Department of BioMolecular Sciences

The University of Mississippi

Graduates from each division of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences have found employment in a variety of fields in both the public and private sectors. We have included a list of our graduates from the past 5 years below, and, when possible, where they are now. Please contact us if you note any omissions or items that need to be corrected!

Environmental Toxicology (ETRP)

  • Adam Hawkins, Ph.D., 2014
    Effects of nanosilver and silver nitrate exposure on fathead minnows (Pimephales Promelas) and zebrafish (Danio Rerio)
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Kristie Willett
    Current Position: Instructor Georgia Highlands College
  • Mindi Ansley, M.S., 2014
    Thesis Title: “Characterizing innate immunity in the Hawaiian coral Montipora capitata”
    Advisor, Dr. Deborah Gochfeld
    Current Position: Environmental Scientist, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Biloxi, MS.
  • Cole Easson, Ph.D., 2013
    Thesis Title: “Individual and Population Responses of a Common Caribbean Sponge, Aplysina cauliformis, to Combinations of Natural and Anthropogenic Stressors”
    Advisor, Dr. Marc Slattery
    Current Position: University Of Alabama – Birmingham, Postdoctoral Fellow; ARBOR Tree of Life Project under Dr. Robert Thacker
  • Frank Booc, M.S., 2013
    Thesis Title: “Benzo[a]pyrene Effects on Fundulus heteroclitus Reproductive Endpoints”
    Current Position: Nursing School in Texas.
    Advisor, Dr. Kristie Willett
  • Kimberly Foster, M.S., 2013
    Thesis Title: “Synthesis and evaluation of naturally occurring halogenated bipyrroles in a relevant marine species, Fundulus heteroclitus”
  • Sylvester Lee, M.S., 2012
    Thesis Title: “Adaptive Tolerance to Ocean Acidification in the Marine Sponge Chondrilla nucula
    Current Position: Marine Biological Science Technician at National Park Service, Kalaupapa, HI
  • Meghan Dailey, M.S., 2012
    Thesis Title: “Temporal and Spatial Assessment of PAHs in Water, Sediment, and Oysters as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”
    Current Position: TDI-Brooks International in College Station Texas
  • Suzanne Childress Seale, M.S., 2010
    Thesis Title: “Behavioral and transcriptional effects of acrylamide in rat pups”
    Current Position: Adjunct Professor – Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Lindsay Krentz O’Donahue, M.S., 2010
    Thesis Title: “The effect of ethynylestradiol, benzo(a)pyrene and a mixture of the two on the sex change event in the hermaphroditic bridled goby, Coryphopterus glaucofraenum
    Current Position: Laboratory Technician – Los Angeles County Sanitation District
  • Kelley Ivey Ezell, M.S., 2010
    Thesis Title: “Real time drug abuse by measurement of influent wastewater in sewage treatment plants”
    Current Position:Research Technician – Anatomy Dept., Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona

Medicinal Chemistry

  • Walid Alsharif, Ph.D., 2015
    Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Sigma Receptors (sRS) Ligands as Potential Pharmacotherapy for Cancer, and Drug Addiction
    Dissertation director, Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy
    Current Position: TBA
  • Eric Bow, Ph.D., 2015
    Design, Synthesis and Cannabinoid Receptor Activity of Benzofuran Ligands
    Dissertation director, Dr. John M. Rimoldi
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, NIH
  • Pankaj Pandey, Ph.D., 2015
    Protein-Ligand Interaction Studies and Identification of New Drug-Like Hits as Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators
    Dissertation director, Dr. Robert Doerksen
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Mississippi
  • Shuneize E. Slater, Ph.D., 2015
    The Discovery of Novel Inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum ATPase 6 Obtained Via A Mechanistic Study of Artemisinin
    Dissertation director, Dr. Robert Doerksen
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Mississippi
  • Amer H. Tarawneh, Ph.D., 2015
    Evaluation of Novel Ligands for Opioid Receptors
    Dissertation director, Dr. Stephen Cutler
  • Sarah Chajkowski Scarry, Ph.D., 2012
    Dissertation director, Dr. John M. Rimoldi
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Kansas
  • Marco Arribas, Ph.D., 2011
    Synthesis of Analogues Based on the Opioid Alkaloid Mitragynine
    Dissertation director, Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate at Universidade de São Paulo São Paulo Area, Brazil
  • Rohit Bhat, Ph.D., 2011
    Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluatiohn and Metabolic Stability Studies of Sigma Receptor Ligands
    Dissertation director, Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
  • Vanildo Braga, Ph.D., 2011
    Approaches Towards the Synthesis of Bradyoxetin
    Dissertation director, Dr. John M. Rimoldi
  • Jiangtao Gao, Ph.D., 2011
    Fungi Derived Natural Products with Binding Affinities for Human Opiod Receptors or Cannabinoid Receptors
    Dissertation director, Dr. Stephen J. Cutler
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Swapnil Kulkarni, Ph.D., 2011
    Part A: Studies Towards the Total Synthesis of an Anticancer and Antifugal Natural Products: Pseudolaric Acid B, Part B: Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Berkeleyamid
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mitchell A. Avery
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rob Smith, Ph.D., 2011
    Design and Synthesis of Novel Agrofungicides Based on Naturally Occurring PBDEs
    Dissertation director, Dr. John M. Rimoldi
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas
  • Falgun Shah, Ph.D., 2011
    Use of Structure and Ligand-Based Drug Design Tools for the Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Cysteine Proteases for the Treatment of Malaria and SARS Infection
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mitchell A. Avery
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Mohamed Helal, Ph.D., 2010
    Melanin Concentrating Hormone Receptor-1 Antagonists: Discovery, Optimization, and Biological Evaluation
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mitchell A. Avery
    Current Position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Suez Canal University, Egypt
  • Eman Habib, Ph.D., 2010
    Isolation and Structure Elucidation of Biologically Active Compounds from Terrestrial and Fungal Organisms
    Dissertation director, Dr. Stephen J. Cutler
  • Velvet Journigan, Ph.D., 2010
    Part I. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Ligands for Neuropeptide FF1 and FF2 Receptors. Part II. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Ligands for the K Opioid Receptor
    Dissertation director, Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Astraea Therapeutics, Mountain View, CA
  • Pankaj Daga, Ph.D., 2010
    Combating Hepatitis B Virus by Targeting DNA Polymerase. Computational Insights into Resistance Development and Search for Novel Inhibitors by Virtual Screening
    Dissertation director, Dr. Robert J. Doerksen
    Current Position: Presidential PostDoctoral Fellow at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Emoryville, CA
    Previous Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Astraea Therapeutics, Mountain View, CA
  • Tammy Nolan, Ph.D., 2010
    Molecular Recognition Studies for the Kappa Opioid and Sigma Receptors using Virtual Screening, Pharmacophore Modeling and Semi-Synthesis
    Dissertation director, Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Duquense University, Pittsburgh, PA

