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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    Congratulations to our Outstanding Faculty who received the following awards at the 

    2018 UM School of Pharmacy Faculty Retreat!


    • Dr. David Colby, School of Pharmacy Service Award
    • Dr. Joshua Sharp, New Investigator Research Award
    • Dr. Marc Slattery, Cumberland Scientific Research Award


    (from left) Dr. David Colby, Dr. Joshua Sharp and Dr. Marc Slattery

    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!







    Congratulations to pharmacology graduate student, Erik Hodges, on receiving the 2018 Virginia Dolores Cantú Fellowship! Virginia Dolores Cantú served students and faculty involved in laboratory animal research at The University of Mississippi for many years by facilitating their compliance with the federal regulations on the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Ms. Cantú was also an integral part of the team that achieved AAALAC accreditation for The University of Mississippi. The fellowship was established in 2010 by Joe Turner Cantú, Eddie Upton, and the Cantú family.






    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pankaj Pandey was awarded The Ronald F. Borne Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award at the 45th Annual MALTO Meeting held at TAMU in College Station Texas, May 23-25, 2018.   Congratulations Pankaj!





    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

    Former Pharmacy Chair Remembered for Integrity, Leadership

    Frank GilmoreFebruary 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – Frank Gilmore, former chair and professor emeritus in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, died Feb. 14 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.

    A visitation for Gilmore is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 24) at Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford, where a celebration of his life will immediately follow.

    Read more: “Former Pharmacy Chair Remembered for Integrity, Leadership”

    Alumnus Makes Forbes “30 Under 30” List of Leaders

    Sly LeeJanuary 22, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. – As technological advances continue to rapidly turn yesterday’s fiction into today’s facts, a University of Mississippi alumnus finds himself at the forefront of the burgeoning virtual and augmented reality revolution.

    Sylvester “Sly” Lee, co-founder of Emerge Inc., an independent technology company in Los Angeles, recently made Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list of rising entrepreneurs in manufacturing and industry.

    Read more: “Alumnus Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List of Leaders”

    Pharmacy Professor Becomes Graduate School Associate Dean

    Robert DoerksenDecember 12, 2017 

    OXFORD, Miss. – Robert Doerksen, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, is the new associate dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. As of Monday (Dec. 11), he will manage the Office of the Graduate School and assist with expanding graduate education initiatives.

    A faculty member in the School of Pharmacy since 2004, Doerksen has mentored graduate students for many years. He spent the last year as the director of the graduate program of the medicinal chemistry division within the school’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Professor Becomes Graduate School Associate Dean

    Jimmie Valentine Named 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

    John Rimoldi presents Jimmie Valentine with awardSeptember 21, 2017

    OXFORD, Miss. – Jimmie Valentine, a 1968 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

    Valentine holds degrees in both biology and chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in medicinal chemistry from the UM School of Pharmacy. Retiring from the University of Arkansas in 2008 after 19 years as a professor of pediatrics, pharmacology and myeloma research, Valentine is now a consultant in medical pharmacology and toxicology.

    Read more: “Jimmie Valentine Named 2017 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”