Cancer Institute Member Spotlight


January 18, 2019

J. Craig Forrest, Ph.D.

J. Craig Forrest, Ph.D., (third from left) along with his research team of students (left to right) Ana Castro, Aru Gupta, Shana Owens, Wesley Bland and Nicole Turnage.

Associate Professor Department of Microbiology and Immunology Research Interest Statement My research team is working to understand how gammaherpesviruses (GHVs) cause disease. GHVs are DNA tumor viruses that include the human pathogens Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that causes mono, and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), a serious problem in immune compromised patients. These viruses establish…


December 14, 2018

L. Joseph Su, Ph.D., M.P.H.

L. Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH Professor, Department of Epidemiology UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Professor, Department of Epidemiology UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Research Interest Statement My research team conducts and plans population-based research in areas of lifestyle, dietary intakes and environmental factors associated with cancer risk. I am particularly interested in addressing these etiological factors that may lead to cancer prevention and control efforts addressing…


December 3, 2018

Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D.

Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry and Department of Pathology (secondary appointment) UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has the ninth highest incidence rate in Arkansas, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) as the most commonly diagnosed subtype. Current treatment fails to achieve long-term disease-free survival in about 40 percent…


November 20, 2018

Karen Yeary, Ph.D.

Karen Yeary, Ph.D.Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education DepartmentUAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education Department UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Research Interest Statement Dr. Yeary’s work focuses on translational research to prevent chronic disease and its risk factors (obesity, dietary intake, cancer screening) in underserved groups. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to conduct multidisciplinary research in the context…


October 31, 2018

Nukhet Aykin-Burns, Ph.D.

Nukhet Aykin-Burns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Division of Radiation Health UAMS College of Pharmacy Research Interest Statement My main research interests are studying the effects of cellular and mitochondrial bioenergetics, redox biology and oxidative stress on radiation-induced normal tissue damage. We investigate pharmacological agents that would exploit the differences in mitochondrial metabolism of normal and…


October 23, 2018

Sharp F. Malak, M.D., MPH

Sharp F. Malak, M.D., MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UAMS College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Research Interest Statement It is an honor to be a part of the first generation of physicians who are able to significantly decrease a woman’s chance of dying from breast cancer by up…


October 8, 2018

Ping-Ching Hsu, Ph.D.

Ping-Ching Hsu, Ph.D.

Cancer Institute Member Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Research Interest Statement My laboratory has a strong focus on advancing regulatory science by using population-based metabolomics approaches to better understand and predict toxins and metabolite markers in humans as a result of tobacco use. Metabolomic…


September 21, 2018

Martin Cannon, Ph.D.

Martin Cannon, Ph.D., (fourth from left) is pictured with his research team (from left) Raj Singh; Steven Conrad, Ph.D.; Jia Liu, Ph.D.; Fahimeh Allahdadi; and Bernice Nounamo.

Cancer Institute Member Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement Our laboratory at UAMS has a strong translational focus, with the goal of developing new treatments based on dendritic cell (DC) vaccination for ovarian cancer. Recent clinical observations have shown that Th17 T lymphocyte infiltration is associated with markedly…


September 5, 2018

Fred Prior, Ph.D.

Fred Prior

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight Professor and Chair Department of Biomedical Informatics Research Interest Statement My research focuses on imaging informatics and quantitative image analysis. I have spent most of my career designing health care and, more recently, research information management systems to include NCI’s Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA). TCIA provides open access data, is built…