CAU Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development Expands Facility


Sam D. Burston

ATLANTA, GA – February 28, 2019 Clark Atlanta University (CAU) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on campus at the Thomas W. Cole Research Center for Science and Technology for the expansion of its Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD). Faculty and students from CAU and the Atlanta University Center (AUC) community attended the festivities as Cancer Center student docents led tours of the new facility. Interim President Lucille Maugé, Dr. Dorcas Bowles, interim provost, director Dr. Shafiq Khan, and Dr. Valerie Odero-Marah, CCRTD gave opening remarks.

After using the Morehouse School of Medicine’s facilities for a number of years, CAU is pleased to open its own space dedicated to further research and development. The satellite laboratory, slated to open March 5, makes accommodations for faculty and students to facilitate interdisciplinary research, collaboration and training.  It will be used internally by graduate students pursuing studies in biology, chemistry and biomedical engineering.

This expansion was made possible by Title III funding awarded to Clark Atlanta University in the form of two 5-year Strengthening Intuitions Grants (HBCU and HBGI) from the U.S. Department of Education.

“The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development is truly a Center for Excellence, well known not just in our community, but throughout the nation for the prostate cancer research conducted here,” said Lucille Maugé, interim President of Clark Atlanta University. “We are proud to have Dr. Khan and his team here, and we look forward to a thriving future with the Cancer Center.”

“Having this facility in-house allows us to conduct more thorough investigations and enhances the work we do in prostate cancer research,” said Dr. Shafiq Khan, director, CCRTD. “We are excited to have our graduate students receive training in critical areas of study, and helping us move the work forward.”

For more information, please contact Lisa A. Wilson, Lisa A. Wilson, MBA, PMP, Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs at

About the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD)

The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University was established in 1999 out of the strengths of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. CCRTD is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program; the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD); Department of Defense (DoD); and Georgia Research Alliance.


 About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Visit to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.