Hendrix Junior Wins First Place for Cardiovascular Research

CONWAY, Ark. (November 26, 2013) – Hendrix student Dakota Pouncey was awarded the student poster award for first place in cardiovascular research at the Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting this month in Little Rock.

Pouncey is a junior biochemistry-molecular biology major from Rogers, Ark.

His poster was titled "Identifying Potential R/S-Warfarin Metabolite Biomarkers to Improve Anticoagulant Dosing Strategies in Children."

Pouncey completed this work as a participant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) under the supervision of Dr. Grover Miller in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UAMS.

“My work in Dr. Miller’s laboratory has been rewarding in that I have been able to gain hands-on research experience that couldn’t be obtained in the classroom and simply knowing that that our metabolite profiling approach could potentially improve the lives of over 25 million Americans who undergo warfarin anticoagulant therapy, " said Pouncey, who is continuing this investigation this fall as an Odyssey undergraduate research project with Hendrix chemistry professor Dr. Tom Goodwin as his faculty mentor.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.