Division of Medicinal Chemistry News
October 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.
The BMS STEMS REU program came to an end with a 2 day season finale of outstanding student presentations. Lots of thanks go out to the students for their enthusiastic engagement in their research; our faculty mentors; and the students’ near-peer graduate student & postdoc mentors.
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.
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.
Read More: “Faculty Feature: Jing Li”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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”
Congratulations to Dr. John Rimoldi for being awarded the 2019 AACP Wynn Award! The criteria for this award is teaching excellence and commitment to learning, inspirational leader, visionary academic, concientious mentor, collegial/kind/optimistic disposition and sustained dedication to the AACP Chemistry Section.
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.
Congratulations to our 2019 Rho Chi inductees! Rho Chi is an honors society that recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement in pharmaceutical sciences. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to Medicinal Chemistry grad student, Nick Akins, for his newly-awarded graduate student council grant to develop opioid receptor ligands! Keep up the great work!
February 19, 2019
As proud alum, Dr. Roy and Dr. Paris united post-docs from across campus to discuss the benefits of our community joining the National Postdoctoral Association. We can’t wait to see how our post-docs can grow and work together!
New paper alert from the Doerksen lab! Check out the latest work developing cannabinoid receptor 2 modulators: Negative allosteric modulators of cannabinoid receptor 2: protein modeling, binding site identification and molecular dynamics simulations in the presence of an orthosteric agonist
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.
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.
September 19, 2018
Happy Post-Doc Appreciation Week, Dr. Pandey!
Dr. Pankaj Pandey has been an incredibly busy post-doc, with two publications in press this month! Check out the links to his two papers below:
Computationally Assisted Assignment of the Kadsuraols, a Class of Chemopreventive Agents for the Control of Liver Cancer
Interactions of endocannabinoid virodhamine and related analogs with human monoamine oxidase-A and -B
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”
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.
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.
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.
May 2, 2018
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi offers 14 graduate programs ranked in the Top 100 among public institutions. Seven programs joined the ranks of the Top 100 in the recent 2019 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, adding to seven other UM graduate programs that were previously ranked.
Please join us in congratulating BMS graduate student AyoOluwa Aderibigbe and postdoctoral research associate Dr. Pankaj Pandey, in receiving the following award and honorable mention from the 15th annual meeting of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS).
- AyoOluwa Aderibigbe received the 2nd place MCBIOS-SAS Young Scientist Excellence Award 2018 for students, Dr. Robert Doerksen’s lab
- Dr. Pankaj Pandey received Honorable Mention for the MCBIOS-SAS Young Scientist Excellence Award 2018 for postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Robert Doerksen’s lab
OXFORD, Miss. – Two assistant professors in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, both from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, have won prestigious 2018 New Investigator Awards from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
Hoang Le, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, and Cole Stevens, assistant professor of pharmacognosy, each won one of only 16 new investigator awards bestowed by AACP this year.
Dr. Steven’s winning proposal is entitled Production of Predation-Associated Antimicrobials From Cryptic Biosynthetic Pathways.
Dr. Le’s winning proposal is entitled Development of Glutaminase and Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors for Cancer.