Dr. John Bang brings rich academic and cultural backgrounds to NCCU and the communities around it. His exposure to multicultural environments that included African-American and Hispanic groups during his stay in Illinois during the '80s and '90s was a very rewarding experience.
He received his undergraduate degree (B.S. in Biochemistry) and medical training (M.D. track in Medicine) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and afterward received one extra year of training in tropical medicine in Belize. Later, he completed his graduate study (Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering) at the University of Texas, El Paso, to investigate the impacts of environmental pollution on human health.
He enjoys teaching, which has been a part of his life since his high school years, and has been actively involved in educating others in various off-campus settings. The inquisitive nature he carries has also opened up various opportunities for working with others in collaborative ways. Most of his classes are run in project-based modes where students can put what they learn in the class into practice to learn about real-life cases. He also runs his lab with an open-door policy under which any student with an interest in learning can join. When he is not at work, he often engages in community-related activities, including working with Habitat for Humanity. For his leisure, John enjoys traveling and hiking.
Bang’s recent and current project topics include (1) exposure assessment of pollutants from air and water in a health disparity perspective, (2) micro and nanofabrication for environmental remediation and biomedical applications, and (3) free radicals and their roles in neurodegenerative and cardiopulmonary diseases.
- Mapping Local Air Pollution: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2018/03/16/22234/
- Micro and Nanofabrication for Environmental Remediation: https://pire.pratt.duke.edu/people
- Free Radicals and Human Diseases: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1832134
- Health Disparity Center for Human Health and Environment: https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=8841236&icde=0
Professor Bang has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in the fields of ultrafine and nanoparticle behavior in ambient and cellular environments. He also has given and presented over 80 seminars and invited talks in the fields of air exposure, nanotoxicity, nanotech applications for environmental remediation (air and water) and theragnostic approaches, and environmental health and health disparities. For more detail, please check the links below:
- Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Wo-WZusAAAAJ&hl=en
- ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Bang
Thermoelectric Precipitator (in progress)
Dr. Bang has received more than 15 major extramural grants from various organizations, including the U.S. EPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) among others. For a complete list, please refer to his CV.