Department News

September 13, 2019

Graduate Student Explores Potential of Handheld DNA/RNA Sequencers in Outbreaks

Duah Alkam

By Amy Widner  Imagine there’s an outbreak of an infectious disease. Could health officials on the ground harness the power of new handheld DNA and RNA sequencers to monitor outbreaks in real-time and quickly contain them? This question lies at the heart of research published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution by UAMS Biochemistry and Molecular…

September 10, 2019

Maroof Zafar is the visitor of the week at CSHL

Maroof Zafar

Maroof Zafar, a postdoctoral fellow in Alicia Byrd’s lab, was the featured visitor of the week at Cold Spring Harbor Labs when he attended the CSHL Eukaryotic DNA Replication & Genome Maintenance Meeting.  Check out the article about him.

Megan Reed and Maroof Zafar present at DNA replication meeting

Maroof Zafar, Megan Reed, and Alicia Byrd

Megan Reed, a graduate student in Robert Eoff’s lab presented a poster entitled “DNA polymerase kappa modulates glioma cell plasticity in response to DNA damage” at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs Eukaryotic DNA Replication & Genome Maintenance Meeting.             Maroof Zafar, a postdoctoral fellow in Alicia Byrd’s lab presented a…

September 1, 2019

August publications

Tackett lab

Current state of melanoma diagnosis and treatment. Davis LE, Shalin SC, Tackett AJ. Cancer Biol Ther.       PHF19 promotes multiple myeloma tumorigenicity through PRC2 activation. Ren Z, Ahn JH, Liu H, Tsai YH, Bhanu NV, Koss B, Allison DF, Ma A, Storey AJ, Wang P, Mackintosh SG, Edmondson RD, Groen RWJ, Martens AC,…

August 30, 2019

BCMB student highlight

Eugene Nyamugenda

Eugene Nyamugenda Eugene is a Ph.D. Student in his 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the laboratory of Dr. Giulia Baldini. He has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Hendrix College. Research Interest Statement The hypothalamus plays a central role in maintaining healthy energy homeostasis. The arcuate nucleus (ARC)…

August 21, 2019

Robert Eoff, Ph.D., Receives $1.2 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

Robert Eoff

By Amy Widner Researcher Robert Eoff, Ph.D., has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on DNA damage, cell replication and its implications for diseases like dementia, ALS and cancer. Eoff is an associate professor in the Department of…

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Alicia Byrd

Alicia Byrd, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement DNA damage occurs tens of thousands of times per day in human cells from both endogenous and environmental sources. In order to preserve the genetic material, cells have evolved multiple mechanisms to detect and repair DNA damage….

August 13, 2019

Sam Mackintosh Awarded $764,000 NIH Grant For Highly Advanced Research Equipment

Sam Mackintosh

By Susan Van Dusen A grant of almost $764,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to purchase biomedical research equipment with new capabilities unavailable elsewhere in Arkansas. UAMS scientist Samuel G. Mackintosh, Ph.D., received the NIH S10 High-End Instrumentation Award totaling $763,971 to fund the…

August 6, 2019

Undergraduates Learn By Doing at Summer Research Symposium

poster presentation

By Amy Widner Learning by doing and reinforcing concepts through presentation — those practices were the core lessons on display at the eighth annual Central Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at UAMS. About 115 undergraduate students from across Arkansas and the nation gathered in the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building to give poster presentations and oral presentations…

August 5, 2019

Fellowship Program Gives Undergrads Glimpse Into Biomedical Research Careers

Madison Blue and Robert Eoff

By Susan Van Dusen A rising college senior, Huddoy Walters’ sights are set on a career in biomedical research. “I want to be a scientist, most definitely,” said Walters, a native Jamaican and biochemistry major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. That dream of a future in the research field was cemented by…

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