Johnny Johnson

Johnny Johnson

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology
Discipline: Biology
Office: Drew Griffith Rm. 126
Phone: 912.358.4443
Fax: 912.358.4946


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.

Research Interests

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

Awards & Honors

Name: Leadership Development Institute
Organization: National Institution of Health
Date: 6/12/2009
A proposal submitted by the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to offer an HBCU-UP Leadership Development Institute (LDI) was recommended for funding. The LDI was designed to: (1) enhance the leadership and research capabilities of STEM junior faculty from underrepresented minority groups at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and (2) build a community of emerging leaders in STEM at HBCUs. Two-person teams participating in the four-part LDI will come from 15 HBCUs that have multi-year projects supported through HBCU-UP.


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