Department of BioMolecular Sciences

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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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    Closeup picture of Laura Bohn with computers displayed in background.October 8, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Laura M. Bohn, professor of molecular medicine and neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, will deliver the 2019 Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture at the University of Mississippi.

    The Oct. 11 lecture, “Refining Opioid Receptor Signaling to Improve Therapeutic Potential,” will build on her nearly three decades of research into the impact of opioids on the brain. The School of Pharmacy and its Department of BioMolecular Sciences are hosting this free event at 11 a.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

    Read more: “Opioid Researcher to Deliver 2019 Waller Lecture”


    John Rimoldi presents Maria Alvim Gaston with an award plaqueSeptember 23, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Maria Alvim Gaston, a 2000 University of Mississippi graduate with a doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, was named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2019 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree.

    Gaston, a principal research scientist at Eli Lilly and Company, delivered the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture on September 23 with a presentation titled “A Scientist Journey—Moments of Truth.”

    Read more: “Eli Lilly Scientist Named Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus”


    BMS Welcome Back Orientation and Awards Ceremony!

    August 23, 2019

    The Department of BioMolecular Sciences kicked off the new school year with its Welcome Back Orientation on August 23. We welcomed 6 new graduate students to the department, for a total of 39 BMS graduate students, and 2 new faculty members!

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


    Girl smiles in posed pictureAugust 19, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council.

    Kennedy Dickson, a forensic chemistry major from Whittier, California, has been named a 2019 NCHC Portz Scholar. She is one of three recipients nationwide and will present her honors thesis, “Cannabinoid Conundrum: A Study of Anti-Epileptic Efficacy and Drug Policy,” in November at the NCHC conference in New Orleans.

    Read more: “UM Senior Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholarship”


    Four Pharmacy School Faculty Recognized for Innovation, Service

    Two people, award presentation, smiling, shaking handsAugust 9, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Four University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members were recognized for their innovative teaching, service and research at the school’s annual Faculty and Research Scientist Summer Advancement in July.

    “Ole Miss Pharmacy is fortunate to have stellar faculty and researchers,” said David D. Allen, dean of the pharmacy school. “It’s an honor to celebrate their commitment to their field and our students.”

    Read more: “Four Pharmacy School Faculty Recognized for Innovation, Service”


    Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness

    Group photo of Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program participantsAugust 6, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Six University of Mississippi undergraduate students spent their summer exploring research opportunities in neuroscience and brain wellness as part of the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program.

    An initiative of the university’s Flagship Constellations, the program provided stipends for undergraduate students to engage in eight-week collaborative research with a mentor exploring neuroscience related to brain wellness.

    Read more: “Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness”


    Pharmacy Alumni Recognized with UM Distinguished Alumni Awards

    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”