Zenas George, Ph.D.
Enderis Hall, Room B48
Phone: (414) 229-6298
Fax: (414) 229-2619
- Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 2011
- M.S., Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology, University of Sussex, United Kingdom, 2007
- B.S., Microbiology, University of Calabar, Nigeria, 2002
- Protein Engineering
- Multiple sclerosis
Dr. George’s expertise is in the areas of gene cloning and protein engineering. He has applied his expertise in the engineering of pesticidal proteins cloned from Bacillus thuringiensis to counter resistance developed by agronomical insect pest like Plutella xylostella. He has been a member of Chinese and United Kingdom team that have cloned and assayed several insecticidal toxins including those that are used in control of mosquito (a vector that transmits Plasmodium which causes malaria).
At the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. George is interested in unraveling the mechanism behind the beneficial effect observed during phototherapeutic treatment of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). Using Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) animal model of MS, he is looking at the role of transcription factors in photobiomodulation. At present, phototherapy is not an established tool in treating autoimmune diseases partly due to incomplete knowledge of its mechanism of action and understanding its mechanism is critical to its acceptance.