Basic science and clinical research faculty members explore many different cellular and body processes in their search for answers to challenging basic science and health-related questions. Enjoy meeting these brilliant men and women as they describe (in plain English) what drives them in their chosen research fields and the positive impact they are making for Arkansas and the nation. Click “play” to watch a brief YouTube video.

Addiction, Drug Design/Discovery, and Drug Toxicity

Cesar Compadre, Ph.D.Cesar Compadre, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Research Interest: Bioactive compounds  from natural origin; Medicinal chemistry

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W. Brooks Gentry, M.D.W. Brooks Gentry, M.D.
Professor, Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Drug abuse treatments affecting concentration/time in the body

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S. Michael Owens, Ph. D.S. Michael Owens, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Center for Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Antibody-based medicine to treat drug abuse

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Eric Peterson, Ph.D.Eric Peterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine
Research Interests: Antibody-based medications to treat chronic and acute methamphetamine (METH) abuse

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William E. Fantegrossi, Ph.D.William E. Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine
Research Interests: Behavioral pharmacology; Drug interactions

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Aging

Jeanne Y. Wei, M.D., Ph.D. Jeanne Y. Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Director Reynolds Inst. on Aging; Chair, Geriatrics, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Effects of aging on the heart

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Birth Defects & Development

Donald Mock, M.D., Ph.D.Donald Mock, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Nutrition of biotin and human development

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Bone

Stavros C. Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D.Stavros C. Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Dir., Endocrinology and Metabolism, Osteoporosis/ Metabolic Bone Diseases Center, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Vitamin D metabolism, immune system, osteoporosis

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Roy Morello, Ph.D.

Roy Morello, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Bone formation and disease/osteoporosis

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Charles O'Brien, Ph.D.

Charles O’Brien, Ph.D.
Professor, Div. of Endocrinology, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for osteoporosis

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Cancer

Robert Griffin, Ph.D.Robert Griffin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Radiation Biology Div., College of Medicine
Research Interest: Blood flow response, tissue oxygenation and cancer growth/metastasis in response to experimental therapeutics

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Alan Tackett, Ph.D. Alan Tackett, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Research Interest: Epigenetics, proteomics and cancer

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Cardiovascular

Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D.

Nancy J. Rusch, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair, Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Calcium ion abnormalities and high blood pressure

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Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN
Professor, Director, Nursing Ph.D. program, College of Nursing
Research Interest: Coronary heart disease in women including symptoms, risk factors and biomarkers; cardiac rehabilitation, bio-behavioral intraventions

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Marjan Boerma, Ph.D.Marjan Boerma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Research Interest: Radiation-induced heart disease, and medical countermeasures against radiological/nuclear accidents

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Steven Post, Ph.D.Steven Post, Ph.D.
Director, Experimental Pathology Division, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Cardiovascular and inflammation

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Jerry Ware, Ph.D.Jerry Ware, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine
Research Interests: clarify the role of platelets in hemostasis, thrombosis and in the development of cardiovascular disease

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Infectious Disease

Philip R. Mayeux, Ph.D.Philip R. Mayeux, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Education, Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine
Research Interests: Kidney infections and damage from sepsis

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Mark S. Smeltzer, Ph.D.

Mark S. Smeltzer, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Inflammatory Responses (CMPHIR), Microbiology & Immunology; Dept. of Orthopedics, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Staphylococcus aureus infections

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Jason Stumhofer, Ph.D.

Jason Stumhofer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology& Immunology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Malaria

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Daniel Voth, Ph.D.

Daniel Voth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine Research Interest: Coxiella burnetii

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Liver

Kevin D. Raney, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Protein interactions, aging, hepatitis

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Stroke

Michael Borrelli, Ph.D.Michael Borrelli, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Radiology Research, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Ultrasound/microbubbles to destroy clots and cancer; Nanoscience

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Neurobiology

John Dornhoffer, M.D.John Dornhoffer, M.D.
Professor, Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

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Mark Mennemeier, Ph.D.Mark Mennemeier, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurobiology & Develop. Sciences; Director, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab, College of Medicine, Research Interest: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

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Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D.

Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D.
Professor, Anatomy and Psychiatry, Director, Ctr. of Translational Neuroscience, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Brain circuitry, sleep/wake regulation, depression

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Paul D. Drew, Ph.D.Paul D. Drew, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, College of Medicine
Research Interest: Multiple Sclerosis, Immune responses in the brain

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