Cancer Institute Member Spotlight


November 26, 2019

Rupak Pathak, Ph.D.

Rupak Pathak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Division of Radiation Health Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement Dr. Pathak’s research focuses on understanding the role of stromal cells in intestinal repair following injury, specifically after radiation injury. In addition, he is interested to dissect the underlying mechanisms of immune-epithelial crosstalk in intestinal restoration following localized…


November 7, 2019

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Drs. Mae and Anderson Nettleship Endowed Chair in Oncologic Pathology  Research Interest Statement The main focus of our research is to develop a human papillomavirus (HPV) therapeutic vaccine for preventing and treating HPV-associated cancers. It is called…


October 24, 2019

Donald J. Johann Jr., M.Sc., M.D., FACP

Donald J. Johann Jr., M.Sc., M.D., FACP

Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Informatics UAMS College of Medicine Scientific Director, UAMS Genomics Facility Research Interest Statement As a medical oncologist, I focus on the application of advanced molecular profiling and high-throughput technologies for the characterization of genetic-based alterations in cancer cells. Areas of emphasis include: cancer biology and bioinformatics; Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS), high-resolution…


October 7, 2019

Marjan Boerma, Ph.D.

Marjan Boerma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement The overall objective of my research is to elucidate biological mechanisms by which ionizing radiation causes injury in normal (non-cancerous) tissues and to identify countermeasures to intervene in these injuries. Our laboratory has a particular focus on radiation injury in the cardiovascular system….


September 30, 2019

Benjamin Teeter, Ph.D.

Benjamin Teeter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Center for Implementation Research Department of Pharmacy Practice UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement My research program focuses on the improvement of patient care and public health through the application of implementation science. By studying how best to implement evidence-based interventions in community pharmacies, I hope to translate my research findings into…


September 11, 2019

Darin Jones, Ph.D.

Darin Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement My research interests are broadly in the area of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Specifically we study essential proteins involved in DNA damage response and repair processes (DDR). Using fragment-based screening and computer-aided drug design techniques, we develop small molecule inhibitors and chemical…


August 23, 2019

Jeannette Y. Lee, Ph.D.

Jeanette Lee

Professor Department of Biostatistics UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement Dr. Lee is a biostatistician whose primary cancer research focus is in clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of malignancies in persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has been involved in the statistical design and analysis of phase I-III therapeutic trials and studies aimed…


August 13, 2019

Alicia Byrd, Ph.D.

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. Mutations in genes…


August 1, 2019

Tom Kelly, Ph.D.

Tom Kelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department of Pathology UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement I work with Steve Post, Ph.D., on the role of tumor-associated macrophages and scavenger receptor-A (SR-A) in promoting the rapid formation and outgrowth of tumors that we observe in the in vivo mammary tumor virus-polyoma middle T (MMTV-PyMT) model of breast cancer. We…


July 19, 2019

Brendan Frett, Ph.D.

Brendan Frett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement Dr. Frett’s research focuses on small molecule drug design and developing enabling chemical methodologies to expedite the drug discovery process. In particular, he is interested in generating small molecules that have been strategically designed to modulate two or more targets in a given…



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