June 2019

Andrea Edwards was selected to give both oral and poster presentations at the NAD+ Metabolism and Signaling Conference.  Congratulations Andrea!


June 2019

Andrea Edwards 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 attend the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.  Congratulations Andrea!


April 2019

Chemical Communications Cover Image April 21, 2019Congratulations to first author, Jun Gao, and other members of Kevin Raney‘s lab on their manuscript, DEAD-box RNA helicases Dbp2, Ded1 and Mss116 bind to G-quadruplex nucleic acids and destabilize G-quadruplex RNA, that is featured on the cover of Chemical Communications.





March 2019

Congratulations to Andrea Edwards who received the first place Bhuvan Award at Student Research Day.  The Bhuvan Award is given to the project which makes the best use of biochemistry.


February 2019

Andrea Edwards was selected for an ASBMB 2019 Graduate Student Travel Award.  Congratulations Andrea!


January 2019

Congratulations to Alicia Byrd on accepting a position as an Assistant Professor.


August 2018

Andrea Edwards and Binyam Belachew

Graduate students, Andrea Edwards and Binyam Belachew, attended a Molecular Biology & Nucleic Acids Conference in Toronto, Canada.  Andrea presented a poster entitled “G-Quadruplex in PARP1-Mediated DNA Damage Response”.  Her work is aimed at addressing the role of PARP-1 in DNA damage repair, in particular with regards to G-quadruplex DNA.  Andrea earned first prize in the poster competition and was chosen to present her work to the conference attendees as a short talk.  Her talk was well-received by the audience.  Congratulations Andrea!!

Andrea Edwards


March 2018

Congratulations to Binyan Belachew who received 3rd place place for the  Bhuvan award for excellence in biochemistry research at student research day.


December 2017

Holiday display in the lab

Happy holidays from the Raney lab.


August 2017

Wesley party

Congratulations  and best wishes to Wezley as he leaves for a postdoc position in Michael Trakselis’s lab at Baylor.


July 2017

Welcome to Luke DeYoung who joined the lab as an MD/PhD student.


June 2017

Congratulations to Wezley whose recent manuscript was selected as a recommended read at the Journal of Biological Chemistry.


Summer 2017 meetings

Kevin, Jay, and Wezley attended the G4thering: The 6th International Meeting on Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in June.

Kevin and Andrea will attend the FASEB meeting on NAD+ Metabolism and Signaling in July.

Kevin, Alicia, and Jun will present at the EMBO Conference on Helicases and nucleic acid-based machines in July.

Kevin will present at the Biomotors, Virus Assembly, and Nanobiotechnology Applications meeting in August.


May 2017

The lab received a MIRA grant from the NIH to study helicases and G-quadruplex DNA.  This grant provides five years of support.


April 2017

Congratulations to Wezley on the acceptance of his manuscript at the Journal of Biological Chemistry.


March 2017

Welcome to Binyam Belachew who joined the lab.  He is a first-year graduate student.


October 2016

Congratulations to Wezley for winning first place for his oral presentation at the graduate student association research symposium.


Welcome to Jun Gao.  Jun worked in the lab for 2 years previously and after a year away, he returns to the lab with a promotion to Instructor.  Welcome back Jun!


June 2016

Congratulations to Wezley whose abstract was chosen for a talk at an upcoming FASEB meeting on DNA Dynamics.


June 2016

Shubeena party

Congratulations  and best wishes to Shubeena as she leaves for a postdoc position in Craig Cameron’s lab at Penn State.


June 2016

Welcome to Andrea Edwards who joined the lab.  She is a second-year graduate student.


April 2016

Congratulations to Shubeena who received second place Bhuvan Award for her poster presentation at Student Research Week and to Wezley who received third place overall for his poster presentation at Student Research Week.


February 2016

Congratulations to Wezley who received third place for his oral presentation at the GSA Research Symposium.