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Faculty - Research Interests

The faculty offices and labs are located in the Thomas W. Cole, Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology (TWCRCST), Knowles Hall (KH), and Sage-Bacote Hall (S-BH) on Clark Atlanta University's campus.


Ananaba, Godwin A., Associate Professor, Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1988. [Biochemical Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology]
Research efforts center on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions with the ultimate goal of engineering efficacious vaccine(s) against the pathogens. The role of epithelial cells in the recruitment, maintenance and effector functions of immune cells following Chlamydia infection of the reproductive tract, the pulmonary mucosa and protection are important to us. In cancer research, we are specifically interested in the mechanisms of immune surveillance, xenobiotic induced carcinogenesis and phytosterol induced protection against prostate neoplasm.

Location: 4055-D TWCRCST Lab Location: 4024 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6803 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6977
Email: gananaba@cau.edu  


Bu, Xiu R., Professor, Ph.D., Nanjing University, 1988. [Organic and Coordination Chemistry]
Research efforts include (1) development of bioactive antitumor agents based on transition metal complexes; (2) application of organometallics and complexes to organic transformations important to synthesis of bioactive organic agents; (3) development of new ligands and host molecules for selective binding of heavy metals or organic guest molecules for environmental evaluation and remediation.

Location: 3013-D TWCRCST Lab Location: 2022, 3016, TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6897 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3151, 6857
Email: xbu@cau.edu  


Campbell, Marjorie G.S., Chair/Professor, Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, 1991.  [Environmental Engineering Sciences]
Research efforts center on studying the presence and biological effects of synthetic and natural environmental toxins.  Bioassays using bacteria, invertebrate animals and plants are applied in this research for comparative analysis and biomedical applications to human health.

Location: 4005-A TWCRCST Lab Location: 3024 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6190 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6327
Email: mcampbell@cau.edu  


Chaudhary, Jaideep, Associate Professor, Ph.D., National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi, India. 1991. [Endocrinology]
The overall lab hypothesis is to understand molecular events wherein a differentiated cell becomes undifferentiated, bypasses senescence, undergoes immortalization and eventually becomes transformed. By integrating a multitude of molecular, transcriptomic and genomic approaches we address the fundamental biology of these events that eventually leads to neoplastic transformation. The model systems that we use to address these molecular pathways are the prostate and ovary. Following are some of the specific projects in our laboratory: Role of dominant negative helix loop helix proteins in the initiation and maintenance of prostate cancer; Fundamental biology of Id gene/ protein expression (regulation of expression of specific isoforms, mRNA/ protein stability/ interaction partners and downstream effectors); Large scale genomic and transcriptomic changes during neoplastic transformation of epithelial cells (prostate); Androgen regulated pathways in prostate epithelial cells.

Location: 4029-D TWCRCST Lab Location: 4008 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6821 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6759
Email: jchaudhary@cau.edu  


Harruna, Issifu, Professor, Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1988. [Organic Chemistry]
Research efforts focus on (1) Synthesis and characterization of functionalized carbon nanotubes; (2) Synthesis of novel polymers and polymer composites for stem cells applications; (3) Synthesis and characterization of high performance processable polymers and ceramics for films, fibers, composites and coatings; (4) Synthesis and characterization of anti-galvanic corrosion polymers;(5) Preparation and study of bio/Environmentally degradable macromolecules; (6) Synthesis and characterization of potential antiviral and antibacterial compounds; (7) Synthesis and characterization of novel organic light emitting compounds including quantum dots.

Location: 2025-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 2039, 2022 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6883 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6806
Email: iharruna@cau.edu  


Hinton, Cimona V., Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, 2005. [Biochemistry]
Our laboratory focuses on mechanisms responsible for cancer cell metastasis at both the cellular and molecular levels.  In this regard, we currently study the involvement  of chemokine pathways that induce motility of cancer cells.  The primary objective is to study how the CXCR4/CXCL12 signaling axis may aid in the migration and invasion of foreign tissues under cancerous condition.  This system is studied in prostate and breast cancer cells.

Location: 4017-B TWCRCST Lab Location: 4014 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-8134 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6762
Email: chinton@cau.edu  


Ingram, Conrad W., Assistant Professor, University of the West Indies, 1994. [Inorganic Chemistry]
Research efforts are focused on inorganic materials, such as porous aluminosilicates and related substrates, as adsorbents, catalysts, and components of nanocomposites.

Location: 2033-D TWCRCST Lab Location: 2010, 2016 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6898 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3166
Email: cingram@cau.edu  


Jideama, Nathan, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Atlanta University, 1986. [Molecular Biology]
Research efforts center on determining the function of site-specific phosphorylation of myosin light chain 2 in cardiac muscle physiology.  The biochemical and physiological relevance of MLC 2 phosphopeptides generated by protein kinase C and myosin light chain kinase phosphorylation are evaluated.

