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Manoj K. Mishra, Ph.D.

Mishra 2013



Manoj K. Mishra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
Tel: 334-229-5085




Dr. Mishra received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. After obtaining his Ph. D., he moved to United States and did his postdoctoral trainings in the Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; and Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.  In the year 2006, he continued at Medical College of Wisconsin and moved in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology within the Department of Pediatrics as a Research Scientist before coming to Alabama State University in February 2009, where he holds an Associate Professor of Biology position in the Department of Biological Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Mishra also serves as the Director for Cancer Biology Research and Training and Freshman Biology Program at ASU. Since February 2011, Dr. Mishra also holds an adjunct Assistant Professor Position in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology within the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. Dr. Mishra lab is currently supported by research and educational grants from US Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Mishra recognized as Top 25 professors at HBCU in USA and also received awards for his research work at ASU.


Research Interests

Project 1- Role of dietary compounds in controlling prostate cancer development and progression: Our current research interest is to understand the molecular mechanism(s) involved during prostate cancer development and clearance in response to a dietary compound, resveratrol (RES). Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound found in the skin of red fruits, exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-cancer, and anti-proliferative characteristics. RES was first detected in the dried roots of Polygonum cuspidatum, traditionally used in Chinese and Japanese medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent. This project focuses on to explore the role RES on NK cells, macrophages, particularly the tumor-associated macrophages (TAM), and regulatory T cells in tumor microenvironment.

Project 2- Role of immune cells in prostate cancer: Prostate Cancer (PCa) is the most common non-skin malignancy and commonly diagnosed cancer, and second most cancer responsible for death in men in United States. Prior studies in animal models of PCa as well as in human, demonstrated that the prostate produces several growth factors. Addition or blocking of these growth factors can alter the PCa cell proliferation and other important functions. Among these growth factors, transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β) plays significant role in tumorigenicity, displays potent immunosuppressive activities, and is required for the conversion of conventional CD4+ T cells to FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (TR). TR that expresses the transcription factor Foxp3 is essential for normal immune function. Absence of TR cells results in multi-organ autoimmunity and death. A clear role of TGF-β and its effect on TR during PCa lacks experimental evidences. In this project, we are investigating the underlying mechanisms involved in the context of TGF-β and/or TR using PCa cell lines, derived from transgenic mouse for prostate cancer (TRAMP), in C57/B6 mice. These cell lines, TRAMP-C1 and TRAMP-C2 form tumors while TRAMP-C3 fails to form tumors. The objective of this project is to define the role of TGF-β production by host cells in response to or TGF-β expression by TRAMP cell lines and to analyze the role of TGF-β on the conversion of naïve CD4+ T cells to Foxp3 expressing TR cells. This project is currently funded by a P20 grant from NCI, NIH. For more information about this project click here.

Project 3- Role of polymeric scaffold in bone tissue regeneration: The natural ECM plays an important role on morphogenesis, tissue development, and angiogenesis since it acts as binding sites for many proteins such as cytokine molecules and growth factors. This project is designed to study the role of multifunctional polymeric scaffolds that mimics the characteristics of natural extracellular matrix (ECM). The goal of this project is to further mimic the natural ECM by understanding the fundamental mechanisms involved in the adsorption and release of therapeutics from polymeric tissue scaffolds. This understanding will aid in the development of new drug eluting tissue scaffolds. This project is currently funded by a research grant from US Deparment of Defense. For more information about this project click here


Current Funding


Current Funding

1. Title: Multifunctional Polymeric Scaffolds for Bone-Tissue Regeneration

Role: Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: US Department of Defense

2. Title: Scholarships to promote retention and graduation rates in STEM Disciplines

Role: Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

3. Title: Acquisition of a flow cytometry system to enhance the undergraduate research and STEM education

Role: Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: US Department of Defense

4. Title: Alabama State University-UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership

Role: Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute, NIH

5. Title: RUI: Spatially and Compositionally Gradient Scaffolds for Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

6. Title: Diversifying Biomedical Researchers in Prostate Cancer though Academic Affiliations between UNTHSC and Alabama State University

Role: Co-Principal Investigator, Funding Agency: US Department of Defense



Current Lab Members

Sanjay James Not pictured

Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Postdoctoral Fellow

James Stokes III
Ph.D. Student

Ngozi Agbu
MS Student

Uriel Arantia Not pictured

Uriel Rose

Arantxia Wijngaarde

Jessica landrum


Past Lab Members


dymund Desiree

Dymund Jones

Desiree Chin

Lutrisha Altidor Jessica

Lutrisha Altidor

Jessicca Abron


Recent Publications (2009-onwards)

