Dr. Mark A. Melton
Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Public Health

B.A. – Biology 1982
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.S. – Developmental Biology 1987
North Carolina A&T State University

Ph.D. – Developmental Neurophysiology – 1992
University of Maryland at College Park

Postdoctoral Training – Molecular Genetics - 1992-1996
UNC –Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Research Interests:

Causes & effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, DNA repair mechanisms, the genetic /molecular basis of embryonic and subsequent organism development, Minority STEM Education


Sarah K.R. Long, Eric Fulkerson, Rebecca Breese, Giovanna Hernandez, Cara Davis, Mark A. Melton, Radhans R. Chandrah, Napoleon Butler, Lan Jiang and Patricia Estes (2014). A Comparison of Midline and Tracheal Gene Regulation during Drosophila Development PLOS ONE 9(1) e85518: 1-18

Elaine A. Gay, Rebecca C. Klein, Mark A. Melton, Perry J. Blackshear and Jerrel L. Yakel (2008). Inhibition of Native Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors by Myristolated Alanine-Rich C Kinase Substrate Peptide Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics237(3): 884-890.

Deborah L. Croteau, Matthew J. DellaVecchia, Hong Wang, Rachelle J. Bienstock, Mark A. Melton and Bennett Van Houten (2006). The C-terminal Zinc Finger of UvrA Does Not Bind DNA Directly but Regulates Damage-specific DNA Binding Journal of Biological Chemistry 26370-26381.

Lamb, P.W., Melton, M.A. and Yakel, J.L. (2005) Inhibition of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes by B-amyloid 1-42 peptide Journal of Molecular Neurosciences 207:13-21.

Melton, M.A., Yu, N.-X., Dutton, E.K. and Olek, A.J. (1993) Local Induction of Acetylcholine Receptor Aggregates on Cultured Rat Myotubes by a Partially Purified Protein from Fetal Pig Brain Exp. Cell Res. 208:378-386.

Book Chapter

Jackson, C.R., Melton, M.A., and Jackson, S.C. (2009) African American Males in US Science. In Black American Males in Higher Education: Research, Programs and Academe – Diversity in Higher Education (Volume 7). Chapter 8.

Moges Abebe, Ph.D., MDiv.

Post Doc Georgetown University 1983 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Ph.D. Howard University 1979 Physical Chemistry
M.Div Southeastern Seminary 1996 Master in Divinity
B.S. Coppin State College 1974 Chemistry

Research Interest
High pressure and high temperature chemistry, fiber optics, Raman spectroscopy. Patent issued under the following title: "Fabrication of Polarization Preserving Fiber Optic couplers."

Courses Taught
General chemistry lecture and laboratory classes, Organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry lecture and laboratory classes. I have also taught physical science, fundamental of biology lecture and laboratory classes. I have taught freshman studies for many years.

