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Manoj Prasad, Ph.D

VITAL Title III Project Director

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Forensic Science

Phone: 912.358.4448

Dr. Prasad is serving as Title III funded VITAL project activity Director effective August 01, 2021. Dr. Prasad has more than 18 years of extensive research and student mentoring experience in chemistry/biochemistry. His current research expanded to encompass the understanding of steroid hormone biosynthesis mediated regulation of mitochondrial-associated diseases (Breast cancer, Child- birth disorders, Mitochondrial Metabolic Disorders etc.). He published his research in more than 12 high visibility peer reviewed research journals and is actively involved in student mentoring, curriculum development and research programs funded by NIH, NSF, DoD, and US Army.

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Shaneese Mackey, B.S. 

VITAL Research Lab Technician

Phone: 912.358.4154

Shaneese graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Sciences. She is responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of community events, media creation, faculty workshops, and student interaction with VITAL technology.


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Anthony Palacios

VITAL Tech Assistance

iApply Virtual Reality Immersive Technology Research Technician

Phone: 912.358.3825


Mr. Palacios is a long-time artist, tech enthusiast, and is well versed in all types of multimedia creation.  He received a BA in traditional fine arts with a focus on painting. He currently focuses his efforts on VR and MR. His tasks include software/hardware troubleshooting, maintenance, and technology assistance for the VITAL team and iApply (NSF funded project)