Dr. Kai Shen

Dr. Kai Shen

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Chemistry and Forensic Science
Office: Drew Griffith Rm. 229
Phone: 912.358.4437
Fax: 912.358.4940
Email: shenk@savannahstate.edu

Biography

Dr. Shen was trained in chemical engineering at China University of Mining and Technology. He completed his doctoral studies at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology under supervision of Dr. Tanja Pietraß, where he explored the relationship of carbon nanotube’s structural features and its gas storage properties. He also earned his Master of Science degree in Biology with Dr. Snezna Rogelj, with a focus on phage display technology. He then moved to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an NIH sponsored postdoctoral fellow in Dr. David Horita’s lab to conduct the structural and functional studies of NADPH oxidases. He received his second postdoctoral training, working with Dr. Sharon Campbell to investigate functions of focal adhesion proteins in cellular mechanotransduction, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 2012, Dr. Shen accepted the appointment as an assistant professor in the Natural Science (later on Chemistry and Forensic Science) Department at Savannah State University.

Research Interests

Protein structural and functional studies, especially on those proteins involved in cardiovascular diseases and Alzheimer’s disease; energy applications of nanomaterials

Education

MS, Biology - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
PhD, Chemistry - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
MEng, Organic Chemical Engineering - China University of Mining and Technology
BEng, Coal Chemical Engineering - China University of Mining and Technology

Awards & Honors

Name: NIH/NIMHD STAR Fellowship Pilot Project Award
Organization: NIH/Texas Center for Health Disparities
Date: 5/29/2014
Up to two outstanding pilot projects will be funded every year to promote the fellows to receive external funding.

Name: Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship
Organization: Texas Center for Health Disparities
Date: 1/10/2013
The fellowship offers a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions, directed toward fostering Health Disparities Research Initiatives.

Publications

Title: Identification of an Actin Binding Surface on Vinculin that Mediates Mechanical Cell and Focal Adhesion Properties
Publication Date: 5/6/2014
Publisher: Structure
Volume: 22
Issue: 5
Page Number: 697-706
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Peter M Thompson, Caitlin E Tolbert, Kai Shen, Pradeep Kota,

Title: DNA‒Based Asymmetric Catalysis: Role of Ionic Solvents and Glymes
Publication Date: 1/1/2014
Publisher: RSC Advances
Page Number: 54051-54059
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Hua Zhao, Kai Shen,

Title: The Vinculin C-terminal Hairpin Mediates F-actin Bundle Formation, Focal Adhesion, and Cell Mechanical Properties
Publication Date: 12/30/2011
Publisher: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Volume: 286
Issue: 52
Page Number: 45103-45115
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Kai Shen,