Here are all the Prospective Undergraduate 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.
3BruceBunnellTulane Medical CenterCenter for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative MedicineStem Cell BiologyRegenerative MedicineTissue EngineeringThe primary interested in my research is the treatment of disease using adult stem cells and tissue engineering methodologies.
4JimCroninLSU-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.
5Ram 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.
6PatrickDiMarioLSU-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.
7JohnDiTusaLSU-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.
8BretElderdLSUBiological SciencesDisease Ecology, Population Ecology, Community EcologyI am an ecologist whose research focuses on issues related to disease ecology such as how community structure and the abiotic environment influence disease outbreak dynamics. Work in my laboratory also includes aspects of population ecology and species interactions.
9JosephFrancisLSU-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.
10AnneGroveLSU-BRBiological SciencesBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyBacterial transcription factors that regulate gene expression in response to stress
11CraigHartLSU-BRBiological SciencesCell Biology; Biochemistry; Genetics; Genomics; Molecular BiologyGene regulation, chromatin structure and nuclear organization using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.
12ShileHuangLSUHSC-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.
13Naohiro 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.
14JohnLarkinLSU-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.
15YongLeeLSU-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.
16RuiLuLSU-BRBiological Sciences Molecular Biologywe study antiviral immunity mediated by small interfering RNAs.
17WalterLukiwLSUHSC 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
18Dewan 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
19KarenMaruskaLouisiana 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.
20LucioMieleLSUHSC-NOGeneticsGenetics / Cancer BiologyRole of Notch in cancer stem cells; cancer precision medicine research
21SumitraMiriyalaLSUHSC-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.
22KermitMurrayLSU-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.
23Cherie-AnnNathanLSUHSC-ShreveportOtolaryngology/Head and Neck surgeryMolecular BiologyPersonalized medicine is the way of the future. Our lab identifies novel targeted therapeutics for  head and neck cancer patients.
24FrankNeubranderLSU-BRMathematicsAnalysisVolterra, delay, differential, and difference equations; discrete dynamical systems, Laplace transforms, Z-transforms
25AnthonyOrrLSU Health Sciences Center - ShreveportPathologyCellular and Molecular PathologyMy laboratory studies the interplay between cell adhesion receptors and other proinflammatory stimuli in cardiovascular disease.
26StefanyPrimeauxLSUHSC-NOPhysiologyNeuroscience, Physiology, ObesityIn my lab, we investigate mechanisms involved in the oral sensing of dietary fat, neuropeptides involved in dietary fat intake and peripheral mechanisms involved in metabolism.
27BernardReesUniversity of New OrleansBiological SciencesAnimal PhysiologyI am interested in physiological adaptations of animals to stressful environments, in particular the responses of fish to low oxygen.
28J. ArthurSausLSUHSC-ShreveportAnesthesiologyChemicals for use in AnesthesiologyDevelopment of chemicals and processes that improve administration of anesthesia
29SunilSirohiXavier University of LouisianaPharmaceutical SciencesNeuropsychopharmacology The mission of the Laboratory of Endocrine and Neuropsychiatric Disorders is to discover and develop improved pharmacotherapeutic agents to treat addictive and related neuropsychiatric disorders. We utilize an integrative behavioral, pharmacological, biochemical and molecular approach to understand how certain food and drug rewards impact brain and behavior.
30JayalakshmiSridharXavier 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.
31GeorgeStanleyLSU-BRChemistryInorganic and Organometallic ChemistryInorganic and organometallic homogeneous catalysis research focusing on cooperativity between two transition metal centers.
32JackieStephensLSU-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
33MarkTrudellUniversity 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.
34StephanWittLSUHSC-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.
35MatthewWoolardLSUHSC-ShreveportMicrobiology and ImmunologyInflammationUnderstanding how lipid synthesis mediates macrophages inflammatory responses during disease.
36AprilWrightSoutheastern 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.
37MasamiYoshimuraLSU-SVMComparative Biomedical Sciencesmolecular pharmacologyTo study regulation of cAMP signal transduction system and its effects on immune responses.
38XiupingYuLSUHSC-ShreveportBiochemistryProstate CancerWe aim to study the mechanisms that drive prostate cancer progression.