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Upcoming Events

  • 5th Annual NanoBio Summit
    November 9-10, 2017

    Host:  University of South Alabama
    Location: Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore, Alabama

Recent Events

  • 4th Annual NanoBio Summit
    October 13-14, 2016

    Host: Auburn University
    Location: Auburn University - Student Center
  • 3rd Anual NanoBio Summit
    October 15-16, 2015

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Location: UAB Alumni House and the Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts in Birmingham, Alabama 
  • 2nd Annual NanoBio Summit
    October 23-24, 2014

    Host: The University of Alabama
    Location:  Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • 1st Annual NanoBio Summit
    October 17-18, 2013

    Host: Alabama State University
    Location: Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center


  • On Friday, December 11, 2015, ASU graduated Ronda Bibbs and Ejovwoke Ememu, both candidates in Microbiology, as they received their doctoral degrees during the Fall Commencement exercises. They worked in the Center for NanoBiotechnology & Life Sciences Research during their time at ASU.

  • ASU scientists on cutting edge: Reported July 13, 2015. For three Alabama State University scientists whose work is part of a new book published by researchers at Harvard University's Medical School. Dr. Shree R. Singh, director of ASU's Center for NanoBiotechnology Research, and graduate students Pooja Tiwari and Swapnil Bawage contributed a chapter to "Applications of Nanoscience in Photomedicine."

  • On Friday, December 12, 2014, ASU graduated Pooja Tiwari, a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology, as she received her doctoral degree during the Fall Commencement exercises. She worked in the Center for NanoBiotechnology & Life Sciences Research.

  • Drs. Shree-Ram Singh, Pooja Tiwari and Vida A. Dennis received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding Anti respiratory syncytial virus peptide functionalized gold nanoparticles on August 26, 2014. Patent Number 8815295

  • Reported June 19, 2014:  Three students from the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research will travel overseas to France (Ms. Courtnee R. Bell, Ph.D. student in microbiology), The United Kingdom (Ms. Brandi Barlow, undergraduate student, biology major) and Malaysia (Ms. Brandi Bethune, undergraduate, chemistry major) to participate in summer research program.

  • “ASU receives $336K grant from National Science Foundation”
    Reported April 8, 2014: Alabama State University has received a National Science Foundation funding grant of $336,634 to serve as one of its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites. The grant period is good through March 30, 2017 and will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program.

  • “ASU gets $1.5M grant to help increase PhDs in biomedical research field”
    Reported September 9, 2013: A new grant will pour $1.54 million into Alabama State University’s biomedical research program to help the school increase the number of PhDs in the field.

  • Erdal Eroglu, a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology, received his doctoral degree after completing graduation requirements in the Summer 2013. He worked in the Center for NanoBiotechnology & Life Sciences Research.

  • “Two ASU Undergraduate Students make history by visiting India for Summer research”
    A news article featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, May 16, 2013 mentioned Christian Rogers (Senior- Math major) and Brandi Barlow (Junior-Biology major) who conduct research within the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research (CNBR) being selected to continue the research in India. Posted in Alabama Local News ( on June 12, 2013.

  • “Graduate Student Travels to France to Conduct Cell-Related Research”
    Kasha Casey, who conducts research on behalf of the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research (CNBR) has been accepted to conduct scientific research in a France Summer Exchange Program through our collaborative partner, the University of Pennsylvania.  June 2013.

  • On Saturday, May 7, 2011, ASU graduated its first Ph.D. students in Microbiology. Praseetha Subbarayan, Seyhan Boyoglu-Barnum, and Murtada Taha worked in the Center for NanoBiotechnology & Life Sciences Research and received doctoral degrees at the Spring 2011 commencement exercises.

  • Dr. Shree Singh, Director, Center for NanoBiotechnology and Life Sciences Research (CNBR) and Professor of Microbiology at Alabama State University, received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a co-inventor of a DNA  Biochip and Methods of Use. This can detect Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Other patent inventors include Arun Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Souheil Zekri from the University of South Florida.

International CREST Collaboration

  • On April 30, 2010, CNBR Director, Shree Singh along with the University President accompanied the Governor’s Delegation to India to meet with academic and industry research scientist to sign memorandums of understanding to commemorate joint collaborations in research and education between ASU and two universities (University of Delhi, Sindhu Mahavidyalaya) and two industries (Jublant Biosys, ILS Bioservices) in India.

  • On Friday, December 14, 2012, the President of Yangzhou University of China, Dr. Xinan Jiao, and six delegates visited the CREST Center at Alabama State University to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to commemorate collaborative research and education partnerships between the two universities.

