Recent Faculty and Department Highlights

Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has published an article, “Understanding the structure, bonding and reactions of nanocrystalline semiconductors: a novel high-resolution instrumental method of solid-state synchronous luminescence spectroscopy,” in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP). PCCP is an international journal for the publication of cutting-edge original work in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. The Scimago Journal Ranking places PCCP within the top 4 % Chemistry journals (#38 among 961 total) and features high journal citation h-index of 218.

To be suitable for publication in PCCP, articles must include significant innovation and/or insight into physical chemistry. The method of solid-state synchronous luminescence spectroscopy has been developed in the research lab of Dr. Samokhvalov. (March, 2021)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has published a second edition of his landmark book, Almost Periodic and Almost Automorphic Functions in Abstract Spaces, with Springer Publishing. (March, 2021)

Book Cover for Almost Periodic and Almost Automorphic Functions in Abstract Spaces by Gaston N'Guerekata


Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Viji Sitther's reserach partnership in biofuels with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has been featured in a recent open house demo video created by the lab. (March, 2021)


Dr. Ramesh C. Budhani, Professor of Physics & Engineering Physics, has led a team of Morgan physicists in the publication of "Sublattice magnetization driven anomalous Hall resistance of FeCoGd amorphous films" in the American Institute of Physics journal AIP Advances. The article has been featured on the journal's cover page. The complete list of authors includes: Anthony Johnson, Ezana Negusse, Vinay Sharma, Dan Anyumba, Deandre McAlmont, and Ramesh C. Budhani. (October, 2020)

Journal Cover Page


Dr. Md Rahman of the Computer Science Department has been featured in an interview with Zippia on computer scientist job market trends. (September, 2020)


Dr. Saroj Pramanik of the Biology Department has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from Indiana University for his project: Tumor and Microenvironment Biology: Mitochondria and Peroxisome Turnover between Normal and Cancerous Prostate cells. The long-term goal of the project is to develop a database on mitochondrial and peroxisomes stoichiometry from various tissues during growth and development in human beings. By studying the ratios of mitochondrial and peroxisomes stoichiometry, it is hoped that biomarkers of various diseases, including cancers and metabolic disorders, may be identified. The grant is provided through the IU-MSI STEM Initiative, which is an academic and research partnership between Indiana University and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The funded project will take place over the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. (June, 2020)


Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy of the Chemistry Department, in collaboration with colleagues from different institutions, has published a peer-reviewed article entitled "In the Wake of COVID-19, Academia Needs New Solutions to Ensure Gender Equity" in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). PNAS is one of the world's most-cited journals with an h-index of 737 by Scimago Journal Rank. It is in the top 3% of multidisciplinary journals (#4 out of 145 total). This work discusses gender inequities in academia and how COVID-19 will disproportionately impact women, particularly those who face intersectional systems of oppression (i.e., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, etc.) in terms of evaluation, tenure, and promotion. Also outlined within the article are actions that institutions can take to promote gender equity and recognize the COVID-19 related impacts on faculty productivity in the three academic pillars of teaching, research, and service. The article was recently summarized by the news outlet Inside Higher Ed. (June, 2020)


Professor Charlita Woodruff-White of the Mathematics Department has published an article in Diverse Issues in Higher EducationThe Biggest Takeaways About My Students Amid COVID-19 Transition. (April, 2020)


Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has published a paper, "Analysis of various solid samples by synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy and related methods: A review" in Talanta. Talanta is the international journal of pure and applied analytical chemistry with a high journal citation h-index of 146 by Scimago Journal Rank. Talanta ranks within the top 10% of chemistry journals (#76 among 916 total) and top 10% Analytical Chemistry journals (#9 among 117). (March, 2020)


Dr. Shuangbao (Paul) Wang Presenting at the ICCSP

On January 11, 2020, Dr. Shuangbao (Paul) Wang, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, presented as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (ICCSP) in Nanjing, China. His talk, "Optimizing Quantum Circuits in Speeding up Breaking the RSA," presents a break-through approach toward defeating RSA encryption using quantum algorithms.

As a Carnegie-classified R2 "high research activity" doctoral institution, Morgan State University has stepped into the forefront of research in quantum mechanics, quantum algorithms, quantum cryptology, and quantum cryptography. Dr. Wang and the Computer Science Department are helping lead the University's efforts to advance the science of quantum computing and cybersecurity.


