INBRE 2019 Workshops and Facility Tours:
Saturday October 26, 10:30-11:45.


Workshop 1 – NIH R15 Grant Writing Workshop

(Chemistry building, Room 144)

Jerry Ware, Ph.D., Professor,
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Arkansas INBRE, Associate Director & Program Coordinator

The NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program supports faculty research at campuses that have not received significant NIH funding in the past. This workshop highlights unique factors that distinguish the R15 mechanism from other RPG mechanisms, such as the RO1, where scientific merit and the investigators are major score driving criteria. In contrast, the R15 mechanism has three main goals, 1) to support meritorious science 2) to strengthen the institution’s research environment, and 3) to expose students to research. Thus, special consideration for how/where to incorporate all three goals into the application will be discussed. The presenter has been part of recent NIH R15 Special Emphasis Panels and will share experiences with a goal of benefitting interested faculty and providing a perspective on how to write a competitive AREA application. Discussions will include what reviewers are “coached” to look for during peer review and some of the most common mistakes that can temper reviewer enthusiasm.

Workshop 2 – Preparing for Graduate School

(Chemistry Building, Room 132)

Colin Heyes, PhD, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UAF

This workshop is targeted towards under-graduate students who are considering graduate school as a career.  Topics to be discussed will include graduate school expectations and how to prepare for and select the right graduate school and program for you.  A panel of faculty and graduate students will be available to share their tips, strategies, insights, and practical advice.  We conclude with a Question and Answer session, with the possibility of breaking out into smaller groups based on specific interests.


Suresh Kumar, Professor of chemistry and biochemistry, UAF
Anh Ngugen, Graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry, UAF
Mahsa Lofti Marchoubeh, Graduate student in chemistry and biochemistry, UAF
Doug Rhoads, University Professor of biology and director of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CEMB) program, UAF
Amanda Scholes, Graduate Student in biology, UAF

Workshop 3 – Synthesis of Nanomaterials and their Applications in Cancer Therapy and Chemical Industry

(Chemistry Building, Room 105)

Hassan Beyzavi, Ph. D., Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UAF 

Students can learn about new nanoporous materials by attending twenty minutes presentation by Dr Hassan Beyzavi and 30-minute lab experiments to learn how nanomaterials are synthesized. The nanoporous materials will shape beautiful crystals that have very large inner surface areas. The nanosized crystals will be utilized in drug delivery systems to encapsulate drugs and deliver them to specific diseased are as such as cancer cells. In Beyzavi’s lab, we will demonstrate how to make nanocrystals and show drug encapsulation. The workshop would be suitable for 20 students. The 20 min. presentation will take place at the beginning of the workshop in Chemistry Building (CHEM105). Then we will go to Beyzavi Lab in the same building (CHEM305) to learn about the preparation of nanomaterials and their exciting applications.


Workshop 4 – Cellular Mechanisms of Salt and Water Transport in Fish

(Ferritor Building, Room 317)

Christian Tipsmark, PhD, Biological Sciences Department, UAF

Physiological research seeks to understand the function of living systems from the level of a whole organism and its organs down to that of single cells and bio-molecules. This workshop highlights mechanisms and regulation of salt and water transport in fish and demonstrates some of the methods used to understand epithelial function in kidney, intestine, skin and gill. We will cover experimental approaches with whole animals and isolated tissues. Techniques demonstrated will include fish husbandry and dissection, mRNA and protein quantification and cellular localization of specific proteins using immunofluorescence microscopy.

Workshop 5 – CRISPR-Cas9-mediated targeted mutagenesis

(Ferritor Building, Room 214)

Limited to 10 participants

Nagayasu Nakanishi, PhD, Biological Sciences Department, UAF

CRISPR-Cas9 is a powerful genome editing tool whose applications are rapidly expanding across diverse fields from biomedicine to evolutionary biology. In this workshop, participants will learn how the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology is used to investigate gene function in sea anemones. The hands-on session will involve microinjection of guide RNAs and Cas9 protein into zygotes of sea anemones to generate knockout mutations at a targeted locus.

