PREM Faculty and Staff


Demetris Geddis, Ph.D.

PREM Principal Investigator

Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: (757) 727-5299

Expertise: Integrated Photonics, Micro/Nano Technology

Demetris L. Geddis is the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hampton University. Dr. Geddis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hampton University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology…¬†Read Bio¬†¬Ľ

Jerald Dumas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering

Phone: (757) 727-5589

Expertise: Chemical engineering, biomaterials, bone tissue engineering

There have been great advances in understanding pathology using in vivo models as in which host animals provide a complex pathophysiological environment.  However, in vitro systems can provide more defined information as they provide a more controlled environment that allows for the study of more isolated factors in pathological states as compared to the unpredictable variability of in vivo models.  In my lab, I am developing benchtop tissue surrogates for co-culturing cells to: 1) model disease states, 2) identify new biomarkers of disease, 3) model drug uptake and efficacy, and 4) develop predictive computational models of disease progression and patient treatment response. This work will be accomplished with the development of responsive biomaterials that mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is a key component in disease states.  The engineered benchtop systems developed in my lab will accurately predict in vivo results with a fraction of the time and cost investments required of traditional animal studies.

Kesete Ghebreyessus, Ph.D.

B.S. Chemistry, University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea
M.S. Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Clark Atlanta University
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Nevada-Reno
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University 

Phone: (757) 727-5475

Dr. Kesete Ghebreyessus is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research interests are in the design and synthesis of functional organometallic materials, and biological applications of organometallic complexes. He is involved in the second research project-Trust I of the PREM program…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Uwe Hömmerich, Ph.D.

B.S. and M.S., University of Oldenburg, Germany
Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany (in collaboration with the University of Georgia, Athens, USA)

Phone: (757) 727-5829

Expertise: Luminescent Materials Development, Laser Spectroscopy, Crystal Growth

Dr. H√∂mmerich is a Professor in the Department of Physics. The research of his group focuses on the development and characterization of new luminescent materials which are of interest for applications in solid-state lasers, optical amplifiers, light emitting diodes, and phosphors…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Qiang Le, Ph.D.

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
M.S., Electrical Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. in Computer Information Science, Clark Atlanta University
PH.D., Electrical Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Phone: (757) 727-5557

Dr. Qiang Le received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in May, 2006, her M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, and B.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1995. She also obtained M.S. in computer information science from Clark Atlanta University in 2002. She is a SUN Certified TM2 JavaTM 2 Platform Programmer since 2001. In August 2006, she joined Hampton University as an assistant professor in electrical engineering…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Edmund Moses N. Ndip, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Texas Tech University
M.S., Oregon State University
Licence-es-Chimie (B.S.), University of Yaounde (Camaroon)
DESG (Dip General Science), University of Yaounde (Camaroon) 

Phone: (757) 727-5043

Dr. Edmund Moses N. Ndip, a past recipient of the Edward L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award, is an associate professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, and has over two decades of postdoctoral degree teaching (chemistry) and research experience…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Peter N. Njoki, Ph.D.  

B.Ed. Chemistry and Mathematics, Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya)
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, New York
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Foundation of SUNY, Binghamton, New York
Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University 

Phone: (757) 727-5833

Dr. Peter N. Njoki is an assistant professor of chemistry and forensic chemistry at Hampton University. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry (with concentration in nanoscience) from Binghamton University-State University of New York. Dr. Njoki has authored or co-authored over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals focusing on synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Joyce Shirazi, D.Sc.

Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology 

Phone: (757) 728-6970

Dr. Joyce T. Shirazi, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Hampton University, has a long and distinguished career in higher education and in industry…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ

Kalynda Smith, Ph.D.

B.A. in Psychology and English, Truman State University, Kirkville, MO
M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Howard University, Washington D.C.

Phone: (336) 285-2283

Expertise: Social Psychology

Dr. Kalynda C. Smith is a Social Psychologist with a BA in Psychology and English from Truman State University in Kirkville, MO, and a MS and PhD in Social Psychology with a Minor in Developmental Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C. Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University…¬†Read Bio ¬Ľ


Nicole Jackson

B.S., Western Connecticut State University
MBA, Walden University

Phone: (757) 728-6047



Ms. Nicole Jackson received a Master of Business Administration degree in 2013 from Walden University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Law Administration in 2011 from Western Connecticut State University. She has worked as a Program Manager for the MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers, School of Science) program from 2014-2019. Ms. Jackson also was an Administrative Manager for the Skin of Color Research Institute at Hampton University from 2017-2019.  Ms. Jackson is currently the Project Manager for the Hampton-Brandeis Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) project.