Two Edward Waters College (EWC) professors are working to decipher a protein code that could be used to manipulate and possibly end several wide-spread diseases. Biology Professors Prabir K. Mandal, Ph.D. and Anita Mandal, Ph.D. collaborated with Mishra Sudish, Ph.D. from Michigan State University to conduct the pilot study. Their research could lay the ground work to end diseases such as hypertension, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
In a new paper published by Bioprocessing & Biotechniques, Dr. Anita Mandal, Dr. Prabir Mandal, and Dr. Mishra Sudish describe using dog cardiac cells and cloned E.coli to observe protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) and its inhibitors 1 and 2.
“Protein phosphatase is well known for its role in the transfer of viruses between bacteria. If we can decode exactly how this happens, profound health advances can be made in our lifetime,” said Dr. Prabir Mandal.
Key observations were made during the study, but further funding and research are needed to learn how to fully manage the enzymes.
“We have the expertise, but lack the facility to conduct this kind of study at EWC,” said Dr. Anita Mandal. “That is why our partnership with Michigan State University and Dr. Sudish is so crucial.”
Dr. Anita and Prabir Mandal are not only partners in science, but they are also partners in life. They have been married for 26 years. Both have been teaching at Edward Waters College since 2008.
About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the oldest private institution of higher education in the State of Florida