Department of BioMolecular Sciences

The University of Mississippi
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  • Welcome to the Department of BioMolecular Sciences!

    The Department of BioMolecular Sciences is an exciting department created in 2014 at the School of Pharmacy – a result of our efforts to stay abreast of changing times. We developed a “super” department consisting of four divisions: Environmental Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Phamacology. Through these divisions, which all have historical roots going back many years in our School, we are able to offer a broad spectrum of resources to our students and researchers, and foster a productive research and education program. We invite you to browse the website and explore all that is happening in our department.

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    Pharmacy Ph.D. Graduate Wins Scholarship for Drug Discovery Research

    Mohammed AlbadrySeptember 21, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Mohamed A. Albadry, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has won the 2018 Harvey W. Wiley Scholarship from AOAC International.

    AOAC International develops global quality standards for microbiological and chemical materials, ranging from food to pharmaceuticals, in an effort to ensure public health.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Ph.D. Graduate Wins Scholarship for Drug Discovery Research”


    BMS Welcomes Back Students at Orientation, Awards Luncheon

    Award RecipientsAugust 17, 2018

    The Department of BioMolecular Sciences kicked off the new school year with its Welcome Back Orientation on August 17. The day consisted of the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture featuring 2018 recipient Randall Clark in the morning before the awards luncheon and department photo in the afternoon.

    See more pictures at the Facebook gallery: “BMS Welcome Back Orientation”


    Forensic Chemist Named Ole Miss 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

    Randall ClarkAugust 13, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Randall Clark, a 1973 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

    Clark earned degrees in both biology and chemistry from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia, before receiving his Ph.D. under the direction of late Ole Miss professor Ronald F. Borne. He has spent his 45-year academic career at Auburn University, where he is a professor of medicinal chemistry, mentoring over 50 Master’s and Ph.D. students.

    Read more: “Forensic Chemist Named Ole Miss 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”


    Faculty, Researchers Honored at Pharmacy School Annual Retreat

    David Colby (left) and Dean David AllenJACKSON, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy presented four faculty and researchers awards for their excellence in and commitment to research, teaching and service at its annual faculty retreat on June 14.

    “We are fortunate at our school to have talented faculty and scientists committed to our mission, so it’s a privilege to award them for their outstanding efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy.

    Read more: “Faculty, Researchers Honored at Pharmacy School Annual Retreat”


    Dr. Joshua Sharp is getting the laser ready because today is the first day of his new NIGMS-funded R01! Dr. Sharp and his collaborators at the NYU Medical Center and the University of Georgia are developing new methods for generating molecular models of proteins. Congratulations and good luck to the Sharp lab!

     

     


    Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship

    Erik HodgesOXFORD, Miss. ­– Erik Hodges, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Virginia Dolores Cantú Fellowship.

    “I was elated when I heard I was selected,” Hodges said. “It always feels good to be recognized for your efforts. The topic is one I am very passionate about, and it is nice to know that I was able to convey my thoughts effectively to the reviewers.”

    Read more: “Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship”


    Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Outstanding Poster Presentation

    Pankaj Pandey presented Borne Award from John Rimoldi.OXFORD, Miss. ­– Pankaj Pandey, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, won the Ronald F. Borne Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award at the 45th Annual MALTO Meeting in College Station, Texas.

    The MALTO conference, for medicinal and natural product chemists from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma, gives the Borne Award to one postdoctoral fellow at the conference each year based on their interview and research poster.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Outstanding Poster Presentation”


    Marc Slattery Receives Top UM Research Award

    Marc Slattery receives award from Josh GladdenMay 12, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Marc Slattery was a little conflicted about being honored for his research achievement at the University of Mississippi.

    Slattery, a professor of biomolecular sciences in the School of Pharmacy and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award during the university’s 165th Commencement ceremonies Saturday (May 12) in the Grove.

    Read more: “Marc Slattery Receives Top UM Research Award”


     Khan Recognized as University Creates Distinguished Professor Honor

    Ikhlas Khan selected as a Distinguished Professor with Chancellor Vitter and Provost WilkinMay 11, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three University of Mississippi faculty members were appointed as Distinguished Professors during the spring faculty meeting Friday (May 11) in Fulton Chapel.

    The honorees are John Daigle, director of the Center for Wireless Communications and professor of electrical engineering; Donald Dyer, associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and professor of Russian and linguistics; and Ikhlas A. Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research and professor of pharmacognosy.

    Read more: “Khan Recognized as University Creates Distinguished Professor Honor


    UM Pharmacy Grad Student Earns Student Exchange Award

    Ann Fairly Barnett divingMay 7, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Ann Fairly Barnett, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student, received the Student Training Exchange Opportunity award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

    The award will allow Barnett to conduct research in the Shoemaker Toxicology Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs this summer under the guidance of Joe Griffitt, chair of USM’s Division of Coastal Sciences and associate director of its School of Ocean Science and Technology.

    Read more: “UM Pharmacy Grad Student Earns Student Exchange Award”


    Two Pharmacy Faculty Win New Investigator Awards

    February 27, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Two assistant professors in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, both from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, have won prestigious 2018 New Investigator Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Hoang Le, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, and Cole Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, each won one of only 16 new investigator awards bestowed by AACP this year.

    Read more: “Two Pharmacy Faculty Win New Investigator Awards