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Meet the Leadership Team


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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T)

Dr. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi completed his Bachelor’s in Chemistry (Honors with High Distinction), Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy with specialization in Environmental Health & Epidemiology from Indiana University, Bloomington. In-between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health from Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Obeng-Gyasi’s research uses biostatistics, epidemiology, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry techniques to investigate the effects of environmental toxicants on the environment and populations.


His research interests include: Metals and their impact on environmental and human health; mixed exposures, environmental epidemiology; exposure assessment; environmental and urban geochemistry, and global health. His publications have appeared in important outlets in his field and have been translational in nature for the benefit of relevant communities and institutions

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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T)

Dr. Martin completed his PhD in Cell Biology in 2003, where he was the first African American to earn a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia. He remained at UVA and was a selected as an UNCF-MERCK postdoctoral fellow in the neuropathology division studying glioblastoma. Dr. Martin begin his journey as an academician and researcher at Fisk University in Nashville, TN in 2005. Outside of work Dr. Martin works closely with several local non-profits in leadership development of adolescent African American males.

Currently, Dr. Martin is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. He also serves as the Interim Director of the Center for Outreach, Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at North Carolina A&T State University. He recently completed a 3-year assignment as the Interim Associate Dean in the College of Science and Technology. Dr. Patrick Martin is a microscope loving cell biologist at heart, who enjoys developing innovative courses and research training approaches, working with young scientists while developing future leaders.

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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T)

Dr. Anwar is a full professor of Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University. He is an interdisciplinary computer scientist with research expertise in two main areas: (1) cybersecurity and (2) smart and connected health. The former is focused on intrusion/malware detection, usable security, cyber identity and differential privacy, and the latter is focused on mHealth technology-based individual-level health monitoring and health service delivery as well as AI-powered, secondary data-driven (e.g., social media data) public health monitoring.


Towards pursuing his research goals, he uses AI, Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction techniques as well as apply theories from Social Sciences to design solutions. Dr. Anwar directs Quantum Computing Research Center <QC|RC> and Human-Centered AI Laboratory at North Carolina A&T State University.

University of Miami


Maribeth Gidley is an assistant scientist with the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies assigned to the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. As an environmental public health physician and microbiologist, she works closely with the AOML Environmental Molecular Microbiology Program.


Her research focuses on the interactions of beach and water quality with public health and coastal community health. Some of her projects include: beach exposure epidemiologic studies, impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal communities and human health, interactions of harmful algal blooms (HABs) with coastal communities, and prevalence of pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus (including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in the coastal environment, particularly at recreational beaches. Much of her research intersects with the broad concept of the Oceans and Human Health field.


She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Tulsa, a Master’s (dual tract) in Microbiology and Education from the University of South Florida, Master of Public Health Tropical and Infectious Disease Tract from the University of South Florida. She received a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University, and has completed residencies in Family Medicine and Public Health/Preventive Medicine.

Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency #84020101-0

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