Here are all the Prospective Graduate Mentors:

#First NameLast NameAffiliationDepartmentResearch TopicResearch InterestWeb AddressEmail Address
1PyoneAyeTulane National Primate Research CenterComparative Pathology and Veterinary MedicineInvestigates nonhuman primate biology and diseases with particular regard to the study of human health problemsBasic and applied biomedical research on human infectious and non-infectious diseases using nonhuman primate model. Example of diseases studied at TNPRC are HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, Celiac Disease and Lyme disease. Areas of studies are basic science, immunology, pathogenesis, vaccine efficacy, immunogenesis, etc.http://www.tnprc.tulane.edu/index.shtml paye@tulane.edu
2JohnBattistaLSU Baton RougeBiological SciencesCharacterization of Microbial metagenomesThe Battista laboratory is interested in developing and applying technologies that facilitate the characterization of microbial community structure. Currently we a testing a technique we have named selective enrichment through capture (SEC). Like PCR-based amplifications, this method is designed to increase the concentration of 16S rDNA fragments for high-throughput sequencing, but the method avoids PCR, relying instead on the complementarity between a biotinylated oligonucleotide and conserved sequences in the 16S rDNA to isolate the sequence. Hundreds of millions of DNA fragments obtained from environmental metagenomes through high throughput sequencing are assembled in silico and characterized. These sequences establish the identity of the bacteria inhabiting those environments, defining the microbial community. Studies require the purification of genomic DNA from varied environments, and the ability to apply computational methods to define taxonomy. Computational methods include the programs, QIIME (Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology) and EMIRGE (Expectation Maximization Iterative Reconstruction of Genes from the Environment). QIIME is effective in analyzing PCR amplified 16S rRNA genes, clustering sequence reads into operational taxonomic units. EMIRGE is used to reconstruct full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences from high-throughput date sets. EMIRGE uses the expectation maximization algorithm, and through iterative cycles attempts to recreate full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences from short sequence reads.http://www.lsu.edu/faculty/jbattis/ jbattis@lsu.edu
3HamidBoularesLSUHSC-NOPharmacology and Stanley Cancer CenterPharmacology, disease models, molecular signalingOur 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. http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/pharmacology/faculty_detail.aspx?name=boulares_hamid hboulr@lsuhsc.edu
4BruceBunnellTulane Medical CenterCenter for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative MedicineStem Cell Biology Regenerative Medicine Tissue EngineeringThe primary interested in my research is the treatment of disease using adult stem cells and tissue engineering methodologies.https://tulane.edu/som/regenmed/faculty/bruce-bunnell.cfm bbunnell@tulane.edu
5JimCroninLSU-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. http://www.biology.lsu.edu/webfac/jcronin/biograph/ jcronin@lsu.edu
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) induce nucleolar stress. While nucleolar stress can lead to ribosomopathies such as the human Treacher Collins syndrome, oncologists are now developing nucleolar stress as an effective treatment to arrest cancer cell division (reviewed by James et al., 2014; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.4161/nucl.32235). http://www.lsu.edu/science/biosci/faculty_and_staff/dimario.php pdimari@lsu.edu
7JohnDiTusaLSU-BRPhysics and AstronomyExperimental Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science.My interests are in experimental condensed matter Physics and in particular the transport and magnetic properties of meterials near phase transitions. http://www.phys.lsu.edu/newwebsite/people/ditusa.html ditusa@rouge.phys.lsu.edu
8EdwardGlasscockLSUHSC, ShreveportCellular Biology & Anatomyneuroscience, ion channels, genetics, neurogenetics, cardiology, cell biology, neuroanatomy Our lab investigates the genetics, cellular pathways, and mechanisms underlying brain-driven cardiorespiratory dysfunction in mouse models of epilepsy and sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP)http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/glasscock-lab/index aglas1@lsuhsc.edu
9AnneGroveLSU-BRBiological SciencesBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyBacterial transcription factors that regulate gene expression in response to stress http://www.lsu.edu/science/biosci/faculty_and_staff/grove.php agrove@lsu.edu
10KathrynHamiltonLSU Health- ShreveportCellular Biology & AnatomyNeuroanatomy, immunohistochemical staining and imaging, neurophysiology, molecular biology (qRT-PCR)My lab studies the anatomical and neurophysiological underpinnings of mouse olfaction, in order to identify cellular mechanisms that allow mammals, including humans, to detect and learn to discriminate enormous numbers of odors having complex chemical signatures. http://lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/BasicScience/CellularBiologyandAnatomy/facultystaff/AnatomyHamilton2.aspx khamil@lsuhsc.edu
11ShileHuangLSUHSC-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.http://www.biochem.lsuhscshreveport.edu/labs/huang/default.htm shuan1@lsuhsc.edu
12SunyoungKimLSUHSC-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.http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/biochemistry/lab_kim.asp skim3@lsuhsc.edu
13KonstantinKousoulasLSU-SVMPathobiological Sciences and Division of Biotechnology & Molecular MedicineMolecular Virology, Cancer biologyMolecular virology of herpes viruses, herpes simplex and Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus. Use of viruses for cancer therapy and drug delivery. Cancer therapeutics. Vaccine development. Neurobiology and immunology. http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu/pbs/kousoulas.html vtgusk@lsu.edu
