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CBRT Students/Postdocs

Post Doctoral Fellows


SanjaySanjay Kumar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. degree in the area of Tumor Immunology in Oct, 2013 from one of the India’s best research institution, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. After his PhD, Dr. Kumar received prestigious Dr. D.S. Kothari postdoctoral fellowship awarded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, India. In May, 2015, he moved to United State of America for further postdoctoral training in the Cancer Biology Research and Training program at Alabama State University, Molntogmery, AL.
Dr. Kumar started his journey in Tumor Immunology with a very unique tumor model Dalton’s lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, NHL). In human population, NHL frequency is such that it accounts 70% cases among different type of lymphoma in USA. In this context, Dalton’s lymphoma (DL) is unique murine tumor model to study anti-cancer molecular mechanism(s) involved in lymphoma growth. One of the mechanisms that DL cells adapt is high level of heat shock proteins (HSP). During his Ph.D., he worked on the topic entitled “Molecular Mechanism of Protein Kinase C Inhibition on the Expression of hsp70 and Apoptotic Factors in a Murine T cell Lymphoma (Dalton’s Lymphoma)”. His PhD work has been published in several international journal of high repute.
At Alabama State University, Dr. Kumar is working under the supervision of Dr. Manoj Mishra. His main focus is investigation of the role of immune cells in prostate cancer progression and clearance. Dr. Kumar is also involved in the elucidation of the role polymeric scaffold in bone tissue regeneration. Dr. Kumar also trains graduate, undergraduate and high school students during academic year in cancer research.

Graduate Students

JamesJames A Stokes III, BS

Graduate Student (Microbiology)


James Stokes III is a second year Ph.D. student in the CBRT program. His research is primarily focused on the ability of short-chain fatty acids (a group of microbial metabolites) and resveratrol (a naturally occurring polyphenol found in several plants) to fight the progression of several cancer types, specifically prostate cancer. Mr. Stokes’ proposed research could help to reveal the link between reduced cancer risks, a healthy and balanced gut microbiome, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. After completion of his doctoral degree, Mr. Stokes plans to enroll into medical school and become an M.D. where he hopes to help revolutionize currently in-effective cancer treatment methods.






Medical Students (Rotating)


Thomas Epps

4th year Medical Student





Undergraduate Students


Arantxia Wijngaarde

Senior, Biology


Arantxia Wijngaarde is a student-athlete at ASU. She is a research volunteer in the CBRT program and is under the mentorship of Dr. Mishra and Dr. Kumar. She is currently studying the effects of resveratrol on Murine prostate cancer cells and the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on Murine prostate cancer cells.



Aboubakar Kaba

Junior, Biology


Aboubacar Kaba is a junior at ASU, majoring in biology pre-health and double minoring in math and chemistry. He is currently studying the interaction of EMP on the actin cytoskeleton of colorectal cancer cells with his mentor, Dr. Shivani Soni, and other participants of the lab. After his undergraduate career, he intends on attending medical school in order to become a pediatrician.



Uriel Rose

Senior, Biology


Uriel Rose is a junior biology pre-health major with a minor is chemistry. He is a Jamaican native who moved to the United States in 2013. He joined Dr. Mishra’s laboratory in 2014. Currently, he works on studying the effect of Punicalagin on the NF-κB pathway in collaboration with Dr. Sanjay Kumar. He plans to pursue an MD/Ph.D. in cancer immunology.



High school students



Alice Z. McClain

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