Dr. Asif Elahi

Award of Excellence in Research

Dr. Asif Elahi (Dr. Ahmed Chadli's Postdoc) received the First Place Award of Excellence in Research from the AU Graduate School. 

Congratulations, Dr. Elahi!





Graduate Research Day 2022People in a laboratory

A number of graduate students, as well as a postdoctoral fellow, working in Georgia Cancer Center labs received awards during Augusta University's Graduate Research Day 2022. Here is a full list of awardees and the principal investigator they are currently working with.

  • Dr. Mohamed Hussein - Dr. Yukai He's Lab - Graduate Research Day Excellence in Molecular Medicine Research Award
  • Mercy Kehinde-Ige - Dr. Huidong Shi's Lab - Georgia Cancer Center Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Cancer
  • Dr. Vamsi Krishna Kommalapati - Dr. Ahmed Chadli's Lab - 3rd place postdoctoral fellow poster Award of Excellence in Research
  • Edidiong Usoro - Dr. Waaqo Daddacha'a Lab - R. August Roesel Memorial Award for Research Excellence in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
  • Malita Jones - Dr. Pamela Martin's Lab - James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute Award for Research Excellence in Vision


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GCC Rising Stars to present at 2022 American Association of Immunologists

 Annual Meeting

From the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, Caryn Bird (Dr. Theodore Johnson’s laboratory) and Dr. Mohamed S. Hussein (Dr. Yukai He’s laboratory) have been selected to present posters at the IMMUNOLOGY2022, which will be held May 6-10, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. The posters feature Bird's work on “The role of complement-mediated signaling during antigen presentation” and Hussein's work on “TCR-T cells engineered to overexpress c-Jun have better functionality with improved tumor infiltration and persistence for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.”

On April 19, 2022, Hussein successfully defended his thesis, “The role of c-Jun in enhancing TCR-T function in treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma” to earn his PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Hussein!




Man and woman in research lab

Undergraduate Research and Fine Arts Conference

On March 30, 2022, Dhruvi Paladiya received the Best Presentation Award from the Undergraduate Research and Fine Arts Conference hosted by Augusta University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS).
Dhruvi is an undergraduate student working in Dr. Ahmed Chadli's laboratory at the Georgia Cancer Center. Dr. Chadli’s lab focuses on understanding the role of molecular chaperones in tumorigenesis. The stress protein Hsp90, a molecular chaperone, promotes various hallmarks of cancer such as sustained proliferative signaling, replicative immortality, and resistance to cell death. Due to Hsp90’s role in promoting the hallmarks of cancer, finding efficient inhibitors of Hsp90 is an essential step in treating cancer. The objective of my Honors Thesis project is to characterize AD05 as a novel inhibitor of the Hsp90 chaperoning machine. It primarily focuses on determining the mechanism used by this promising inhibitor to trigger cancer cell death.
Congratulations, Dhruvi, on your award!


Graduate Research Day 2021Two men in a lab

As part of the 2021 Graduate Research Day event, Hesam Khodadadi (Dr. Babak Baban’s lab) was selected to receive the Award for Excellence in Research – Molecular Medicine, and Mohamed Hussein (Dr. Yukai He’s lab) was presented the Georgia Cancer Center Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Cancer.  Both Mohamed and Hesam are graduate students in the Molecular Medicine PhD graduate program.  Congratulations, Hesam and Mohamed!






Mohamed Hussein

2021 American Associate for Immunologist Meeting

In conjunction with being selected to give an oral presentation at the May 10-15, 2021 American Association for Immunologists (AAI) meeting, Mohamed Hussein, a Molecular Medicine graduate student in Dr. Yukai He’s laboratory, has been awarded a very competitive 2021 AAI Trainee Abstract Award. The annual AAI meeting is the largest meeting in the field of immunology research, and to be selected as a Trainee Abstract Awardee is a great honor. Congratulations, Mohamed, for this recognition of your high-quality research!




Caryn Bird and Mohamed HusseinGraduate Research Day 2019

Congratulations to Caryn Bird for reaching the Three Minute Thesis Semi-Finals and to Mohamed Hussein for winning the Molecular Medicine Award - 2019 Graduate Research Day.