Faculty

Participating Departments:
Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science | Mathematics & Statistics | Neuroscience Institute | Physics & Astronomy

Department of Biology

                               Name/position                                    Email/Office/Phone

aneja_smallRitu Aneja
Associate Professor
email
616 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5417
Cytoskeletal Microtubules, Cell Cycle and Cancer
Cancer is a surreptitious killer that has touched all of our lives in one way or another. It is no wonder that the disease is described as the defining plague of our generation. Fortunately, decades of exhaustive research have yielded a battery of chemotherapeutic agents, the most notable of which include tubulin-binding drugs. Although these drugs can be effective to varying degrees in killing cancer cells, they are notorious for their debilitating, toxic side effects...

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cgarnett_smallCharlie Garnett Benson
Assistant Professor
cgb
510 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5441
Cancer Immunology and Human Adenovirus Infection and Leukemia
My laboratory conducts research in the areas of tumor immunology, mechanisms of tumor cell/immune cell interactions, as well as investigating the association of human adenovirus with lymphocytes and leukemia. Ongoing studies involve (1) the analysis of basic anti-tumor immunologic mechanisms and principles, (2) analysis of tumor cell-immune cell interactions and (3) investigating the possibility that human species C adenovirus can initiate acute leukemia.

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brinton
623 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5388
Molecular Genetics/Microbiology
Research in my laboratory focuses on identifying and analyzing virus-host molecular interactions in cells infected with West Nile virus (a flavivirus) or simian hemorrhagic fever virus (an arterivirus).

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scrow_smallSidney Crow
Professor
Interim Chair
crow
421 KELL / 404-413-5312
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
My research group has focused on the ecology and physiology of microorganisms (particularly yeast and filamentous fungi) for the past 15 years. Currently, this focus has resulted in my research concentrating on three interesting areas: 1) Indoor air quality, 2) bioremediation, 3) effects of biologically active molecules in microbial systems.

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zeichenbaum_smallZehava Eichenbaum
Associate Professor
chen
588 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5401
Bacterial Genetics and Pathogenesis
The research interests of this laboratory are in the area of bacterial pathogenesis. We study the molecular genetics of iron regulation and iron-uptake mechanisms in the pathogenic streptococci: S. pyogenes (group A streptococcus) and S. agalactiae (group B streptococcus). S. pyogenes is an obligate human pathogen capable of producing a variety of supportive skin and throat infections...

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agewirtz_smallAndrew Gewirtz
Professor
Associate Chair
gewirtz
Petit Science Center / 404-413-3586
Research Interests: Active mucosal inflammation is characterized by influx of immune cells, especially neutrophils. When occurring in response to a pathogenic microbe, this immune inflammatory response appears to play an important role in locally clearing some infections thus preventing widespread bacterial dissemination in the host...

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egilbert_smallEric Seth Gilbert
Associate Professor
gilbert
432 Science Annex / 404-413-5317
Microbial biofilms: understanding microorganisms attached to surfaces
The central focus of research in my laboratory is microbial biofilms, or communities of microorganisms attached to surfaces. Biofilms are widely distributed in nature, and may be beneficial or harmful to humans, depending on the microbes that inhabit them. A common feature to all of our work with biofilms is quantitative analysis of biofilm structure based on biofilms grown in flow cells and imaged by confocal microscopy...

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cjohnson_smallCasonya Matese Johnson
Associate Professor
johnson
613 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5426
Transcriptional Regulation of Neural Development
To develop normally, eukaryotic organisms must carefully orchestrate the processes of differentiation, morphogenesis, and growth through spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression. The bHLH transcription factor family regulates the expression of a number of genes that modulate development, often through regulatory cascades that rely on the proper responses to sensory signals provided by the environment...

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pkaur_smallParjit Kaur
Professor
Associate Chair
kaur
590 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5405
MGB/Molecular Genetics of Membrane Transport
The focus of research in this laboratory is on understanding function of membrane transport proteins. Transport of nutrients into or toxic substances out of the cell is integral to life, and is carried out by dedicated proteins located in the cell membrane. Most transport processes require input of energy - either in the form of ATP or membrane potential...

