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Smith Institute & the GSPAR Division Welcome Dr. Erika Dugo to the Team

Smith Institute for Applied Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to welcome Dr. Erika Dugo to the division of Government Sponsored Programs (GSPAR) at JCSU.

With over 15 years of experience in research and training in the areas of cancer biology and molecular toxicology, Dr. Erika Dugo now serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Faculty Research Associate for GSPAR. Her duties span across both Sponsored Programs and Compliance and the Smith Institute for Applied Research. 

Dr. Erika Dugo is not the only Dr. Dugo joining the JCSU team.

Serving previously as a Research Associate/Technician in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Core Laboratory at Jackson State University, through support from the National Institute of Health’s Research Center for Minority Institutions-Center of Environmental Health, she devoted a great deal of time to mentoring and assisting undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical research, as well as the preparation and editing of their presentations and papers for scientific meetings and publication.

Dr. Erika Dugo also brings prior experience as a Grants Specialist for the Office of Sponsored Programs at Mississippi Valley State University, having worked with several academic and administrative departments in the preparation and submission of grant proposals and budgets to the various funding agencies. She has presented her research by lecture and poster at over 35 national and international scientific conferences and received several accolades. She is a member of several professional organizations including American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Biological Institute (ABI), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Dr. Erika Dugo is not the only Dr. Dugo bringing a passion for research and scholarship, and joining the JCSU team. Dr. Mark Dugo was recently named Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainability in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He has over 18 years’ experience in the ecological sciences, with emphasis on biodiversity and conservation. Previously serving as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Mississippi Valley State University. He has been awarded more than $650,000 in grant funds from the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and MS INBRE (National Institutes of Health) in the past five years.

Dr. Mark Dugo brings a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $350,000 entitled “Increasing interest in ecological and environmental sciences to broaden STEM participation among African Americans” to JCSU. Dr. Mark Dugo has published several peer-reviewed journal articles, presented at numerous national and international scientific conferences, and serves both on the Board of Directors for the Fannie Lou Hammer Cancer Foundation and Co-chair of the Itta Bena Unified Coalition. 

Both Dr. Erika Dugo and Dr. Mark Dugo hold Ph.D.s in Environmental Science from Jackson State University.  

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