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DSU's Dr. Melikechi Prepares for NASA Work

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DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi and his team of graduate assistants will soon assist the NASA in the analysis of the data that will come back from the Mars.
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For updates on the Curiosity Rover, Go to http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl NASA’s Curiosity Rover has landed on Mars. Now DSU’s Dr. Noureddine Melikechi will soon contribute his optics expertise as part of the Curiosity ChemCam Team and assist the space agency in analyzing the data that comes back from Mars through the rover. Culminating a 367 million-mile and 36-week flight from earth, the Curiosity Rover was lowered gently by ropes from a rocket backpack onto the Mars surface inside its Gale Crater at 1:32 a.m. EST on Monday, Aug. 6. Dr. Melikechi, who is also the dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology as well as the University’s vice president of research, showed his excitement during a morning press briefing with local media on Aug. 6. “Imagine, you build something that you can’t test, send it 570 million kilometers, and it works for the first time,” said Dr. Melikechi, referring to the complex landing technique. “I am so proud to be a part of this mission, which includes about 300 scientists – of which I am one – and thousands of engineers.” Angela Lundberg is one of two graduate assistants who will work with Dr. Melikechi in the analysis of the Mars data. He and two graduate assistants, Alissa Mezzacappa and Angela Lundberg, are part of the mission’s ChemCam Team. The ChemCam (Chemistry and Camera suite), one of 10 instruments on the Curiosity, will be used to study the soil and rocks at each place Curiosity stops. The ChemCam will shoot an infrared laser – more than a million watts of power – at rock surfaces on the planet. The resulting light will be read by the unit’s spectrometer, which is expected to provide new information concerning the rock composition of the planet. The ChemCam utilizes a technology called laser-induced spectroscopy, which has been used in determine the composition of objects in extreme environments such as nuclear reactors and on the sea floor. However, this is the first time the technology has been used in space exploration. After the Curiosity does some preliminary checks and scientific work during its early days on the planet, the ChemCam will shoot its first laser blasts in mid-August, Dr. Melikechi said. The primary goal of the Curiosity mission is to study whether the Gale Crater area of Mars has evidence of past or present habitable environments. Dr. Melikechi said the mission will be looking for the past or present existence of liquid water, the chemical elements required to sustain life, and a source of energy, all necessary elements for habitability. “It is my hope that we will see something that no one expects,” Dr. Melikechi said. Dr. Melikechi will travel later this month and again in September to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to receive the first data from the ChemCam unit. One of the first images sent to earth from Curiosity shortly after its landing on Aug. 6.   State Sen. Brian Bushweller, in attendance at the press briefing, called the landing “a big day for the nation and a big day for DSU.” “Standing shoulder to shoulder with all the others involved in the mission is DSU and its Optics Program,” Sen. Bushweller said. “DSU has given the state something to be very proud of.” This collaboration with NASA on the Mars mission is the latest accomplishment in the career of Dr. Melikechi and in the development of the Optics Program at DSU. Beginning with the establishment in 1998 of the Applied Optics Center on campus, through Dr. Melikechi’s leadership the program has attracted two $5 million research grants from the National Science Foundation in 2006 and from NASA in 2009. The two grants resulted in the establishment of a Center for Research in Education and Optical Sciences and its Applications, and the Center for Applied Optics in Space Sciences. That expansion in the Optics Program infrastructure also led to the creation of master and doctoral optics degree programs, the creation of the University first-ever intellectual property – a laser-based diagnostic device to be used in hospitals – and the attraction of $10 million in state funding for the future construction of an optics facility on campus.

Laboratory of Chemical Genomics at DSU

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Welcome to the home of The Laboratory of Chemical Genomics, located within the Department of Chemistry, on the main campus of the Delaware State University.   Photo: Dr. Eric Kmiec (front row, second from the left) is surrounded by members of his lab at a recent benefit awards ceremony. Dr. Kmiec's work in sickle cell disease has been recognized by several organizations, including the Proudford Foundation. View article here. Research in the Kmiec Laboratory For over twenty years, the Kmiec laboratory has studied the reaction mechanics, biochemistry and molecular genetics of gene editing in human cells. During the late 90s, this laboratory began a long-term investigation centered on understanding the mechanism and regulation of gene editing using single-stranded DNA oligonucleotides (ODNs). The lab was a pioneering force in developing the use of these specialized ODNs for the treatment of inherited disorders. Building largely on early genetic studies in lower eukaryotes, we were able to define a reaction protocol that can achieve a sustainable level of correction of genetic mutations in human cells. Development of clinical application is underway with a particular focus on utilizing nanofiber scaffolds as patches for implantation of gene edited cells into human tissues. For example, Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an amenable target for which nanofiber patches containing genetically modified cells can be implanted and the mutant phenotype reversed. These nanofiber scaffolds are constructed from natural biodegradable composite fibers, such as chitosan/PCC, created by electrospinning in both aligned and random configurations. Importantly, these patches enable robust proliferation of genetically modified cells. Since the nanofiber constructs are biodegradable, the 3D patchwork is slowly dissolved as the modified or gene corrected cells effectively implant in the target tissue. A major part of this effort centers on identifying chemical compositions of nanofibers that enable the greatest degree of expansion of cells that have been altered by the gene editing protocol. The laboratory is also investigating related reaction barriers including a reduced growth potential and the frequency at which gene editing activity takes place. The ultimate goal of all of this translational research is to develop a feasible protocol for the delivery of genetically modified cells into human tissues using biodegradable nanofiber patches. Back to Chemistry Department home page Back to College home page
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A Message from Dean

