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CBRT Students/Postdocs

Postdoctoral Fellows

MalikShalie Malik, Ph.D.

Raman Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Malik received her Ph.D. degree in Zoology (chronobiology) in 2003 from University of Lucknow, India. She serves as an Associate Professor of Zoology at the University of Lucknow, India. Currently, she has been awarded a prestigious University Grants Commission, India, (UGC) Raman postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by Govt. of India. Under this fellowship, she is studying the roles of clock genes in cancer development and progression at Cancer Biology Research and Training program at Alabama State University.


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 Ph.D., 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 the United State of America for further postdoctoral training in the Cancer Biology Research and Training program at Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL.
Dr. Kumar started his journey in Tumor Immunology with a unique tumor model Dalton’s lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, NHL). In the human population, NHL frequency is such that it accounts 70% cases among different type of lymphoma in the 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 the 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 Ph.D. work has been published in several international journals of high repute.
At Alabama State University, Dr. Kumar is working under the supervision of Dr. Manoj Mishra. His main focus is the 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 the 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





Past 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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