Here are all the Prospective Undergraduate 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.
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.
3BruceBunnellTulane 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.
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.
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) 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;
6JohnDiTusaLSU-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.
7BretElderdLSUBiological 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 outbreak dynamics.
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)
9AnneGroveLSU-BRBiological SciencesBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyBacterial transcription factors that regulate gene expression in response to stress
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.
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.
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.
14EricLazartiguesLSUHSC-NOPharmacology & Experimental TherapeuticsPhysiological genomicsGene targeting of the renin-angiotensin system for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, type 2 diabetes, fetal programming, etc...).
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.
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
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.
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.
19AnthonyOrrLSU Health Sciences Center - ShreveportPathologyCellular and Molecular PathologyMy laboratory studies the interplay between cell adhesion receptors and other proinflammatory stimuli in cardiovascular disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24Kresimir RupnikLSU-BRChemistryPhysical Chemistry/Molecular PhysicsPhysico-chemical study of some areas of fundamental significance to biophysics, with focus on ultrafast molecular processes
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.
26GeorgeStanleyLSU-BRChemistryInorganic and Organometallic ChemistryInorganic and organometallic homogeneous catalysis research focusing on cooperativity between two transition metal centers.
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
28JohnVanchiere, M.D., Ph.D.LSU Health Sciences Center - ShreveportPediatric Infectious DiseasesMolecular VirologyMy primary interest is understanding the control and pathogenesis of human polyomaviruses in immune compromised patients. My lab has collaborations regarding Group B Streptococcus, tick-borne diseases, Zika virus in primates and polyomaviruses in primates.
29Isiah 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.
30StephanWittLSUHSC-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.