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The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) is the administrative unit that manages N.C. A&T’s research enterprise. We invite you to learn more about how research at N.C. A&T advances education, fosters community engagement and catalyzes economic development.

Recent News

DORED Unveils 2018 Annual Report


Please take a few moments to revisit and celebrate the research success that N.C. A&T faculty brought to the university in Fiscal Year 2018. From autonomous vehicles, to engineering a better food bank, to additive manufacturing, to exploring the medicinal uses of ginger, Aggie researchers are advancing education, fostering community engagement and catalyzing economic development. Enjoy these stories about innovative solutions that address the challenges and economic needs of North Carolina, the nation and the world! View the Annual Report Here… 

Researchers Secure NSF Award to Model Regional Food Security

Manoj Jha

Dr. Manoj Jha, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, has received a $750,000 research award from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund the modeling of linkages between biophysical processes and socio-economic factors and how these impact agricultural production and food consumption patterns. Principal Investigator (PI) Jha is joined by co-PIs Dr. Chyi Lyi (Kathleen) Liang in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova in the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Greg Monty in the College of Engineering and Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni in the College of Science and Technology. Read more…

Empowering A&T's Emerging Agents


Corporate greed led to the fall of the economic market in 2008. Enter the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011. While crises such as national economic collapse often are considered incidents people and organizations should avoid at all costs, crises also provide opportunities for people whose voices are otherwise silenced the opportunity to inject their opinions publicly, challenge existing power structures and change the narratives in society. Crises can be an opportunity for the “little people” to change the course of history. Read more...

Dr. Marc Cook Teaches Us “Love Your Gut”


Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you have probably heard the discussions surrounding gut bacteria. Clinically known as “microbiota”, these terms reference the microbe population which lives in the human intestine. Now supported by a stocked shelf of over-the-counter pro-biotics, ensuring the health and survival of gut microbiota is big business, and big science for researchers like exercise physiologist and immunologist Dr. Marc Cook. Read more...

DORED Bids Farewell to Dr. Saundra Evans

Saundra Evans

Faculty and staff, both present and past, in addition to family and friends were on hand to commemorate the retirement of Dr. Saundra Evans, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services and Project Management. During her time with us, Saundra worked tirelessly to assist with proposal development, budget preparation and project management. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and gentle encouragement to both faculty and staff. Colorful tributes, unique gifts and even a heartfelt serenade marked the celebration of her accomplishments and generous service to the N.C. A&T community over the past 16 years. Godspeed Dr. Evans!

A&T Research Funding Surges to $64.26 Million


Faculty researchers at N.C. A&T earned $64.26 million in contracts and grants in 2017-18, an increase of nearly $2 million over the previous year. The university has been on a steady trajectory of growth over the past two decades, adding nearly $46 million in annual research funding since 2001. Those contract and grant monies – which come largely from the highly competitive federal funding sector – support a wide range of projects in areas ranging from food security to bioenergy to computer science and many points in between. N.C. A&T is one of the state’s three most productive public research campuses, along with North Carolina State and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Guochen Yang Receives U.S. Patent No. 10,028,505 for Work with Alexandrian Laurel


Alexandrian laurel (Danae Racemosa L.) is an evergreen shrub in high demand. The seed germination of Alexandrian laurel often takes up to 12 to 18 months with a germination rate of only about 20%. Due to its slow-growth rate, it typically takes up to six years to produce a saleable one-gallon size plant. Dr. Yang and Ms.  Zhongge Lu have found that germinating seeds in the presence of cytokinins and/or auxins increased in vitro shoot multiplication and seedling quality enhancement in the shrub. The application of certain cytokine Benzyladenine was found to balance seedling development by simultaneously accelerating shoot growth and slowing down root growth, whereas another cytokine Thidiazuron significantly promoted shoot multiplication and proliferation by producing 5-30 shoots per seed. This research and the resulting patent will help ensure a more plentiful and reliable source of Alexandrian laurel in the agricultural marketplace, particularly in the landscape and nursery industries.

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