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Zhi-Ren Liu
Professor
zliu8@gsu.edu
512 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5419
Molecular Biology & Cancer Biology
The goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanism of cell abnormality, especially the conditions that are associated with many human diseases. We hope that our understanding will ultimately be converted to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies...

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George Pierce
Professor
gpierce@gsu.edu
423 Kell / 404-413-5315
Biologically Based Systems for the Treatment of Hazardous Wastes
In general, this research has been directed towards the biological treatment of industrial wastes and residues generated during the production of industrial organic chemicals. This work has involved both site remediation (site clean-up) and the development of biologically based systems for the treatment of process related waste (treatment of wastes generated by current chemical processes)...

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iweber_smallIrene T. Weber
Professor
weber
585 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5411
Crystallography and Bioinformatics Neurobiology & Molecular Genetics
The major research theme of my laboratory is to understand the molecular basis of disease and help to develop new treatment strategies. We study key regulatory proteins at the molecular level by applying the techniques of bioinformatics, biochemistry and crystallography to study the structure and function of protein-ligand complexes...

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Department of Chemistry

                               Name/position                                    Email/Office/Phone

ddixon_smallDabney Dixon
Professor
dixon
556 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5508
Heme Uptake by Pathogenic BacteriaA number of pathogenic bacteria grow with hemin as their major or sole source of iron.In collaboration with Dr. Caroline Genco (Boston University) we have probed heme uptake by the outer membrane hemoglobin/heme receptor HmuR in Porphyromonas gingivalis...

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ggadda_smallGiovanni Gadda
Professor
Graduate Director
gadda
549 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5537
The research interest of my group is in the general area of the mechanistic enzymology of redox enzymes, with a specific interest in flavin-dependent enzymes. The long-term objectives are to understand how enzymes can influence the energetics of reaction intermediates and transition states. These aspects are being studied by steady state kinetics and rapid reaction techniques using pH, viscosity and kinetic isotope effects, as well as mutagenesis and X-ray crystallography...

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iivanov_smallIvaylo Nikolaev Ivanov
Assistant Professor
ivanov
515 Science Annex / 404-413-5529
The research in our group focuses on realistic, first-principles simulations of key biological processes of relevance to DNA replication and repair and centers on the following three areas.
Molecular description of archaeal and eukaryotic clamp loading. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) is a toroidal-shaped protein (sliding clamp) that can encircle and slide along DNA...

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Ming Luo
Professor
mluo@gsu.edu

585 Natural Science Center / 404-413-6608

The genome of viruses has a limited size that usually is only sufficient to encode a few viral proteins. To assemble a fully functional virion, the viral capsid applies simple symmetry to build the viral particle with multiple copies of the same protein subunit. This universal principle is found in virus structures through the entire virosphere...

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Suazette Reid Mooring
Assistant Professor
smooring@gsu.edu

519A Science Annex / 404-413-5527

Research Interest:
Chemistry Education: Research in the Chemistry Education Research Group at Georgia State University focuses on barriers to student success in undergraduate chemistry and the implementation and assessment of pedagogical and curriculum interventions...

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Gregory Poon
Professor
gpoon@gsu.edu

416 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5491

Our laboratory is engaged in three lines of research:

1. Transcriptional targeting by the ETS superfamily of transcription factors.ETS-family proteins, which regulate the self-renewal and differentiation of hematopoietic and neural stem cells, exemplify how transcription factors with overlapping DNA sequence preferences achieve target gene specificity...

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bwang_smallBinghe Wang
Regents’ Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar
Associate Dean
wang
313 Petit Science Center / 404-413-5544
Drug design. Drug delivery. Molecular recognition and new diagnostics. New organic reactions...

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gwang_smallGangli Wang
Associate Professor
lwang
420 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5507
Nanoelectrochemistry, functional nanoclusters in energy and biomedical applications, transport behaviors at nanodevices...

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wwilson_smallDavid W. Wilson
Regents’ Professor
dw
540 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5503
A number of collaborative projects are underway and all of them focus on the structure and interaction properties of nucleic acids. We are investigating and developing a range of compounds that interact with different sequences and structures of DNA. We are particularly interested in the design drugs that can inhibit specific organisms by forming complexes in the DNA minor groove at unique sequences and structures of DNA or RNA...