Select Publications

  • Coupling Model for Fused Fiber Couplers with Parabolic Taper Shape. Burns, William K., Abebe, M., Applied Optics, V26, p4190-2, 1987.
  • Pressure Tolerant Single-mode Fiber Coupler, Villarruel, C. A., Abebe, M., Dandrige, A., Applied Optics, V26, p1824-6, May 1987.
  • Burns, W. K.; Abebe, M.; Villarruel, C. A. Parabolic Model for Shape of Fiber Taper. Applied Optics V24, p2753-5, September 1, 1985.
  • All-fiber Gyroscope with Polarization-Holding Fiber, Burns, W. K, Moeller, R. P.; Villarruel, C. A.; Abebe, M. Opt. Lett. (USA) Vol.9, No.12, 570-2, Dec. 1984.
  • In-line Birefrigence Fiber Polarizer, Villarruel, C. A.; Abebe, M.; Burns, W. K.; Moeller, R. P., Conference on Optical Fiber Communication. Digest of Technical papers, 14-15, Jan. 1984.
  • Fiber-Optic Gyroscope with Polarization-Holding Fiber, Burns, W. K.; Moeller, R. P.; Villarruel, C. A.; Abebe, M.; Opt. Lett. (USA) Vol. 8, No. 10, 540-2, Dec. 1983.
  • Birefringent Correction for Single-Mode Fiber Couplers; Villarruel, C. A.; Abebe, M.; Burns, W. K., Opt. Lett. (USA), Vol. 7, No.12, 626-8, Dec. 1982.
  • Polarization Preserving Single-Mode-Fiber Couple, Villarruel, C. A.; Abebe, M.; Burns, W. K.; Electron. Lett. (GB) Vol. 19, No. 1, 17-18, Jan., 1983.
  • Raman and X-Ray Investigated of Ice VIII to 36.0 GPA, Walrafen, G.E.; Abebe, M; Mauer, F. A. Block, S.; Piermarini, G. J.; Munro, R.; J. Chem. Phys. (USA), Vol. 77, No.4, 2166-74, 15 Aug. 1982.
  • Apparatus for Adapting a High-Pressure Light Scattering Cell to Density Measurement. Abebe, M.; Schoen, P. E., J. Appl. Phys. (USA), Vol.53, No. 4, 3297-8, April 1982.
  • Raman Studies of Ice VI Using a Diamond Anvil Cell, Abebe, M.; Walrafen, G. E.; J. Chem. Phys. (USA), Vol. 71, No. 10, 4167-9, 15 Nov. 1979.
  • Raman Studies of The Bending And Liberational Bands form Water and Ice VI to 12 K Bar at 32 Degrees C., Walrafen, G. E.; Abebe, M.; J. Chem. Phys. (USA), Vol. 68, No. 10, 4694-5. 15 May 1978.
  • Marino M. Green, Ph.D., Biological and Physical Sciences
    • NIH Postdoctoral Training (1996-2000) University of Florida Immunology
    • PhD Biology: Cell and Molecular (1996) The University of Alabama Molecular Analysis of Cellular Differentiation in Tetrahymena vorax
    • M.S. in Microbiology (1989) The University of Alabama
    • B.S. in Microbiology (1984) The University of Alabama

    Research Interest
    Using bioinformatics and data science to design and develop protein antigens for antigen/antibody ELISA production, therapeutics, and vaccine development (Influenza, HIV, Herpes).

    Bioremediation of oceans, rivers, and streams under expressed control of cellular differentiating T. vorax.

    Courses Taught

    Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Population Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, Ethics in Research, Evidence and Law, Forensic DNA Profiling, Principles of Biology, Fundamentals of Biology.

    Select Publications

    1. 1. Marino M. Green, Joseph Larkin, III, Prem S. Subramaniam, Brian E. Szente, and Howard M. Johnson. 1998. Human IFNγ Receptor Cytoplasmic Domain: Expression and Interaction with HuIFNγ. Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications. 243:170-176.
    2. Howard M. Johnson, Barbara A. Torres, Marino M. Green, Brian E. Szente, Kendra I. Siler, Joseph Larkin III, and Prem. S. Subramaniam. 1998. Cytokine-Receptor Complexes as Chaperones for Nuclear Translocation of Signal Transducers. Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications 244:607-614.
    3. Howard M. Johnson, Barbara A. Torres, Marino M. Green, Brian E. Szente, Kendra I. Siler, Joseph Larkin III, and Prem. S. Subramaniam. 1998. Hypothesis: Ligand/Receptor-Assisted Nuclear Translocation of STATS. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 218:149-155.
    4. Marino M. Green, Robert D. Le Boeuf, and Perry F. Churchill. Biological and Molecular characterization of cellular differentiation in Tetrahymena vorax: A potential biocontrol Protozoan. 2000. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 40:5-6, pp. 351-361.
    5. Prem S. Subramaniam, *Marino M. Green, Joseph Larkin III, Barbara A. Torres, and Howard M. Johnson. 2001. Nuclear translocation of IFN-gamma is an intrinsic requirement for its biologic activity and can be driven by a heterologous nuclear localization sequence. J Interferon Cytokine Res. Nov; 21(11):951-9.

