During his short time at Savannah State University, among other career development objectives, Dr. Johnson was accepted to attend a Leadership Development Institute (LDI) being implemented by the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network with support from the National Science Foundation.In addition, Dr. Johnson attended the University of Kentucky/NIH-NIGMS Technical Assistance Grant Writing Workshop for student development programs at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia.
Dr. Johnson’s research interest involve determining that matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is necessary to induce acinar-to-ductal metaplasia, an event that gives rise to the appearance of metaplastic duct lesions in chronic pancreatitis as well as pancreatic cancer. Using immunofluorescence labeling, adenovirus encoding the intracellular domain of Notch, and inhibitors of the endogenous Notch pathway activation, he determined that MMP-7 is also sufficient to induce acinar-to-ductal metaplasia and that the effects MMP-7 are mediated by Notch pathway activation.
PhD, Biophysics - Stony Brook University
BS, Biology - Savannah State University