Department of BioMolecular Sciences

The University of Mississippi

January 1, 2017

Dr. Kristie Willett Named Chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences!

http://Kristie Willett Named Chair of Department of BioMolecular Sciences

August 25, 2016

2016 Fall – Welcome Back Graduate Student Luncheon!

2016 Fall Student Welcome Lunch


August 16, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Chris McCurdy on being elected the 2016 President for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)!

August 15, 2016

Congratulations to graduate student Veda Gogineni for being selected to receive the 2016 AAPS Graduate Student Research Award in Drug Discovery and Development Interface!

July, 2016

Congratulations to Dennis Carty for being selected as one of five American College of Toxicology, 2016 North American Graduate Fellowship award winners! This award will provide Dennis with a two-year fellowship of $5,000 per year to be used toward education and attending the ACT annual meetings. Dennis will be recognized during the 2016 annual meeting awards ceremony and luncheon on Monday, November 10, 2016.

April, 2016

At the Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 7, 2016, the following people received awards:

Awardees at the 2016 Honors Convention

Awardees at the 2016 Honors Convention

  • Manal Nael  Graduate Achievement Award in Biomolecular Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry

Division of Environmental Toxicology

  • Dennis Carty – Dr. William H. Benson Graduate Student Award

Division of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Dr. Pankaj Pandey – Nobles-Sam Graduate Research Award

Division of Pharmacognosy 

  • Chinni Yalamanchili  – 2015/2016 Charles D. Hufford Graduate Student Award

Division of Pharmacology

  • Harshul Batra – Edith Pritchard Graduate Student Award
  • Surendra Jain – Marvin Davis Graduate Student Award

Congratulations on these outstanding achievements!

January 28, 2016

Dr. Jordan Zjawiony received an honorable recognition from the Polish government lawmakers for a recent collaboration in helping with the development of the Center for Natural Products in Poland.

December, 2015

Dr. Chris McCurdy has been appointed to the AFPE Board of Grants.

May 1, 2015

On Friday, May 1st, 2015 the Department of BioMolecular Sciences held its second Annual Awards day, in which graduate students were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments. It was a beautiful day in which to combine business and pleasure!

April 21, 2015

Kristie Willett, Jeffrey Steevens and Dean David D. Allen

Kristie Willett, Jeffrey Steevens and Dean David D. Allen

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery Steevens, the 2015 School of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year!

April 16, 2015

Graduate Awards Ceremony invitation

In preparation for the upcoming BMS Spring Graduate Student Award Ceremony on May 1st, the department would like to acknowledge the graduate students who will be recognized:

Division of Environmental Toxicology

  • Dennis Carty – $500 travel award from the South Central Chapter of Society of Toxicology to attend the national SOT meeting.

Division of Medicinal Chemistry

  • Eric Bow – 2013/2014 Nobles-Sam Graduate Research Award
  • Shuneize Slater – First Place at the MCBIOS XII (Midsouth Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society), Poster Presentation in Biological Bioinformatics and $300 award
  • Veda Gogineni – Most Outstanding Member for the University of Mississippi, Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi
  • Walid Alsharif – Honorable Mention for the MAS Outstanding Student Manuscript
  • Pankaj Pandey – ACS Chemical Computing Group Research Excellence Award in Medicinal Chemistry and $1,150 award. Pankaj also received the 32014-2015 University of Mississippi, Graduate Student Achievement Award

Division of Pharmacognosy 

  • Mohamed Albadry – 2014/2015 Charles D. Hufford Graduate Student Award

Division of Pharmacology

  • Rhianna Morgan – First Place at the Mississippi INBRE, Graduate Student Symposium
  • Trisha Dhawan – Received Honorable Mention from the Reproductive and Development Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology and $75 award.
  • Santu Singha – Received $500 travel award from the South Central Chapter of Society of Toxicology to attend the National SOT meeting. Santu also received Honorable Mention from the Reproductive and Development Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology and received $75 award.
  • Jagrati Jain – Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Society. Jagrati also received $1000 travel fellowship award for the 3rd Annual UAB Workshop on Metabolomics, Dept. of Pharmacology/Toxicology, University of Alabama. The fellowship is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as part of the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics initiative, and the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Alabama at BirminghamJagrati also received a poster award today at the 15th International Conference on the Science of Botanicals.

2014-2015 – Graduate Student Council Research Grant Awards

Veda Gogineni – Division of Med Chem

Walid Alsharif – Division of Med Chem

Rhianna Morgan – Division of Pharmacology

 April 14, 2015

We are excited to announce that the A. Nelson Voldeng Memorial Lecturer will be Alan P. Kozikowski, Professor, Drug Discovery Program, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago. The topic will be:

“Chemistry, the Brain, and Cancer – Ups and Downs on the Road to HDAC6i Drugs”

April 13, 2015

Congratulations to Jagrati Jain, who was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, due to her excellent academic work! It is a well-deserved honor for Jagrati! A short video can be seen on our Facebook page.

 April 7, 2015

Please note that the time for the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Speech has been changed from 11:00 am to 10:30 am. The date and location remain the same.

March 24,2015

Joseph  Sam Distinguished Alumnus Speaker Announced

Bob Magarian

Bob Magarian

The Department of BioMolecular Sciences, Division of Medicinal Chemistry is excited and pleased to announce that  Dr. Robert A. “Bob” Magarian, Professor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma (Medicinal Chemistry, 1966)  will be the recipient and honored speaker. The Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Speech will take place on  Thursday, May 21st at 10:30 am in TCRC room 1044.

