Department News

November 1, 2019


The Annual Physiology and Biophysics Halloween Potluck was Spooktacular! Thank you to Leoamie Jefferson for a boo-tiful job planning fun and games and fellowship–she even brought Trick or Treaters. Adam Corken, Postdoctoral Fellow, transformed the hallway and break room in to a bone-chilling dark and creepy spider’s den to set the atmosphere. Adam was also…

October 21, 2019

Congratulations Maya Merriweather – 2019 Phillip L. Rayford Scholarship Winner

The 2019 Phillip L. Rayford Memorial Scholarship winner is Maya Merriweather. Maya received  a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2017. She is a member of Student Advocacy Council and is Vice President of the Edith Irby Jones Chapter of Student National Medical Association.  She is also the recipient of…

October 1, 2019

Great Job

Congratulations are in order to Pankaj Patyal who was awarded first place for his poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience held on Sept. 30, 2019 at UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. ​ The title of the presentation is “The wmN1 Enhancer Region of the Mouse Myelin Proteolipid Protein Gene (mPlp1) is Indispensable for…

June 26, 2019

Parimal Chowdhury, Ph.D., Retirement Reception

Dr. Chowdhury

Congratulations Dr. Chowdhury on your retirement! The department hosted a retirement ceremony on June 21, 2019.

May 8, 2019

Dr. Kurten Honored by Arkansas Children’s Ruth Olive Beall Awards

Dr. Kurten in lab

Community leaders and physicians who have advanced pediatric health care shined at Arkansas Children’s annual recognition ceremony, the Ruth Olive Beall Service Awards & Honors. Held at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, the ceremony recognized the tireless effort and dedication of physicians with signature awards. The Dr. Robert H. Fiser, Jr. Research Achievement Award:…

April 22, 2019

Symposium Presentation

Dr. Chowdhury

Parimal Chowdhury, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and his team of collaborators that include students and faculty members from UAMS, UCA and UALR, presented five papers in 27th Annual Arkansas Space Grant Consortium Symposium held at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas on April 19, 2019. Presentations were in both…

April 12, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Wight


Patricia Wight, Ph.D., received a NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke R01 grant entitled “Elucidation of Mechanisms Controlling Human and Mouse Myelin PLP1 Gene Expression”  $1,093,750 (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2024)

February 13, 2019

Congratulations Roy Morello, Ph.D.

Roy Morello, Ph.D.

Roy Morello, Ph.D., received an extramural grant ” Primary lung defects in mouse models of osteogenesis imperfect” from the NIH/Nat. Inst. of Child Health & Human Development (01/11/2019 – 12/31/2020), $150,750 Dr. Morello also received a $50,000 Research Scholar Pilot Grant Award “Respiratory Function in Animal Models of Skeletal Dysplasias” for two years.

February 12, 2019

Invited Speaker

Parimal Chowdhury, Ph.D.

Parimal Chowdhury, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., AGAF, a professor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics, will present two papers in the upcoming 2019 Experimental Biology meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida, April 6-10, 2019. The title of the presentations are Gender specific effects on Growth, Postural muscles and Deep pressure sensitivity in Hindlimb Unloading (Other…

January 29, 2019

Welcome Visiting Academic Scholar

scholar in labaratory

We welcome Sofia Jade Saguyod, who is a Visiting Academic Scholar from the University of the Philippines. Sofia will be spending 6 months in Dr. Rosie Simmen’s laboratory conducting studies to delineate the role of Metformin in Estrogen receptor signaling in endometrial carcinoma cells. Metformin is used in the management of diabetes and has been…

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