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Ph.D. Candidates

michael-cozartMichael Cozart, B.A.
Mentor: Fang Zheng, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Ouachita Baptist University

 Research Interests: Determining the functions of canonical transient receptor potential channel 3 (TRPC3) in neurovascular coupling and stroke-induced neural damage. TRPC3 is a cation channel known to regulate intracellular calcium in neurons, astrocytes, vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), and cerebral endothelial cells – all the principal members of the neurovascular unit. Blockage of TRPC3 has recently been shown to be neuroprotective in a hemorrhagic model of stroke. However, the role of TRPC3 remains unclear as other studies have shown that loss of TRPC3 function is associated with a loss of endothelium-dependent dilation of cerebral arteries, which should in theory lead to an increase in stroke-induced damage. Answering these questions may lead to a pharmacological target for stroke therapy.

max-fordMax Ford, B.S.
Mentor: Paul Prather, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Ouachita Baptist University

Research Interests: In vitro and in vivo investigation of biased ligands at CB1 and CB2 receptors.

 

ChuckChuck Hay, M.S.
Mentor: Eric Peterson, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell College; Master Degree: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research Interests: Autoimmunity, pathogenesis, biologic drug development especially monoclonal antibodies as drugs, and drugs of abuse.

 

Julia for websiteJulia Tobacyk, B.S.
Co-Mentors: Lee Ann MacMillan-Crow, Ph.D. and Nirmala Parajuli, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Louisiana Tech University

Research Interests: The role of diet in cancer therapy.

 

 

chris-boldenChris Bolden, B.S.
Mentor: Eric Peterson, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Mississippi

Research Interests: Utilizing viral expressed scFvs to reduce Methamphetamine’s neuroinflammatory effects.

 

lascelles-lyncook1Lascelles Lyn-Cook, M.S.
Co-Mentors: Alison Harrill, Ph.D. and Philip Mayeux, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Masters Degree: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Research Interests: Diversity outbred mice may improve preclinical screening for drug-induced liver injury (DILI).

 

bill-hyattWilliam Hyatt, B.A.
Mentor: William Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Hendrix College

Research Interests: Effects of synthetic cathinones 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and α-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (α-PVP) on impulsivity and vulnerability to psychostimulant abuse.

 

stephen-shrum1Stephen Shrum, B.S.

Co-Mentors: Lee Ann MacMillan-Crow, Ph.D. and Nancy Rusch, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Hendrix College

Research Interests: The role of the mitochondrial BK channel in renal cold storage injury.

 

Pre-Candidates

brittney-garnerBrittney Garner, B.S.
Mentor: Nancy Rusch, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: East Texas Baptist University

Research Interests: Ion channel remodeling in lymphedema.

 

samantha-mcclenahanSamantha McClenahan, B.A.
Mentor: Mike Owens,  Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Vassar College

Research Interests: Exploring the effects of toxins and drugs at the whole-animal level.

 

 

lauren-russellLauren Russell, B.S.
Mentor: Bill Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Arkansas University

Research Interests: Neuro degeneration

 

 

catheryn-wilsonCatheryn Wilson, B.S.
Mentor: Bill Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Research Interests: Studying the effects of synthetic cannabinoids using in vivo and in vitro approaches.

 

 

christian-cabanlongChristian Cabanlong, B.S.
Mentor: Paul Prather, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Signal transduction.

 

Laura Ewing, M.S.
Mentors: Igor Koturbash, Ph.D. & Annie Lumen, Ph.D. (NCTR)
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Interactions of diet and radiotherapy in improving cancer treatment outcomes.

 

Kyle Urquhart, B.S.
Mentor: Bill Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia

Research Interests: The effects of drugs of abuse on behavior and the biological mechanisms responsible for producing these effects. He is specifically focusing his training on the behavioral pharmacology of synthetic opiods.