March 15, 2015

Ole Miss graduate Sly Lee (Environmental Toxicology Research Program, 2012) making us proud!

February 18, 2015

Dr. Christopher McCurdy Named AAPS Voting Representative

We are proud to announce that at today’s AAPS Executive Council meeting that Dr. Christopher McCurdy was appointed as the AAPS’ voting representative to the United States Pharmacopeia. This brings great recognition and honor to Chris, our department, the school, and the university. Please join us in congratulating him on this wonderful accomplishment.

January 29, 2015

Charles D. Hufford Graduate Student Fellowship Endowment

For more than four decades, Dr. Charles D. Hufford made an incredible impact on the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s research culture. It is undeniable that Dr. Hufford helped transform our school into one of the world’s premier locations for the study of natural compounds. Not only that, but his leadership in the Department of Pharmacognosy and in the school’s administration as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs has been unparalleled.

Dr. Hufford’s accomplishments were extensive. His research talents shined in the area of drug metabolism, as well as finding and characterizing new antifungal antibiotics. Additionally, he was largely responsible for growing the school’s nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer capabilities. Over the years, he mentored numerous graduate students and facilitated various renovation projects.

Upon his retirement in 2015, Dr. Hufford’s family created an endowment that will pay tribute to his vast contributions to the university. The Charles D. Hufford Graduate Student Fellowship Endowment will provide additional funding to a deserving biomolecular sciences graduate student who is a U.S. citizen. We are thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of graduate students while celebrating Dr. Hufford’s legacy at the same time.

Checks to the University of Mississippi Foundation with the Hufford Fellowship noted in the memo line can be mailed to 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or contributions can be made online by visiting .

December 12, 2014

Pharmacology/Toxicology Alum to be Honored

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffery A. Steevens (Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1999) is the recipient of the School of Pharmacy’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Steevens is a Senior Research Scientist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. His commitment to the School of Pharmacy and his many contributions to the profession have made him an excellent choice for this esteemed award.
This award will be presented at the annual Pharmacy Alumni Weekend banquet on April 18, 2015. We are excited about honoring Dr. Steevens on his exceptional accomplishments.

December 11, 2014

Environmental Toxicology Research Program New Award Featured in Pharmacy Matters

The creation of the William H. Benson Distinguished Graduate Student Award was featured in the School of Pharmacy’s Newsletter, “Pharmacy Matters”. The award is the brain child of Dr. Kristine Willett, a professor of Pharmacology who has been committed to the development of the Environmental Toxicology Research Program. The award is for graduate students enrolled in the Environmental Toxicology Research Program. The full article can be read here.

October, 2014

  • Dr. Jordan Zjawiony was honored at a luncheon with only 18 other employees for 25 years of dedicated service to the University of Mississippi.



Renowned Researcher A. Douglas Kinghorn Named 2014 Waller Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. A. Douglas Kinghorn, who performed postdoctoral work here in the Department of Pharmacognosy in the 1970s will be returning as this year’s Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecturer. The full story is here.

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Leading Drug Discovery Scientist to Give Borne Lecture April 15

By Erin Garrett

Chris M. Ireland

Chris M. Ireland

Chris M. Ireland, distinguished professor and dean of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, will deliver the 10th annual Ronald F. Borne Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

Hosted by medicinal chemistry faculty, the April 15 lecture is set for 11 a.m. in Room 2066 of the Thad Cochran Research Center. It is free and open to the public. Ireland plans to discuss “Three Decades of Evolution in an Academic Drug Discovery Program: Then and Now.”

“We are delighted to have Dr. Ireland as our 10th annual Ronald F. Borne Lecturer,” said Stephen J. Cutler, department chair. “He is an exceedingly accomplished pharmaceutical scientist who has lead very productive research teams doing drug discovery.”

Ireland has established himself as a world leader in natural product drug discovery during his nearly 30 years at the University of Utah. His research has focused on the discovery of antitumor agents from natural product sources including marine invertebrate animals, tropical plants and fungi.

He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed research articles, eight book chapters and five patents. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international symposia on natural products research and cancer chemotherapeutics.

Ireland is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, an American Society of Pharmacognosy Fellow, a 2008 short-term Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum Biodiversity Program. He has been given numerous awards, including a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award, the 2007 University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award, the 10th Webster Sibilsky Award for Contributions to the Field of Medicinal Chemistry and the 2007 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.

“Dr. Ireland has extensively studied the chemistry of marine invertebrates, which have proven to be a prolific source of diverse chemical structures with potential anticancer effects,” Cutler said.

The lecture was established in 2004 as a way of recognizing Ronald F. Borne, a longtime medicinal chemistry professor, and his contributions to the department and the university. Borne was a classroom favorite of students for many years and has been recognized on numerous occasions for his teaching and research excellence. He received the university’s 1972 Elsie M. Hood Teacher of the Year Award and 1996 Faculty Achievement Award. He was also named by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education as the Mississippi Professor of the Year in 1992.

Borne served as department chair from 1979 to 1988, acting associate vice chancellor for research and acting dean of the Graduate School in 1985-86, interim associate vice chancellor for research in 1997-98 and interim vice chancellor for research in 1998-2001. He retired from the university in 2004.

For more information on the lecture or for assistance related to a disability, contact Danielle Noonan at or 662-915-7026.