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Mohammad Goodarzi

Principal Investigator

Zoya Faruqui

Ph.D Student

Zoya N. Faruqui is a STEM PhD fellow on graduate assistantship at UALR. She completed her Master's in Human Genetics from UCL (University College London, UK) where she was also the recipient of the UCL UGI's Master's Prize Scholarship. She has also qualified the CSIR NET JRF competition in her first attempt with an All India Rank of 44 under the general category. Zoya cares about the upliftment of the underrepresented sections of society and is active in volunteering activities for the same in India and the USA.
Ava Ogboriaphien

MSc Student

Kyrilos Sadaka

Pre-Med Student

Oyekemi Oyetoro

Ph.D student

Christian Dunger

Pre-Med Student

I live in Benton, Ar with my wife and several animals. I currently work at a furniture store that is able to accommodate odd college hours. My major is General Biology, but my classes are mostly dictated by trying to complete pre-matriculates for medical school. One of the things that I am very excited about this semester is doing research with Dr. Goodarzi. This will be my first research experience. This year, 2024, I will be applying to four different medical schools and hope to start in 2025 after completing a Bachelors in Science. My plan is to become a General Surgeon and work my way into Trauma surgery. After earning a D.O. or an M.D. and honing skills in surgery, I hope to further innovate in the area of pre-hospital care, allowing for better patient survival.

• Reloading Ammunition
• Hunting
• Fishing
• Camping

Tyler Melton


Dakota Thomas


I am a current resident of Arkansas, though I am originally from Colorado! I am majoring in Chemistry, thus I enjoy all things Chemistry related, especially biochemical research! My current research focus is in various types of cancer. My goal is to develop a peptide bond to attach to certain genes with the ultimate goal of inducing apoptosis of the tumor cell. Following my undergrad experience, I would like to go to medical school. Formerly I worked as a surgical tech, so on top of Chemistry, I absolutely love surgery! I'd like to use my current and future experiences in the medical field to further help the people around me. My greatest joy in life is helping others. I have a deep-seated sense of commitment and motivation to bettering this world.
Addison White

BSc student

Jana Abuelem

High School student

Jana Abuelem is a junior at Pulaski Academy. She joined the lab in February 2024. She is studying the effects of caffeine on Glycine max (soybean) proteogenomics. Her project placed second at the 2024 Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and placed first in the Plant Sciences category at the 2024 Central Arkansas Regional Science Fair (CARSEF). She is also an International Finalist at the 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Jana will be presenting her research results at the 2024 Arkansas Academy of Science Business Meeting (AAS) in Fort Smith in April 2024.