14EricLazartiguesLSUHSC-NOPharmacology & Experimental TherapeuticsPhysiological genomicsGene targeting of the renin-angiotensin system for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, fetal programming, etc...).http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/pharmacology/lab_lazartigues_index.aspx elazar@lsuhsc.edu
15Yong-HwanLeeLSU-BRBiological SciencesStructural Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer biologyOur approach mainly involves X-ray crystallographic analysis of the conformational changes induced by phosphorylation, ligand-binding, and interactions with other biological macromolecules such as DNA and proteins. We also started a structure-based drug design ressearch to develop a new cancer therapeutic.http://www.biology.lsu.edu/faculty_listings/fac_pages/yhlee.html yhlee@lsu.edu
16Dewan 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 http://www.som.tulane.edu/departments/physiology/Faculty/FacultyPages/Majid.html majid@tulane.edu
17KarenMaruskaLouisiana 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.http://www.kmaruska.biology.lsu.edu/ kmaruska@lsu.edu
18KermitMurrayLSU-BRChemistryMass spectrometry instrument development and applications.Biological mass spectrometry, tissue imaging, atomic force microscope laser ablation sampling for proteomics and genomics, development of new instruments and applications.http://mass-spec.lsu.edu/ kkmurray@lsu.edu
19AnthonyOrrLSU Health Sciences Center - ShreveportPathologyCellular and Molecular PathologyMy laboratory studies the interplay between cell adhesion receptors and other proinflammatory stimuli in cardiovascular disease.http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/ClinicalDepartments/Pathology/divisionresearchpath/orrlaboratory/index aorr@lsuhsc.edu
20ManikandanPanchatcharamLSU Health- ShreveportCellular Biology & AnatomyCell Signaling, Cell Biology, animal models, BiochemistryOur research focuses on lipids which play a major factor in blocking blood vessels leading to heart attack. Among those major lipids, Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is been regulated and controlled by Lipid Phosphate Phosphatases (LPPs) and autotaxin which plays a pivotal role. Our laboratory focuses on the role of ATX-LPA-LPP axis involved in cardiac function.http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/CellularBiologyandAnatomy/AnatomyPanchatcharam.aspx mpanch@lsuhsc.edu
21BillPlattLSU-BRBiological SciencesEcology and Conservation BiologyI am an ecologist who studies how natural disturbances affect southeastern habitats, such as fires in pine savannas & hurricanes in coastal landscapes. My current ongoing ecological research during the upcoming year involves restoration and fire ecology at the Nature Conservancy Abita Creek Preserve in eastern Louisiana; summer research participants conduct independent projects related to restoration of fires in pine savannas. I also have summer research participants who study hurricane ecology at coastal sites along the northern Gulf of Mexico; recent work has been conducted on effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav on coastal pine savannas and forests. http://www.biology.lsu.edu/cos/biosci/FacultyandStaff/Faculty/item40795.html btplat@lsu.edu
22StefanyPrimeauxLSUHSC-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.http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/physiology/faculty_detail.aspx?name=primeaux_stafany sprime@lsuhsc.edu
23BernardReesUniversity of New OrleansBiological SciencesComparative PhysiologyI am interested in physiological adaptations of animals to stressful environments, in particular the responses of fish to low oxygen. brees@uno.edu
24Kresimir RupnikLSU-BRChemistryPhysical Chemistry/Molecular PhysicsPhysico-chemical study of some areas of fundamental significance to biophysics, with focus on ultrafast molecular processeshttp://www.intelliom.com chrupn@lsu.edu
25JayalakshmiSridharXavier 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) Computationally analyze different aspects of inhibition of cytochrome P450 1A1, 1A2, 2A6, 2B1, 1B1) and use the knowledge derived from such studies to develop more potent selective inhibitors. http://www.xula.edu/chemistry/profiles/sridhar.php jsridhar@xula.edu
26GeorgeStanleyLSU-BRChemistryInorganic and Organometallic ChemistryInorganic and organometallic homogeneous catalysis research focusing on cooperativity between two transition metal centers. http://chem-faculty.lsu.edu/stanley/ gstanley@lsu.edu
27JackieStephensLSU-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 https://www.pbrc.edu/research-and-faculty/faculty/?faculty=1073 jsteph1@lsu.edu
28Isiah ManuelWarnerLSU-BRChemistryMy research interests are primarily in the areas of bioanalytical and materials chemistry (biosensors, environmental sensors, thin films for optoelectronics and OLEDS applications, molecular spectroscopy, drug development for cancer and infectious disease therapy, nanotechnology).My research group has been exploring the development of novel materials using room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) for several years. Recently, we have extended the range of these materials to include materials based on similar solid phase materials, i.e. organic salts with melting points of frozen ionic liquids (25 C to 100 C) up to melting points of 250 C. To differentiate these new materials from RTILs, we have created the acronym, GUMBOS (Group of Uniform Materials Based on Organic Salts). These GUMBOS have similar tunable properties to RTILs, including solubility, melting point, viscosity, thermal stability, and functionality. We have also demonstrated that nanomaterials, i.e. nanoGUMBOS, derived from GUMBOS can also be tuned to have unique properties such as selective toxicity to cancer cells. Both GUMBOS and nanoGUMBOS are found to have a myriad of applications in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.http://warner.lsu.edu iwarner@lsu.edu
29StephanWittLSUHSC-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.http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/BasicScience/BiochemistryandMolecularBiology/index switt1@lsuhsc.edu