Dr. Ramesh C. Budhani, Professor of Physics & Engineering Physics, recently published the following papers:

  • G. Venditti, J. Biscaras, S. Hurand, N. Bergeal, J. Lesueur, A. Dogra, R. C. Budhani, Mintu Mondal, John Jesudasan, Pratap Raychaudhuri, S. Caprara, and L. Benfatto. (2019). Nonlinear I-V characteristics of two-dimensional superconductors: Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless physics versus inhomogeneity. Phys. Rev. B 100, 064506. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.100.064506.
  • R. C. Budhani, Sergey A. Basun, Michael E. McConney, Dean R. Evans, Michael R. Page, and Brandon M. Howe. (2019). Temperature dependent resonant microwave absorption in perpendicular magnetic anistropy epitaxial films of a spinel ferrite. Journal of Applied Physics 125, 243903 (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5099149.
  • B. Leridon and J. Vanacken and V. Moshchalkov and B. Vignolle and R. Porwal and R. C. Budhani and S. Caprara and A. Attanasi and M. Grilli and J. Lorenzana. (2019). Protected superconductivity at the boundaries of charge-density-wave domains. arXiv:1905.05606 [cond-mat.supr-con].

Dr. Budhani also gave an invited lecture at the Brookhaven National Laboratory - National Synchrotron Light Source on September 20, 2019, entitled, "Nontrivial Spin Textures at Ferromagnetic Heterointerfaces." (September, 2019)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has two books among the 100 most cited books in mathematics for their respective years, according to MathSciNet, the official database of the American Mathematical Society (August, 2019):

  • Almost automorphic and almost periodic functions in abstract spaces, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (2001)
  • Topics in almost automorphy, Springer (2005)

Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, receives high praise: Dr. Scott W. Williams, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Buffalo, SUNY and author of Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, names Dr. N'Guerekata one of the top three living African American mathematicians.


During the period of July 10 to 19, 2019, Dr. Mingchao Cai, Associate Professor of Mathematics, represented Morgan State University and the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences on the international stage in Spain. During the first three days, he visited the University of Pavia, one of the oldest universities in the world, where he explored opportunities for joint research on cardiac simulations and advanced numerical methods in biomechanics with his collaborator and mentor, Dr. Luca Pavarino, and on topics in numerical analysis with Dr. Daniele Boffi.

From July 14th to 19th, Dr. Cai participated in the International Congress for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) in Valencia, a congress for professional applied mathematicians held every four years since 1987. More than 4,200 applied mathematicians participated in the conference. The King of Spain, Felipe VI, gave the opening ceremony speech. Dr. Cai had the opportunity to meet him briefly (pictured left). Dr. Cai gave a 30-minute presentation, "Some Fast Solvers for Poroelastic Model with Applications in Brain Edema Simulation," and met the chairman of the conference, Prof. Alfio Quateroni (pictured right), as well. (July, 2019)

Felipe VI, King of Spain at ICIAM
Felipe VI, King of Spain at ICIAM

Mingchao Cai with Alfio Quarteroni at ICIAM
Mingchao Cai (right) with Alfio Quarteroni (left) at ICIAM


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been appointed to the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) Committee on Publications for a term of three years (February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2023). The Committee on Publications works to stay apprised of matters of scholarly publishing and the AMS publishing program, advises the AMS on long-term policy, and maintains high-level oversight of the Society's publications. (July, 2019).


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has a new book with Nova Science Publishers forthcoming: Advances in Evolution Equations: Evolutionary Processes and Applications. (July, 2019)

Book: Evolutionary Processes and Applications


Dr. Mingchao Cai of the Mathematics Department recently published two new papers (June, 2019):

  • Zhang, Lian & Cai, Mingchao & Mu, Mo. (2018). A Multirate Approach for Fluid-Structure Interaction Computation with Decoupled Methods. Commun. Comput. Phys. https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.11933.
  • Tian, Jing & Cai, Mingchao & Luo, Zhendong & You, Yuncheng & Chen, Goong. (2019). A 3D OpenFOAM BASED Finite Volume solver for incompressible Oldroyd-B model with infinity relaxation time. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation. 78. 104876. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cnsns.2019.104876.

