Dr. George Mbata

478-825-6550
mbatag@fvsu.edu
Location: 104 ACL Building
Fax: (478)825-6104

George Mbata, Ph.D

Department

Biology

Position

Chair and Professor of Biology


Education

1982 Ph.D. Entomology University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
1980 M.Sc. Entomology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
1977 B.Sc. Honors, Zoology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Biology (BIOL 1101); Principles of Biology (BIOL 1108); Invertebrate Zoology (ZOOL 3103); General Entomology (ZOOL 3203); Parasitology (ZOOL 4274)

Recent Journal publications

Mbata, G. N., Badji, K. and Brewster, C. (2014). Monitoring populations of Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller) in potato fields and in storage in Senegal. Int. J. Pest Mgmt. (in press).

Mbata, G. N. and Shapiro-Ilan D. I. (2013). The Potential for Controlling Pangaeus bilineatus (Heteroptera: Cydnidae) using a combination of entomopathogens and an Insecticide J. Econ. Entomol. 106, 2072-2076.

Mbata, G. N. and Payton, M. (2013). Effect of monoterpenoids on oviposition and mortality of Callosbruchus maculatus (F.) (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) under hermetic conditions. J. Stored Prod. Res. 53, 43-47.

Mbata, G. N., Pascual-Villalobos, M. J., and Payton, M. (2012). Comparative mortality of diapausing and nondiapausing larvae Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) exposed to monoterpenoids and low pressure. J. Econ. Entomol. 105, 679-685.

Mbata, G. N. and Shapiro-Ilan, D. I. (2010). Compatibility of Hetrorhabditis indica (Rhabditida: Heterorhabditidae) and Habrobracon hebetor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) for biological control of Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Biol. Control 54, 75-82.

Mbata, G. N., Phillips, T. W. and Payton, M. (2009) Effects of Cowpea varietal susceptibility and low pressure on the Mortality of Life Stages of Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). J. Stored Prod. Res. 45, 232-235.

Mbata, G. N., and Brewster, C. C. (2009) Functional Response of Pteromalus cerealellae (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) on the cowpea weevil, Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae), and interaction between parasitism and cowpea varietal susceptibility. BioControl. 54, 751-761.

Shapiro-Ilan, D. I., Mbata, G. N., Nguyen, K. B., Peat, S. M., Blackburn, D. and Adams, B. J. 2009. Characterization of biocontrol traits in the entomopathogenic nematode Hetrorhabditis georgiana (Kesha starin), phylogenetic analysis of the nematode’s symbiotic bacteria. Biol. Control. 51, 377-387.

Nguyen, K. B, Shapiro-Ilan, D. I., Mbata, G. N. 2008. Heterorhabditis georgiana n.

  1. (Rhabditida:Heterorhabditidae) from Georgia, USA. Nematology, 10, 433-448

Ebenezer O Onagbola, O.E., Fadamiro, H.Y., Mbata, G.N. (2007). Longevity, fecundity and progeny sex ratio of Pteromalus cerealellae in relation to diet, host provision, and mating. Biol. Control. 40, 222-229


Dr. Melinda Davis

(478) 825-6240
Email: davism@fvsu.edu
Location: 102 Academic Classroom and Lab Building
Fax: 478-825-6104

Dr. Melinda Davis

Department

Biology

Position

Professor


1980-present: Biology Department, FVSU
1981-1987: Fisheries Biologist/Visiting Research Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Sciences Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, MA

Education:

Ph.D., Zoology (Ethology), Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; 1974-78, 1980;
B.S., Zoology , Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; 1970-74;

Publications:

Davis, M.F. 2009. Case Studies in Fisheries Scientist Diversity. Presented at American            Fisheries Society Meeting, Sept. 1, 2009.
Davis, M., and S. Hedden. 2008. Investigations in Biology: Laboratory Manual. Available           on CD for Biol 1107 and Biol 1108 students starting fall 2008.
Davis, M. 2008. Comparison of Western Health Care Systems. Presented at the 7th     Annual Georgia Consortium for International Studies Symposium, Mar. 14, 2008.
Davis, M.F., T. B. Gurung, B. Shreshtha, S.B. Jones, G.D. Wylie, B.D. Perkins and J.R.   Jones. 1997. Use of a subsurface plankton layer to benefit a cage-culture fishery        in Lake Phewa, Nepal. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. : 1-8.
Davis, M.F. 1997. Science Experiments for Grade School Students. Workshop for first through sixth grade teachers, Matilda B. Hartley School, Macon, GA.

