- Rajneesh Jaswal, Ph.D. Rajneesh earned his doctorate in 2017 from South Dakota School of Mines in Chemical Engineering. His research interests include microbial biodegradation and biofuels.
2. Meenakshi Agarwal, Ph.D. Meenakshi earned her doctorate from IIT, Mumbai in molecular biology. Her research entails investigation on the long-term impacts of metals and radionuclides exposure. She is utilizing functional proteomics and metaproteomics to obtain a deeper understanding on the mechanisms employed by environmental microbiota to colonize and even bioremediate contaminants such as uranium and mercury.
- Sherif Gendy (Ph.D. Student): Sherif is an Assistant Professor, who joined FAMU’s School of Allied Health in 2014 having previously taught in the Biological Science Department at FAMU. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Minya University Egypt in 2003. He is currently enrolled as a graduate student in Dr. Chauhan’s laboratory with research interests in bioprospecting of marine environments for novel anti-cancer producing microorganisms. His broad research interests are 1) Developing antitumor agents from natural products targeting Prostate and Breast cancer, 2) Disease Progression in Barrett’s Low-grade Dysplasia with Radiofrequency Ablation.
- Bobby Edwards (Ph.D. Student): Bobby Edwards, III earned his B.S. in Marine Biology from The University of West Alabama. During his time at UWA, he was involved in many types of research from E. coli population studies in a local Alabama stream, to phytoplankton respiration rates in different salinity levels. He also participated in Chondrichthyan “shark” research where he helped tag Bonnethead sharks in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama. He was heavily involved in research on the BP Horizon oil spill in 2010, by evaluating how it changed the Point Aux Pines salt marsh in Bayou La Batre, AL. Once he graduated college, he joined the environmental sector for oil companies to monitor compliance while working out at sea on offshore platforms (rigs) and seismic vessels. . After three years of independently contracting with oil companies, he joined the Northeast Fisheries Branch in Massachusetts working on scallop vessels.Bobby always knew he wanted to earn his PhD, so he is ecstatic to join Dr. Chauhan’s lab and conduct research in algal biofuels production and/or other related projects in environmental ‘omics’. One fun fact about Bobby is that he is a US Coast Guard Captain.
3. Jaden Hunt (MS student):
- Zabrenna Grifitths:
- Robert Lewis:
- Demario Chappell: Demario is currently a Biology majors and funded through DoE’s MSIPP project that is ongoing in the Chauhan laboratory. Demario’s project involved proteomics based assessment of Uranium and Nickel resistant microorganisms that were isolated from the contaminated soils of Steed Pond, located in the Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC. We expect that these findings will provide a comprehensive understanding of the genomic and proteomic processes that facilitate bacteria to resist and survive in metals and hydrocarbon co-contaminated soils.