Edward Waters Researchers Working to Crack Genetic Transmission Code

Dr. Anita Mandal and husband Dr. Prabir Mandal are biology professors at Edward Waters College. (Courtesy Photo)
Dr. Anita Mandal and husband Dr. Prabir Mandal are biology professors at Edward Waters College. (Courtesy Photo)

Special to the NNPA from The Florida Courier

Two Edward Waters College (EWC) professors are working to decipher a protein code that could be used to manipulate and possibly end several widespread diseases. Biology professors Dr. Prabir K. Mandal and Dr. Anita Mandal collaborated with Dr. Mishra Sudish from Michigan State University to conduct the pilot study.  Their research could lay the groundwork to end diseases such as hypertension, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In a new paper published by Bioprocessing & Biotechniques, the professors describe using dog cardiac cells and cloned E.coli to observe protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) and its inhibitors 1 and 2.

“Protein phosphatase is well known for its role in the transfer of viruses between bacteria. If we can decode exactly how this happens, profound health advances can be made in our lifetime,” said Dr. PrKey observations were made during the study, but further funding and research are needed to learn how to fully manage the enzymes.

“We have the expertise, but lack the facility to conduct this kind of study at EWC,” said Dr. Anita Mandal. “That is why our partnership with Michigan State University and Dr. Sudish is so crucial.”
Dr. Anita and Prabir Mandal are not only partners in science, but they are also partners in life.

They have been married for 26 years. Both have been teaching at Edward Waters College since 2008.