PREM Faculty and Staff



Dr. Joyce Shirazi

Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology 

Phone: (757) 728-6970

Dr. Joyce T. Shirazi, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Hampton University, has a long and distinguished career in higher education and in industry.... Read Bio


Carol Davis

Carol A. Davis, JD

A.B. Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law 

Phone: (757) 727-5622

Carol Davis, JD, is an assistant professor and Scripps Howard Endowed Professor at Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. She is a futurist and a pioneer of video based content on the web, having launched a daily internet television show in 2000; and is one of the first content providers to generate revenue from web based television… Read Bio

Jerald Dumas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering
Location: Olin Engineering Building318

Phone: (757) 727-5589

Expertise: Chemical engineering, biomaterials, bone tissue engineering. 

There have been great advances in understanding pathology using in vivo models as in which host animals provide a complex pathophysiological environment.  However, in vitro systems can provide more defined information as they provide a more controlled environment that allows for the study of more isolated factors in pathological states as compared to the unpredictable variability of in vivo models.  In my lab, I am developing benchtop tissue surrogates for co-culturing cells to: 1) model disease states, 2) identify new biomarkers of disease, 3) model drug uptake and efficacy, and 4) develop predictive computational models of disease progression and patient treatment response. This work will be accomplished with the development of responsive biomaterials that mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is a key component in disease states.  The engineered benchtop systems developed in my lab will accurately predict in vivo results with a fraction of the time and cost investments required of traditional animal studies. 

Dr. Kesete Ghebreyessus

Kesete Ghebreyessus, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea
M.S. Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Clark Atlanta University
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Nevada-Reno
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University 

Phone: (757) 727-5475

Dr. Kesete Ghebreyessus is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research interests are in the design and synthesis of functional organometallic materials, and biological applications of organometallic complexes. He is involved in the second research project-Trust I of the PREM program... Read Bio

Deidre Gibson, Ph.D.

B.S., Oceanography, University of Washington
Ph.D., Marine Sciences, University of Georgia 

Phone: (757) 727.5883

Dr. Gibson is the assistant professor of marine and environmental science/biology and is a graduate of the University of Washington where she received a bachelor of science in oceanography. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in marine sciences... Read Bio

Larry Gillus

Larry Gillus, MBA

BA, Hampton University
MBA, Harvard University
Certified Public Accountant

Phone: (757) 727-5761

Larry Gillus is an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing, Economics and Education for the School of Business. He is the former director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Hampton University. He has responsibility for Education and Outreach in the PREM program at Hampton University... Read Bio

Qiang Le, Ph.D.

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
M.S., Electrical Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in Computer Information Science, Clark Atlanta University
PH.D., Electrical Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Phone: (757) 727-5557

Dr. Qiang Le received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in May, 2006, her M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, and B.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1995. She also obtained M.S. in computer information science from Clark Atlanta University in 2002. She is a SUN Certified TM2 JavaTM 2 Platform Programmer since 2001. In August 2006, she joined Hampton University as an assistant professor in electrical engineering... Read Bio


Dr. Edmund Moses Ndip

Edmund Moses N. Ndip, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Texas Tech University
M.S., Oregon State University
Licence-es-Chimie (B.S.), University of Yaounde (Camaroon)
DESG (Dip General Science), University of Yaounde (Camaroon) 

Phone: (757) 727-5043

Dr. Edmund Moses N. Ndip, a past recipient of the Edward L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award, is an associate professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, and has over two decades of postdoctoral degree teaching (chemistry) and research experience... Read Bio

Dr. Peter Njoki

Peter N. Njoki, Ph.D.  

B.Ed. Chemistry and Mathematics, Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya)
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, New York
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Foundation of SUNY, Binghamton, New York
Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University 

Phone: (757) 727-5833

Dr. Peter N. Njoki is an assistant professor of chemistry and forensic chemistry at Hampton University. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry (with concentration in nanoscience) from Binghamton University-State University of New York. Dr. Njoki has authored or co-authored over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals focusing on synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials... Read Bio


Tira Jackson

Tira Jackson

B.A., Norfolk State University
MBA, Strayer University

Phone: (757) 728-6047

Tira Jackson is currently the project manager for the Hampton-Brandeis Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) project... Read Bio