1. Sanjay Kumar, James Stokes III, Udai P. Singh, Karyn Scissum Gunn, Arbind Acharya, Upender Manne, Manoj Mishra (2016) Targeting Hsp70: A possible therapy for cancer. Cancer letters (accepted) DOI: 10.1016/j.canlet.2016.01.056

2. Anil Shanker, Menaka C Thounaojam, Manoj K. Mishra, Mikhail M. Dikov and Roman V. Uzhachenko (2015) Innate-Adaptive Immune Crosstalk. Journal of Immunology Research.

3. Maria Teresa P. de Aquino, Anshu Malhotra, Manoj K. Mishra and Anil Shanker (2015) Challenges and future perspectives of T cell immunotherapy in cancer. Immunology Letters, 2015 Jun 19; 166(2): 117-1331.

4. Udai P. Singh, Angela E. Murphy,  Reilly T. Enos, Haidar A. Shamran, Narendra P. Singh, Honbing Guan, Venkatesh L. Hegde, Daping Fan, Robert L. Price, Dennis D. Taub, Manoj K. Mishra, Mitzi Nagarkatti,  and Prakash S. Nagarkatti (2014) MicroRNA-155 deficiency protects mice from experimental colitis by reducing Th1/Th17 responses. Immunology, Vol. 143(3), Pages 478-489.

5. Amanee D. Salaam, Manoj Mishra, Elijah Nyairo and Derrick R. Dean. (2014) Electrospun polyvinyl alcohol/nanodiamond composite scaffolds: morphological, structural, and biological analysis. Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, 4, 173-180.

6. Singh UP, Singh NP, Guan H, Busbee B, Price RL, Taub DD, Mishra MK, Fayad R, Nagarkatti M, Nagarkatti PS. (2014) The Emerging Role of Leptin Antagonist as Potential Therapeutic Option for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Int Rev Immunol. Jan 2014, Vol. 33, No. 1, Pages 23-33

7. James Stokes III, Udai P. Singh, Elijah Nyairo, Manoj K. Mishra (2013) Resveratrol and its impact on Prostate cancer, International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Vol. 2, Pages 6-13.

8. Erica G. Schmitt, Dipica Haribhai, Jonathan C. Jeschke, Dominic O. Co, Jennifer Ziegelbauer, Ke Yan, Yoichiro Iwakura,, Manoj K. Mishra, Pippa Simpson, Nita H. Salzman, and Calvin B. Williams (2013) Chronic Follicular Bronchiolitis Requires Antigen-Specific Regulatory T Cell Control to Prevent Fatal Disease Progression. Journal of Immunology 191:5460-5476.

9. Udai P. Singh, Narendra P. Singh, Honbing Guan, Venkatesh L. Hegde, Robert L. Price, Dennis D Taub, Manoj K. Mishra, Mitzi Nagarkatti,  & Prakash S. Nagarkatti (2013) The severity of experimental autoimmune cystitis can be ameliorated by anti-CXCL10 Ab treatment. PLOS One, 8(11):e79751.

10. Singh UP, Singh NP, Guan H, Busbee B, Price RL, Taub DD, Mishra MK, Fayad R, Nagarkatti M, Nagarkatti PS. (2013) Leptin antagonist ameliorates chronic colitis in IL-10-/- mice. Immunobiology. 218 (12), 1439-1451

11. Udai P. Singh, Narendra P. Singh, Brandon Busbee, Guan, H, Robert L. Price, Dennis D. Taub, Manoj K. Mishra, Mitzi Nagarkatti, and Prakash S. Nagarkatti (2012) Microbial Links to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Development: Potential Interventional Strategies in Treatment. Journal of Bacteriology and parasitology, 3:7

12. Renu Bhatt, Vinoy Thomas, Derrick Dean, Elijah Nyairo, Udai P. Singh, and Manoj K. Mishra (2012) Role of PPARs as Chemotherapeutics and Anticancer molecules. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, Vol 1, 11-18

13. Himani D. Deshpande, Derrick R. Dean, Vinoy Thomas, William C. Clem, Moncy V. Jose, Elijah Nyairo, and Manoj K. Mishra. (2012) Carbon nanofiber reinforced polycaprolactone fibrous meshes by electrostatic co-spinning. Current Nanoscience, 8 (6): 753-761.

