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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    Medical Graduate Training Program Selects UM Scholars

    Cellas Hayes stands in a lab setting with his arms crossed.May 14, 2020

    JACKSON, Miss. – Eight doctoral students from four Mississippi universities have been selected as members of the second cohort of the Robert Smith, M.D. Graduate Scholars Program as part of the Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    The second cohort of UMMC-GTEC scholars consists of three students from UMMC, three from the University of Mississippi, one from Mississippi State University and one from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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    Pharmacy Professor Awarded Grant to Study Neuroregeneration

    Vitor H. PominMay 1, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – Vitor Pomin, a professor in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has received a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate the molecular details and potential active compounds in the process of neuroregeneration.

    Pomin, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, will seek to better understand the biochemical mechanisms that limit the ability of the nervous system to recover after damage.

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    Pharmacy Faculty Named Distinguished Teaching Scholars

    Photo of David A. ColbyApril 22, 2020

    OXFORD and JACKSON, Miss. — University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members David Colby, Meagen Rosenthal and Gary Theilman have been named as Distinguished Teaching Scholars for a three-year term.

    The honor recognizes professors who have proven to be exceptional teachers and colleagues, and who promote effective teaching and learning.

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    Graduate Students Find Impacts of Freshwater in Mississippi’s Oysters

    Two graduate students standing on a boat looking at oystersFebruary 24, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – As Ann Fairly Barnett pulled an oyster dredge up through the shoreline waters of the Mississippi Sound, she was dreading what she was about to find.

    “Not a single living oyster,” said the University of Mississippi master’s student in environmental toxicology.

    The Jackson native, along with UM environmental toxicology graduate student James Gledhill and chemistry graduate student Austin Scircle, had chartered a small fishing boat to visit several native oyster reefs in the sound to check the water quality and the health of the reefs.

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    Pharmacy Faculty Selected to AACP House of Delegates

    Noa ValcarcelJanuary 27, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty members David Colby and Noa Valcarcel were selected to represent the school in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy House of Delegates.

    The AACP House of Delegates is the association’s democratic policy-setting body. Representatives debate and approve statements of educational policy, approve changes to the bylaws and the strategic plan, act to accept new institutional members and establish dues for all categories of membership.

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    BMS Chair Named Toxicological Sciences Deputy Editor

    Kristie WillettJanuary 16, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Society of Toxicology’s official journal, Toxicological Sciences, has named Kristine Willett, chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, as one of two new deputy editors to its staff.

    Willett, also a professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology at the University of Mississippi, “will be coordinating solicitation and peer review of Forum articles and developing and administering new training for the editorial board and reviewers,” according to Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey M. Peters

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    Pharmacy Student Presents Research to Society for Neuroscience

    Gabby Hartman stands in front of her research posterOXFORD, Miss. – A first-year University of Mississippi student pharmacist presented her scientific research at the Society for Neuroscience’s international conference in front of thousands of the world’s top neuroscientists.

    Gabby Hartman of Birmingham, Alabama, has had a passion for neuroscience since seventh grade, and now researches the effects of specific compounds on neuron regeneration after an injury.

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    Courtney RoperDecember 19, 2019

    OXFORD, Miss. – Exploring thunderstorm asthma and examining how Gulf Coast universities can respond to natural disasters are the focus of two new University of Mississippi seed grants funded through the Flagship Constellations initiative.

    Thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where pollen can break into smaller pieces during severe thunderstorms and cause asthma events. Researchers are collecting and characterizing air pollution, specifically fine particulate matter and pollen, in north Mississippi to investigate the link between air pollution and thunderstorms to better understand the occurrence.

    Read more: “Seed Grants Fund UM Research into Disaster Resilience”