Here are all the Prospective Faculty Mentors:

#First NameLast NameAffiliationDepartmentResearch TopicResearch InterestWeb AddressEmail Address
1MarkBatzerLSU-BRBiological SciencesGenetics, Comparative GenomicsPrimate genomic variation and mobile DNA.
2HamidBoularesLSUHSC-NOPharmacology and the Stanley Cancer CenterPharmacology, disease models, molecular signaling, cancerOur lab investigates the mechanisms by which DNA repair enzymes such as poly(ADP) ribose polymerase1 (PARP-1) and DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) contribute to inflammatory processes. We focus primarily on asthma, atherosclerosis, and colon cancer. To conduct our studies, we take a spectrum of approaches including cell-free systems, cell culture systems, animal models of diseases, and human specimens. The ultimate goal is to unravel new directions to block the influence of these DNA repair enzymes in inflammatory situations and formulate new therapeutic strategies.
3JimCroninLSU-BRBiological SciencesEcology, Invasive species, Entomology, predator-prey interactionsI am an ecologist who studies animal dispersal, predator-prey interactions, plant-herbivore interactions, plant-pathogen interactions and invasive plant species.
4Ram DevireddyLSU-BRMechanical EngineeringTissue Engineering, Cryopreservation, Cryosurgery, Heat and Mass Transfer During Freezing in Biological Systems.Develop improve long term storage protocols for a variety of biological systems using traditional and non-traditional engineering techniques methods.
5PatrickDiMarioLSU-BRBiological SciencesMolecular-Cell BiologyWe're using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to study how deficiencies in nucleolar proteins (e.g. Nopp140 and Nucleostemin) lead to a failure in ribosome production (referred to as nucleolar stress; reviewed by James et al., 2014;, and thus to the several human syndromes collectively called ribosomopathies.
6JohnDiTusaLSU-BRPhysics and AstronomyExperimental Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science.My interests are in experimental condensed matter Physics and in particular magnetic spin textures such as helical and skyrmion lattice states. In addition I remain interested in the transport and magnetic properties of materials near phase transitions.
7JosephFrancisLSU-SVMComparative Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience, heart failure, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Post traumatic stress disorderCentral nervous system influence of cytokines, neuropeptides in congestive heart failure, hypertension and diabetes in rodents. In addition, we are studying the contribution of oxidative stress and inflammation on neurotransmitters in an animal model of post traumatic stress disorders.
8AnneGroveLSU-BRBiological SciencesBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyBacterial transcription factors that regulate gene expression in response to stress
9ShileHuangLSUHSC-SBiochemistry and Molecualr BiologyCell Signaling and tumorigenesismTOR regulation of cell motility; Anticancer mechanisms of small molecules (including natural products); Neurotoxicity of the heavy metal cadmium.
10Naohiro KatoLSU-BRBiological SciencesCell BiologyMy lab studies the traffic control of molecules such as proteins and lipids in cells. We use recombinant DNA, live cell imaging, genetics, biochemistry, and mathematical modeling to address our questions and hypotheses.
11SunyoungKimLSUHSC-NOBiochemistry & Molecular BiologyBiochemistry, Structural Biology, Biophysics, Computational ScienceOur principal goal is to define catalytic intermediates for ATP hydrolysis and chemo-mechanical coupling in the human Kinesin-5 protein, essential for mitosis and a target for cancer therapeutics.
12JohnLarkinLSU-BRBiological SciencesCell Biology and Development, Cell divisionMy lab studies the relationship between the cell cycle development in plants. Although we work with plants, our work on control of cell division has implications for cancer.
13YongLeeLSU-BRBiological SciencesStructural Biology and Drug DevelopmentOur study is focused on elucidation of the molecular mechanics involved in protein function and its anomalous control in the disease conditions.
14WalterLukiwLSUHSC New OrleansDepartments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Ophthalmologyage-related macular degeneration (AMD), aluminum neurotoxicity, Alzheimer's disease (AD), autism, bioinformatics, epigenetics, genetics, prion diseasemy laboratory has a long-standing interest in the molecular, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved AD, AMD, prion disease and pathologies associated with inflammation and the innate-immune response in the human CNS; to this end we study human brain cells in primary culture (neurons, astroglia, microglia, endothelial cells, etc.,), short post-mortem human brain and retinal tissue,s and humanized transgenic animal models of AD (Tg-AD) and others; we have a strong interest also in the genotoxicity and neurotoxicology of aluminum (Al), lead (Pb) and mercury (Pb) as it applies to human neurodegenerative diseases
15Dewan MajidTulane School of MedicinePhysiologyRenal physiology, Salt sensitive hypertension, Nitric Oxide, Oxidative stress, Inflammation Renal mechanism of hypertension; interactive role of nitric oxide, oxidative stress and inflammatory molecules
16KarenMaruskaLouisiana State University - Baton RougeBiological SciencesNeurobiology and behaviorMy laboratory's research is broadly focused on understanding the neural basis of natural social behaviors in fishes, including aggression and reproduction, and the mechanisms that underlie sensory, behavioral and neural plasticity.
