Roger Buchanan

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Roger Buchanan completed his Ph.D. in cell biology at the University of Delaware in 1990, was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Md., and Woods Hole, Mass.) before coming to Arkansas as an assistant professor of biology at Arkansas State University (A-State) in 1992. While at A-State, he directed several large research and educational programs funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. He also held several administrative positions there, including department chair, director of the environmental sciences and molecular biosciences Ph.D. programs and the Judd Hill Chair of Biotechnology before retiring in August 2012.  He joined the Arkansas Research Alliance in October 2012, and is the scientific coordinator of the Arkansas Research Consortium in Nanotechnology. This consortium is a cooperative effort involving researchers at five Arkansas universities and the National Center of Toxicological Research. The consortium has received funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the State of Arkansas. Its current research is focused on understanding the toxicology of graphene-based nanomaterials. Roger currently resides near Quitman, Ark., with his wife, Jacqueline, of 40 years. They have twin daughters and two grandchildren.