McMurry Biomedical Science Program (BIMS)

McMurry Biomedical Science Program (BIMS) Welcome to the Biomedical Science program at McMurry. where we study life and health in creative and productive ways.

This program was begun to prepare students for exciting lives in biotech, forensic science, and medical careers. Our approach is centered on building skills and knowledge by engaging in scientific research - we guarantee this is more fun and productive than the way college science lab is "usually done". Our focus is on human biology and disease, and the molecules and cells involved in that daily fight. We see the world as our laboratory, improving human health as our goal, microbiology genetics and molecular biology as our tools.

Plan to join the Virtual Research Festival.  Details at:  https://blogs.mcm.edu/STEMsuccess/partnering-for-stem-success-...
04/30/2020
Spring 2020 Title V Virtual Research Festival – STEM success

Plan to join the Virtual Research Festival. Details at: https://blogs.mcm.edu/STEMsuccess/partnering-for-stem-success-2/spring-2020-title-v-virtual-research-festival/

Due to the Coronavirus Chaos, our highly anticipated Research Festival has been moved to an online format. Here, you will find links to video introductions to our students and their projects, abstracts of their work, and their posters or oral presentations. In many instances, their research was shor...

03/24/2020

COVID-19 has shaken our world. At McM, we have taken our courses online. Research? It will take a step back as we hunker down for the fight. More than ever, human health and microbiology and biomedical sciences are at the forefront of this new world war. Proud to do our part to education leaders for the fight.

Intuitive Systems (BIMS sponsor) is giving away free VUMicro software for online courses.  This week, over $10,000 in li...
03/22/2020
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Intuitive Systems (BIMS sponsor) is giving away free VUMicro software for online courses. This week, over $10,000 in licenses were sent to students and universities across the nation.

Intuitive Systems Inc. is making our VUMIE 2012 software available free of charge to your students. Please contact us to find out how.

For those interested in why such an emphasis is being placed on canceling events due to coronavirus, this tells the stor...
03/13/2020
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

For those interested in why such an emphasis is being placed on canceling events due to coronavirus, this tells the story extremely well...

Politicians and Business Leaders: What Should You Do and When?

The Press Release from Physics about their award...
12/06/2019

The Press Release from Physics about their award...

12/06/2019

Congratulations to our Society of Physics Students for being named an outstanding chapter of the year by the national organization! Physics at McMurry is exceptional!

Another cool research event at McMurry today (and one scheduled for Cisco College--Abilene next Tuesday).  Check out the...
12/05/2019
Fall Research Summit at McMurry Kicks of Holidays Research Week for Title V in Abilene – STEM success

Another cool research event at McMurry today (and one scheduled for Cisco College--Abilene next Tuesday). Check out the blog post for Title V and get a peek into one of the research projects from outside of Title V by using the QR code!

Fall Research Summit at McMurry Kicks of Holidays Research Week for Title V in Abilene December 5, 2019December 5, 2019 Dr. Gary Wilson Today marked the beginning of a week of research celebration with the Fall Research Summit at McMurry University. A similar event will occur at Cisco College–Abil...

Congratulations to the Title V grant team for the new Human Health Science major to be offered starting next year.  The ...
11/18/2019

Congratulations to the Title V grant team for the new Human Health Science major to be offered starting next year. The HHSC major will have three concentrations: Research and Medical (for future researchers, doctors, dentists, and primary care providers); Allied Health Professions Preparation (for future PTs, chiropractors, and similar healthcare providers); and Public Health and Wellness (for those interested in public health careers). Programs will be offered beginning Fall 2020. For more information, contact the HHSC Department Chair Dr. Gary Wilson ([email protected]).

Seems like there's always a buzz around BIMS faculty Dr. O'Connell and our students.
10/23/2019
McMurry students share Breast Cancer research

Seems like there's always a buzz around BIMS faculty Dr. O'Connell and our students.

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A team of students at McMurry University is studying breast cancer collagen mutations in hopes that their research may impact disease prevention and treatment. Ov…

HOMECOMING this week!  Drop by to say hi, check out the posters on the walls showing our current research, visit the new...
10/22/2019

HOMECOMING this week! Drop by to say hi, check out the posters on the walls showing our current research, visit the newly renovated spaces for Biochemistry/Molecular Biology teaching and research (courtesy of Title V grant). Jim Ned students this Friday!

10/01/2019

Dr. Malaney O'Connell's Research Team and their work were the top story in the Abilene Reporter-News today!

09/03/2019

Congratulations to our sister program at McMurry - Biochemistry. Here's a story on their students and research presented at an American Chemical Society meeting this summer (reported in McMurry's Wingspan newsletter).

McMurry Students Present Research at Regional Meetings, Oyewole Brings Home First Place.

Students from McMurry University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry recently presented their research at two regional meetings this spring, one of which Yejide Oyewole won first place for best presentation in her section.

The Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry regularly attend local, regional, and even national meetings where students present research. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting-in-Miniature on the University of North Texas campus and the Abilene Christian University (ACU) Undergraduate Research Festival are the two conferences attended by students this spring. Students and faculty representing universities from all over Texas attended the ACS conference, and while the conference was open to students at all levels, the presenters were ≈75% graduate and ≈25% undergraduate students.

Yejide Oyewole won first place for best presentation in her section at the ACS conference competing against both undergraduate and graduate students.

Students present research either orally or by poster with discussion. This research is high quality – so much so that at least three papers will be submitted to professional journals of chemistry upon completion.

Other students to participate in these conferences were Mark Izbrand and Yuwei Bao.

Students delivered two presentations at both conferences:

• Biological Activities of Dihydroxamic Acid Derivatives in HDAC1 and HDAC8 in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells (Mark Izbrand, Yejide Oyewole, Paul Pyenta PhD, Hyunshun Shin PhD).
• Analyses, using Computer Modeled Docking Studies, of Potential Anti-cancer Drugs as HDAC Inhibitors (Yuwei Bao, Paul Pyenta PhD, Hyunshun Shin PhD).

Funding for travel costs to the ACS meeting was provided by The McMurry Science & Math Advisory Board (SMAB) and research funding was provided by the Welch Foundation departmental grant.
Congratulations Yejide, Mark and Yuwei as well as the McMurry Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry on these accomplishments!

07/14/2019

Pics of 2018 grad Vic Hudman as St James School of Medicine hosts a health fair.

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07/14/2019

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06/10/2019

After taking a much needed break, our summer is heating up with classes and research!

Another central idea in immunology gets turned on its ear - three basic types of lymphocytes instead of two!
06/01/2019
Novel Type of Immune Cell Discovered in Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Another central idea in immunology gets turned on its ear - three basic types of lymphocytes instead of two!

A rogue hybrid lymphocyte, bearing characteristics of both B and T cells, may play a role in driving autoimmunity in the disease, although the mechanism is far from clear.

05/20/2019

Congratulations to Biology Department Spring 2019 graduates:
Victoria Chavez (BIMS)
Victoria Garza (Life Sciences)
Krystal Goedde (Biology)
Simone Heinle (BIMS)
Rachel Leucht (Biology)
Kelsey McKiernan (BIMS)
Jeff Moore (BIS-Allied Health)
Haley Shepard (Life Sciences)
Chase Stone (BIMS)
Paige Thanasoulis (BIMS)

Learning is a life-long adventure.  Today some BIMS faculty are participating in continuing ed related to new molecular ...
04/10/2019

Learning is a life-long adventure. Today some BIMS faculty are participating in continuing ed related to new molecular diagnostic methods for ID of infectious agents.

Not all the cool things happening in Sciences at McMurry come from BIMS (well, most but not all!).  This photo is of the...
03/29/2019

Not all the cool things happening in Sciences at McMurry come from BIMS (well, most but not all!). This photo is of the new Cassini Mission to Saturn sculpture unveiled yesterday on the occasion of a presentation by the Cassini Mission Director Julie Webster, who ran the 20-year program for NASA and JPL. The sculpture was conceived of by Art and Physics students who worked together to create the final product. Part machining, part 3-D printing, it is a great addition to the campus and Finch-Gray Science Center.

03/12/2019

We are in "pause" for Spring Break"! See you back in a few...

Dr. O'Connell's students surprised her for her birthday with pizza and a beautiful cake!  They love her almost as much a...
03/06/2019

Dr. O'Connell's students surprised her for her birthday with pizza and a beautiful cake! They love her almost as much as she loves them! :)

Title V Research Team O'Connell Oncogeniuses were special guests of the Cisco College Science Club to introduce the oppo...
02/03/2019

Title V Research Team O'Connell Oncogeniuses were special guests of the Cisco College Science Club to introduce the opportunities for students to join in research at Cisco and McMurry. One of the Oncogeniuses who spoke to the group was Daniel Nunez, who was once a Cisco student. He spoke about the work he does, and his experience attending the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium to present the lab's latest research.

01/29/2019

Title V grant is underway. New spaces for biochem and molecular are coming. Research Teams at Cisco and McMurry are in business. SOON: Link to the Title V webpage with stories and news about the work students are doing!

Demo Day underway Biochem/Molecular labs - new spaces will be ready for Fall 2019.
12/23/2018

Demo Day underway Biochem/Molecular labs - new spaces will be ready for Fall 2019.

SABCS 2018.
12/08/2018

SABCS 2018.

SABCS 2018.

11/27/2018

O'Connell research students preparing for their presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium next week... Pictures at 11...

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General information

The B.S. in Biomedical Science degree is offered by the Department of Biology at McMurry. The course consists of 40 required hours in BIMS and Biology courses, with options for courses from Biochemistry. Every student must do an internship or capstone research project in their senior year. Supporting courses consist of chemistry through Organic Chemistry II, a year of Physics, and either Calculus or Statistics. The program works closely with the Pre-Health Professions seminar and pre-med advisor (a BIMS faculty member) to prepare students for a variety of professional careers - medicine, dentistry, PA, PT, chiropractic, and many others.

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