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Job Title
Professor (adjunct)
Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Micvigan
Areas of Expertise/Research Interests (List All Please)
infectious diseases
General Biology
Cancer biology
Medical microbiology
Medical Physiology
Cell Biology
Electron Microscopy
Advanced Light Microscopy
Science, Religion and Theology

Personal background

Prof. Plammottil V. Cherian is a veteran academician with a full time career in research and teaching in universities and colleges in United States for 35 years since obtaining his doctorate degree in Life Sciences from Indiana State University with specialization in Microbiology, Immunology, parasitology and cell biology.  While his primary research interest has been in host-parasite interactions he used methodologies and state of the art techniques to study the sites of antigen-antibody interactions on parasite surfaces using immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy to characterize ultrastructural details in parasitic organisms and cells and tissues in human diseases. During the course of his academic career he used these methods in medical research at the University of Pennsylvania (1977-1990) and the University of Michigan (1991-2004).

 At the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine he studied the host-parasite interaction and the surface moieties of microfilaria, the larval stages of the nematode worm that causes filariasis (Intern. J. Parasitol. 10: 227-233, 1980).  Being interested in the finer details of  molecular interactions he developed techniques of ultrastructural immunocytochemistry and histological methods to  localize the site of molecular interactions to study the pathophysiology of human diseases. The Department of Medicine offered him a research faculty position to study the autoimmune factors of rheumatoid arthritis and gout (Ultrastruct. Pathol. 5: 15-27, 1983; Ultrastruct. Pathol. 10: 209-219, 1986). I had also used ultrastructural Immunocytochemistry to characterize carcinogenic antigens in lung cancer and breast cancer. At the University of Michigan Prof. Cherian applied morphometric methods and immunocytochemistry at the ultrastructural and light microscopic levels to study anatomical features of diabetic neuropathy in clinical trials for three major pharmaceutical companies at the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center. One of his best scientific papers in this study was the demonstration that Na2+ channels were dispersed in  diabetic individuals from the Nodes of Ranvier interfering with nerve conduction ( J. Diab. Compl. 10: 192- 200, 1996). This study has helped pharmaceutical companies to alter their target in developing drugs to combat diabetic neuropathy.

With an inborn gift of excellence in teaching, Dr. Cherian loves teaching which he enjoys passionately and his later academic career was also devoted to teaching. He taught at Albion College, Washtenaw Community College, Medical University of the Americas in the Caribbean and Saginaw Valley State University.  The various subjects he taught include General biology, Organismal biology, Principles of experimental biology at the cellular and molecular level, microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases and upper division seminar courses. Prof. Cherian has been actively engaged in research while teaching at Saginaw Valley State University where he trained undergraduate students in methods of tissue culture, hybridoma technology, histology, bacterial culture, antigen isolation, methods in immunocytochemistry and analysis of mutagenic effect caused by environmental carcinogens in invertebrate and vertebrate animal tissues.

Academically he has experience in teaching courses in General biology, Anatomy Physiology, Medical Physiology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Infectious  Diseases, Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar courses.

 Dr  Cherian has excellent background and expertise in the following Courses at universities and Medical Schools

¨ General biology (Organismal, Cell and Molecular level)

¨ Human Anatomy & Physiology

¨ Human Anatomy-physiology I & II

   Cell Physiology

   Animal Physiology

¨ Medical Physiology


¨ Endocrine Physiology

¨ Reproductive Physiology

¨ Cardiovascular physiology

¨ Gastrointestinal Physiology

¨ Muscle physiology

¨ Neurophysiology

¨ Microbiology

¨ Medical Microbiology

¨ Infectious Diseases

   Science, Religion and Theology

Dr Cherian has nearly forty full length publications in peer reviewed national and international journals. He has also presented and appeared at numerous panel presentations, discussions and clinical trial data analysis and presentation nationally and internationally.

Religion, Science and Theology

Dr. Cherian has a great interest in integrating science, religion and theology. Since the dawn of human culture religion has played the pivotal role in humanity’s relationship with God or gods through adoration and worship in many different ways according to the cultural premise of individuals. Yet the development of science since the Copernican revolution in the 15th century has brought to light numerous amazing wonders in the universe from the architecture of a tiny cell to the complex realities of the galaxies that are revealed day by day only embolden our belief that a supernatural deity is behind all these. Nonetheless, there is arguably no more critical topic than the relation of science and religion that has been debated for more than half a millennium with no resolve, and scientists and philosophers are ambiguously still continue the discourse which only pull them apart. While religion remains the greatest force in developing a sense of morality, spirituality, values, purpose and meaning in life, science has given us the empirical methods of discovering truth from atoms to the atmosphere and from a tiny cell to the vast expanse of the cosmos. Yet there is ocean of difference between science, religion and theology and present culture with its powerful winds helps only to widen the gap, and both to drift away from each other. Surprisingly, I have found in scientific and academic career as a biomedical researcher and scientist that many of the founders of modern science like Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, George Cuvier, Carolus Linnaeus, Michael Faraday, Gregor Mendel and even Charles Darwin from whom the various disciplines of science emerged were Christian believers whose scientific revelations were attune with the Biblical theology. Darwin even acknowledged that life was breathed into one or more organisms by the Creator, in his famous Origin of Species.

With my extensive background in life sciences as a professor, scientists and researcher in biomedical science and my interest in theology, it is my desire to integrate science, religion and theology to form a new paradigm in the third millennium in academics and the scientific world. As John Herschel, the famous mathematician and astronomer once said, “All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths come from on high and contained in the sacred writings,” I believe an exploration of the sacred writings will reveal that the achievements of science disciplines reveal the glory of God of all creations, bridging the gap.   

  Honors and Awards

  • 1997 Research Award for Excellence  and management of the  Diabetic Neuropathy Study, University of Michigan 1997.
  • 1990 Award for perfect Attendance (no absence during the year) and excellence in Re search university of Pennsylvania, Graduate Hospital
  • 1982 Outstanding Performance Award , VA Hospital, Philadelphia
  • 1980 Honorary membership in the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Philadelphia
  • 1977-1980 National Research Service Postdoctoral Awards, NIH, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1973-77 Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship, Indiana State University


Dr. Cherian has received several grants  as Principal investigator and Co-investigator from State,, National and International agencies.


Dr. Plammoottil Cherian can be reached at :plammoottil.cherian@cuw.edu or


(734) 429-2808 home

(734) 717-9361 Cell 



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