PREM Faculty and Staff


Demetris Geddis, Ph.D.

PREM Principal Investigator

Assistant Dean and Professor 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 »

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 »

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. Hömmerich 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 »

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 »

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 »

Mohamed Noufal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the quantum materials laboratory

Location: Olin Engineering Building 318-B<br>
Phone: 757-727-5069<br>
Expertise: Quantum and Energy Materials<br>

Eduaction: Ph.D. The University of Texas at El Paso, 2022

Dr. Mohamed Noufal’s contributions to the field of chemical engineering and environmental sciences are indeed noteworthy. His academic journey, culminating in a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso, has been marked by a dedication to advancing research in sustainable technologies. His tenure at UT El Paso, where he served as a teaching and research associate… Read Bio »

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 »

Juan Sebastian Yakisich, MD/Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Phone: (757) 727-5585

Dr. Yakisich is an interdisciplinary biomedical researcher (MD/PhD) with extensive experience in pharmacology, oncology, molecular and cellular biology fostered by a doctoral education at the Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) and postdoctoral training at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. .. Read Bio »

Ikemefuna Uba, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Location: Olin 318A
Phone: (757) 727 – 5599
Expertise: Materials Science, Reliability Engineering, DevOps and Data Analytics

Education: Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Howard University, 2019; Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, 2015.

Dr. Ikem Uba is the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. With background in physics and electrical engineering, his research spans the spectrum of materials science, condensed matter physics, electronic device development and failure analysis. Before joining the department as faculty… Read Bio »


Eric Lewallen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, PhD, Biological Sciences

Location: Science & Technology Building, Room 314-D
Phone: 757-727-2531
Expertise: Genetics, Population Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomaterials Analytics

Education: Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2012; University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; M.S. Ecology, 2006, San Diego State University

Dr. Eric Lewallen is an Assistant Professor of Biology and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Mayo Clinic before joining Hampton University as in 2017. Dr. Lewallen mentors undergraduate and graduate students interested in both biomedical and environmental research. He has authored more than 48 peer-reviewed scientific articles, is a co-investigator on three federally-funded research programs, and serves as an associate editor for two scientific journals.



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.