21st Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF)

by LBRN | 30 Jul 2014


The Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) Concourse

The 21st Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) where undergraduate students from across the LSU campus present their summer research projects. SURF includes students from research programs such as LSU/BRCC Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (Bridges), CCT REU, HHMI, LA-SiGMA, LBRN, NOYCE, Physics & Astronomy REU, and SURE as well as individual student researchers in various laboratories across LSU. The students will be on hand to discuss their work, which ranges widely across a variety of scientific fields - chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, math, computer science, biochemistry and physics will be represented. Students come from LSU, colleges from all across the state, and universities all across the country.

Please come and ask the participants about their summer research!

SURF Program 2014 (2014.07.30)

For more information and registration info for SURF 2014 please visit SURF (click here).

note: Deadline for SURF Registration: Friday, July 18, 2014

Talk by NSF-ACI Director Irene Qualters

by LBRN | 29 Jul 2014

July 30, 5:15pm LSU Digital Media Center Theater


Irene Qualters, Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation will visit Louisiana State University on Wednesday, July 30th. Ms. Qualters will speak to undergraduate students and teachers participating in summer research programs at LSU, and will present a public talk at 5:15 p.m. in the Digital Media Center Theater followed by a buffet reception. She will speak on “Highly Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure for Grand Challenge Communities”. Please see the attached flier for a short abstract of her talk.

Irene Qualters is the Division Director of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining NSF in 2010, she spent over 25 years in technical and executive leadership roles within industry. Her experience spans startups to well-established companies with focus primarily on High Performance Computing (HPC) Software and Hardware (Cray, SGI) and Cyberinfrastructure for Research Scientists (Merck Research Labs). She has led large and small international teams. Her areas of expertise include parallelism and system architectures. She is particularly interested in innovative technologies and sustainable operating models for HPC.

Ms. Qualters’ talk is sponsored by the LSU CCT (, LA-SiGMA ( and the Office of Strategic Initiatives’ Innovation through Institutional Integration (I^3) Project (

2nd Annual LA Conference on Bioinformatics

by LBRN | 23 Apr 2014

We are happy to announce that “The 2nd Annual Louisiana Conference on Bioinformatics” will be held on May 15-16, 2014 at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), LSU Baton Rouge. The conference is sponsored by the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), CCT and the LSU-Tulane Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research. The main goal of the conference is to provide a platform for exchange of information and technical knowledge among Louisiana-based scientists involved in different aspects of bioinformatics.

The conference includes Plenary speakers and specialized technology-based presentations on next generation sequencing and advanced molecular and bioinformatics tools. The meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange practical information and facilitate future collaborations among attendees. Participants must register for the conference, since there will be limited seating capacity. The deadline for registration and guaranteed hotel reservations is Thursday May 1st 2014.

We invite you to submit abstracts for poster sessions on May 15-16, which will be included in the printed program. Topics include but not limited to: bioinformatics, molecular modeling, next generation sequencing, genomics, proteomics, phylogenetics, protein structure and function, etc. These abstracts can be in the broad areas of research such as cancer biology, infectious diseases, drug discovery, medical diagnostics etc. The last date for submission of abstracts is Monday, May 5th, 2014. The abstract submission form is available to you after you register for the event.

We are very excited about this meeting and look forward tour enthusiastic participation! We look forward to your participation in this effort to promote and enhance bioinformatics in Louisiana.


Thomas R Klei
Director and PI, LBRN, Boyd Professor, Parasitology and Veterinary Science School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University

K. Gus Kousoulas Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development (STEM) LSU Director, LSU-Tulane NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research

For registration, agenda, and other detail information, please visit Bioinformatics Conference page at:

Conference Registration and Hotel Lodging (if required) Deadline: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Poster Abstract Deadline: Monday, May 5th, 2014

LBRN Work In Progress Seminal Series

by LBRN | 02 Apr 2014

The LBRN Work-in-progress Seminar Series will be held via Access Grid (please check your local access grid for these events) on the following schedule.

  • April 15, 9:00-10:30 AM

    Shuju Bai, PhD, Southern University

    Eduardo Martinez-Ceballos, PhD, Southern University

  • April 22, 9:00-9:45 AM

    Adarsh Radadia, PhD, LA Tech University

  • April 29, 9:00-10:30 AM

    Seetharama Satyanarayanajois, PhD, University of Louisiana Monroe

    Thomas Huckaba, PhD, Xavier University

  • May 6, 9:00-11:15 AM

    Harris McFerrin, PhD, Xavier University

    Tara William-Hart, PhD, LSU Shreveport

    Amal Kaddoumi, PhD, University of Louisiana Monroe

  • May 13, 9:00-10:30 AM

    Prena Dua, PhD, Louisiana Tech

    Cecily BDeFreece, PhD, Xavier University

  • May 20, 9:00-10:30 AM

    Rebecca Giorno-McConnell, PhD, Louisiana Tech

    Elahe Mahdavian, PhD, LSU Shreveport

Details and Locations