Dr. Neville Forlemu was born in 1980, in Kumba, Southwest Region of Cameroon. In 2001, he received his BSc. in biochemistry, then spent two years as an entrepreneur running a chemical and provision store. In 2009, he obtained his doctoral degree under the direction of Professor Kathryn Thomasson (UND) on studying macromolecular functional complexes using Brownian dynamics simulations. During graduate school, he received numerous awards including Biophysical Society travel grants, the Dr. Severson Award for Excellence in Research (2007), Dr. Severson-Dr Coon Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007) and $50,000 research grant as UNCF-MERCK Science Fellow (2008). He then spent a year at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Professor Martha Filizola on structural study of the serotonin-metabotropic receptor complexes.
The passion for teaching took him to Shorter University in the fall of 2010 where he taught chemistry. In 2012, Forlemu joined the faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he presently serves as a part-time faculty mentor and associate professor of chemistry. He has mentored numerous undergraduate research students as well as underprivileged high school students through the ACS SEED program.
His research interests include molecular modeling and development of novel antimalarial therapies (chloroquine mimetics and fluorinated sulfonamides), and molecular dynamics simulations of the aggregation of cyclic peptides with lipid bilayers.