2019 News


  • In late 2018, the American Heart Association awards doctoral student Ishita Tandon a predoctoral fellowship to support her research into early detection methods for calcific aortic valve disease.  
  • In February, the National Institutes of Health awarded two interdisciplinary researchers--Kyle Quinn and Shilpa Iyer--a two year, $395,112 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant to develop new tools to assess mitochondrial diseases. 
  • In February, undergraduate seniors Alaa Abdelgawad, Jackson  Hedrick, and Kristiana Jones were honored as Seniors of Significance by the Arkansas Alumni Association. 
  • In February, the National Science Foundation awarded alumni Jared Greer and team a $225,000 grant to finish work on surgical equipment that allows for minimally invasive procedures. This equipment will be provided by Laprovations LLC, a start-up created by Jared Greer, Flavia Araujo, and Michael Dunavant in their graduate-level New Developments Course. 
  • In April, junior Samia Ismail was selected as a 2019 Harry S. Truman Scholar after being announced a finalist. The scholarship will provide $30,000 for graduate education.  
  • In April, alumni Jared Greer receives an $50,000 Small Business Innovation Research matching donation from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to boost Arkansan research and development. 
  • In April, undergraduates Jordan Maas and Tasha Repella earn national recognition for bioethics work in an essay competition held by the Institute of Biological Engineering
  • In April, udergraduates were recognized for their internships, fellowships, awards and academic acheivements at the State and National Awards Reception held by the university. 


  • In January, the University of Arkansas listed biomedicine as a distinguished and significant research area that inspires collaboration across campus and beyond. 
  • In February, Nature Medicine published Assistant Professor Christopher Nelson's research into long-term evaluation of genome editing for muscular dystrophy patients. 
  • In February, Cancer Research published Assistant Professor Narasimhan Rajaram's research findings on Raman spectroscopy's effectiveness as a tool to locate radiation-resistant tumors in head and neck cancer patients. 
  • In March, Assistant Professor Narasimhan Rajaram and researchers at John Hopkins and UAMS began pilot clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of Raman spectroscopy as a tool to locate radiation-resistant tumors in head and neck cancer patients.
  • In March, Science Direct published Associate Professor Morten Jensen and Assistant Professor Hanna Jensen's reasearch on vector flow imaging of the heart as a usable tool for pediatric patients with heart disease.