Department News

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…

May 13, 2020

Genetics Society of America showcases article from Davidson and Wahls labs


Each year the editors of GSA journals select for distinction some of the year’s top scientific publications.  Congratulations to Aaron Storey, Hsin-Ping Wang, Reine Protacio, Mari Davidson and Wayne Wahls.  Their research article on Targeted Forward Genetics was featured in the GSA’s annual Spotlight:  A showcase of research and scholarship in selected articles from 2019….

May 5, 2020

TRI Names 2020 KL2 Awardees

Kimberly Stephens

The UAMS Translational Research Institute has selected three early-career UAMS researchers to receive KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Awards. The KL2 program provides two years of research training to junior faculty. It provides 75 percent salary support and up to $25,000 per year for research, tuition, travel and education. The awardees are: Britni Ayers, Ph.D.,…

April 1, 2020

March publications

Marcus Trentzsch

Delivery of phosphatidylethanolamine blunts stress in hepatoma cells exposed to elevated palmitate by targeting the endoplasmic reticulum. Trentzsch M, Nyamugenda E, Miles TK, Griffin H, Russell S, Koss B, Cooney KA, Phelan KD, Tackett AJ, Iyer S, Boysen G, Baldini G. Cell Death Discov. 2020   Mitochondrial genetic variation is enriched in G-quadruplex regions that…

March 31, 2020

TRI Names Four Entrepreneurship Scholars

Zach Waldrip

TRI Names Four Entrepreneurship Scholars The UAMS Translational Research Institute Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Postdoctoral Training Program has named four postdoctoral scholars for its class of 2022. The scholars, selected in a competitive application process, will begin two years of mentored entrepreneurship training July 1. The HSIE Postdoctoral Scholars – all from the…

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