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Arkansas Biosciences Institute

ABI will become internationally recognized as a leader in health and life sciences research. Its multifaceted programs will strengthen Arkansas through science-based economic development including research, education, and technology.

A Leader in Health Sciences Research


By working on joint and related research initiatives, the five member organizations created a large community of scientists and researchers who can better compete for external grant awards from federal sources and national foundations, increase the number of scientists and staff supported by extramural funding, share resources (equipment and expertise), attract other scientists to Arkansas, and encourage science-based economic development in the state.

Argelia Lorence Nov 2017

Lorence Receives Commendation from ABI

The Arkansas Biosciences Institute has recognized Dr. Argelia Lorence, professor of metabolic engineering, with its Established Investigator of the Year Award for 2017. Recently named as one of the inaugural Vaughn Professors, Lorence is developing methods for predicting an organism's phenotype from its genes and its environment. Lorence is credited with being the first researcher to bring a plant-phenotyping robot to a U.S. university.

Beth Hood Nov 2017

Hood is Serving on Science Board in Spain

Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, is on the scientific advisory board for a Gates Foundation-funded project in Spain. The principal investigator from the University of Madrid and his team are determining the feasibility of producing nitrogen in the roots of the target plant, corn. Hood was invited to serve on the board, which meets annually, because of her expertise in corn transformation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ABI is to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.


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