Cleo Hughes-Darden

Title: 
Associate Professor and Chair
Office Location: 
Spencer Hall G12
Phone: 
443.885.3635
Email: 
cleo.hughesdarden@morgan.edu
Education:

PhD, Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology, Clark-Atlanta University
Postdoctoral fellow, Plant Molecular Biology, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Education:

PhD, Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology, Clark-Atlanta University
Postdoctoral fellow, Plant Molecular Biology, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Dr. Cleo Hughes-Darden is a former graduate of the MSU Biology Department, and was a participant in the department's Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR) program. Dr. Hughes-Darden joined the MSU Biology Department's faculty in 1993, and since then she
has trained over 20 students in her laboratory in the areas of plant molecular biology, cellular and molecular biology, cell signaling, and protein phosphorylation. These students were participants in several different programs, such as NSF RUI, NIH MARC U*STAR, NIH MBRS RISE, HBCU-UP, NIH BRIDGES, and NSF LSAMPSEM. Almost all of the students trained were undergraduate students except for four, two of whom
were middle-school level and two who were high-school level students. The students are now in a number of different professions, pursuing further studies, or working as research/lab technicians, secondary school teachers, and entrepreneurs. During the past several years, she trained students who were solely interested in laboratory experience. Most of these students are currently working in science-related fields.

Since 2009, she has been the MARC U*STAR Program Director, with a total of 10 trainees each year. She is also a member of the MSU MBRS RISE
Advisory Committee, and of the NIGMS Minority Programs Review Subcommittee TWDC.