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School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacognosy

Graduate and Scholarly Research

in the Department of Pharmcognosy

The Department of Pharmacognosy is host to Graduate Students and Visitng Scholars from all over the world! Here is some of the research they are working on.

Graduate Students

Sam Abbas

Graduate StudentSam Abbas

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Mr. Abbas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Mississippi State University. He is a second year master's degree candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences and the recipient of the Graduate School Honors Fellowship. Samuel's research interests include isolating and elucidating secondary metabolites from Arctic sponge species as well as epigenetic techniques to elicit production of new secondary metabolites from marine derived bacteria.

shabbas@olemiss.edu

John Bowling

Graduate StudentJohn Bowling

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Mr. Bowling received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Pepperdine
University and Master of Science in Pharmacognosy from the University of Mississippi. He is a trained nuclear magnetic resonance technician and was the recipient of the 2011 American Chemical Society Ole Miss local section pharmaceutical sciences award. He is interested in semi-­‐synthetic parallel synthesis, isolation and elucidation of small molecules and peptides, and in vitro assay development. He is currently focused on characterizing marine sponge derived knot peptides, which have been shown to enhance the calcium ion influx of stimulated neuronal cells.

Mohamed Abouelsaoud Albadry

Graduate StudentMohamed Abouelsaoud Albadry

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Mr. Albadry received a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Al-­‐Azhar
University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a visiting scholar funded by the Egyptian government
and is currently focused on isolating bioactive metabolites from the Bryopsis genus of marine
algae.

Vedanjali Gogineni

Graduate StudentVedanjali Gogineni

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Ms. Gogineni received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Jawaharial Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India. While completing her degree, she conducted research on the effects of Carvedilol on Gliclazide induced hypoglycemia. She received her Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is currently focused on isolating novel secondary metabolites  from marine sponges collected through collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the artic region.

Michael C. James

Visiting ScholarMichael C. James

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

. Mr. James received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of
Tennessee in Knoxville. While completing his degree, he conducted research in an
evolutionary biology laboratory and also a protein biochemistry laboratory. He was awarded the Undergraduate Research Stipend Award for his work on nuclear receptors. He is interested in how secondary metabolites contribute to symbiotic relationships and is currently using
epigenetic techniques to study the secondary metabolite production of the plant pathogen and
symbiont Xylella fastidiosa. Mr. James is also working on a grant from Kraft Foods to
discover new sources for plant-­‐based metabolites that can be used for natural food preservation.

Joonseok Oh

Joonseok Oh

Graduate Student

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Mr.   Oh   received   his   Bachelor   of   Science   degree   in   Pharmacy   from
Yeungnam  University  in  Daegu,  South  Korea.  He  received  the  2nd  place
award from the American Chemical Society Ole Miss Session Poster contest in   2011   for   his   presentation   on   novel   secondary   metabolites   from endangered  species.  His  research   interests  focus  on  the  isolation  of interesting   drug   leads   from   endangered   species    including   Lindera melissifolia, an endangered species endemic to the southern US.  Mr. Oh is also working on a grant from Kraft Foods to discover optimal isolation procedures for  new  plant-­‐based  metabolites  that  can  be  used  for  food preservation.    He  is  also  involved  in  the  elucidation  of  drug  modes  of actions  utilizing  computational  modeling  techniques.

Xichun Zhang

Graduate Student

Research Advisor: Mark HamannXichun Zhang
662-915-1703

Mr. Zhang received his Masters degree in Nutrition from Shanxi Agricultural University in Shanxi, China and his Doctors of Science degree in Ecology from China Agricultural University in Beijing, China. He is a visiting scholar funded by the Chinese government and is currently working on the marine bacteria Streptomycetes H668 to isolate bioactive metabolites with antimalarial activity.

662-915-3930

Bin Wang

Graduate Student

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703Bin Wang

Ms. Wang received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and Master
of  Science  degree  in  Pharmaceutical  Analysis  from  The  Second  Military
Medical University in Shanghai, China. She was awarded the Triton Fellowship from 2008 to 2009 and has been a member of the ROCHI pharmacy society from 2009. Her research areas are in the discovery of anticancer  drug  leads  from  marine  organisms  either  by  isolation  or chemical modification.

662-915-7037

Amanda Waters

Graduate StudentAmanda Waters

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Ms. Waters received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. While completing her undergraduate degree, she conducted research in the University of Oklahoma Natural Products Discovery Group and completed internships at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Marine Laboratory. She is currently a National Science Foundation Pre-­‐doctoral Fellow. Amanda’s research interests include the structural elucidation of the karlotoxins from Karlodinium sp. And isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites from marine and terrestrial microbes.

Yike Zhou

Yike Zhou

Visiting Scholar

Research Advisor: Mark Hamann
662-915-1703

Mr. Zou received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China. His interests include organic synthesis, electronic chemistry, quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry. Currently, he is using computational chemistry to study novel drug leads discovered from marine sponges in the artic region through collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.