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A Message from the Dean       Welcome to the website of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (CMNST), home of the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physics and Pre-Engineering, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences and the Army & Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.   CMNST offers a wide range of Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degree programs. These are periodically reviewed to ensure that they remain strong, viable and relevant. CMNST is also the home of excellent research programs in areas such as atomic, molecular and optical physics, forensic science, neurosciences, data mining, applied mathematics and applied chemistry.  Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology play a critical role in many aspects of our lives and have proven to be a powerful engine for economic growth. These fields better prepare students to meet the rigor required to better understand the world around and are essential to strengthen our ability to Innovate, which, together, yield opportunities to enrich the lives of many citizens. Our college strives to provide a rich, stimulating and supportive environment in which students, faculty and staff work and study. To better prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we provide programs and mechanisms so that students can learn fundamentals in the classroom and be engaged in various research activities in laboratories, working alongside energetic and dedicated faculty. CMNST is committed to offer opportunities for inspired and engaged teaching in an academic setting that puts students first. If you wish to talk to a faculty member, visit our laboratories, and/or join us as an undergraduate or graduate student, please feel free to contact us at 302.857.6500 or by email at CMNSTinfo@desu.edu. Thank you for visiting our website. I wish you much success and hope to see you on our campus soon.   - Noureddine Melikechi, D. Phil., Professor of Physics and Dean   Back to College Home Page

Research

Research Interest

  •  Fractional Calculus
  •  Combinatorics
  •  Computer Science - Data Compression Techniques
  •  Numerical methods for ODE, PDE and SDE
  •  Control Theory
  •  Image Processing
  •  Mathematical Biology

Publications

 

Publications

Publications

  1. New Approach To A Generalized Fractional Integral, Appl. Math. Comput. 218(3)(2011) 860-865.  (Access) or (arXiv)

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Education:
  • Ph.D 1992: Chemical Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • M.Sc 1986: Chemical Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • Diplome d'Etudes Superieures 1983: Universite d'Annaba, Annaba, Algeria.

 

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Dr. Udita Katugampola

Udita Katugampola

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Delaware State University
Dover, DE 19901
Tel: (302) 857-7901
Email: udita@desu.edu

Education

Ph.D. 2011, Applied Mathematics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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Studies in systems ranging from humans to lower vertebrates have demonstrated that neural circuits can be modulated by steroid hormones. Many organs in the body are receptive to steroid hormones, which exert their actions either indirectly via the circulation or directly via local production in tissues, including the brain.

Dr. Jinjie Liu

Jinjie Liu

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Delaware State University
Dover, DE 19901
Office: (302) 857-7041
Email: jliu at desu dot edu

 

Mathematics Preparation Program

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Mathematics Preparation Program  Sponsored by the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology   FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Get a head start!  Register for MP2 and get the support you need to be successful in college. As an incoming freshman, you are eligible to register for the Mathematics Preparation Program (MP2) before you officially begin your college career. MP2 offers an on-line mathematics course that will prepare students for college-level mathematics using a mastery approach to learning mathematics.  The mastery approach allows students to “test out” of content areas they already know.  When students experience roadblocks, they will receive various forms of support, such as video tutorials, guided assistance for homework problems and on-line tutoring, before being provided additional opportunities to “test in” to new content areas.  Additionally, students will participate in on-line discussion with a mathematics instructor using video conference capabilities, have access to peer tutors on-line, and will take 2 in-person exams. The exams can be taken on the Dover Campus on a specified date, or can be taken at their former high school (pending approval).  These activities will help students build a solid foundation of fundamental mathematical concepts and procedures necessary for success in college mathematics courses and college courses with a quantitative reasoning emphasis.  Students may earn college credits toward graduation depending on the content areas they successfully completed on-line.  Students attending the MP2 summer course will… Build effective study skills and learn the mathematics necessary to be successful in their college courses Build competence and confidence as they learn to be independent and responsible while using the self-paced on-line approach Improve their understanding of mathematical rules, formulas, and equations. Program Options MP2 offers the convenience of flexible registration options.  See application for program cost and details. MP2 Summer Course Information 8-week on-line Summer Program First priority for incoming DSU freshmen Application deadlines… See application for deadlines Space is limited, so apply early. Installment payment plans available. See application for details.
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The Department of Mathematical Sciences
1200 North DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-857-7051
Fax: 302-857-7054
E-mail: mp2@desu.edu
 
 
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Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa
Phone: 302-857-6645
 

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