Welcome Dr. Christopher Nelson!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Christopher Nelson to the University of Arkansas Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Nelson will join the department as an assistant professor in June 2019.

Dr. Nelson completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas, and his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Nelson is currently pursuing research at Duke University supported by The Hartwell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).

Dr. Nelson’s primary research interests are in developing new technologies for therapeutic genome engineering. Previously, he has developed biomaterial-based platforms for drug and gene delivery including a nanoparticle for systemic siRNA administration (ACS Nano 2013) and a multifunctional scaffold for local gene silencing for regenerative medicine (Advanced Materials 2014). More recently, he has applied a genome engineering approach to treat the genetic basis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in vivo (Science 2016). Dr. Nelson now plans to apply gene and drug delivery to genome engineering to create precision molecular therapies, study regenerative medicine, and interrogate gene function and regulation.

Welcome, Dr. Nelson!

High School Students Visit Dr. Kyle Quinn’s Lab to Test Student Spaceflight Experiment

L-R: Dr. Kyle Quinn, Lexi Betts, Hope Hesterly, Alexis Bryant, and Trey Jeffus

On Tuesday, October 10, four students  from Camden Fairview High School visited Dr. Kyle Quinn’s lab at the U of A. The four students—Lexi Betts, Hope Hesterly, Alexis Bryant, and Trey Jeffus—are all current high school juniors, as well as participants in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP], a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wolchok Awarded ABI Investigator Award!

Dr. Jeffrey Wolchok

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jeffrey Wolchok, who was recently awarded an Investigator Award from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), an agricultural and medical research consortium dedicated to improving the health of Arkansans. The Investigator Awards are designed to help enable researchers like Dr. Wolchok to further “explore many different body and cellular processes in their search for answers to challenging basic science and health related questions.” Dr. Wolchok’s particular research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, bioreactors and the influence of mechanical force on cell behavior, as well as the design of medical devices. Dr. Wolchok has been with the Biomedical Engineering Department since its inception, and was recently awarded the 2017 Departmental award for Outstanding Achievement in Service.

Dr. Jeffrey Wolchok Promoted to Associate Professor!

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Wolchok, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Wolchok has been with the Biomedical Engineering Department since its inception, and was recently awarded the 2017 Departmental award for Outstanding Achievement in Service.

Dr. Wolchok’s research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, bioreactors and the influence of mechanical force on cell behavior, as well as the design of medical devices. His research and educational programs are currently funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. In an article in the Arkansas Engineer, he explained that he makes “‘widgets and devices that allow us to understand the behavior of cells.'” Article writer Camilla Shumaker added that, “Wolchok looks at what happens when tissues in our bodies are damaged, and he investigates ways to prevent or repair that damage.”

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