Workshop 6 – Visualizing Mitochondrial Dynamics and Function

(Ferritor Building, Room 322)

Limited to 10 participants

Shilpa Iyer, PhD, Biological Sciences Department, UAF

The goal is to understand mitochondrial changes in healthy and diseased states. We will
demonstrate techniques that will visualize and analyze images from multiple cell types
corresponding to different mitochondrial diseases.

Workshop 7 – Physics: “Super-Resolution Fluroescence Microscopy”

(Physics Building, Room 134 and 115A)

Yong Wang, PhD, Physics Dept., UAF

Limited to 15 participants.

This workshop will briefly introduce the basics of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on single-molecule localization, which improves the spatial resolution of light microscopy from ~300 nanometers to ~20 nanometers (see 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for more details).  Attendees will have a chance to image an important universal regulatory protein – HNS – in E. coli bacteria, to localize individual HNS molecules, and to produce super-resolved images of HNS proteins in E. coli with a resolution of ~ 20 nanometers.

Workshop 8 – Physics: “Brain science workshop”

(Physics Building, Room 133)

Woodrow Shew, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics,UAF

We will begin with a brief introduction to how large networks of neurons are responsible for our thoughts, perceptions and actions. Then we will have a fun brain trivia match and a “mind control” contest using the electrical signals of your own brain against your opponent’s brain. Don’t worry, it all will be quite safe.

Workshop 9 – Physics: “A 2D How-to”

(Nano Building, Room 105)

Hugh Churchill, PhD, Physics Dept., UAF

Limited to 15 participants.

After a brief introduction to the field of 2D material research, I will demonstrate the now-famous “Scotch tape technique” that is used to peel apart atomically thin layers of graphene and many other 2D materials from 3D crystals.  Workshop attendees will then have the opportunity to try this themselves using tape, tweezers, and silicon chips, followed by “flake hunting” with a microscope.

Workshop 10 – Physics “Graduate Application”

(Physics Building, Room 132)

Reeta Vyas, PhD, Physics Dept., UAF

Limited to 20 participants.

Participants will learn about career options for physics graduates, dos and don’ts of the application process for Physics Graduate Programs in the US – importance of and preparation for GRE, course work, recommendation letters, assistantships, etc.


Workshop 11 – platform for open access textbooks

(Chemistry Building, Room 147) (Please bring a laptop to this workshop.)

Bob Belford, PhD, Dept of Chemistry, UALR
Kumari Karn, graduate student, Dept of Chemistry, UALR
Stefanie West Leacock, PhD, Dept of Biology, UALR

LibreTexts is an open-access hyperlibrary service in which faculty can create customized electronic or printed textbooks. LibreTexts originally started in the chemical sciences as ChemWiki, and has grown to 12 hyperlibraries ranging from STEM disciplines to the humanities and vocational sciences. In this workshop participants will learn how the library is constructed, and how they can create customized content for their classes. Participants will be introduced to tools like the “remixer,” which allows users to combine content from multiple texts to meet the needs of their classes. Advanced features like the integration of Jupyter notebooks, virtual labs or molecular visualization tools that obtain structural data from PubChem or the protein data bank will also be presented.

The goal of the workshop is to give participants a chance to learn about the hyperlibrary and some of the features, while also providing answers to any questions concerning the adoption and adaption of LibreTexts to courses they teach. There will be a hands-on component for interested participants and bringing a laptop is recommended. LibreTexts has been supported by NSF and the U.S. Department of Education.

Facility Tour 1 – Arkansas High Performance Computing Center

Mahmoud Moradi Ph. D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas.

David Chaffin, Arkansas High Performance Computing Center (AHPCC)

Tour Starts 10:30, Hillside auditorium, Top level Building Entrance

Facility Tour 2 – Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Matt McIntosh Ph. D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas. 

Tour Starts 10:30, Hillside auditorium, Top level Building Entrance