    William L. Nowell, Department of Mathematics

    Master of Science, Mathematics
    North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, 1991
    Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Education
    North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, 1976

    Professional Memberships
    Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
    Internet Society (ISOC)

    Research Interest
    Applications of Fractal geometry

    Courses Taught
    College Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry, Discrete Mathematics, Business Calculus, Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Real Analysis, Inferential Statistics, Modern Algebra

    >Special Interest/Hobby
    Website design/development

    Mrs. Shelia Spence – Administrative Assistant/STEM Grants Coordinator

    B.A. – Sociology and Social Welfare 1981 Saint Augustine’s College
    Currently enrolled in the MA Program for Biblical Counseling, Masters International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana program

    Military Duty: UNITED STATES NAVY (Active Duty/Reserve/Civilian) - 1981 – 1986

    Biographical Sketch:
    Mrs. Spence began her employment at Saint Augustine’s University in December 1987 as the Music Department’s Music Laboratory Coordinator. Upon completion of that federally-funded program, she served as Administrative Assistant in the Prezell R. Robinson Technical Services Department, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and NSF HBCU-UP Living and Learning Science Retention Program where she later was assigned the position of Program Coordinator. Mrs. Spence also served as Director of Enrichment and Special Academic Programs for the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics which is now the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. Currently, she serves in the positions of administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator for the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health.

    Special Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Writing

    Derrick L. Sauls, Ph.D., Public Health and Exercise Science

    PhD Nutrition/Food Science: Biochemistry and Physiology (2003) North Carolina State University
    A Rabbit Model of Hyperhomocysteinemia: The Effect of Homocysteine on Blood Clot Structure and Stability
    M.S. in Health Science (1990) Northeastern University
    B.S. in Zoology (1981) North Carolina State University

    Research Interest
    Increase health literacy and develop research strategies in the area of nutrition, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease to address health disparities. Establish wellness programs to increase an understanding of strength and conditioning for the care and prevention of injuries.

    Courses Taught
    Public Health Biology, Public Health Nutrition, Global Health, Medical Terminology, Medical Physiology, Human Gross Anatomy, Intro to Athletic Training, Total Wellness, Graded Exercise Testing, Medical Biochemistry

