KATV

Brian Koss

Brian Koss, a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology track, and Bobby McGehee, Dean of the Graduate School, were interviewed on KARK about graduate school at UAMS. Brian is a student in the lab of Alan Tackett.


January 16, 2020

Congratulations Dr. Nyamugenda

Eugene Nyamugenda

Congratulations to Eugene Nyamugenda, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Effect of high-fat diet on the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalmus”. Eugene is a student in Giulia Baldini’s laboratory.


January 8, 2020

Victoria Hwang selected in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Victoria Hwang

Victoria Hwang, a senior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, & the Arts, has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search. Victoria was selected for her work entitled “POLKKO GBM-derived Cells Exhibit Increased Replication Catastrophe” in Dr. Robert Eoff’s laboratory.  Congratulations Victoria!


January 1, 2020

December publications

Samantha Kendrick

Mechanistic Insights into Chemoresistance Mediated by Oncogenic Viruses in Lymphomas. Chen J, Kendrick S, Qin Z. Viruses. 2019


December 17, 2019

Tresor Mukiza Recognized for Research Publication

Tresor Mukiza

Tresor Mukiza, a Ph.D. student at UAMS, received high honors for his first-author publication in the November issue of the journal Genetics. The editors selected the paper to be featured in a Highlight, and cover art for the article was displayed on the journal home page during the month of publication. “This is a notable accomplishment,” said Wayne…


December 13, 2019

Duah Alkam invited to present at Nanopore Community Meeting

Duah Alkam presenting

Duah Alkam, a Ph.D. student in Mark Smeltzer‘s and Dave Ussery‘s laboratories was invited to present her work at the Nanopore Community Meeting in New York. A description of her presentation from Oxford Nanopore Technologies is below. Duah Alkam – PCR-free transposon sequencing (TnSeq): Cas9/dCas9-mediated transposon enrichment Duah Alkam (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)…


December 5, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Mukiza!

Tresor Mukiza

Congratulations to Tresor O. Mukiza, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Multiple DNA Sequence-Specific Protein-DNA Complexes Activate Meiotic Recombination Hotspots Via Chromatin Remodeling”. Tresor is a student in Wayne Wahls‘ laboratory.


New position for Jacy Wagnon

Jacy Wagnon

Jacy Wagnon, who earned her Ph.D. in Dr. Wayne Wahls’ laboratory, has now obtained a tenure-track faculty position at The Ohio State University.  Doctor Wagnon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, with research interests in epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, and genetics of neurological diseases.


December 2, 2019

Andrea Edwards Student Highlight

Andrea Edwards

Andrea is a Ph.D. Student in her 5th year in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Raney in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department for her research studies. She has a B.S. in Biology from University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Research Interest Statement I study G-Quadruplexes which are…


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