Biotech workshop participants in a lab

On May 11th, 2019, Dr. Viji Sitther conducted a hands-on biotechnology workshop for high school teachers in Baltimore city schools titled "Biotechnology for STEM Education and Careers." High school teachers from 7 local schools and 3 Morganites (Dr. Jiangnan Peng, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Enzube Egboluche, PhD candidate in Bioenvironmental Science and Dr. Ben Tabatabai, postdoctoral researcher in Biology) were trained in innovative bio-techniques using a combination of blended lectures, hands-on training and discussion sessions. At the end of the workshop, each participating school received a tissue culture kit containing essential supplies to conduct simple demonstrations in biotechnology for science students. Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore offered guest lectures. The event, sponsored by the Morgan's Division of Academic Affairs, was designed to 'educate the educator,' to foster research aptitude in high school students, and to prepare students for college.


Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy of the Chemistry Department has been named an Advocate by the Society for Science & the Public (SSP). SSP advocates work to mentor underrepresented and low income students and guide them in entering science research competitions. The Advocate Grant Program seeks to empower adult mentors to transition underserved middle and high school students from conducting scientific or engineering research to completing applications for science research competitions. Entering these competitions can provide students with invaluable experiences that boost confidence in academic performance, enhance scientific and writing skills, and foster a passion for scientific inquiry. Inspired by their experiences, many students choose to pursue post-secondary studies in a STEM field, leading to more scientific careers from low-income and underrepresented populations.

Advocates are awarded a $3,000 stipend to support their students by identifying appropriate science research competitions, keeping track of deadlines, gathering the information the application requires, and helping students to maintain a strong group to support each other. Additionally, Advocates receive training and ongoing support from the Society and communicate regularly with a cohort of fellow program participants. (April, 2019)


Ernest Steele, Catherine Martin Dunlop, Robert Javonillo, Viji Sitther, Yuejin Li & Erika Whitney

On April 3, 2019, Drs. Yuejin Li, Robert Javonillo, Ernest Steele, Viji Sitther and Erika Whitney of the Biology Department, together with Dr. Catherine Martin Dunlop, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, presented their paper, "Investigating the Impact of an Intervention on Students' Self-Efficacy and Metacognition in Undergraduate Biology Courses," at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching's 92nd International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. (April, 2019)


Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has delivered two oral presentations, on April 3 and on April 4, and research poster at the recent Spring 2019 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Orlando, FL, USA. The ACS is the world's largest scientific society, and thousands of scientists and others from around the world attended its meeting. Both oral presentations and poster by Dr. Samokhvalov are about new advanced instrumental methods of analysis, the solid-state synchronous luminescence spectroscopy that were pioneered in his research lab. (April, 2019)


Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has published a paper, "The solid-state synchronous vs. conventional fluorescence spectroscopy and complementary methods to study the interactions of aluminum metal-organic framework Basolite A100 with dimethyl sulfoxide," in the Journal of Luminescence. The Journal of Luminescence is high quality peer-reviewed journal ranked #144 among 925 (the top 15%) chemistry journals. (March, 2019)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean of SCMNS and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been invited to deliver a mini-course, "Semi-groups of linear operators and applications," at the AIMS-Cameroon Research Center from March 19th to 21st, 2019. (March, 2019)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean of SCMNS and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been selected to serve on the Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) in Mathematical Sciences (2019-2020) of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries. The TWAS works to support sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. Since its founding in 1983, TWAS has grown from 42 elected fellows (nine of them Nobel laureates) to over 1,200 representing over 100 countries. TWAS Fellows are some of the world's most accomplished scientists and engineers, and they are the foundation for all of the Academy's work. As a member of the MAC in Mathematical Sciences, Dr. N'Guerekata will help evaluate candidates for election into TWAS membership. (March, 2019)


Dr. Viji Sitther of the Biology Department has published an article: Tabatabai, B., Fathabad, S.G., Bonyi, E., Rajini, S., Aslan, K. and Sitther, V. 2019. Nanoparticle-mediated impact on growth and fatty acid methyl esther composition in the cyanobacterium Fremyella diplosiphon. BioEnergy Research, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12155-019-09966-9. (February, 2019)


Dr. Ramesh C. Budhani of the Physics Department has won a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in the amount of $584,186 for his research project entitled, "Nanostructures of Magnetic Dirac Metals for RF Electronics." (February, 2019)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata, Associate Dean of SCMNS and University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been recognized as the Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences's Black History Month 2019 Honoree. (February, 2019)


Dr. Ramesh C. Budhani of the Physics Department has won an Innovation Gap (I-GAP) Award from the Office of Technology Transfer for his project, "Sensors for Macromolecules Based on Oxide Interfaces." (February, 2019)