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jyang_smallJenny J. Yang
Professor
jenny
552 Natural Science Center / 404-413-5520
The research in the Jenny J Yang Laboratory focuses on the chemical, biological, material and environmental role of calcium and calcium binding proteins ( We call it calciomics ) using design and engineering approaches. Our goal is to predict and understand the role of metal ions, especially calcium, in biological, chemical and environmental systems, to design novel tools for diagnostics and research, and to create drugs for better health and overall environment...

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Department of Computer Science

                               Name/position                                    Email/Office/Phone

zcai_smallZhipeng Cai
Assistant Professor
cai
25 Park Place, room 741 / 404-413-5721
Dr. Cai's research includes algorithm design and analysis, cognitive radio networks, and computational biology. In one research vein, he primarily designs routing protocols and algorithms for cognitive radio networks. His research in another vein covers genomics and systems biology, with several clearly defined biological and medical applications. His major research contributions cover a broad spectrum that includes fundamental theoretical results, algorithm design, and tool development.

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rharrison_smallRobert Harrison
Professor
harrison
25 Park Place, room 726 / 404-413-5724
Computational chemistry and bioinformatics, numerical analysis and algorithm design, randomized and parallel approaches to difficult problems in scientific computing

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ypan_smallYi Pan
Professor
Chair
pan
25 Park Place, room 744 / 404-413-5719
Dr. Pan’s research spans many aspects in computer science. His work has included research in parallel computing, distributed computing, and grid computing, encompassing architecture, algorithms, and performance evaluation in these areas. For example, he proposed a new computing model based on optical pipelined buses and designed many novel parallel algorithms based on the computing model...

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Pavel Skums
Adjunct Professor
pskums@gsu.edu
25 Park Place, room 742 / 404-413-6654
My research areas are computational biology, bioinformatics, and graph theory. In biology, my research focuses on studying epidemiology and the evolution of highly mutable RNA viruses, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Using analysis of molecular data and mathematical modelling, I am trying to understand how viruses escape the immune system, acquire drug resistance, and spread through a population of susceptible individuals.

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sunderraman_smallRaj Sunderraman
Professor
sun
25 Park Place, room 724 / 404-413-5726
Incomplete and inconsistent databases: This research deals with methods to effectively represent and query various kinds of incompleteness and inconsistencies in relational databases. In early research, pioneering work was done to represent and query relational database with disjunctive information. Later, for the first time, a data model and relational algebra was introduced to represent and query relational databases under the open world assumption with explicit negative data...

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azelikovskyAlex Zelikovsky
Professor
z
25 Park Place, room 751 / 404-413-5730
The NGS Research Group is headed by Professor Alex Zelikovsky. Currently most of research is devoted to development of computational tools for analyzing Next-Generation Sequencing data. Main projects include:Transcriptome Reconstruction/Assembly, Viral Quasispecies Reconstruction, Scaffolding, Haplotyping and Mass Spec sequencing...

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

                               Name/position                                    Email/Office/Phone

Yi Jiang
Associate Professor
yjiang12@gsu.edu

770 College of Education / 404-413-6450

 

Remus Osan
Associate Professor
rosan@gsu.edu

760 College of Education / 404-413-6449

My research focuses on experimental and theoretical approaches aimed at understanding the neural codes underlying sensory perception and memory processes.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy

                               Name/position                                    Email/Office/Phone

ghastings_smallGary Hastings
Associate Professor
hastings
410 Science Annex / 404-413-6055
Research Focus:
Vibrational Spectroscopy for the Study of Biological Problems. Specific Interests: Photosynthesis Research, Vibrational Microscopic Imaging of Cellular Systems.

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aperera_smallA. G. Unil Perera
Professor
Associate Chair
Graduate Director
perera
507 Science Annex / 404-413-6037
The Semiconductor Optoelectronics laboratory focuses on developing novel semiconductor devices and applying infrared techniques to biochemical identifications. Novel device concepts, device physics, device design, modeling and experimental measurements, are performed in developing detectors for a wide wavelength range...

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