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Gretchen Caughman - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Gretchen Caughman Gretchen Caughman

Provost | Augusta University


Dr. Gretchen Caughman is an established expert in the field of virology, and serves as Provost of Augusta University.





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Caughman is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Augusta University. As the university’s Chief Academic Officer, Caughman is responsible for advancing all aspects of the academic mission of the University, ensuring excellence and innovation in the delivery of existing knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. In addition, she is a Professor in the Dental College of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the Graduate School at Augusta University. Caughman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry with highest honors from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in basic and clinical immunology and microbiology as a National Science Foundation Individual Predoctoral Fellow from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. She completed a 3-year National Cancer Institute Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship in herpesvirology at the University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS under the mentorship of Dr. Dennis O’Callaghan.

Caughman's NIH-funded research focused on the molecular mechanisms of herpesviral persistent infections, and her teaching areas to dental, medical and graduate students included immunology and virology.

In 1999, Caughman was appointed Associate Dean of the MCG School of Graduate Studies, and in 2005 became Dean.

Caughman became executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Georgia Health Sciences University on June 1, 2011. Upon the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, she became Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Georgia Regents University, recently renamed Augusta University. Caughman recently led the successful launch of the GRU Cyber Institute, and currently serves as chair of the University System of Georgia System-wide Cybersecurity Initiative Consortium. She also is vice chair of the University of Georgia System Health Informatics Academic Alliance, and member of the Southern Regional Education Board Computer Science Commission.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Graduate and Professional Education

Strategic Planning

Academic Affairs

Affiliations (5)

  • American Society for Virology : Member
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society : Member
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society : Member
  • University System of Georgia System-wide Cybersecurity Initiative Consortium : Chair
  • SREB Commission on Computer Science Information Technology and Related Career Fields : Member

Media Appearances (5)

UPDATE | Partnership will strengthen Augusta University as cyber destination



'There's so much opportunity, and the students that graduate currently in any of our cyber security related programs - it isn't exaggerating to say there is zero unemployment,' said Gretchen Caughman, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost...

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Augusta University, Army Cyber Center of Excellence begin new partnership

The Augusta Chronicle  


Initially, the university’s cyber training will be conducted in a “state of the art cyber lab” that will also have virtual capacity to add students who can’t physically be there, said AU Provost Gretchen Caughman...

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Georgia scrambling to fill cyber security needs

The Augusta Chronicle  


“The system is not inclined to have everyone ramp up programs that duplicate each other. Rather, we want to leverage the strengths of the area institutions,” said Gretchen Caughman, GRU’s provost and chair of the task force...

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GRU students learning the psychology of cyber security in new Cyber Security Institute



"Literally it is changing daily, and trying to stay ahead of that curve, not on top of the curve, but ahead of it is truly something that takes everybody's energy," said Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at GRU...

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Caughman named GHSU provost

The Augusta Chronicle  


After nearly 26 years at Georgia Health Sciences University, Dr. Gretchen B. Caughman said she 'pretty much grew up here.' Now she is taking on one of the university's highest positions as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost...

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Articles (3)

Chemoprevention of oral cancer by green tea. General Dentistry


Green tea has been a popular beverage for many centuries. Only recently, however, has the anti-cancer power of green tea constituents been unveiled. Green tea polyphenols are found to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in many types of tumor cells, including oral cancer cells...

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Chemopreventive effects of green tea polyphenols correlate with reversible induction of p57 expression. Anticancer Research


Green tea polyphenols are known to induce apoptosis in certain types of tumor cells. However, the mechanism(s) that enables normal cells to evade the apoptotic effect is still not understood...

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Correlation of cytotoxicity, filler loading and curing time of dental composites Biomaterials


Previous studies have shown that dental resin composites tested in cell culture produce cytotoxic effects on human gingival tissues. In this study, the cytotoxic potential of resin composites on primary human gingival fibroblast cultures was evaluated, based on inhibition of cellular protein synthesis measured by [35S] methionine incorporation...

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