Department of BioMolecular Sciences

The University of Mississippi


Department of BioMolecular Sciences

Spring 2017 Graduate Student and External Speaker Seminar Series
TCRC 2066 on Tuesdays at 11 am
TCRC 2066 on Thursdays at 10 am
except as noted by text in red

(Titles will be posted as they become available)


Speaker Title Date
Dr. Nicole Ashpole In vivo Techniques January 24
Dr. Jason Paris
Virginia Commonwealth University
Guest Speaker
Host: Zia Shariat-Madar
Neurosteroid Modulation of Opioid and HIV-1 Tat Pathogenesis January 26
Dr. Guido Pauli
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Guest Speaker
Host: Robert Doerksen
Bioanalytical Approaches to Natural Health Products and Drug Leads January 31
Dr. Woonghee Lee
Assistant Scientist, National Magnetic Resonance Facility University of Wisconsin-Madison
Guest Speaker
Host: Robert Doerksen


Integrative High-Throughput NMR: Nuts and Bolts


February 2

Dr. James Stewart
Assistant Professor of Biology, Mississippi State University Guest Speaker
Host: Zia Shariat-Madar


Rap1a intersects AGE/RAGE signaling in type 2 diabetes mellitus

Monday, February 6

9:30 -10:30 TCRC 2066

Jagrati Jain Biochemical and Molecular Assessment of Toxicity of Primaquine Metabolites on Human Erythrocytes


February 7

Dr. Margaret Hardy
The University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland, Australia
Guest Speaker
Host: Zia Shariat-Madar


From venoms to drugs: a discovery program using leads from nature’s combinatorial chemists


February 14

Dr. Vitor H. Pomin
Instituto de Bioquímica Médica Leopoldo de Meis & Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Guest Speaker
Host: Robert Doerksen


NMR Structural Biology of Therapeutic Sulfated Glycans


February 16

Dennis Carty Assessing the Multigenerational Toxicity of Cannabidiol and ∆9-Tetrahydrocannabinol February  21
No Seminar No Seminar February 23

Amna Adam


Manal Alhusban


Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Glutaminase-1 Inactivators

Cheminformatic Approach for Deconvolution of Active Compounds in a Complex Mixture:  PhytoSERMs in Licorice 


February  28

Dr. Susruta Majumdar
Department of Neurology, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Sciences, NY, NY
Guest Speaker
Host: David Colby


Attempts to separate opioid analgesia from addiction using two distinct approaches: 6TM and biased signaling

Monday, March 6

9:30 -10:30 TCRC 2066



Rhianna Morgan


G-quadruplexes as Molecular Targets for Transcriptional Control

Monday, March 6

3:00 -4:00 TCRC 1044


Moneerah Alqahtani

Najla Alzaid

A Search for Small Molecule Inhibitors of S100b

Efficacy and Safety of Botanical Ingredients in Cosmetics

March 7
Dr. Sudeshna Roy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Guest Speaker
Host: David Colby


Small Molecule Tools to Investigate Chemical and Biological Processes


March 9

No Seminar No Seminar March 14
Taghreed Majrashi Chemical and Biological Evaluation of Asimina triloba March  21
Dr. Haibo Ge
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (UIPUI) Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, School of Science
Guest Speaker
Host: David Colby


Synthetic Method Development and Medicinal Chemistry Studies of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 1A1 Inhibitors


March  28

Disha Prabhu



Claire Tran

Modulation of Bcl-2 Expression for Anti-cancer and Anti-neurodegenerative Effects by Clamp-mediated Stabilization of Promoter G-quadruplexes

High-Throughput Screening of Annonaceae Plant Extracts: Antiproliferative Activity on Pancreatic and Colon Cancer Cell Lines



March  30

Shukria Akbar



Barbara Adaikpoh

Genetic Engineering and Heterologous Expression of the Disorazole Biosynthetic Gene Cluster via Red/ET Recombineering

Antimicrobials Inspired by Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetase Gene Clusters


April 4

No Seminar No Seminar April 6

AyoOluwa Aderibigbe

Niloofar Abolhasani Khaje

TBD April 11
Dr. Chalet Tan
University of Mississippi
Guest Speaker
Host: David Colby
Concurrent Delivery of MicroRNA and Chemotherapy via Biodegradable Nanocarriers for the Treatment of KRAS Mutant Cancer April 13
Dr. Jianzhong Shen
Auburn University
Guest Speaker
Host: Zia Shariat-Madar


P2Y2 Receptor: the Middle of the Journey

Monday, April 17

9:30 -10:30 TCRC 2066

Mohamed Hawwal

Identification of a Plant Isoflavonoid that Causes Biliary Atresia

April 18
Adam Keasling
Molecular Characterization of the Opioid Receptors: Design, Development, and Preclinical Evaluation of Salvinorin A-Based Molecular Probes
Wednesday, April 19
8:00 -9:00 TCRC 2066
Dr. Andrew Murkin
University at Buffalo
Guest Speaker
Host: Hoang Le
Mechanism and Inhibition of Enzyme-catalyzed retro-aldol reactions in Mycobacterium tuberculosis April 20

Hao Liu


Mohammad Riaz

Interaction of Zika Virus Envelope Protein with Glycosaminoglycans

Human Milk Oligosaccharide Specificities of Human Galectins. Comparison of Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Glycan Microarray Screening Results

April 25
Dr. Lainy Day
University of Mississippi
Guest Speaker
Host: Robert Doerksen

Building Incredible Athleticism: Neuromuscular, Skeletal, Hormonal, and Molecular Adaptations for Acrobatic Displays in Manakins (Aves:Pipridea) or

The Sexiest Dancers are Made of Better Materials

April 27
No Seminar No Seminar May 2
Dr. Scott Snyder
St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital
Guest Speaker
Host: David Colby
PET Radiopharmaceutical Research in Pediatric Oncology May 4