MoU Signing Agremt Yangzhou



Signing of MoUs between Alabama State University and Yangzhou University, China.




  yangzhou gift from ASU


Dr. Sharron Herron-Williams (right) present commemorative gift to President Xinan Jiao (left), Yangzhou University.

  • On Wednesday, January 09, 2013, Dr. Shree Singh visited Gujarat Forensic Science University, India, to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to commemorate collaborative research and education partnerships between the two universities.




Dr. Shree Singh visits Gujarat Forensic Science University, India, to sign MoUs on behalf of Alabama State University.

  • On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Dr. Yvonne Perrie, Chair in Drug Delivery at Aston University, Birmingham UK, visited the CREST Center at Alabama State University to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to commemorate collaborative research and education partnerships between Aston University and Alabama State University.

Aston signing Mou


SIgning of MoUs between Alabama State University and Aston University, UK.
Left, Dr. Yvonne Perrie, Chair in Drug Delivery, Aston University
Right, Dr. Shree R. Singh, CREST Director, Alabama State University



Aston mou-end group

From left to right:  Dean Cajetan Akujuobi, Dr. Karyn Gunn, Dr. Yvonne Perrie and Dr. Shree R. Singh at the MoU signing with Aston University.





Distinguished Dignitaries Visit CREST Center

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, visited CREST facilities on October 27, 2009.   Dr. Kalam was the 11th President of India. He is one of the world’s leading space scientists and the moving force behind India’s nuclear program.


Congressman Mike Rogers (right) talks with Dr. Singh (middle), President Harris and Executive VP John Knight (left).



Senator, Jeff Sessions (left) greets Dr. Singh (middle) and PhD Graduate students (left).





Honorable Dr. Abdul Kalam (right) shakes hands with Ph.D. Graduate Student Murtada Taha (left).


Invited Seminar Presentations by CREST Faculty

  • Dr. Komal Vig presented at the International Conference on “Recent Advances in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology-2104” (ICRANN-2014), New Delhi, India, December 15-16, 2014.

  • “ASU Scientists Invited for talks by Argentinean Society of Immunology”
    Reported November 2014: The Congress of the Argentinean Society of Immunology has invited two ASU scientists to present their research at its 53rd annual meeting in Argentina. Dr. Guillermo H. Giambartolomei who serves as the President of the Argentinean Society has extended the invitation to ASU scientists, Shree R. Singh and Vida A. Dennis.

  • Dr. Shree R. Singh was invited for a public lecture on the emerging field of Nanobiotechnology on July 22, 2014, in Malaysia.

  • Dr. Alain Bopda Waffo was invited to the Republic of Cameroon, Africa, to speak on behalf of ASU regarding the exploitation of RNA phage display system for the development of vaccines against challenging pandemies on January 2, 2014.

  • Dr. Shree Singh was invited to speak on The Emerging Field of NanoBiotechnology, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL, April 14, 2010.

  • Dr. Vida A. Dennis was invited to speak on The use of Nanobiotechnology for Vaccine Development,University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Physics, April 9, 2010.            

                             CNBR is on the move in developing partnerships to conduct NanoBiotechnology Research.

  • On October 6, 2008, CNBR hosted an Alabama EPSCoR led MRSEC and CREST partnership discussion meeting to encourage collaborative research excellence and outreach with research institutions and centers of excellence in the state.

  • ASU’s Center for Nanobiotechnology Research is now on board in partnership with several Alabama EPSCoR research institutions. Collaborative research partnership initiatives are underway with four centers of research excellence. These include: The Alabama Center for Nanostructured Materials (ACNM), Tuskegee University, Center for Environmental Cellular Signal Transduction (CECST), Auburn University, Center for Optical Sensors and Spectroscopies (COSS), University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Discovery via Engineered Nanofabrication (CIDEN), Alabama A&M University.

  • ASU-CNBR Director presents a seminar at Alabama-EPSCoR Annual Meeting on Emerging Field of NanoBiotechnology.

  • Congratulations to the following students for winning awards at the 65th Joint Annual Meeting of NIS/BKX Conference in Irving, TX.

  • CREST Center Publishes its research on silver nanoparticle that inhibits RSV replication.

  • Drs. Gunn and Singh were selected to the Governors delegation to China.

  • Congratulations to Marcus Davis for winning third place in the undergraduate category at the 2nd Annual NanoBio Summit held October 23-24, 2014 at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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