Cancer Institute Member Spotlight


January 10, 2020

Donghoon Yoon, Ph.D.

Donghoon Yoon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine UAMS College of Medicine Faculty, Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Research Interest Statement My research is investigating the pathophysiology of multiple myeloma (MM), a B-cell cancer characterized by proliferation of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow, presence of monoclonal serum immunoglobulin and osteolytic lesions. MM studies demonstrate…


December 19, 2019

Charles O’Brien, Ph.D.

Charles O’Brien, Ph.D.

Professor Department of Internal Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism UAMS College of Medicine VA Research Scientist Research Interest Statement The focus of my research is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control bone remodeling. Alterations in bone remodeling underlie changes in the skeleton that lead to osteoporosis. As part of this effort,…


December 10, 2019

Merideth Addicott, Ph.D.

Merideth Addicott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Center for Addiction Research Department of Psychiatry UAMS College of Medicine Research Interest Statement My current tobacco research agenda extends in three directions. The primary direction is on the stress-smoking relationship. Tobacco addiction disproportionately affects individuals with mood disorders, and smokers may use tobacco to temporarily reduce stress, anxiety and depressed mood; albeit,…


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…



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