PREM Faculty and Staff

Faculty


Dr. Joyce ShiraziJoyce Shirazi, D.Sc.

Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology 

Phone: (757) 728-6970
E-mail: joyce.shirazi@hamptonu.edu

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 »

 


Dr. Jerald DumasJerald Dumas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering

Phone: (757) 727-5589
E-mail: jerald.dumas@hamptonu.edu                       

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. Demetris GeddisDemetris Geddis, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: (757) 727-5299
E-mail: demetris.geddis@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Integrated Photonics, Micro/Nano Technology

Demetris L. Geddis is the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hampton University. Dr. Geddis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hampton University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology... Read Bio »



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
E-mail: kesete.ghebreyessus@hamptonu.edu

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 »

 


Dr. Uwe HommerichUwe Hömmerich, Ph.D.

B.S. and M.S., University of Oldenburg, Germany
Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany (in collaboration with the University of Georgia, Athens, USA)

Phone: (757) 727-5829
Email: uwe.hommerich@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Luminescent Materials Development, Laser Spectroscopy, Crystal Growth

Dr. Hömmerich is a Professor in the Department of Physics. The research of his group focuses on the development and characterization of new luminescent materials which are of interest for applications in solid-state lasers, optical amplifiers, light emitting diodes, and phosphors... Read Bio »

 


Dr. Qiang LeQiang 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
E-mail: qiang.le@hamptonu.edu

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
E-mail: edmund.ndip@hamptonu.edu

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
E-mail: peter.njoki@hamptonu.edu

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 »

 


Dr. Kalynda SmithKalynda Smith, Ph.D.

B.A. in Psychology and English, Truman State University, Kirkville, MO
M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Howard University, Washington D.C.

Phone: (757) 727-5301
Email: kalynda.smith@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Social Psychology

Dr. Kalynda C. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Smith joined Hampton University's Department of Psychology in August 2014, with a teaching load that focuses on research methods in Psychology... Read Bio »

 

Staff


Tira Jackson

Tira Jackson

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

Phone: (757) 728-6047
E-mail: tira.jackson@hamptonu.edu

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