Jearld, A., Jr., S.L. Sass and M.F. Davis. 1993. Early growth, behavior, and otolith           development of the winter flounder Pleuronectes americanus. Fishery Bulletin,       91: 65-75. Best Paper for 1993, Awarded by the Fishery Bulletin. Presented by    M. Davis at the Annual American Society of Limnology and Oceanography     Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 1, 1996.
Davis, M.F. 1978. A helper at a Tufted Titmouse nest. Auk 95(4): 767.

Research Interests:

Ethology – current project deals with olfactory cues of parasitoid wasps used in finding their insect hosts. Also interested in Ornithology.


Dr. Frederick McLaughlin

(478)-825-6852
Email: mclaughf@fvsu.edu
Location: 106 ACL Building
Fax: 478-824-6204

Dr. Frederick McLaughlin

Department

Biology

Position

Associate Professor


Education:

BS Zoology, Fort Valley State University

MS Biology, Meharry Medical College School of Medical Technology-M.T.

Clark Atlanta University

Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction/Science ,Argosy University/Sarasota, Florida-

Ed. D., Curriculum and Instruction/Science, Argosy University/Sarasota, Florida-

Courses taught:

General Biology 1107

Microbiology 4234

Biology 1104

Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Veterinary Clinical Chemistry

Veterinary Microbiology

Laboratory Animal Medicine

Senior Research Project

Special Project

Graduate Courses:

Environmental Microbiology

Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene hybrid online

Most recent publication:

Bipul Biswas, Kimberly Rogers, Frederick McLaughlin, Dwayne Daniels, and Anand

Yadav, MS Biotechnology Program and the Department of Biology, Antimicrobial

Activities of Leaf Extracts of Guava (Psidium guajava L.) on Two Gram-Negative and Gram Positive Bacteria, International Journal of Microbiology, Volume 2013, Article ID 746165

Research Interest:

Environmental Microbiology of Superfund sites


Dr. Seema Dhir

(478)-825-6849
Email: dhirs@fvsu.edu
Location: 306 ACL Building
Fax: (478) 825-6104

Mrs. Seema Dhir

Department

Biology

Position

Assistant Professor


Professional Experience:

Junior Research Fellow, CSIR, India (1983-85)
Senior Research Fellow, CSIR, India (1985-88)
Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1989-91)
Researcher, Monsanto Company, St. Louis (1992-1993)
Instructor, Fort Valley State University (1994-2000)
Assistant Professor, Fort Valley State University (2000-present)

Education:

B.Sc. (1981) Biology, Meerut University, India
M.Sc. (1983) Botany, Meerut University, India
A. B. D. (1988) Botany, Delhi University, India
M.Sc. (2009) Biotechnology, University of Maryland University College

Publications:

Dhir, Sarwan, Hari P. Singh, Seema Dhir: Sweet Potato, in Kole, C. and Hall, T. C. (eds.), “Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Sugar, Tuber and Fiber Crops”, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2008, pp 157-176.

Singh, HP, Dhir Seema, Dhir SK (2008) Stevia, in Kole, C. and Hall, T. C. (eds.), “Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Sugar, Tuber and Fiber Crops”, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2008, pp 97-116.

Research Interests:

Tissue culture and genetic engineering of crop plants.


Dr. Jasmine Paul

(478) 825-6114
Email: paulj@fvsu.edu
Location: 107, ACL Building
Fax: (478) 825-6104

Dr. Jasmine Paul

Department

Biology

Position

Assistant Professor


Position:

Assistant Professor of Biology at Fort Valley State University (2007-present)

Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia Military College. (2003-2007)

Education:

Ph.D Public Health ,Community Health & Education,Walden University, MN

M.Sc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

B.Sc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Courses taught:

BIO 1101 Introduction to Biology

BIO 1104 Human Biology

BIO 1105 Environmental Science

Scie 3103 Principles of Environmental Science

BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II

Publications:

Paul, J., Schulze, F., Langley, C. (2014). Knowledge and Related Risk Behaviors of HIV/AIDS among African American College Students. ProQuest/UMI. Walden University.

