University of Arkansas Little Rock - Biology

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University of Arkansas Little Rock

College of Medicine Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Our faculty is involved in cutting edge research and education of the next generation of scientists.

Graduate Program

The GPIPS Graduate Program offers students the opportunity to pursue training in a wide range of disciplines while providing a foundation in the basic sciences.

Undergrad Research

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program recruits highly-motivated undergraduates to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors.

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The primary objectives of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are to perform research in biochemistry and molecular biology, to educate and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for careers in research and teaching, and to provide high-quality education to medical students in modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Our site highlights our outstanding faculty and the research and educational opportunities available to our students. Please contact us with any questions.

The mission of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in the College of Medicine at UAMS is to carry out high quality basic biomedical research and to educate graduate and medical students in the mechanisms of biological processes at the molecular, cellular, and organ system levels.

Jennings Scholarship Awarded to Caitlin Caperton

Physiology and Cell Biology graduate student, Caitlin Caperton, has been selected by the UAMS College of Medicine Scholarship Committee to receive the Dr. Michael and Paula Jennings Endowed Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. Caitlin, an M.D./Ph.D. student, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “The dichotomous role of immune cells in thyroid cancer pathogenesis,” on May […]

Higher Learning Commission

Thank you to Drs. Frank Simmen, Rosalia Simmen, and Jerry Ware for your contribution to the success of the Higher Learning Commission Site Visit. The following is a letter from Provost Stephanie Gardner about the success of the site visit. Dear UAMS colleagues and students, I want to thank all of you who participated in our […]

Arkansas Achievers

• Charles Vann, a graduate of Genoa Central High School, has been awarded the Honors scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana. The award is $2,400 per academic year.

• The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana has announced that Sarah Crane, a graduate of Arkansas High School, has been awarded the Chancellor's scholarship to attend the college. The award is $3,400 per academic year.

• Mollie Messick and Emma Rhodes have been awarded the Phyllis Kincannon Scholarship from North Pulaski Republican Women. The award is $1,000 for their freshman year in college. Messick will be attending Liberty University. Rhodes, a senior at North Little Rock High School, will attend the University of Central Arkansas.

• Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya, professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named a fellow for the Arkansas Research Alliance. Each Arkansas Research Alliance fellow receives a $75,000 grant.

• Arkansas Press Women has announced that Alexandria Brown, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock student, has been awarded its 2021 scholarship. Brown is a journalism major from England, Ark. The award is $1,000.

• Little Rock native and Louisiana State University undergraduate Coastal Environmental Sciences senior Simone Sale has been named a member of the Tiger Twelve Senior Recognition Class of 2021. This honor is awarded to 12 students each spring by the LSU office of the dean of students for their positive contributions to LSU and the greater community. Sale graduated high school from Mount St. Mary Academy.

Arkansas Achievers is an opportunity to give recognition to Arkansans for their achievements.

Civilian and military achievements are accepted.

Please follow these guidelines:

1) Must be an Arkansan or have graduated from a school in Arkansas.

2) Received an award, scholarship, medal or promotion.

Pageants, deans' lists, graduations or military enlistments are not accepted.

Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences – GPIBS

The Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (GPIBS) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers students the opportunity to pursue training in a wide range of disciplines while providing a foundation in the basic sciences. GPIBS is accepting students for Fall 2021. The priority application deadline is December 1, 2020 the final deadline is February 1, 2021.

Students complete a core curriculum in semester 1 and then are encouraged to select a track prior to semester 2. Each track has additional course requirements (click on track name for additional information). Students also participate in 3 research rotations during semester 1 to identify a research mentor. If students do not identify a mentor at the end of the semester, they can continue rotations in semester 2. Most of the didactic coursework can be completed in the first 2 years of study. At the end of year 2, students will take a candidacy exam that includes a written and oral component to officially be a candidate for the doctoral degree. Students will then continue work with their research mentor. Their research project must be defended in a written and oral format prior to awarding of the doctoral degree. The GPIBS tracks and links to track faculty are listed below.