Professor Charlita Woodruff-White (Mathematics) and Drs. Jean-Pierre Liamba (Mathematics), Asamoah Nkwanta (Mathematics), Lisa Brown (Biology) and others have co-authored a paper, "Wedded Bliss: Lessons Learned from Uniting Math Placement and Math Pathways," in the State of Maryland's First in the World Maryland Mathematics Reform Initiative (FITW MMRI) Monograph, 2019. (February, 2019)


Dr. Yucheng Lan of the Physics Department has won an Innovation Gap (I-GAP) Award from the Office of Technology Transfer for his project, "Biosensor Using Nano-Cone Arrays." (February, 2019)


Dr. Asamoah Nkwanta of the Mathematics Department hosted Dr. Gi-Sang Cheon of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) of South Korea as Visiting Research Professor January 22 to 25, 2019. Dr. Cheon gave a presentation, "A New sufficient condition for the Riemann Hypothesis," in the Department of Mathematics. (January, 2019)


Drs. Asamoah Nkwanta (Mathematics), Cleo Hughes Darden (Biology) and others have co-authored a book chapter, "Interventions Addressing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Groups in Undergraduate STEM Disciplines," in Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education: Turning the TIDES on Inequity. (January, 2019)


Drs. James Wachira (Biology), Cleo Hughes Darden (Biology) and Asamoah Nkwanta (Mathematics) have published a paper, "Investigating Cell Signaling with Gene Expression Datasets" in CourseSource. (January, 2019)


Dr. Gouping Zhang of the Mathematics Department presented a project, "Micro-local Analysis and Image Reconstruction I," at the Howard University Partnership Development (HUPDD) Project held at Virginia State University on January 25, 2019. This is a proposed research and educational project between Morgan State University and Howard University. If funded it will provide students and faculty from the HUPDD clusters of HBCUs in the Mid-Atlantic Region with mathematical tools that can be applied to many areas of research, including image processing. (January, 2019)


Dr. Lisa D. Brown of the Biology Department has won a subaward in the amount of $41,159 under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Research and Academic Careers Development Award (IRACDA) Program. The grant funds the ASPIRE (Academic Success via Postdoctoral Independence in Research and Education) Program to train postdoctoral researchers in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Coppin State University. (January, 2019)


Dr. Alexander Pankov of the Mathematics Department has published two papers:

  • S. Akduman, A. Pankov, Exponential estimates for quantum graphs, Electronic Journal of Differential Equations, 2018 (2018), no 162, 1-12.
  • A. Pankov, Traveling waves in Fermi-Pasta-Ulam chains with nonlocal interaction, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, S, 12 (2019), 2097-2113. (January, 2019)

Dr. Viji Sitther of the Biology Department has published an article, "Production of transgenic Camelina sativa via Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of shoot apical meristems," in the American Journal of Plant Sciences. (January, 2019)


Dr. Yuejin Li of the Biology Department has been awarded a grant in the amount of $120,000 from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for her proposal, "Impacts of Lights on Human Perception." (December, 2018)


Dr. Viji Sitther of the Biology Department delivered an invited presentation, "Biofuel from cyanobacteria: From lab research towards commercialization," at the University of Madras, Chennai, India. (December, 2018)


Dr. Eric Sakk of the Computer Science Department has won a grant from the Intel Corporation in support of curriculum development for his proposal, "Mindshare Module Development for Data Science and Machine Learning Curriculum." (November, 2018)


Dr. Md Rahman of the Computer Science Department has won an I-GAP Prototype Grant from the Office of Technology Transfer to develop a prototype software tool for the detection of skin cancer under his proposal, "Retrieval-Based Decision Support System to Enable Automated Diagnosis of Multiple Skin Cancer Types from Dermoscopic Images." (November, 2018)


Dr. Alexander Pankov of the Mathematics Department delivered a colloquium presentation, "Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Lattices - Traveling Waves" at the University of Texas, Dallas Mathematics Department. (October, 2018)


Prof. Alicia Latten of the Mathematics Department and Dr. Akinyele Oni of the Biology Department are joint Principal Investigators on a $25,000 NIH ASCEND award to redesign MATH 120. (October, 2018)


Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has published a paper, "Exploring the electronic structure of aluminum metal–organic framework Basolite A100: solid-state synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy reveals new charge excitation/relaxation pathways," in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), with student researcher, Mr. Cole Grinnell, as first author (Advance Article, 2018). PCCP is within the top 5% Chemistry journals (#40 among 802), with high journal h-index of 187. (October, 2018)