14. Amanee Salaam, Manoj K. Mishra, Elijah Nyairo, and Derrick Dean (2012) Morphological and Biological Characterization of PVA-Nanodiamond Electrospun Fibers. Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, 106: 334-335.

15. Udai P. Singh, Narendra P. Singh, Brandon Busbee, Guan, H, Balwan Singh, Robert L. Price, Dennis D. Taub, Manoj K. Mishra, Mitzi Nagarkatti, and Prakash S. Nagarkatti (2012) Alternative medicines as emerging therapies for inflammatory bowel diseases. International Reviews of Immunology, 31(1): 66-84.

16. Himani Deshpande, Carrie Schindler, Derrick Dean, William Clem, Susan Bellis, Elijah Nyairo, Manoj K. Mishra, Vinoy Thomas (2011) Nanocomposite scaffolds based on electrospun polycaprolactone/modified carbon nanofiber/ nanohydroxyapatite by electrosphoretic deposition. Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, 1: 177-184.

17. Udai P. Singh, Narendra P. Singh, Balwan Singh, Manoj K. Mishra, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash S. Nagarkatti, and Singh S.R. (2010) Stem Cell in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and its Therapeutic Implication. Frontiers in Bioscience, 1(2): 993-1008.

18. Srikanta Jana, Parthav Jailwala, Dipica Haribhai, Jill Waukau, S Glisic, William Grossman, Manoj K. Mishra, Ren Wen, D Wang, Calvin B Williams, S Ghosh. (2009) The role of NF-kappaB and Smad3 in TGF-beta-mediated Foxp3 expression. European Journal of Immunology, 39(9): 2571-83.

19. Lance M. Relland, Manoj K. Mishra, Dipica Haribhai, Brandon Edwards, Jennifer Zeigelbauer, and Calvin B. Williams (2009). Affinity-based selection of regulatory T cells occur independent of agonist-mediated induction of Foxp3 expression. Journal of Immunology, 182(3): 1341- 1350.

Book Chapters

1. Sanjay Kumar, James A. Stokes III, Udai P. Singh, and Manoj K. Mishra (2016) Ezh2, an epigenetic regulator: The future of prostate cancer treatment. In: Epigenetical Advancement in Cancer. Springer International Publishing AG, Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland (Accepted)

2. James A. Stokes III, Sanjay Kumar, Udai P. Singh, and Manoj K. Mishra (2016) Epigenetic and cancer: An evaluation of the impact of dietary components. In: Epigenetical Advancement in Cancer. Springer International Publishing AG, Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland (Accepted)

3. Kumar S Bishnupuri and Manoj K. Mishra (2016) Epigenetics of Colorectal Cancer. In: Epigenetical Advancement in Cancer. Springer International Publishing AG, Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland (Accepted)

4. James A. Stokes III and Manoj K. Mishra (2014) Role of resveratrol (RES) in regenerative medicine. In: Diverse Applications of Nanotechnology in Biomedicine, Chemistry, and Engineering. IGI Global, Hershy, PA Chapter 18, pages 392-402.

5. Shree Ram Singh, Manoj K. Mishra and Chhavi Chauhan (2012) Cell Transplantation in Chronic Kidney Disease. In: Cell Transplantation: New Research, Nova Science Publisher, Inc., New York, 978-1-62100-542-1, Page 1-24.

6. Shree Ram Singh, Manoj K. Mishra, Maduri Kango-Singh and Steven X. Hou (2012) Generation and Staining of Intestinal Stem Cell Lineage in Adult Midgut. In: Methods in Molecular Series, Somatic STEM cells: Methods in Molecular Biology, 879: 47-69.

7. Shree Ram Singh and Manoj K. Mishra (2012) JAK/STAT Signaling in Cell Fate and Tumorigenesis. In: Signaling, gene regulation and cancer, Nova Science Publisher, Inc., New York, ISBN: 978-1-61942-092-2, Chapter 4, pages 63-72.

8. James A. Stokes III and Manoj K. Mishra (2014) Role of resveratrol (RES) in regenerative medicine. In: Diverse Applications of Nanotechnology in Biomedicine, Chemistry, and Engineering. IGI Global, Hershy, PA Chapter 18, pages 392-402.

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