Research Interest:

Infectious Diseases and Health Education


Dr. Teresa Shakespeare

(478) 825-6172
Email: shakespearet@fvsu.edu
Location: 105, ACL Building
Fax: (478) 825-6104

Dr. Teresa Shakespeare

Department

Biology

Position

Associate Professor


Education:

BS Biology, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

PhD Physiology & Biophysics , Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

St. Jude Children’s Res. Hospital, Memphis, TN Genetics  Postdoctoral

Courses taught: Principles of Biology II, Histology, Genetics, and Immunology

Publications:

Beth Nickel, Marie Boller, Kimberly Schneider, Teresa Shakespeare, Vernon  Gay and            Sandra A. Murray (2013). Visualizing the effect of Dynamin Inhibition on   Annular Gap Vesicle Formation and Fission. Journal of Cell Science 126, 2607–2616, 2013 doi: 10.1242/jcs.116269

Shakespeare, TI. (2012, January/February). Writing for Publication.  American Society  for Cell Biology News Letter, pp. 37.

Shakespeare TI, Sellitto C, Li L, Rubinos C, Gong X , Srinivas, White TW.  Interactions             between Connexin50 and mitogen activated protein kinase signaling in lens homeostasis. Mol Biol. Cell 2009 May; 20 (10): 2582-92.

Cheng S, Shakespeare T, Mui R, White TW and Valdimarsson G. (2004). Zebrafish Cx48.5 is required for Normal Lens Development. J. Biol Chem. 279, 36993-03.

Shakespeare, TI, Mathias RT, and White TW. Connexin Biology: The Role of Gap Junctions in Disease. Connexins: A Guide, © Humana Press, New York. May 2009.

Research Interests:

Dr. Shakespeare currently studies cellular dynamics and turnover of gap junction proteins in the cell. In addition, she is interested in understanding the cellular and physical interactions of gap junction proteins in thrombosis and vascular occlusion event (VOE) in sickle cell patients.  Dr. Shakespeare hopes that her research will someday illuminate new areas for therapeutic development for individuals who suffer from VOEs and thrombosis.  In addition to her commitment to research and scholarly activities, she is educates and motivates the next generation of underrepresented individuals, to first pursue undergraduate education in STEM disciplines, followed by advanced degrees in Biomedical Sciences. I believe that mentorship is a critical component to student success, and I aim to serve my students as an excellent mentor.


Dr. Celia Dodd

(478) 825-6494
Email: doddc@fvsu.edu
Location: 305, ACL Building
Fax: (478) 825-6494

Dr. Celia Dodd

Department

Biology

Position

Assistant Professor


Position: Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Biology at Fort Valley State University (2012-present)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia (2009-2012)

Education: 

PhD    Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech

Courses taught:

BIO 1101 Introduction to Biology                          ZOO 3234 Embryology

BIO 1104 Human Biology for Non- Majors         ZOO 4294 Vertebrate Physiology

BIO 1107 Principles of Biology I                            BIO 4111 Special Project

BIO 3223 Cell and Molecular Biology                  BIO 4343 Senior Project

Research Interests: 

My research interests include understanding the link between neurological diseases and environmental exposures. I have focused on the neurotoxic effects of pesticides, metals, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. I am especially interested in evaluating and identifying compounds that target the developing nervous system resulting in motor and cognitive disorders that manifest post development, including, but not limited to ADHD and Parkinson’s disease.

Publications:  

Lin Z, Dodd, C.A., Xiao S, Ye X, and Filipov, N.M., “ Gestational and Lactational Exposure to Atrazine via Drinking Water Cause Specific Behavioral Deficits and Selectively Alters Monoaminergic Systems in C57BL/6 Mouse Dams, Juvenile and Adult Offspring.” Toxicological Sciences, 2014.

Krishna S, Dodd, C.A., Hekmatyar, S. K., & Filipov, N.M., “Brain deposition and neurotoxicity of manganese in adult mice exposed via the drinking water.Archives of Toxicology. 2014, 47-64.

Lin Z, Dodd, C.A., & Filipov, N.M., “Short-Term atrazine exposure cause behavioral deficits and disrupts monaminergic systems in male C57BL/6 mice.Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 2013, 26-35.

Lin Z, Dodd, C.A., & Filipov, N.M., “Differentiation state-dependent effects of in vitro exposure to atrazine or its metabolite diaminochlorotriazine in a dopaminergic cell line.Life Science. 2013, 81-90.

Dodd, C.A., Bloomquist, J.R., & Klein, B.G., “Consequences of manganese administration for striatal dopamine and motor behavior in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-exposed C57BL/6 mice.” Human and Experimental Toxicology. 2013, 865-80.

Filipov, N.M. & Dodd, C.A., “Role of Glial Cells in Manganese Neurotoxicity”, Journal of Applied Toxicology. Review. 2012, 310-7.

