Rhee Laboratory

Research Team

Rheelab-personnel-SungRheeSung W. Rhee, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)
Dr. Rhee has a unique interdisciplinary training in physics, molecular biology, advanced imaging and vascular pharmacology. His main goal is to understand and find new therapeutic uses for ion channels in vascular smooth muscle cells during hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. His current interest is vasodilator complexes in cerebral arteries that may be important in protection against stroke.


Kelly Ball, M.S.Kelly Ball, M.S. (Research Associate)

Ms. Ball received her BS in Biology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and her MS in Microbiology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  She has worked in biomedical research at UAMS for over 20 years.  During that time she has studied spinal cord regeneration with Dr. John Houle in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences; the trafficking of glucose metabolites in the brain with Dr. Gerald Dienel in the Department of Neurology, and is presently studying novel therapies for glial tumors and stroke with Dr. Michael Borrelli in the Department of Radiology.  She joined Dr. Rhee’s lab part time in July 2017 studying cerebral blood flow, hypertension, and stroke.  Ms. Ball also manages the UAMS Molecular Imaging Core.

David Henry, M.P.H.David Henry, M.P.H. (Graduate Student)

David received his BS at Davidson College and his MPH at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on the role of adrenergic receptors in leptomeningeal collateral arterial blood flow.



Past Team Members

Christopher Moore, Ph.D.Christopher Moore, Ph.D. (Graduate Student)

Christopher received his Ph.D. in 2015 and is now a FDA commissioner’s fellow working at NCTR.





Samantha McClenahanSamantha McClenahan (Research Technician)

Samantha left the lab in 2015 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Dr. Owen’s laboratory.