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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    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”


    Pharmacy Ph.D. Graduate Wins Scholarship for Drug Discovery Research

    Mohammed AlbadrySeptember 21, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Mohamed A. Albadry, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has won the 2018 Harvey W. Wiley Scholarship from AOAC International.

    AOAC International develops global quality standards for microbiological and chemical materials, ranging from food to pharmaceuticals, in an effort to ensure public health.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Ph.D. Graduate Wins Scholarship for Drug Discovery Research”


    BMS Welcomes Back Students at Orientation, Awards Luncheon

    Award RecipientsAugust 17, 2018

    The Department of BioMolecular Sciences kicked off the new school year with its Welcome Back Orientation on August 17. The day consisted of the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture featuring 2018 recipient Randall Clark in the morning before the awards luncheon and department photo in the afternoon.

    See more pictures at the Facebook gallery: “BMS Welcome Back Orientation”


    Forensic Chemist Named Ole Miss 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus

    Randall ClarkAugust 13, 2018

    OXFORD, Miss. ­– Randall Clark, a 1973 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

    Clark earned degrees in both biology and chemistry from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia, before receiving his Ph.D. under the direction of late Ole Miss professor Ronald F. Borne. He has spent his 45-year academic career at Auburn University, where he is a professor of medicinal chemistry, mentoring over 50 Master’s and Ph.D. students.

    Read more: “Forensic Chemist Named Ole Miss 2018 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”


    Faculty, Researchers Honored at Pharmacy School Annual Retreat

    David Colby (left) and Dean David AllenJACKSON, Miss. ­– The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy presented four faculty and researchers awards for their excellence in and commitment to research, teaching and service at its annual faculty retreat on June 14.

    “We are fortunate at our school to have talented faculty and scientists committed to our mission, so it’s a privilege to award them for their outstanding efforts,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy.

    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!

     

     


    Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship

    Erik HodgesOXFORD, Miss. ­– Erik Hodges, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of BioMolecular Sciences, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Virginia Dolores Cantú Fellowship.

    “I was elated when I heard I was selected,” Hodges said. “It always feels good to be recognized for your efforts. The topic is one I am very passionate about, and it is nice to know that I was able to convey my thoughts effectively to the reviewers.”

    Read more: “Pharmacology Graduate Student Awarded Cantú Fellowship”


    Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Outstanding Poster Presentation

    Pankaj Pandey presented Borne Award from John Rimoldi.OXFORD, Miss. ­– Pankaj Pandey, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, won the Ronald F. Borne Outstanding Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award at the 45th Annual MALTO Meeting in College Station, Texas.

    The MALTO conference, for medicinal and natural product chemists from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma, gives the Borne Award to one postdoctoral fellow at the conference each year based on their interview and research poster.

    Read more: “Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow Honored for Outstanding Poster Presentation”


    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”