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In addition to training the world’s next great scientists, BRITE also provides its faculty with a world-class research facility that allows them to conduct studies spanning subjects such as:

  • High Throughput Screening
  • Liquid Handling and Automation
  • Assay Development
  • High-Content Analysis for lead optimization and biological relevance from screening data
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry, SAR
  • Protein Production, Proteomics
  • Molecular Biology, Plant Genetics
  • Biosensor Technology

Our industry-inspired core facilities allow us to truly connect education with real world practice – providing our students with the most comprehensive training possible and preparing them to step into jobs ready and able to make a difference on day one.

Here are just a few of the research initiatives currently being conducted at BRITE. Click on a faculty member to learn more about their specific projects.

Li-An Yeh, Ph.D.

  • Neuroprotective Agents
  • Role of Tau in Alzheimer’s Disease

Gordon Ibeanu, Ph.D.

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases: Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases: Huntington Disease
  • Role of G-protein Coupled Receptors in Oncogenesis

Andy Li , M.D., Ph.D.

  • Mechanism and Treatment of Brain Damage After Stroke
  • Exacerbation Effects of Diabetes and Hyperglycemia on Stroke

Carla Oldham, Ph.D.

  • Investigation of the Role of CHK in Neuronal Development

John Scott, Ph.D.

  • PON1 Transcriptional Regulation
  • Regulation of PON1 Expression by Cytokines

Jonathan Sexton, Ph.D.

  • Real Time Process Monitoring and Control
  • Using Nanoparticle-Bio Conjugates to Increase Effective Dose Rates
  • Treatments for Type-II Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Diseases

Alfred Williams, Ph.D

  • Natural Products Synthesis
  • Diversity Oriented Synthesis
  • Drug Discovery

Kevin Williams, Ph.D.

  • Protein Modifications
  • Protein Stability and Formulation
  • Identifying Novel Cancer Therapeutics

Jiahua Xie, Ph.D.

  • Identification of Se-accumulating Genes in Se-hyperaccumulation Plants
  • Novel Plant Expression Systems
  • Genetic Cause of Defective Chloroplasts in Pale Yellow Sectors of Variegated Golden Pathos

Liju Yang, Ph.D.

  • Dieletrophoresis Enhanced Microchips for Bacterial Pathogen Detection
  • Nanomaterials Interfacing Biological Cells
  • Biosensors and Biochips for Early Cancer Diagnosis

Weifan Zheng, Ph.D.

  • Novel Computational Tools
  • Cheminformatics Approach to Model Neurodegenerative Disease Targets
  • Structure-Based Anesthetic Agent Discovery