Chellu Chetty

Chellu Chetty

Title: Full Professor, Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
Department: Biology
Discipline: Biology
Office: Colston Administration Rm. 205
Phone: 912.358.4277
Fax: 912.358.4780
Email: chettyc@savannahstate.edu

Biography

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty is the Associate VP for Research and Sponsored Programs and Regents Distinguished Professor of Biology at Savannah State University. Currently, he is also directing NIH-funded RIMI and NSF-funded STEM Programs. He received a BS degree in Biology in 1974, MS in Zoology (Molecular Physiology) in 1976 and a Doctorate in Physiology in 1979, from SV University, Tirupati, India. He spent the next nine years at his alma mater as an assistant/associate professor, which included a two-year stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, from 1982 to 1984. Before joining the Savannah State faculty in 1993, he also spent five years as a visiting faculty in a collaborative project between University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS and Selma University, Selma, AL. He has guided 10 Doctoral students and has written or co-authored more than 250 professional research articles for publications. More than 80 of the journal publications include undergraduate and graduate students as co-authors. He has earned numerous accolades and awards for his student engagement practices and accomplishments. He developed a strong mentoring alliance through which faculty can effectively engage the students and received 2003 United States Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring at a White House Ceremony and 2003 University System of Georgia Regents Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Research Interests

Neurotoxicology-Impact of heavy metals on signal transduction pathways.

Education

Postdoctoral, Biochemical Toxicology - University of Mississippi Medical Center
PhD, Physiology - Sri Venkateswara University
MS, Zoology - Sri Venkateswara University
BS, Biology - Sri Venkateswara University

Awards & Honors

Name: Excellence in Research Award
Organization: Savannah State University
Date: 1/1/2005
For excellence in research and grantsmanship

Name: Excellence in Research Award
Organization: Savannah State University
Date: 1/1/2005
For excellence in research in STEM disciplines in College of Sciences and Technology

Name: US President's Award for Excellence in Mentoring STEM Students
Organization: White House, Washington, DC
Date: 1/1/2004
For excellence in undergradute student mentoring in STEM disciplines.

Name: Teaching Excellence Award
Organization: White House Initiative Millennium, Washington, DC
Date: 1/1/2004
For excellence in teaching and research

Name: Faculty Role Model award
Organization: HHS/NI-Minority Access Inc., Washington, DC
Date: 1/1/2004
Excellence in service and mentoring to the faculty

Name: Excellence in Research Award
Organization: Savannah State University
Date: 1/1/2004
For scholarly research activity

Name: Richard Nicholson Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
Organization: QEM Net Work, Washington, DC
Date: 1/1/2003
For excellence in teaching

Name: Regents' Teaching Excellence Award
Organization: University System of Georgia
Date: 1/1/2003
For excellence in teaching and research

Name: Outstanding Service Student Engagement Award
Organization: Savannah State University
Date: 1/1/2003
For excellence in student mentoring

Name: National Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award
Organization: The Society for College Science Teachers, Arlington, VA
Date: 1/1/2003
For excellence in undergraduate teaching

Publications

Title: New Ionic Derivatives of Betulinic Acid as Highly Potent Anti-Cancer Agents
Publication Date: 1/1/2012
Publisher: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Volume: 22
Issue: 4
Page Number: 1734–1738
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Hua Zhao, Chellu S Chetty, Himangshu S. Bose,

Title: Striving for Excellence in STEM Education-A Successful Model at Savannah State Univesity
Publication Date: 1/1/2009
Publisher: Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Issue: 3rd
Page Number: 63-84
Type: Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Chellu S Chetty,

Title: Stem Cells and Regenerative medicine-An Update. Molecular Biomethods Handbook
Publication Date: 1/1/2008
Publisher: Humana Press
Issue: 2nd
Page Number: 903-914
Type: Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Mohan C Vemuri,

Title: Protective Effect of 17 -Estradiol in Human Neurocellular Models of Lead Exposure.
Publication Date: 1/1/2007
Publisher: Neurotoxicology
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Page Number: 396-401
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Mohan C Vemuri, Gottipolu R Reddy, Challa Suresh,

Title: Developmental lead neurotoxicity: Alterations in brain cholinergic system. Neurotoxicology
Publication Date: 1/1/2007
Publisher: Neurotoxicology
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Page Number: 402-407
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Gottipolu R Reddy, B C Devi,

Title: Melatonin Protection agains Lead-Induced Changes in Human Neuroblastoma Cell Cultures
Publication Date: 1/1/2006
Publisher: Int J Toxicol
Volume: 25
Page Number: 459-464
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Challa Suresh, Vemuri Mohan, Adanna O Dennis, Josephine Heinz,

Title: Influence of Calcium and Zinc on Lead-induced Alterations in ATPases in the Developing Mouse Brain.
Publication Date: 1/1/2006
Publisher: J Pharmacol Toxicol
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Page Number: 245-252
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty,

Title: Domain-specific positive selection contributes to the evolution of Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase (LRR RLK) genes
Publication Date: 1/1/2006
Publisher: J Molecular Evoluton
Volume: 63
Page Number: 612-621
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Xiaorong S Zhang, Jung Choi, Josephine Heinz,

Title: Developmental lead exposure alters mitochondrial monoamine oxidase and synaptosomal catecholamine levels in rat brain
Publication Date: 1/1/2005
Publisher: Int J Dev Neurosci
Volume: 23
Page Number: 375-381
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, G H Reddy, Gottipolu R Reddy,

Title: Alcohol Impairs Astrogliogenesis by Stem cells in Rodent Neurospheres
Publication Date: 1/1/2005
Publisher: Neurochem Int
Volume: 47
Page Number: 129-135
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Chellu S Chetty, Mohan C Vemuri,