    Select Publications

    • Daniel PF, Sauls DL, and Boustany RN. Evidence for processing of dolichol-linked oligosaccharides in patients with neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis. American Journal of Medical Genetics. 42(4): 586-592, 15 February 1992
    • Rivadeneira ED, Sauls DL, Yu Y, Haynes BF, Weinberg JB: Inhibition of HIV type 1 infection of mononuclear phagocytes by anti-CD44 antibodies. AIDS Research & Human Retroviruses. 11(5):541-6, 1995 May.
    • Dukes CS, Yu Y, Rivadeneira ED, Sauls DL, Liao HX, Haynes BF, Weinberg JB: Cellular CD44S as a determinant of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection and cellular tropism. Journal of Virology. 69(7):4000-5, 1995 Jul.
    • Weinberg JB, Misukonis MA, Shami PJ, Mason SN, Sauls DL, Ditman WA, Wood ER, Smith GK, Mcdonald B, Bachus KE, et. al.: Human mononuclear phagocyte inducible nitric oxide synthase(iNOS): analysis of iNos mRNA, iNOS protein, biopterin, and nitric oxide production by blood monocytes and peritoneal macrophages. Blood. 86(3);1184-95, 1995 Aug.1.
    • Weinberg JB, Sauls DL, Misukonis MA, Shugars DC: Inhibition of productive human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection by cobalamins. Blood 86(4):1281-7, 1995 Aug 15.
    • Brower M, Chamulitrat W, Ferruzzi G, Sauls DL, Weinberg JB: Nitric Oxide interactions with cobalamins: biochemical and functional consequences. Blood 88(5):1857-64, 1996 Sept. 1.
    • Shugars DC, Sauls DL, Weinberg JB: Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitors blocks infectivity of primary monocytes and mononuclear cells with both monocytotropic and lymphocytotropic strains of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. [Journal Article] Oral Diseases. 3 Suppl 1:S70-2, 1997 May.
    • Weinberg JB, Shugars DC, Sherman PA, Sauls DL, Fyfe JA: Cobalamin inhibition of HIV-1 integrase and integration of HIV-1 DNA into cellular DNA. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 246(2):393-7, 1998 May 19.
    • Shami PJ, Sauls DL, Weinberg JB: Schedule and concentration-dependent induction of apoptosis in leukemia cells by nitric oxide. Leukemia. 12(9):1461-6, 1998 Sep.
    • Sauls DL, Boyd LC, Allen JC, Hoffman M: Differences in the Metabolic Response to Exogeneous Homocysteine in Juvenile and Adult Rabbits, J Nutr Biochem 15:96-102, 2004
    • Sauls DL, Wolberg, Hoffman M: Hyperhomocysteinemia induces alterations in fibrinogen function and fibrin clot structure in a rabbit model, J Thromb Haemostas, 1(2):300-306, 2003
    • Baninini, AE, Boyd, LC, Allen, JC, Allen, HG, Sauls, DL. Muscadine grape products intake, diet and blood constituents of non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic subjects. Nutrition 22 (11-12):1137-45 2006
    • Sauls DL,Lockhart, E, Warren, ME, Lenkowski, A, Wilhelm, SE, Hoffman, M. Modification of fibrinogen by homocysteine thiolactone increases resistance to fibrinolysis: a potential mechanism of the thrombotic tendency in hyperhomocysteinemia. Biochemistry. 45(8):2480-7, 2006
    • Sauls DL, Arnold, E, Bell, C, Allen, J, Hoffman, M. Pro-Thrombotic and Pro-Oxidant Effects of Diet-Induced Hyperhomocysteinemia. Thrombosis Research 120(1):117-26 2006
    • Sauls, DL, Banini AE, Boyd LC, Hoffman M. Elevated prothrombin level and shortened clotting times in subjects with type 2 diabetes. J. of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 5(3:638-639 . 2007
    • Sauls, DL, Warren, M, and Hoffman, M. Homocysteinylated fibrinogen forms disulfide-linked complexes with albumin. Thrombosis Research 127(6):576-81 2011

    Simon N. Ugwuoke, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Academic Preparation
    Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City (1991)
    M.S. Applied Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City (1991)
    M.A.T. Mathematics Education, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (1980)
    B.Sc. Mathematics Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1973)
    G.C.E. Advanced Level: Applied Math, Pure Math, Physics (1966)

    Research Interest
    Using Mathematical Computer programming capability as a tool for enhancement of mathematics instruction and learning; Optimization and Decision-Making Using Linear Programming techniques; Student motivation, retention, and academic achievement through a meaningful integration of technology and real-life application of mathematics in instruction and learning.

    Courses Taught
    Calculus (Calc. I, II, and III), Applied Calculus, Real Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Elementary Statistics, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Modern Mathematics, Logic, Algebra and Trigonometry, General Mathematics, Physical Science. Other Courses include Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, History of Mathematics, Modern Geometry.

    PcCalculator (Software), Copyright © 1997-2015, by Simon Ugwuoke PcCalculator Manual Copyright © 2012-1015, by Simon Ugwuoke Ph.D. thesis summary, published in the Journal of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1992/93, Vol. 21 pgs.11-15. (Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Iowa, 1991), published by the Univ. Microphims International.

    Principal Presenter at Conferences
    Using PcCalculator in Calculus, Probability, & Statistics, ICTCM, Boston, MA (2007). Using PcCalculator To Enhance Collegiate Mathematics Instruction and Learning – ICTCM, Chicago, Illinois (2003). Infusion of Technology in Mathematics Education, ICTCM, Orlando, Florida (2002).

