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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    Sly LeeJuly 9, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Alumni Association is honoring eight recipients for its Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019 in recognition of their service and accomplishments.

    Two of those honorees are School of Pharmacy alumni, as Kimsey O’Neal Bailey will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and Sly Lee will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Alumni Recognized with UM Distinguished Alumni Awards”


    Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts

    Hao LiuMay 17, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-one University of Mississippi graduate students, including six from the School of Pharmacy, have been awarded Graduate Student Council Research Fund grants to support their research, study and creative scholarship.

    The $1,000 competitive research grants, funded by the UM Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are for projects conducted through April 2020.

    Read more: “Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts”


    School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding

    Associate research and development biologist Nisha Mishra works in one of the UM School of Pharmacy’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence labs.May 7, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy rose to sixth in the nation in external research funding for 2018, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Research funding reached $21.2 million in 2018, placing the School of Pharmacy second in the SEC and among the top 5 percent of pharmacy schools nationwide.

    Read more: “School of Pharmacy Ranked Sixth in Research Funding”


    Ole Miss Pharmacy Graduate Students Recognized for Research Accomplishments

    Stephanie Burr standing in front of her posterApril 30, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Numerous graduate students in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences within the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy earned awards for their presentations at the UM Neuroscience Research Showcase in April and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting in February.

    Erik Hodges, a graduate student from Norman, Oklahoma, was honored at the Neuroscience Showcase. Student award winners at the MAS meeting included Stephanie Burr of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Amelia Clayshulte of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Mallory Harmon of Meridian, Mississippi; and Alaa Qrareya of Palestine.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Graduate Students Recognized for Research Accomplishments”


    Graduate Students Enhance Skills with Scientific Writing Workshop

    BMS Council with Josh Sharp for Skills WorkshopApril 23, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– For graduate students, the ability to summarize the results of a laboratory experiment can be as important as the result themselves. 

    To emphasize the skill of writing in science, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy offered a Graduate Student Scientific Writing Workshop last month, sponsored by the school’s Graduate Student Program office, the BioMolecular Sciences department and Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery department.

    Read more: “Graduate Students Enhance Skills with Scientific Writing Workshop”


    UM Graduate Student Selected for Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Course

    Amelia ClayshulteApril 19, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Amelia Clayshulte, a second-year Ph.D. student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, was accepted into a tropical taxonomy course at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

    The internationally competitive course takes place at the Bocas Research Station in Bocas del Toro, Panama, for 21 days this summer. Clayshulte, originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be one of approximately 15 students participating in a course titled “Understanding Relationships of Non-bilaterian Metazoans: Sponges.”

    Read more: “UM Graduate Student Selected for Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Course”


    Three Pharmacy Professors Win New Investigator Awards

    Vitor H. PominJanuary 24, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Three faculty members in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy have won competitive 2019 New Investigator Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, giving the school five winners over the past two years.

    AACP honors a limited number of research projects from junior faculty across the country every year. UM’s three winners for 2019 were Marie Barnard, Sujith Ramachandran and Vitor Pomin, who join UM’s two 2018 recipients of the award.

    Read more: “Three Pharmacy Professors Win New Investigator Awards”


    Pharmacology Professor Awarded NIA Grant for Research on Aging Brain

    Nicole AshpoleJanuary 17, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Nicole Ashpole, an assistant professor of pharmacology in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging to research memory impairments in advanced age.

    With this award, Ashpole and her team will explore a specific hormone in the body that decreases with age, as well as its ability to communicate with the brain and its effects on learning and memory. The hormone is insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1.

    Read more: “Pharmacology Professor Awarded NIA Grant for Research on Aging Brain”


    Ole Miss Professor Earns Grant to Produce Anticancer Natural Products from Bacteria

    Cole StevensJanuary 10, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Cole Stevens, a faculty member in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has been awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute for cancer prevention research using natural products.

    Stevens, an assistant professor of pharmacognosy in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, is working to engineer bacteria to produce significant amounts of gephyronic acid, a polyketide that has potential as an anticancer therapy.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Professor Earns Grant to Produce Anticancer Natural Products from Bacteria”


    Pharmacology Professor Works to Reverse Impact of Opioids on HIV

    Fakhri Mahdi, Matthew Saucier and Jason ParisDecember 20, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The opioid epidemic has reached new perils across the United States. Though opioid abuse can be dangerous for anyone, those diagnosed with HIV can see increased adverse effects on the brain and nervous system.

    With a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy pharmacology assistant professor Jason Paris is working to combat opioids’ harmful effects on the HIV-infected brain.

    Read more: “Pharmacology Professor Works to Reverse Impact of Opioids on HIV”


    BioMolecular Sciences Advocacy Council Enhances Graduate Student Experience

    BMS Council with Josh Sharp for Skills WorkshopDecember 17, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– The graduate students and faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences have worked together to reestablish an organization that will benefit the many graduate students within the department.

    The BMS Graduate Student Advocacy Council formed during the fall of 2018 as the department renewed its official student registration of the former BMS Journal Club. The organization plans to include more opportunities for interaction outside of the labs with faculty and student networking events, journal club meetings and football tailgates.

    Read more: “BioMolecular Sciences Advocacy Council Enhances Graduate Student Experience”


    Ole Miss Professor Awarded NIDA Grant to Fight Opioid Addiction

    David ColbyNovember 27, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– David Colby, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy professor, received a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop new treatments for addressing the opioid crisis.

    Colby hopes to develop a therapy for drug addiction by studying the medicinal chemistry of certain compounds that can lower the anxiety some patients experience when withdrawing from an addiction.

    Read more: “Ole Miss Professor Awarded NIDA Grant to Fight Opioid Addiction”