Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Manoj K. Mishra is helping establish Alabama State University as a leader in cancer research and outreach.
An associate professor of biology and Director of Cancer Biology Research and Training (CBRT) at ASU, Dr. Mishra is also a 2013 recent recipient of the Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, an award given by the American Association for Cancer Research.
His research areas include cancer immunology (prostate cancer) and bone tissue engineering.
In 2014, Dr. Mishra spearheaded to establish a partnership between ASU and UAB comprehensive cancer center, which established the cancer biology research and training program at ASU and brought ASU on cancer research map.
Mishra was drawn to his field of study by a desire to bridge the gap in health disparities, especially in the African-American community.
“I truly believe that that health disparity is a big issue in the African-American population,” Mishra said. “This drives my interest in cancer immunology. My long-term career objectives and research goals are to reduce health disparities in cancer and to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved during prostate cancer progression and clearance.”
Mishra, who is originally from India, came to ASU in 2008, after previously working at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and at Kansas State University.
Whether inside the lab or inside the classroom, Mishra takes pride in doing his part to help set a firm foundation for his students, and in building on ASU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research.
“ASU has a rich history in education and learning, and (ASU) is always looking for new academic programs; that makes it a special place,” Mishra said. “Since I arrived at ASU, I have witnessed overall astronomical change around the campus and in the passion of students, faculty and staff to make ASU a great center of learning. This fits and resonates with the ASU's slogan: ‘"It's a great time to be a Hornet."’
In addition to receiving an award from the American Association for Cancer Research, Mishra also has secured major grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Mishra received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.