Previous SURF Students

2019 SURF STUDENTS

SimeonSimeon Simmons

Rising Junior at University Central of Arkansas
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Bioengineering
Advisor: William Fantegrossi, Ph.D.

Simeon’s research interests are in the field of bioengineering, specifically molecular and cellular engineering.

 

Paloma SalazarPaloma 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.

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Steven Angtuaco

Rising Junior at Washington University St. Louis
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major:  Biology
Advisor: Alexei Basnakian, Ph.D.

Steven dreams of researching cellular signaling (both with human and artificial signals. He has previously discovered and annotated the genome of bacteriophage Bmoc as part of the SEA-Phages program and now hopes to start focusing his research towards entities everyone agrees are alive.

David DavilaDavid Davila

Rising Junior at University of Miami
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Biology
Advisor: Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

David’s research interests encompass topics such as molecular genetics and gene therapy, structural biochemistry in drug design and infections disease.

 

 

CameronCameron Tilley

Rising Sophomore at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
From: Little Rock, Arkansas
Major: Bio Anthropology
Advisor: Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

Cameron’s research focuses on molecular biology and how antibodies, proteins and nanotechnology can all be engineered to help benefit human health. His research focuses on drug use and abuse and how it can be curtailed.

 

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Everette Martin

Rising Junior at Rhodes College
From: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Major: Biology
Advisor: Amanda Stolarz, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Everette is open to all types of research.

 

 

Summer in Review

2018 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

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2017 SURF STUDENTS

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”