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Mark A. Melton

Mark A. Melton, Ph.D. spent his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, obtaining a B.A. degree in Biology and then the M.S. degree in Developmental Biology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. He returned to North Carolina in 1992 where he received post-doctoral training in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Physiology & Molecular Genetics. He currently conducts research in collaboration with scientists at the National Institutes of Environmental and Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, NC. These collaborations have led to recent publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Molecular Neurosciences (2005), the Journal of Biological Chemistry (2006) and most recently the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2008 in press).

Currently, Dr. Melton holds the title of Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological & Physical Sciences at Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health - Minority Access to Research Careers Student Training and Academic Research (NIH MARC U*STAR) Program, funded by a $1.07 Million NIH-NIGMS grant. The purpose of the grant is to provide research training for students of minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to improve their preparation for graduate training in biomedical research leading to the Ph.D. He currently holds membership in the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Sigma Xi National Science Honor Society.

Dr. Melton is approaching his 20th year of membership in Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Melton continues to be a role model, serving as a Boy Scout Leader for his ten year old son’s Troop 55. He tirelessly serves as an advisor and mentor to our youth and challenges them to become socially and academically prepared for a global workforce.