Degrees: B.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University
Dr. Chai joined the faculty in the fall of 2002 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and is now a tenure-track Associate Professor. Prior to this position, he was trained and carried out independent research in the Lerner Research Institute of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF). During this time, he was awarded the Tarazi Prize for significant achievement in cardiovascular research and he was funded by the American Heart Association Northeast Ohio Chapter for the years 1995-97. At CCF, he had mentored three JCU undergraduate students in research projects. In addition to pursuing investigations into the cellular and biochemical mechanisms underlying human disease by oxidant stress, he is eager to pursue a teaching career. During the training at CCF, he was a selected member of the Cleveland Clinic teaching faculty at Cleveland State University, where he lectured in the biochemistry course in the graduate program from 1994 to 1998. At CCF, he was also participating in the radiobiology lecture course for Radiation Oncology residents. He currently teaches General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biochemistry Lab.