Faculty Research Profiles
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Welcome to the faculty profile page for researchers! Listed below are faculty research profiles, which students may review, to gain some idea of the kind of research activities faculty and students are engaged in at Bowie State University. Each faculty member is listed, along with their area of focus. This is not an exhaustive list, as Bowie State University has many faculty engaged in various research activities. This page will be updated from time to time.
Faculty Research Interests
Click on the link following the description of faculty research interests for more details.
Dr. Falih Alsaaty (Management, Marketing, Public Administration)
Dr. Alsaaty has extensive teaching and research experience in the fields of Management, Business Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. He has numerous publications in professional journals,
Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, small business, women-owned business, business strategy, and international business.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, small business, women-owned business, business strategy, and international business.
Research projects for students: Creation of entrepreneurial business ventures; growing small firms; going global
Qualifications for students: (Prerequisites classes or majors wanted): Desire for learning and research.
Dr. Adrian Krishnasamy (Intercultural and Organizational Communication)
Research interests: Dr. Krishnasamy's research area focuses on how media affects certain communities, specifically regarding race, class, gender, and feminist research in communication. He has taught courses in interpersonal communication, the role of mass media and society, public speaking, and intercultural communication. He has high expectations for his students and believes that success is not a limitation.
Among his accomplishments, Krishnasamy authored "Gay Male Body Image in Print Advertisements" and wrote a journal article "Bringing Afrocentricities to the Funnies: An Analysis of Afrocentricity Within Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks." He volunteers at the D.C. Center (LGBTQ) where he is a speaker on women's issues, diversity, relationships and conflict and negotiation topics. He also is a board member of the Trevor Project outreach team, which deals with LGBTQ suicide prevention.
Dr. Otis Thomas (Communication and Culture, Mass Communications)
Research interests: Dr. Thomas' research interest draws from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that focuses on media studies involving television and movie violence. Also, he is exploring research on qualitative and quantitative approaches to broadcast convergence in technology and the development of future high-definition (HD) broadcast newsrooms.
He has published a book chapter in Bowie State University's Custom Edition text book entitled, The Power of Communication. Dr. Thomas wrote the introduction for J.A. Devito's Essentials of Human Communication, which is currently used for Oral Communication courses at Bowie State University. Also, Dr. Thomas has various published research papers, and is currently writing a book titled, Essential Ingredients for Broadcast Journalists, which will be published by Pearson Custom Publishing.
Dr.Seonho Choi, Dept. Chair (Network Security, Network Protocols, Operating Systems)
Research interests: Dr. Choi's primary research interests are in the field of computer and network security. He has acquired several research grants from various funding agencies such as the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Sharad Sharma (Computer Science, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence et al)
Research interests: Dr. Sharma’s research interest lie in modeling and simulation of emergency response, evacuation, virtual reality, augmented reality, software engineering, artificial intelligence, agent-based modeling, multi-agent systems, gaming, robotics, fuzzy-logic, and web technologies
Keywords: Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), software engineering (SE), artificial intelligence (AI), agent-based modeling (ABM), and multi-agent systems (MAS)
Research projects for students: (1) Collaborative Virtual Reality Environment (CVE) for education and training using Oculus Rift and Unity 3D; (2) Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE) for conducting evacuation drills using Unity 3D and Oculus Rift (Environments: airplane, subway, campus, school bus, etc.); (3) Game-theme based instructional modules for Computer Science students in VR; (4) Android app for Emergency Response and Surveillance; (5) Mobile Augmented Reality Application (MARA) System for Navigation, Learning and Campus Safety; (6) Virtual Reality Classroom: A Collaborative Educational Virtual Learning Environment; (7) Virtual City: crowd behavior and traffic intersection problem; (8) Genetic Algorithm and Neural Network for learning and adaptive behavior in a goal finding application using C#.
Qualifications for students: (Prerequisites classes or majors wanted)
Research Assistant positions are available for students in Virtual Reality Laboratory (VR Lab). The students are expected to work on various research projects in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Multi-User gaming, Agent based Modeling, 3D Animation, and Mobile App development. Students are expected to work in the VR laboratory and present their work in related conferences/meetings. Students will be working on research projects such as emergency response, ev
acuation simulation, way finding, battlefield simulation, curriculum module, and online classroom environment. The current list of projects in the VR lab can be found at the VR Lab website. Students will be working on Gaming Engine: Unity 3D (uses C#, Java) and Vizard (uses Python). Students proficient in Unity 3D, C#, Java are preferred.
VR Lab website: http://cs.bowiestate.edu/sharad/vrlab
English and Modern Languages
Dr. Horacio Sierra (Literature, Communications)
Research interests: Dr. Sierra’s teaching and research interests include Renaissance literature and culture, Shakespeare, religious discourse, gender, sexuality, popular culture, journalism, new media, and Hispanic literature and culture. Dr. Sierra has published articles and reviews in Comparative Drama, The Sixteenth-Century Journal, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, MESTER, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Journal of Florida Literature, CEA-MAG, and Theatre Journal.