Dr. Alexander Samokhvalov of the Chemistry Department has published a paper, "Aluminum metal–organic frameworks for sorption in solution: A review," in Coordination Chemistry Reviews (Issue 1, November 2018). Coordination Chemistry Reviews features a high journal h-index of 244 and is within the top three review journals in Chemistry, according to the SCImago journal ranking. (September, 2018)


Dr. Alexander Pankov of the Mathematics Department was the organizer of a special session, "Recent Advances in Nonlinear Schrödinger Equations," at the Fall Eastern American Mathematical Society Sectional Meeting at the University of Delaware, Newark. (September, 2018)


Dr. Bhamini Nayar of the Mathematics Department submitted a paper, "A Study of Generalized Continuous Functions," has submitted a paper that was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Advances in Mathematics. The paper is co-authored with Industrial and Computational Mathematics PhD candidate, Zeinab Bandpey. (September, 2018)


Dr. Edward Dillon of the Computer Science Department has won a Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Award funded by the Computing Research Association - Women, with support from the National Science Foundation. The award provides stipends and support for travel and equipment for three Computer Science students conducting research under Dr. Dillon's mentorship. They are: Stephen-Michael Thompson, Joy Elias and Deaundrae Howard. (September, 2018)


Dr. Jiangnan Peng of the Chemistry Department has published a paper, "Chemical Structure and Composition of Major Glycans Covalently Linked to Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies by Middle-Down Nuclear Magnetic Resonance," in Analytical Chemistry. (August, 2018)


Dr. Ramesh Budhani of the Physics Department has published a paper, "Pseudomorphic spinel ferrite films with perpendicular anisotropy and low damping," in Applied Physics Letters. (August, 2018)


Dr. Viji Sitther, Associate Professor of Biology, has recently published the following papers:

  • Sitther, V., Tabatabai, B., Enitan, O.,and Dhekney, S. 2018. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Camelina sativa for production of transgenic plants. Journal of Biological Methods. 5: e83.
  • Tabatabai, B., Chen, H., Lu, J., Giwa-Otusajo, J., McKenna, A., Shrivastava, A., and Sitther, V. 2018. Fremyella diplosiphon as a biodiesel agent: Identification of fatty acid methyl esters via microwave-assisted direct in situ transesterification. Bioenergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-018-9919-y.
  • Sitther, V., Garrido Haro, P. A., Molineros, J. E., Garzon, C. D., and Jiménez-Gasco, M. M. 2018. Genetic diversity of apple- and crabapple-infecting isolates of Venturia inaequalis in Pennsylvania, United States, determined by microsatellite markers. Journal of Forest Pathology. DOI.org/10.1111/efp.12405.

She also has a non-provisional patent application, "Composition and Method for Enhancing Photosynthetic Efficiency of Microorganisms." (June, 2018)


Dr. Richard Damoah, Lecturer in the Department of Physics, has been awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship for his project, "STEM Research Involving Earth Observation Data and its Analysis for Climate Change Monitoring in West Africa." Dr. Damoah will carry out his collaborative research project with Dr. Sharon Sappor at All Nations University College in Ghana. Dr. Damoah's research applies observations (remote sensing and in-situ), global 3D models (CCM and CTM) and radiative transfer models to quantify the impact of atmospheric pollutants on air quality and climate. He is also interested in the interactions between climate and human health.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, has selected 43 African Universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host 55 African-born scholars to build partnerships between home and host universities and address priority needs at host universities and countries. The program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council.

The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include controlling malaria, strengthening peace and conflict studies, developing a new master's degree in emergency medicine, training and mentoring graduate students in criminal justice, archiving African indigenous knowledge, creating low cost water treatment technologies, building capacity in microbiology and pathogen genomics, and developing a forensic accounting curriculum.

