Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Academics

Research

Bryan O. Mitchell, M.S.

Associate Professor of Biology & Department Head of Science and Health Professions
Cellular and Molecular Biology
B.S., Fort Valley State University (Biology)
M.S., Clark Atlanta University (Cellular and Molecular Biology)

Division of Science, Math, and Health Professions Atlanta Metropolitan State College
1630 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-2733

Fax: 404-756-4767
Office - 220 Academic Sciences Building
Email - bmitchell@atlm.edu


Research Areas:

Recently, Prof. Mitchell served as a Faculty Intern at Kennedy Space Center’s Space Life Science Laboratory in Merritt Island, Florida. The focus of his research was “Advanced Microbial Detection and Control Technology Development for Future Spacecraft. Other research interests lie in two main areas. First, much of his work focuses on understanding the effects of microbial (fungi and fecal coliforms) and toxic heavy metal loads in herbal medicines currently in use. Prof. Mtichell is particularly interested in understanding the mechanism(s) by which heavy metals reduce mental and central nervous function, which could eventually progress into neurological degenerative processes such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, he has a strong interest in determining the level of microbiological contaminants associated with the medicinal herbs imported into the USA. Professor Mitchell is currently the Principle Investigator of a $500,000 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum (CIPAIR) Project entitled “Creating Research Excellence in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (NASA CREST-ME).” The CIPAIR grant is intended to strengthen the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curricula of two-year and four-year Minority Institutions (MIs) so that their graduating students will have skills, knowledge, and hands on experiences that will make them competitive when applying for employment with NASA, academia, or the aerospace industries.