His book, Sanctified Subversives: Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature, was published in 2016. His edited collection, New Readings of the Merchant of Venice, was published in 2013. He has received several research grants including an NEH research grant to work at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid and an MSI Research Grant to work in the Benson Collection at the University of Texas-Austin.
Dr. Monifa Love Asante (Language, Literature, Cultural Studies)
Research Interests: Creative Writing, African American Literary and Visual Culture, Mixed Media and Multidimensional Writing, Writing and History, Writing Resistance, Writing the Body/Liberating the Spirit, Writing and Healing
Keywords: Writing, Resistance, Liberation
Research Projects for Students: The Future of Books, the Black Arts Movement, Writing the Theory and Dynamics of Oppression, Wanted Posters: Runaways and Freedom Fighters, 19th century African American Writing, Crownsville Hospital, Writing as Recovery
Qualifications for Students: (Prerequisites classes or majors wanted): B or better in ENGL 101 and 102, dedication to research, any major welcome
Dr. Eric Bonsu (Organic Chemistry)
Research interests: Dr. Bonsu’s research is in modern synthetic chemistry, the usage of modern state-of-the art analytical instrumentation for full physio-chemical characterization of the properties of new and existing chemical substances, as well as the application of computational, mechanistic, structure - activity relationships to drug design, development and synthesis.
His work in intelligent drug design, synthesis, and evaluation of new and structurally - modified agents is advancing research leading to the discovery of new antiviral, anticancer, and antimalaria drugs which will stop/ reverse cancer or eradicate the etiological agents of malaria and viral diseases. Current work includes
- C -2, C- 6, and C-8 functionalized ribofuranosyl purine nucleosides as targets against inhibition of Inosine Monophosphate Dehydrogenase (IMPDH) leading to new and improved antiviral, anticancer, antibacterial and immunosuppressive drugs
- Nucleoside analogue inhibitors against Plasmodium falciprum Thymidylate kinase (PfTMPK) leading to new and improved antimalaria drugs.
- Synthesis of analogues of Toyocamycin as anticancer chemotherapeutic agents
- Synthesis of modified indolinones as c-di-AMP synthase inhibitors for antibacterial and anti-biofilm activities
Dr. Bonsu works on other projects that involve the evaluation of the effects of select chemicals on certain secondary metabolites of food crops (Metabolomics) as well as bench-top and pilot-scale microbial fermentation and Petroleum Bio-remediation.
Dr. Bradford Braden (Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Immunology)
Research interests: Dr. Braden's research interests are in protein structure and protein/ligand binding. X-ray crystallographic determination of protein structure. Hemoglobin, myoglobin, proteins of the immune system, aldose reductase, amyloid proteins. X-ray and electron microscope imaging of protein and/or cellular interactions with nanomaterials. Developing of new imaging techniques and hardware/software. Structure and function of proteins of the immune system. Interaction of biological molecules with nanomaterials.
Keywords: X-ray crystallography, Low-voltage electron microscopy, computational chemistry and molecular modeling, enzyme mechanisms
Research projects for students: Isolation, purification and crystallization of proteins, preparation of grids for electron microscopy. Electrophoresis, solvent and buffer preparations, chromatography.
Qualifications for students: (Prerequisites classes or majors wanted); Bioinformatics major or A in Biochemistry (Chem 309)
Dr. Lucia Santacruz (Physiology, Biophysics, Molecular Physiology, Bioinformatics)
Research Interests: Dr. Santacruz’s main research interests are the mechanisms of transport across biological membranes. In particular, she is interested in the creatine transporter protein, a membrane protein that is a critical element for healthy cellular energy metabolism in muscle and neuronal cells. Her research work in this area is aimed at the elucidation of the molecular basis of creatine transporter regulation, including cellular signaling cascades and analysis of the structure function relationships of the transporter protein itself. Alterations in creatine transporter capacity are linked to abnormal cardiac function, and inherited intellectual disabilities in males. An understanding of creatine transport function and regulation is essential to developing effective treatments for these maladies
Key words: Biomedical research, membrane protein biochemistry, cellular physiology, energy metabolism, mammalian tissue culture.
Research projects for students: Structure-function and regulation of membrane proteins, creatine transport and creatine transporter deficiencies, cellular energy metabolism in health and diseases models
Max # of students: 3
Qualifications for students: (Prerequisites, classes, or majors wanted): Completed introductory Biology and Chemistry courses (CHEM 108, BIOL 103, BIOL 105, BIOL 204) Mentor approval and recommendation letter from Advisor/Faculty. Related majors: Biology, Bioinformatics and Chemistry majors.
Dr. Cheryl Blackman (Psychology)
Research Interests: How coping styles, stress and personality factors affect academic performance; especially in women
Keywords: Coping, Stress, Personality
Research Projects for Students: Personality, coping and executive function
Qualifications for Students: (Prerequisites classes or majors wanted): Psychology majors at junior or senior level