17LucioMieleLSUHSC-NOGeneticsGenetics / Cancer BiologyRole of Notch in cancer stem cells; cancer precision medicine research
18SumitraMiriyalaLSUHSC-ShreveportCellular Biology and AnatomyOxidant Stress in Cardiovascular DiseasesMy laboratory is currently studying the correlation between cardiovascular diseases and ROS, especially superoxide. Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD/SOD2) is an endogenous antioxidant enzyme synthesized in the cytosol and is post-transcriptionally transported into mitochondria, where it catalyzes the dismutation of superoxide radicals, and plays a vital role in pathophysiological conditions like obesity. Establishing elevation of lysophosphatidic acid levels as a risk predictor of cerebral artery disease promises to identify important and innovative targets for the development of new biomarkers and/or therapeutics to further develop important advances in health care.
19KermitMurrayLSU-BRChemistryMass spectrometry instrument development and applications.Biological mass spectrometry, tissue imaging, atomic force microscope laser ablation sampling for proteomics, genomics, and forensics, development of new instruments and applications.
20AnthonyOrrLSU Health Sciences Center - ShreveportPathologyCellular and Molecular PathologyMy laboratory studies the interplay between cell adhesion receptors and other proinflammatory stimuli in cardiovascular disease.
21J. ArthurSausLSUHSC-ShreveportAnesthesiologyChemicals for use in AnesthesiologyDevelopment of chemicals and processes that improve administration of anesthesia
22JayalakshmiSridharXavier University of LouisianaChemistryDrug Discovery using the principles of computational and synthetic organic chemistry.We are presently involved in two major areas of research- 1) Development of new protein kinase inhibitors as therapeutics for Alzheimer's diseases, cancer (metastatic breast cancer, prostrate cancer) by targeting specific protein kinases. 2) Development of isozyme small molecule agonists and antagonists for Liver X Receptor alpha and beta. We use Computational molecular modeling tools for design of compounds and protein-ligand studies followed by organic synthesis of the designed molecules.
23GeorgeStanleyLSU-BRChemistryInorganic and Organometallic ChemistryInorganic and organometallic homogeneous catalysis research focusing on cooperativity between two transition metal centers.
24JackieStephensLSU-BRPennington Biomedical and LSU Biological SciencesCell Biology and BiochemistryTo understand the molecular pathogenesis of Type 2 diabetes We use cell biology and biochemistry approaches to study insulin resistance. My laboratory is located at the Pennington Biomedical Research Facility
25MarkTrudellUniversity of New OrleansChemistryOrganic/Medicinal ChemistryResearch areas: 1) the development of novel molecular probes to explore the molecular mechanisms of psychostimulant reward and abuse; 2) the development of new methods for C-N bond formation.
26ThomasWieseXavier University of Louisiana College of PharmacyBasic Pharm Sciences, College of PharmacyCell and Molecular Biology, Nuclear Receptors, Molecular ModelingThe molecular mechanisms of action and structure-activity relationships of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) found in the environment, consumer products and pharmacological treatments with a focus on EDC effects on cancer promotion and progression. Biochemical and molecular biology methods are utilized to examine the steroid hormone receptor mediated action of pesticides, industrial chemicals and registered pharmaceuticals in tissue culture and cell free systems. Molecular modeling methods are employed to formulate QSAR and ligand-receptor models of EDC activity with nuclear receptors as well as for virtual screening and searching for active compounds.
27StephanWittLSUHSC-SBiochemistry & Molecular BiologyAggregated proteins and neurodegneration, Cell Biology, Lipids and MembranesWe study the mechanism by which the Parkinson's disease-associated protein alpha-synuclein causes neurodegeneration.
28MatthewWoolardLSUHSC-ShreveportMicrobiology and ImmunologyInflammationUnderstanding how lipid synthesis mediates macrophages inflammatory responses during disease.
29AprilWrightSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityBiological SciencesComputational evolutionary biologyI am broadly interested in phylogenetic methods and the use of phylogenetic trees to understand the evolution of organisms and traits.
30MasamiYoshimuraLSU-SVMComparative Biomedical Sciencesmolecular pharmacologyTo study regulation of cAMP signal transduction system and its effects on immune responses.
31XiupingYuLSUHSC-ShreveportBiochemistryProstate CancerWe aim to study the mechanisms that drive prostate cancer progression.