Department News


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 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 1, 2019

November publications

Members of the Raney lab

Structural basis for DNA unwinding at forked dsDNA by two coordinating Pif1 helicases. Su N, Byrd AK, Bharath SR, Yang O, Jia Y, Tang X, Ha T, Raney KD, Song H. Nat Commun. 2019   Exploiting Correlations between Protein Abundance and the Functional Status of saeRS and sarA To Identify Virulence Factors of Potential Importance in the Pathogenesis of Staphylococcus…


November 27, 2019

Cancer Research Highlights Largest-Ever Showcase of Medical Discoveries

Stephanie Byrum presents her poster

By Susan Van Dusen Nov. 27, 2019 | Scientists conducting cancer research in the lab, clinic and community gathered Nov. 20 at the 26th UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries to share their projects and discuss ways to work together. A quarterly event, the showcase is designed to highlight research areas across UAMS and encourage collaboration among scientists. Cancer research…


November 19, 2019

Women in Research Poster Session

Mari Davidson presenting her poster

Nov. 15, 2019 | By Amy Widner The Women’s Faculty Development Caucus celebrated 30 years by turning a spotlight on women in research at UAMS, while also setting new goals to ensure that progress continues. The Women in Research Poster Showcase was held Nov. 7 in the Fred W. Smith Conference Center on the 12th…


November 4, 2019

On the cover

Genetics cover image

Congratulations to graduate student Tresor Mukiza and his co-authors, Reine Protacio, Mari Davidson, Walter Steiner and Wayne Wahls.  Cover art for their new article on chromosome dynamics is featured on the home page of Genetics for November, 2019.  The editors also selected this paper to be featured in a highlight in Genetics.



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