Dr. Cecile Andraos-Selim Dr. Cecile Andraos-Selim HU MARC Program Director / Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Location:Dupont Hall117 Phone:757-727-5015

Educational Background:
MBBCh (Medicine and Surgery) School of Medicine, Cairo University, 1979
MS (Chemistry) South Dakota State University, 1984
Ph.D. (Microbiology, Immunology), Virginia Commonwealth University
(Medical College of Virginia), 1994

Classes Taught:
Gene Expression and Control, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology and Bioinformatics, Cancer Epidemiology and Introduction to Biology for Majors

Research Interest:
Perceptions and Attitudes of African American undergraduate students toward research careers; Interactions of tRNA modification enzymes with tRNA; Mining the TCGA database to detect new molecular markers involved in prostate cancer.

Dr. Andraos-Selim's interest is to increase the number of minority scientists in biomedical research. Toward the accomplishment of her interest and goal, she was successful in securing four grants with the general focus of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in research.

She is currently the PI of the NIH/NIGMS Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant, HU Biomedical Research Training Initiative (HUBiRTI). This grant focuses on increasing the number of well-prepared underrepresented (UR) students who matriculate into high caliber Ph.D. or combined M.D.-Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences and eventually go on to research careers. For more info on this current MARC grant, please visit She is also the PI of a sub-award from the Feinstein Institute’s Department of Defense (DoD) prostate cancer grant. For more info on this current DOD grant please visit

She previously served as the Co-PI of the NCI P20 Minority Institute-Cancer Center Partnership (MICCP) grant with Dr. Richard Steinman as Co-PI from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). This partnership focused on enhancing the cancer research training of Hampton undergraduate students with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in cancer research. In addition, she was the leader of the education project of a second NCI P20 with Dr. Robert Sobol from UPCI. This grant focused on the development of a cancer epidemiology curriculum at HU which included a summer research component at Pittsburgh.

Additionally, Dr. Andraos-Selim has extensive administrative experience. She spearheaded the development of the HU Skin of Color Research Institute (HUSCRI). As the Administrative Core Director of HUSCRI, she co-developed and co-organized an outstanding international symposium: "Hampton University Skin of Color Research Institute Symposium 2010: From Benchtop to Bedside" in Williamsburg, VA on May 1-2, 2010; established two research laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment as well as helped with staffing of the Institute.

Awards and Invited Talks:

  1. Was the recipient of the President’s Ambassador of Excellence Award in 2014.
  2. Gave an invited talk at 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB, in San Diego, CA entitled: "Integrating undergraduate research/ research training into the curriculum at a minority serving institution."
  3. Participated in a panel discussion at the National Cancer Institute's Minority Institute / Cancer Center Partnership Funded Investigators Workshop at Bethesda, MD in September 2007. The title of the panel discussion was "Training and Mentoring: Building the Pipeline for the Future".
  4. Gave an invited talk to the Cancer Prevention Action Coalition ( CPAC) General Meeting in Norfolk in 2007. The title of the talk was "Training Minority Researchers to Address Cancer Health Disparities".
  5. Was the recipient of the Hampton University Provost Innovative Teaching Award in 2005.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  1. Edema disease-like brain lesion in gnotobiotic piglets infected with Escherichia coli serotype 0157:H7. (1989) Infect. Immun. 57, 1339-1342.
  2. Use of the promoter fusion transposon Tn5 lac to identify Bordetella pertussis vir-regulated genes. (1989) Infect. Immun. 57, 2674-2683.
  3. Structural requirements for tRNA Methylation: Action of Escherichia coli tRNA (Guanosine-1) Methyltransferase on tRNA1Leu structural variants. (1992) J. Biol. Chem. 267, 13440-13445.
  4. Transfer RNA-m1G Methyltransferase Interactions: Touching Bases with Structure. (1995) J. Biochimie. 77, 62-65.
  5. Interaction of tRNA with tRNA (Guanosine-1) Methyltransferase: Binding Specificity Determinants Involve the Dinucleotides G36pG37 and Tertiary Structure. (1997) Biochemistry 36 (29), 8699-8709.
  6. Insights into Catalysis by a Knotted TrmD tRNA Methyltransferase. (2003) J. of Molecular Biology 333(5), 931-949.
  7. Comparison of Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Cancer Among African-Americans. (2009) Infectious Agents and Cancer 4 (Suppl 1): S15.
  8. How Much Does the General Population Know About Human Papillomavirus and the HPV Vaccine? Infectious Agents and Cancer 4 (Suppl 1): S10 (2009).
  9. Inter-institutional Development of a Poster-Based Cancer Biology Learning Tool. (2010) Journal of Cancer Education. March 17th.
  10. Multicenter Study of Human Papillomavirus and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Knowledge and Attitudes among People of African Descent. (2013) Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Volume 2013, Article ID 428582.