Student Highlights


April 28, 2021

Congratulation Dr. Reed!

Megan Reed

Congratulations to Megan Reed who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Mechanisms of DNA damage tolerance in glioblastoma” on April 28th. Megan was a student in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Eoff and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in July under the mentorship of Dr. Analiz Rodriguez and Dr. Alan Tackett. Dr. Reed’s postdoctoral studies…


April 1, 2021

Binyam Belachew student highlight

Binyam Belachew

Binyam is a GPIBS Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology track. He is a 5th year student in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Raney. He graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Research Interest Statement Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Currently, 71 million…


March 11, 2021

Allie Schleiff highlighted by ASPET for work on meclofenamate bioactivation

Allie Schleiff

Congratulations to graduate student Mary “Allie” Schleiff on her selection as the Drug Metabolism and Disposition Highlighted Trainee Author for February 2021. Allie is a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Grover Paul Miller.​ The Drug Metabolism and Disposition article that earned her selection as a Highlighted Trainee Author is titled “Significance of Multiple…


November 5, 2020

Mary “Allie” Schleiff student highlight

Allie Schleiff

Allie is a GPIBS Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology track. She is a 4th year student in the laboratory of Dr. Grover Paul Miller. She graduated from Henderson State University in 2017 with a Honors Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology, and she received a regulatory sciences certification from…


September 8, 2020

Duah Alkam Student Highlight

Duah Alkam

Duah is a GPIBS Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology track. She is starting her 5th year in the laboratories of Dr. Mark Smeltzer and Dr. David Ussery. She has a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a M.S. in Pharmacology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Research Interest Statement Osteomyelitis, or bone infection,…


July 9, 2020

Brian Koss student highlight

Brian Koss

Brian is a Ph.D. student starting his 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Tackett. He has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Hendrix College. Research Interest Statement My doctoral work focuses on the dynamic interplay between the epigenetic and metabolic pathways used by T…


May 16, 2020

Megan Reed Student Highlight

Megan Reed

Megan is a Ph.D. student in her 5th year in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Robert Eoff for her research studies. She has a B.S. in Biology with a dual minor in Chemistry and Psychology from Henderson State University. Research Interest Statement My project involves elucidating various mechanisms…


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…


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 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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