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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    Faculty Feature: Gregg Roman

    Gregg RomanOctober 20, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss.  Gregg Roman joined the School of Pharmacy in January 2021 as a professor of pharmacology in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences. He also serves as director of the GlyCORE Imaging Core where he oversees the use of four imaging systems.

    Roman may be a newer member of the pharmacy phamily, but he has been at Ole Miss for longer. He first came to the university in 2016 and served as chair of the Department of Biology.

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    G. Michael WallOctober 5, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – G. Michael Wall, a 1988 University of Mississippi alumnus, has been named the School of Pharmacy Department of BioMolecular Sciences’ 2021 Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

    Wall is senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Nacuity Pharmaceuticals Inc., and vice president of pharmaceutical development for Sound Pharmaceuticals Inc. He will deliver the Joseph Sam Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, titled “Drug Repurposing, New Uses for Old Drugs,” at 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 8) in the Thad Cochran Research Center, Room 1044.

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    Pharmacology Graduate Student Striving for Excellence

    Salahuddin MohammedSeptember 15, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Salahuddin Mohammed, a graduate student in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has always sought to make his mark on the research and science world. As a young student with an interest in neuroscience, that desire led him to pursue a career in pharmacy and has taken him across the globe.

    While receiving his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Osmania University in India, Mohammed developed a passion for research. He followed that passion to the United Kingdom, where he received his Master of Science in Pharmacology from Aston University.

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    UM, Community Partners Organize Bilingual Health Fair in Pontotoc

    Pharmacy students sit at a table and talk with patients at a health fair.July 16, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students are working with health care and public service providers to start meeting the health care needs of Pontotoc’s underserved Spanish-speaking community.

    The UM McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, as well as representatives from the School of Pharmacy, are partnering with providers to host a bilingual health fair at the Pontotoc Gateway Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon July 24.

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    UM Researchers Working to Protect Mississippi’s Environment

    Two people inspecting an oysterJuly 15, 2021

    Preserving the health of the Mississippi Coast is important for the health of the state as a whole. Fortunately for the state, the researchers at the Environmental Toxicology Research Program are here to help.

    At ETRP, graduate students work alongside University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty, research scientists and staff to resolve problems related to environmental and human health. Their research provides valuable resources for state and local decision-makers. With events such as extreme storms putting pressure on the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, those resources are more important than ever.

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    Graduate Student Council Research Grants Further Range of Research

    Mohammed AhmedJuly 2, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – With projects ranging from service robots in the hospitality and tourism industries to a novel treatment of dry eye disease to relationship ghosting, 20 University of Mississippi graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.

    The $1,000 grants, funded by the university’s Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, or ORSP, will support projects that contribute to the university’s research mission while also helping the students develop their research and grant-writing skills.

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    Faculty, Researchers Honored by School of Pharmacy

    Josh SharpJune 11, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy recognized four of its faculty members for their excellence in and commitment to teaching, service and research during its annual faculty retreat.

    “Our stellar faculty and research scientists go above and beyond to advance the mission of our school and profession,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “It’s truly a privilege to have the opportunity to recognize their efforts.”

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    Learning from Each Other

    Image: Shukria AkbarMay 4, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Being a new student in a new school can be a challenging experience. The same is true for new faculty members.

    For Shukria Akbar and Cole Stevens, these were experiences they shared.

    Akbar, a Ph.D. student, came to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2016 after receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Punjab in Pakistan. She found a position in the lab run by Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, where she has conducted research into myxobacteria, a group of bacteria that live in the soil and feed on organic material.

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    Up Front: Virtual Talks with UM Experts, Environmental Toxicology

    Event flyer with pictures and titles of Courtney Roper, Marc Slattery and Kristie Willett along with event details.


    BioMolecular Sciences faculty Courtney Roper and Marc Slattery along with BMS Chair Kristie Willett will discuss how environmental toxicologists at the school are working to improve human and environmental health. Join the trio via Zoom and celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 at 1 p.m. CT. Register at

    Pharmacy Professor Receives UM Faculty Achievement Award

    David Colby

    January 31, 2021

    OXFORD, Miss. – Becoming a professor was David Colby’s goal as a pharmacy student at the University of Iowa.

    Serving as an associate professor of medicinal chemistry and director of academic affairs in biomolecular sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Colby’s excellence in teaching, scholarship and service was recognized, as he was named the 2020 recipient of the university’s Faculty Achievement Award.

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    Understanding COVID-19 Topic for Virtual Oxford Science Cafe

    Joshua SharpNovember 11, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – The infection processes of the COVID-19 virus are the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for Nov. 17 by University of Mississippi faculty researchers.

    The program will be hosted on Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. Joshua Sharp, associate professor of pharmacology and director of the UM Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence, will discuss “COVID-19 and Heparan Sulfate: The Carbohydrate Handle that SARS-CoV-2 Uses to Grab Your Cells.”

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    Pharmacy Student Receives Gateway to Research Fellowship

    Karli and Jessica work on assays in a lab.October 22, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. – Karli Anders, a third-year professional student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been named a recipient of the Gateway to Research Fellowship by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

    The award provides students an opportunity to work on faculty-mentored research projects while improving their knowledge of clinical skills.

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    Faculty Feature: Jing Li

    September 24, 2020

    Jing Li joined the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in July. He comes to the school from the University of Chicago, where he spent five years as a postdoctoral research associate.

    Li brings an extensive background based in biomolecular science and academia to the school, which he hopes to pass on to his students. In addition to his work with the University of Chicago, Li also received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

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    UM Researchers Working on Nasal Spray COVID-19 Treatment

    Image: Joshua SharpSeptember 16, 2020

    OXFORD, Miss. — A team of researchers, including faculty from the University of Mississippi schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, are developing a treatment that could be effective at preventing COVID-19. The good news is that it’s something that you can easily carry in your bag.

    The treatment would take the form of a nasal spray that could be prescribed by a doctor and self-administered. A daily dose of this spray could make those taking it more resistant to COVID-19.

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