Here are all the Prospective Undergraduate Mentors:

#First NameLast NameAffiliationDepartmentResearch TopicResearch InterestWeb AddressEmail Address
1MarkBatzerLSU-BRBiological SciencesComparative Genomics, Genome Biology and Evolution, Transposable Element Biology, Computational BiologyContribution of transposable elements to genomic variation.
2JeremyBrownLSU-BRBiological SciencesPhylogenetics and Molecular EvolutionWe are interested in how to best use genomic sequencies to infer evolutionary history and also understand how evolution has shaped the genome itself.
3JohnDiTusaLSU-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.
4KathrynHamiltonLSU Health- ShreveportCellular Biology & AnatomyNeuroanatomy, immunohistochemical staining and imaging, neurophysiology, molecular biology (qRT-PCR)We are studying the remarkable ability of the sense of smell to continue functioning despite ongoing degeneration and regeneration of neurons throughout life. Students will learn anatomical and molecular biological methods for studying this process throughout the life cycle of neurons in the olfactory epithelium of a transgenic mouse strain.
5LynnHarrisonLSU Health Science Center - ShreveportMolecular and Cellular PhysiologyCell Biology, Radiation Biology, Cancer Research, Molecular Biology, NASA researchDetermining whether hydrogen sulfide can be used to radiosensitize glioblastoma cells.
6CraigHartLSU-BRBiological SciencesCell Biology; Biochemistry; Genetics; Genomics; Molecular BiologyGene regulation, chromatin structure and nuclear organization using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.
7FokhrulHossainLSUHSC-New OrleansGeneticsTriple negative Breast Cancer BiologyTriple Negative Breast cancer (TNBC): Understating Biology and developing targeted therapies using recombinant adeno-associated virotherapy (rAAV), Immunotherapy, and repurposing FDA approved Sulindac
8ShileHuangLSUHSC-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.
9AndrewLewinLSU School of Veterinary MedicineVeterinary Clinical SciencesInfectious ocular disease and clinical ophthalmologyOur lab works on a variety of projects focused on infectious ocular disease and clinical comparative ophthalmology. A list of projects is available on our website. These include the treatment of various herpesviruses in ocular disease and bacterial eye infections in a variety of species.
10KarenMaruskaLouisiana 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.
11SumitraMiriyalaLSUHSC-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.
12KermitMurrayLSU-BRChemistryMass spectrometry instrument development and applications.Biological and forensic mass spectrometry, tissue imaging, laser ablation microsampling for proteomics, genomics, and forensics, development of new instruments and applications.
13ManikandanPanchatcharamLSU Health Science Center - ShreveportCellular Biology & AnatomyLipd Regulation in Ischemic TissueOur lab currently focus on enzymatic and lipid regulation following myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke
14JohnPojmanLSU-BRChemistryPolmer ChemistryI study new polymers for culturing cells and study the secretions of the three-toed amphiuma by mass spectrometry.
15KristaRodgersLSUHSC ShreveportCellular Biology & AnatomyNeuroscienceNeuronal replacement and functional recovery after stroke.
16JacquelineStephensPennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC)Adipocyte BiologyBiochemistryMolecular basis of Type 2 diabetes
17StephanWittLSUHSC-SBiochemistry & Molecular BiologyAlpha-synuclein and neurodegeneration, Cell Biology, Lipids and MembranesWe study the mechanism by which the Parkinson's disease-associated protein alpha-synuclein causes neurodegeneration. We also study the role of alpha-synuclein in the cancer melanoma.