Cancer Institute Member Spotlight


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…


July 3, 2019

Igor Koturbash, M.D., Ph.D.

Igor Koturbash, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Vice Chair Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Co-Director Center for Dietary Supplements Research Research Interest Statement Being both M.D. and Ph.D., I have a long-lasting interest in diet and dietary supplements and their impact on human health. Therefore, the major focus of my research…


June 14, 2019

Kevin Raney, Ph.D.

Kevin Raney, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement The Raney laboratory is interested in the mechanisms and functions of nucleic acid enzymes called helicases. Helicases play central roles in all aspects of DNA and RNA metabolism; therefore they are key enzymes in maintaining genomic stability. Genetic mutations…


June 11, 2019

Maurizio Zangari, M.D.

zangari

Professor Department of Hematology Oncology UAMS College of Medicine Director of Myeloma Bone Disease Research Research Interest Statement My research focuses on the clinical and preclinical aspects of bone disease. I first described the bone anabolic properties of proteasome inhibitors in myeloma patients and the effects on the PTH axis. Specifically, I investigated the effect…



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