Active Research Funding:

Cornet UAMS/UTMHSC Award        (Griffin/Yallapu, PIs)               09/01/2017-08/30/2018

TNF-Targeted Nanomedicine for Improved Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment in HNSCC

Major goals:  To develop a new nanogel formulation of TNF-loaded nanoparticles for improved tumor therapy.


RGA011 Pinnacle Biologics, LLC (Griffin, PI)                           07/01/2017-06/30/2018

Thermal therapy for improvement of photofrin-based PDT

Major goals: To determine the increase in photosensitizer uptake and improvement in tumor control when moderate thermal therapy is applied to a head and neck carcinoma model.


AWD00052238 Graphitic Nano Onions LLC (Griffin, PI)                    7/6/2017 – 7/5/2020

Carbon nanoonion technology for advanced theranostic applications in cancer therapy

Major goals: To explore and quantify the potential of carbon nano-onions to be used as an ultrasound or photoacoustic imaging agent and function as a thermal ablation enhancement agent against solid tumors.


4P20GM103625-05 (Smeltzer, M; PI)                                      05/01/2017–04/30/2022


Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and host Inflammatory Responses

ROLE: mentor for project 4 (Dings, PL) 


NSF EPSCoR (Zou and McClure, PIs)                                          08/01/2015-07/31/2020

Arkansas Advancing and Supporting Science, Engineering, and Technology Multifunctional and tunable Nanostructured Surfaces (ASSET) III

The goal is to develop durable, low friction, self-sharpening multifunction surfaces for various applications, including biomedical.

ROLE: Co-Investigator, aECM co-leader, UAMS overall administrative PI.  Work focused on exosome characterization when cells are grown on various surfaces to be produced by the materials group, working towards new approaches for stem cell differentiation and improving cell-cell crosstalk.


R01 EB017217 (Zharov, PI)                                                         07/01/2014–06/30/2019


Photoswitchable nanoprobes for in-vivo flow cytometry

ROLE:  Co-Investigator.  Major goals:  to utilize photoswitchable chemistry to probe the origin and destination of circulating tumor cells before and after development of metastatic lesions and before, during and after therapy.