Designed to increase Africa's brain circulation, build capacity at host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada, the successful initiative has now awarded a total of 335 Fellowships since its inception in 2013. (May, 2018)


Dr. Farin Kamangar, Associate Dean and Professor of Biology has recently published five papers (March, 2018):

  • "Hot Tea and Esophageal Cancer," in Ann Intern Med. doi 10.7326/M17-3370. A study following over 450,000 participants for a median of 9.2 years, finding a significantly increased risk of esophageal cancer among users of alcohol and tobacco who drank hot tea.
  • "Feasibility of Mass Screening for Colorectal Cancer Using Fecal Immunochemical Test in Iran," in Arch Iran Med. 2017;20(12):723-725. http://aimjournal.ir/Abstract/aim-1873. An invited editorial on the feasibility of colorectal cancer screening in Iran using the current health infrastructure.
  • "Prospective Epidemiological Research Studies in Iran (the PERSIAN Cohort Study): Rational, Objectives, and Design," in American Journal of Epidemiology, https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwx314. A paper on the methods of a new cohort study with 180,000 participants.
  • "Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Tumor Grade Among Black Men with Prostate Cancer," in Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 110, Issue 1, Feb. 2018, pp. 53-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnma.2017.06.019. A paper on prostate cancer disparities.
  • "Improving Participants' Retention in a Smoking Cessation Intervention Using a Community-based Participatory Research Approach," in Int J Prev Med. 2017 Dec. 19;8:106. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_303_17. A paper from the CEASE Project comparing the differences in retention when smoking prevention efforts are offered in community settings vs. clinic settings. 

Dr. Birol Ozturk of the Physics Department has published a paper, "Individually grown cobalt nanowires as magnetic force microscopy probes," in Applied Physics Letters. SCMNS Physics Department co-authors include: Drs. Abdellah Lisfi and Yucheng Lan (faculty), Drs. Sabin Pokharel and Ilyas Unlu (postdoctoral researchers), Joshua Samba (graduate student), and Shuaa Alotaibi (graduate alum). (February, 2018)


Drs. Pankov, Cai, Kemajou-Brown, Zhang, and N'Guerekata of the Mathematics Department have published papers in a special issue of the International Journal of Evolution Equations in memory of Professor Zhikov. Drs. N'Guerekata and Pankov are co-editors of the issue. (January, 2018)


Dr. Kendra Pleasant of the Mathematics Department has won the Best Speaker award for her presentation during the Haynes-Granville-Browne Session of Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings. The award includes funding to participate in a one-week workshop at participating mathematical sciences institutes. (January, 2018)


Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata has published a new book, Generalized Fractional Programming, with Nova Science Publishers. (November, 2017)

Book cover of Generalized Fractional Programming by Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata


Dr. Elisabeth Kemajou-Brown of the Mathematics Department won a $75,000 subaward from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for her project, "Modeling and Estimation in Urban Transportation Networks." (November, 2017)


Dr. Jonathan Farley of the Mathematics Department has been featured in an interview with Chalkdust Magazine as a part of Black Mathematician Month 2017. (October, 2017)


Dr. Gabrielle McLemore has published an article, "Microwave Heating of Crystals with Gold Nanoparticles and Synovial Fluid under Synthetic Skin Patches," in ACS Omega. (September 2017)


Dr. Yucheng Lan's new book, Advanced Thermoelectrics: Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems, has been published by CRC Press. (September 2017)


The School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences has been awarded a grant from Johns Hopkins University to support Extreme Science Internships and Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments research projects for Dr. Kadir Aslan, Dr. Yucheng Lan and Dr. Birol Ozturk. (July, 2017)


Dr. Hongtao Yu has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research for his project, "Recruiting and Mentoring a Materials Science Faculty at Morgan State University." (July, 2017)


Dr. Lisa D. Brown has been awarded a $249,544 grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "PERSIST - Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition." (June, 2017)


Three SCMNS faculty have been granted Morgan State University's ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research Awards (April, 2017):

  • Mathumathi Rajavel, Ph.D., "Deciphering Phage Resistance Mechanisms for Intelligent Design of Phage Therapy"
  • Mingchao Cai, Ph.D., "Numerical Simulation of Brain Edema Using Poroelastic Models"
  • Md Rahman, Ph.D., "Developing a Retrieval-based Diagnostic Aid for Automated Melanoma Recognition"

Dr. Mingchao Cai has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the NSF for his project entitled, "Research Initiation Award: Fast Solvers for Variable-Coefficient Poroelastic Models." (April, 2017)


Professor Gaston N'Guerekata's manuscript, Spectral Theory for Bounded Functions and Applications to Evolution Equations, has been accepted for publication by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (April, 2017)


The Traveler's Companies have awarded a grant of $322,000 in support of the Travelers EDGE program at SCMNS and the Pipeline Access to Actuarial Science program. (March, 2017)