Ryne Ramaker is on a roll! He has had an amazingly successful last eight months!
Ryne is a junior biology-chemistry double major who graduated from Bentonville High School in 2008. He is a member of the University Science Scholars Program and the Donaghey Scholars Program.
This past summer he was one of only ten undergraduate students selected to participate in an undergraduate research program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine.During his internship, Ryne worked with UAB’s director of cancer research, Dr. Boris Pasche, on a ground-breaking cancer therapy. The therapy consists of a series of finely tuned, cancer-specific electromagnetic fields administered in an entirely non-toxic and non-invasive manner. Ryne’s work involved uncovering the mechanism of action of this new treatment before Phase III clinical trials were conducted. Specifically, he worked with hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer common in South America and Africa. Because many of the afflicted people are poor, an inexpensive, easily disseminated treatment is sorely needed.
Ryne has presented his results at conferences in Alabama and Arkansas. His work has won a 1st place award for biological research at UAB’s Summer Undergraduate Research Conference and Arkansas’ INBRE Conference and a 2nd place award at the International BioNanoTox Symposium held here in Little Rock. The results of this work, along with results from other members of Dr. Pasche’s lab are in the process of being submitted to a major scientific journal.
Here at UALR, Ryne is now conducting research with Dr. Steve Grace of the Biology Department. His new project (“Evaluation of antioxidant phytonutrient composition in tomato varieties of commercial importance to Arkansas”) was recently funded by an Arkansas SURF grant. The goal of this project is to develop a rapid and efficient method for determining metabolite concentrations and antioxidant properties of important tomato varieties. He has also received funding from UALR’s Graduate School to support his research.