Pharmacognosy

  • Michael Chan, Ph.D., 2015
    Ethnobotanical- and Chemometric-Guided Investigation of Phytolacca americana L
    Dissertation director, Dr. Iklas Khan
  • Joonseok Oh, Ph.D., 2015
    Endangered Plant Species for Potential Drug Lead and Anticancer Prototypes for Treatment of Breast and Pancreatic Cancers
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mark Hamann
    Current Position: Yale Univ., Crawford Lab, Postdoctoral Associate
  • Michael James, M.S., 2014
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mark Hamann
    Current Position: Working in industry in Maryland
  • Amanda Waters, Ph.D., 2014
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mark Hamann
    Current Position: NIH
  • Christina Coleman, Ph.D., 2014
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Mississippi
  • Michael Cunningham, M.S., 2013
    Current Position: PhD program, Univ. of Mississippi
  • Kimberly Auker, M.S., 2013
    Current Position: American Journal Experts, Trieste Area, Italy, Contract Editor
  • Samul Abbas, M.S., 2013
    Current Position: Univ. of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Kevin Llewellyn, Ph.D., 2013
    Dissertation director, Dr. Mark Hamann
    Current Position: Univ. of Mississippi, NCNPR, Associate Research Scientist
  • John Bowling, Ph.D., 2012
    Current Position: St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Sandipan Datta, Ph.D., 2012
    Current Position: Univ. California – Davis
  • Xiang Fu, Ph.D., 2012, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital
    Current Position: Memphis, TN, Senior Research Technologist
  • Mallika Kumarihamy, Ph.D., 2012
    Current Position: Univ. of Mississippi, NCNPR
  • Bin Wang, Ph.D., 2012
    Current Position: Univ. of Oklahoma, Dept of Chemistry
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, Ph.D., 2011
    Current Position: Univ. of Mississippi, NCNPR
  • Damaris Meujo, Ph.D., 2011
    Current Position: Univ. of Texas – Dallas
  • Amir Wahba, Ph.D., 2011
    Current Position: Damietta University, Egypt, Dept of Chemistry
  • Jing Li, Ph.D., 2010
    Current Position: Univ. of Texas – San Antonio

Pharmacology

  • Khalid Alharthy, PhD., 2015
    Dissertation director, Dr. Kristie Willett
    Current Position: Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Assistant Professor
  • Madkhali Hassan, Ph.D., 2015
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Zia Shariat-Madar
    Current Position: Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Assistant Professor
  • Surabhi Shukla, Ph.D., 2015
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Babu Tekwani
    Current Position: Actively looking for employment
  • Tahmineh Tabrizian, Ph.D., 2015
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Zia Shariat-Madar
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  • Jingjing Wang, Ph.D., 2014
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Zia Shariat-Madar
    Current Position: Medical University of South Carolina, Dept. of Surgery
  • Pranapda Aumsuwan, Ph.D., 2013
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Asok Dasmahapatra
    Current Position: Actively looking for employment
  • Monica Gole, Ph.D., 2013
    Dissertation Director, Dr. David Murray
    Current Position: San Francisco Bay Area; actively looking for employment
  • Mona Haron, Ph.D., 2013
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Asok Dasmahapatra
    Current Position: Univ. of Mississippi, NCNPR, Postdoctoral Associate
  • Krishna Nagalla, Ph.D., 2013
    Dissertation Director, Dr. David Murray
    Current Position: Actively looking for employment
  • Mengmeng Wu, M.S., 2013
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Asok Dasmahapatra
    Current Position: Returned to China. Employment info unavailable
  • Xiefan Fang, Ph.D., 2011
    Dissertation director, Dr. Kristie Willett
    Current Position: University of Florida, Assistant Scientist
  • Dhaval Kolte, Ph.D., 2011
    Dissertation Director, Dr. Zia Shariat-Madar
    Current Position: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Mohamed Hammad, Ph.D., 2010
    Current Position: Assist. Director of Natural Stem Cell Technology, KACST, Saudia Arabia
  • Minghui Wu, Ph.D., 2010
    Current Position: Cancer Research Institute, Tampa, FL
  • Monica Gole, M.S., 2010
    Current Position: University of Mississippi