Assistant Research Professor, Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise
Rob Onyenwoke received his Ph.D. in microbiology and microbial biochemistry and physiology from the University of GA (Athens, GA). From there, he was awarded the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship at Kenyon College (Gambier, OH). He was then awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of NC-Chapel Hill, where he investigated unique drug targets involved in calcium physiology.
Currently, he is a research associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at NC Central University and a principal investigator within the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE).
His academic research includes (1) developing pharmaceutical strategies to target and manipulate ER-resident Ca2+ stores and AMPK function through drug discovery and the identification and characterization of downstream targets/effectors and (2) questioning mechanisms of pulmonary/lung inflammatory responses, especially with regard to tobacco product use, and seeking to develop novel therapeutic interventions based upon unique biomarkers of pulmonary distress.