Dodd, C.A. & Filipov, N.M. “Manganese Potentiates LPS-Induced Heme-Oxygenase 1 in Microglia but not Dopaminergic Cells: Role in Controlling Microglial Hydrogen Peroxide and Inflammatory Cytokine OutputNeurotoxicology, 2011, 683-92.

Dodd, C.A., & Klein, B. G., “Pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticide exposure in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine mouse model of Parkinson’s disease: An immunohistochemical analysis of tyrosine hydroxylase and glial fibrillary acidic protein in dorsolateral striatum” , Toxicology and Industrial Health, 2009, 25-39.

Dodd, C.A., Ward, D.A, & Klein, B.G. “Basal Ganglia Accumulation and Motor Assessment Following Manganese Chloride Exposure in the C57BL/6 Mouse”, International Journal of Toxicology, 2005, 389-397.


Dr. Felicia Jefferson

Dr. Felicia Jefferson

Department

Biology

Position

Assistant Professor

(478) 827-3254
Email: jeffersonf@fvsu.edu
Location: 301, ACL Building
Lab: www.neubefvsu.com
Fax: (478) 825-6104

Department

Biology

Position

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience and Sleep Medicine, Wesley Woods Geriatric Center, Emory University School of Medicine, and Sleep Diagnostics Center, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • PhD, Neuroscience and Biomedical Science, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • MS, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Georgia State University
  • BS, Biotechnology and German Language, Rochester Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Staff Scientist, Schering-Plough (now Merck), Kenilworth, NJ
  • Staff Scientist, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
  • Research Assistant, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology (BIOL 1104)
  • Principles of Biology I (BIOL 1107)
  • Immunology (BIOL 4263)
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (ZOOL 3214)
  • Special Projects in Biology (BIOL 4112)
  • Senior Projects (BIOL 4343)

Research Interests

  • Sleep Physiology and Sleep-Related Disorders
  • Neurotoxicology and Environmental Sciences
  • Neural Interface Technologies and Biomedical Engineering
  • Neurobiology of Aging

The NeuBE (Neuroscience and Bioengineering) Laboratories at Fort Valley State University are headed by Dr. Felicia Jefferson. Lab Webpage: www.neubefvsu.com

Selected Publications

Jabou, J. White, D., and Jefferson, F. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Adverse Effects of Bisphenol-A and Parabens to Women’s Health. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, Accepted/In Press (2016).

Price, A., Jones, E., and Jefferson, F. Vertical greenery systems as a strategy in urban heat island mitigation. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 226(8): 247-248, 2015.

McKinney, J.A., Ortiz-Young, D., and Jefferson, F. Gender differences in obstructive sleep apnea and the associated public health burden. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 13(3): 196-209, 2015.

Jones, E., Gupta, S., Jefferson, F., Balasubramanian, S., Choi, J., Rogers, J., Bolton, J., and Cochran, D. Chipped pharmaceuticals from production to in vivo (in body) drug delivery; becoming reality. International Journal of Supply Chain Management, 4(1): 49-59, 2015.

Brown, B.C., Jones, E.C., Clark, K.P., and Jefferson, F. Sleep disturbances and post-traumatic stress disorder in women. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 35(7): 560-566, 2014.

Jefferson, F., De Jesus, J, Jones, E., Ortiz-Young, D. Evaluating the economic impact of water regulation and sustainability on urban supply chain facility management. International Journal of Supply Chain Management, 3(4): 109-117, 2014.

Jefferson, F., Ehlen, J., Williams, N., Paul, K. A dopamine D2-receptor agonist attenuates the ability of stress to alter sleep in mice. Endocrinology, 155:4411-4421, 2014.

Ehlen, J.C., Jefferson, F., Brager, A.J., Benveniste, M, Paul, K.N. Period-amplitude analysis reveals wake-dependent changes in the electroencephalogram during sleep deprivation. Sleep, 36(11):1723-1735, 2013.

Jefferson, F.A., Xiao, G.H., Hein, D. W. 4-Aminobiphenyl downregulation of NAT2 acetylator genotype–dependent N- and O-acetylation of aromatic and heterocyclic amine carcinogens in primary mammary epithelial cell cultures from rapid and slow acetylator rats. Toxicological Sciences, 107(1): 293-297, 2009.

Muller, A., Boiter, E., Hu, T., Carr, G.J., Le Ferve, A.C., Marchandeau, J.P., Flor, M., Jefferson, F.A., Aardema, M.A., Thybaud, V. Laboratory variability does not preclude identification of biological functions impacted by hydroxyurea, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis:

46(4): 221-235, 2005. 25th Anniversary of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 2005.


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