Location: 4055-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 4014 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6873 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6752
Email: njideama@cau.edu  


Khan, Ishrat M., Professor, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1984. [Organic Polymer Chemistry]
Research efforts center on developing biofunctional macromolecules for medical, therapeutic, biomimetic applications. In order to accomplish this, we are developing synthetic macromolecules with higher structural orders (e.g., helices) and   functional macromolecules in the nanoscale (less then 100 nm) range with relevant biological properties/ functions/specificity.

Location: 3025-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 3018, 3012 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6847 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6618
Email: ikhan@cau.edu  


Khan, Shafiq A. (Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar)/Professor, Ph.D., University of Karolinska Institute, 1985. [Reproductive Endocrinology]
Research efforts center on proliferation and differentiation of cells in male and female reproductive tract under both normal and disease states.  The primary objective is to identify endocrine, paracrine and autocrine regulators of testicular and ovarian cell proliferation and differentiation and function, and study the mechanisms involved in development and maintenance of ovarian and prostate cancers.

Location: 4045-E TWCRCST Lab Location: 4022 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6795 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6297
Email: skhan@cau.edu  


Logan, David A., Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1981. [Microbiology]
Research efforts center on the physiology and genetics of  Neurospora crassa and the dimorphic fungi Mucor racemosus and Candida albicans.  The work in N. crassa is specifically focused on the regulation of the quinic acid gene cluster and studies in M. racemosus and C. albicans deal with the biology of a developmentally regulated serine carboxypeptidase.

Location: 4017-D TWCRCST Lab Location: 4008 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6830 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3131
Email: dlogan@cau.edu  


Mintz, Eric A., Professor, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1978. [Organic Chemistry]
Silver and copper are easily immobilized on a solid substrate.  If the surface supporting the bound copper or silver is modified, by including surface active groups that bind bacteria, an even more effective disinfectant is produced.  Therefore, research efforts center on developing methods to functionalize glass, silica, and alumina.  Electroless plating will then be used to deposit silver, or copper, or a combination of both onto the surface.  The binding of microorganism to these surfaces is also examined.

Location: 2021-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 2024, 2020 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6886 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3152
Email: emintz@cau.edu  


Musey, Paul I., Professor, Ph.D., McGill University, 1971. [Biochemistry, Biochemical Endocrinology]
Research efforts center on studies in reproductive endocrinology; biosynthesis, metabolism and enzymology of steroid hormones; effects of environmental factors on hormones; endocrine toxicology; use and development of immunoassays.

Location: 4017-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 4006 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6829 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3125
Email: pmusey@cau.edu  


Odero-Marah, Valerie, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2001. [Molecular Biology]
Research efforts center on studying the signaling pathways of Snail transcription factor in human prostate cancer and its role in tumor progression and bone turnover.

Location: 4055-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 4016 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6764 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6761
Email: vodero_marah@cau.edu  


Okere, Chukwuma, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Kochi Medical School, Japan, 1997.  [Neuroscience]
Research efforts center on systems neuroscience that involves studies designed to understand the dynamics of pheromone-dependent synaptic mechanisms underlying the formation of olfactory recognition memory.

Location: 4029-A TWCRCST Lab Location: 4004 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6854 Lab Phone: (404) 880-6757
Email: cokere@cau.edu  


Parker, Cass D., Associate Professor/Chair, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1986. [Chemistry (Analytical)]
Research efforts center on use of titanosilicate based materials for the removal of cationic and anionic species.


Location: 2021-B TWCRCST Lab Location: 3008, 3007 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6858 Lab Phone: (404) 880-3163, 3104
Email: cparker@cau.edu  


Talpade, Medha, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1992.  [Psychology and Statistics]
Research efforts center on obesity and nutrition.



Location: 204 KH Lab Location:
Phone: (404) 880-6008 Lab Phone:
Email: mtalpade@cau.edu  


Student Development Facilitators:

Mickens, Ronald E., Distinguished Fuller E. Callaway Professor, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1968.  [Theoretical Physics]Research efforts center on the application of mathematical techniques to solve and analyze the differential and difference equations that arise in the modeling of dynamic systems in the biological, physical, and engineering sciences. A major emphasis is placed on how such models are to be constructed.

Location: 1027/1053 TWCRCST Lab Location:
Phone: (404) 880-6923 Lab Phone:
Email: rmickens@cau.edu  


Molnar, Peter, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1995.  [Physics]
Research efforts center on scientific programming.



Location: 1019-C TWCRCST Lab Location: 207 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-6419 Lab Phone:
Email: pmolnar@cau.edu  


Wang, Xiao-Qian, Associate Professor, Ph.D., International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy, 1989.  [Computational Physics]
Research efforts center on development of nanomaterials and biological materials.

Location: 222 S-BH Lab Location: 3035 TWCRCST
Phone: (404) 880-8649 Lab Phone:
Email: xwang@cau.edu