Amanda Nieman

Ph.D. Student
Chemistry & Biochemistry
 Chemistry Building 844

Expected Year of Graduation: 2019
Research Lab: Arnold Group
Major Area of Focus: Biochemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Immunology

Previously Attended

Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2010-2014, B.S., BioMolecular Engineering

Why I like Chemistry

Chemistry is a diverse area of study, which allows many different kinds of people to come together to solve real world problems. My focus area, biochemistry, is really exciting because it is learning about the building blocks of life on the smallest level.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee

UWM offers a wide variety of research groups doing work that was extremely interesting to me. I also loved being in Milwaukee during my undergraduate degree.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee

I love going to Brewers games and attending many of the awesome shows that come to town. There are also so many great restaurants and festivals around town to enjoy with friends!

Research Goals

Work with our large team to move new treatments for asthma and neuropathic pain closer to the possibility of clinical trials.  I also aim to uncover the link between the physiological effects we see with our compounds and the GABAA receptor they target.


1. Forkuo GS, Guthrie ML, Yuan NY, Nieman AN, Kodali R, et al. 2016. Mol Pharm 13: 2026-38
2. Jahan R, Stephen MR, Forkuo GS, Kodali R, Guthrie ML, et al. 2017. Eur J Med Chem 126: 550-60
3. Forkuo GS, Nieman AN, Yuan NY, Kodali R, Yu OB, et al. 2017. Mol Pharm 14: 2088-98

Poster Presentations

2016 – Targeting the Immune System with Sutype-Selective GABAA Receptor Modulators to Alleviate Asthma Symptoms,Immunology, Seattle, WA

2016 – Targeting the Immune System with Sutype-Selective GABAA Receptor Modulators to Alleviate Asthma Symptoms,Chemical Biology, Madison, WI

2014 – International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering, Coronado, CA