PhD students receive a stipend ($30,000 per year) and tuition is paid by UAMS or the mentor.

Students interested in the GPIBS PhD program may be eligible for the UAMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program. The IMSD Program was developed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating with doctorates in the biomedical sciences. For more information, please click here.

GPIBS also offers a MS degree. The application deadline for the MS is July 1.

University of Arkansas Little Rock - Biology

LINDA FAY O'BRYANT was born November 28, 1958 to Magnolia Edwards O'Bryant and Charles O'Bryant in Althemier, Ark. Linda graduated from Althemier High School in 1977. She attended The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she majored in Biology. She worked 31 years at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.
At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ at the New Hope Baptist Church in Althemier. After relocating to Little Rock, she became a faithful member at Agape Church until her departure to heaven.
When Linda departed this life on Friday, April 23, 2021, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Alice and James Edwards, Rosie Lee and Johnie O'Bryant. She is survived by her mother: Magnolia Edwards O'Bryant of Little Rock, Ark. Devoted Sisters: Shirley O'Bryant of Little Rock, Ark., Janice (Godsey) Robinson of Little Rock, Ark., Brother: Kenneth O'Bryant of Texarkana, Texas, Sisters: Elizabeth O'Bryant of Atlanta, Ga. Charlene (Willie) Maxwell of Little Rock, Ark. Yvonne O'Bryant of Chicago Ill. Brothers: Cleveland (Santoria) Kendricks of Saginaw, Mich. and her Beloved Nieces: Bliss (Ben) Boaz and Paris Robinson of Little Rock, Ark. Aunts: Erma Dollison of Fort Worth, Texas and Hazel Tabron of Forrest City, Ark., One uncle: Larry O'Bryant of Arlington, Texas.
She was very loved and respected by her family, coworkers, and friends.
Walk Thru Visitation: Friday, 3-6 p.m., at Robinson Mortuary, South. Life Celebration: Saturday, 11 a.m., at Agape Church, 701 Napa Valley Dr, Little Rock, Ark.
Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 6400 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock, Ark., (501) 565-0110. "Service You Can Trust."

Robinson Mortuary
1201 MLK Jr. Dr, Little Rock west, AR
Phone: 501-371-0111

News & Announcements

ASTROnomical Potential

2020 UAMS graduate Dr. Scarlett Acklin is on a trajectory for great success as a radiation oncologist. After wrapping up her internship at UAMS, she begins her radiation oncology residency at Duke University next month.

UAMS Breaks Ground on New Radiation Oncology Center, Will House First Proton Center in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) broke ground today on an expanded Radiation Oncology Center, which will be home to Arkansas’ first Proton Center. The Radiation Oncology Center, part of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, already offers cutting-edge technologies to provide the latest radiation treatments. It will continue to provide those…

Four UAMS Cancer Institute Scientists Receive Research Grants

Four researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to newly awarded $50,000 grants, which were announced in a virtual ceremony March 11. Presented annually since 2009, the Seeds of Science pilot grant awards assist cancer researchers in collecting data and developing projects that have the potential to result…

Dr. Roy Morello recently moderated an international virtual symposium for young investigators working on Osteogenesis Imperfecta or other rare bone diseases. It was organized by the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. There were 116 attendees, including speakers and staff. Roy Morello, Ph.D. The OIF accepted abstracts from medical and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and young faculty (within 10 […]

The Arkansas INBRE, led by Drs. Lawrence Cornett and Jerry Ware (UAMS Physiology), held its annual Research Conference on November 6-7. The Arkansas INBRE Research Conference involves participation from colleges and universities in Arkansas and surrounding states in biological sciences, physics, chemistry, and biochemistry. In a first, the meeting was held as a virtual Zoom […]

Watch the video: UA Little Rock Orientation Leader - Why Dylan chose Biology as a major (September 2022).


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