Department News


July 10, 2019

TRI Announces First Scholars in Entrepreneurship Training Program

2019 HSIE Scholars

Four UAMS postdoctoral trainees recently became the inaugural recipients of the Translational Research Institute (TRI) Health Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Postdoctoral Scholars Program Awards. Funded by TRI’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) TL1 Program, the 15-credit graduate entrepreneurship training includes a significant new partnership with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Sam M. Walton…


July 1, 2019

Andrea Edwards selected to present at NAD+ meeting

Andrea Edwards

Andrea Edwards, a graduate student in Kevin Raney’s lab was selected to give both an oral and a poster presentation at the NAD+ Metabolism and Signaling Conference in Dublin, Ireland.


June publications

Tackett lab

Effect of Sulforaphane and 5-Aza-2′-Deoxycytidine on Melanoma Cell Growth. Chiang TC, Koss B, Su LJ, Washam CL, Byrum SD, Storey A, Tackett AJ. Medicines (Basel). 2019 .       Direct quantification of the translocation activities of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pif1 helicase. Lu C, Le S, Chen J, Byrd AK, Rhodes D, Raney KD, Yan J….


June 27, 2019

Dr. Eoff receives NSF grant

Robert Eoff

Dr. Robert Eoff has received a new, four-year grant award from the NSF.  The award is for ~1.2 million to study “Replication of G-quadruplex DNA by translesion polymerases”.  Dr. Julie Gunderson of Hendrix College is co-Investigator on the grant.


June 24, 2019

Andrea Edwards receives fellowship

Andrea Edwards

Andrea Edwards, a graduate student in Kevin Raney’s lab was selected as a Southern Regional Education Board SREB-Doctoral Scholars Program recipient for 2019-2020.   Her graduate studies will be funded through a partnership arrangement between SREB, the State of Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Services.  She will also have her expenses paid to…


June 21, 2019

Alan D. Elbein Award for Research Excellence Awarded to Dr. Magdalena Delgado

Magdalena Delgado

Dr. Magdalena Delgado who recently completed her Ph.D. in Dr. Tim Chamber’s lab has been awarded the Alan D. Elbein Award for Research Excellence.  The award is named in honor of Dr. Alan D. Elbein, who was Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from 1991 until 2009 and is given to graduate…


SURF Mid-Summer Symposium

SURF students

Ten undergraduate students who are spending their summer in the UAMS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department doing research projects presented their work at the SURF Mid-Summer Symposium.


Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Kevin Raney

June 14, 2019 Kevin Raney, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement The Raney laboratory is interested in the mechanisms and functions of nucleic acid enzymes called helicases. Helicases play central roles in all aspects of DNA and RNA metabolism; therefore they are key enzymes…


June 20, 2019

UAMS Researcher Awarded $1.75 Million Grant to Study New Therapies for Metastatic Melanoma

Alan Tackett

See story on KARK By Susan Van Dusen Alan Tackett, Ph.D., a cancer researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a five-year $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify new tumor targets in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Tackett is a professor in the UAMS College of…


Allie Davis and Alicja Urbaniak win poster awards

Alicja Urbaniak and Allie Davis

Congratulations to Allie Davis and Alicja Urbaniak, Ph.D. for winning the poster competitions at the Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium on June 13-16.  Allie is a student in Dr. Paul Miller’s lab, and she won the Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Presentation for her poster entitled “BIOACTIVATION OF HALOGENATED AROMATIC DRUGS AS A PRECURSOR TO DRUG-INDUCED…



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