    Brenda I Watson, Asst. Professor

    Started at Saint Augustine's University Fall 2012

    In Progress PhD Public Health – Community Health Promotion and Education, Walden University , Minneapolis, MN
    2002 MA Food Science / Comparative Biomedical Sciences - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    1988 BS Animal Science / Biological Science, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

    Courses taught:

    • PE 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • PE 333 Kinesiology
    • PE 101 / 120 Wellness Concepts
    • PE 116 Aerobics
    • PE 107 Badminton
    • PE 103 Weight Training
    • PE 224 Athletic Training
    • EXSC 210 Intro to Exercise
    • EXSC 310 Strength and Conditioning
    • EXSC 290 Leadership in Exercise and Wellness


    • Group Fitness AFAA
    • Personal Trainer AFAA


    Select Peer Reviewed Publications:
    David L. Jordan, Rick L. Brandenburg, P. Dewayne Johnson, Brian M. Royals, Brenda Watson (2008) Interactions of Chlorpyrifos and Herbicides Applied to Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). Peanut Science: Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 32-37.

    R. L. Brandenburg, Xia, Y., and Watson B. 2005. Comparative toxicity and efficacy of selected insecticides in field and greenhouse assays against tawny and southern mole crickets (Orthoptera: gryllotalpidae). Journal of Entomological Science 40 (2): 115 – 125.

    Brenda I Watson, Hammerburg B. 2000. Identification of a collectin-like protein in pig serum that binds a component in perienteric fluid from Ascaris suum. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 23 113 – 124.

    Ceiléssia M. Clement-Williams, Ph.D., Biological and Physical Sciences

    Postdoctoral Training, North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Training, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Cardiopulmonary Environmental Diseases
  • PhD Biology: Biomedical Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine The Effects of Neuregulin-1 on Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation following Restenosis B.S. in Biology (Concentration: Molecular Biology) Winston-Salem State University

    Research Interests
    Retention and recruitment of minorities in STEM, science education and curriculum development Assay development and identification of novel compounds that potentiates neurite outgrowth

    Courses Taught
    Principles of Biology I and II, Forensic Serology, Forensic Microscopy, Biology Seminar, Topics in Biology and Fundamentals of Biology

    Selected Publications

    • Clement, CM, Dandepally S, Williams A, and Ibeanu GD (2009). Synthesis of a verbenachalcone derivative and its effect on Neurite outgrowth and caspase activity (Neuroscience Letter, In Revision)
    • Croslan DR, Schoell MC, Ford GD, Pulliam JV, Gates A, Clement CM, Harris AE, Ford BD (2008). Neuroprotective effects of neuregulin-1 on B35 neuronal cells following ischemia. Brain Res. May 19; 1210:39-47
    • Clement CM, Thomas LK, Mou Y, Croslan DR, Gibbons GH, and Ford BD (2007). Neuregulin-1 inhibits neointimal hyperplasia and mitogen-induced smooth muscle cell proliferation. J Vasc Res. 2007; 44(4):303-12
      • Alieu Wurie, MS

        M.S. - Chemical Engineering 1994 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro NC

        B.S. – Mathematics 1990 Saint Augustine’s College Raleigh NC

        B.S. - Chemistry 1999
        Saint Augustine’s College Raleigh NC

        Research Interests:
        Applied Mathematics , Modeling in Chemical Engineering and Membrane Technology

        Evaluation of Permeable Membranes for Rehydrating Dehydrated Food from Nonpotable Water (Thesis Publication-1994)

        Courses Taught:
        MATH 339 – Introduction to Applied Math, MATH 338 – Differential Equations, MATH 331 – Calculus III, MATH 232 – Calculus II, MATH 231 – Calculus I, MATH 290 – Linear Algebra, MATH 135H – Algebra and Trigonometry, MATH 131 – College Algebra, ENGR 101 - Intro to Engr.& Problem Solving, ENGR 120 – Engineering Graphics Design, ENGR 200- Intro to Elec/Comp. Engr. Lab, ENGR 205 – Engineering Statics, ENGR 208- Engineering Dynamics, ENGR 436- Digital Control Systems, PHYS 243/243L- General Physics I (Cal)/Lab, PHYS 244/244L-General Physics II (Cal)/Lab, PHYS 131 – Intro to Physical Science, MATH 130 – Intro to College Algebra

        Special Interests/Hobbies:
        Travel, Playing sports: Golf, Football, Tennis and Coaching soccer