Previous SURF Students


Audrey WoodyAudrey Woody

Rising Junior at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Computational Chemistry
Advisor: Fang Zheng, Ph.D.

Her research interests include the effect of novel dopaminergic derivatives on the Monoamine Oxidase B active site pertaining to the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and computational analyses of drug interactions in the body.

Dennis RogersDennis Rogers

Rising Senior at the University of Nevada-Reno, Nevada
From: Reno, Nevada
Major: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Advisor: Paul Prather, Ph.D./William Fantegrossi, Ph.D.

His research interests include, but are not limited to, gene therapy via retroviridae vectors; discovery or synthesis of new antimicrobial medications; and how drugs, both recreational and prescription, effect the human body when abused.

Paloma Salazar

Paloma Salazar

Rising Senior at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major:  Chemistry
Advisor: Lisa Brents, Ph.D.

Paloma’s has been broadly interested in the application of chemical principles to various fields. She has previously worked on a renewable energy project, but hopes to start focusing her research towards medicine and human health.

Kennede McLeroy-CharlesKennede McLeroy-Charles

Rising Junior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Biochemistry
Advisor: Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

Kennede plans to pursue a Pharm.D/Ph.D. upon graduation. Her research interests include drugs of abuse, specifically methamphetamine and gene therapy treatments.



Sasin PayakachatSasin Payakachat

Rising Sophomore at Hendrix College, Arkansas
From: Thailand
Major: Biochemistry Pre-Med, with an English double major
Advisor: William Fantegrossi, Ph.D.

Sasin is interested in working with cannabis derivatives because of the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Arkansas.

Lauren King

Lauren King

Rising sophomore at Loyola University, New Orleans
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Biology Pre-Med, with a minor in African American studies
Advisor: LeeAnn MacMillan-Crow, Ph.D.

Lauren is interested in further extending her research experience in Biochemistry and Biology, acquiring laboratory skills relevant to pharmacology and toxicology.



Summer in Review

collage of images from the summer program


Laura Lin, University of Central Arkansas
Advisor: Dr. Lee Ann MacMillan-Crow
“Development of a Novel OMA1 Activity Assay”

Kennede McLeroy-Charles, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
Advisor: Dr. Eric Peterson
“Evaluating the Neuroprotective Potential of Anti-METH Gene Therapy”

Bryce Griffin, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Advisor: Dr. Lisa Brents
“Investigating the Role of Norbuprenorphine in the Development of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Using a Rat Model”

Chris Godwin, Ouachita Baptist University
Advisor: Dr. William Fantegrossi
“JWH-018 and SSRIs: Drug-Drug Interactions and Implications for Toxicity”

Daniel Stuckey, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Stolarz
“Influence of KATP Channels on Rat Mesenteric Arteries”