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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Shreveport is dedicated to two central goals. First, we investigate the fundamental molecular mechanisms that enable cells and organisms to grow, reproduce, and interact with their environment. The knowledge gained from our studies will deepen our understanding of biology, generate novel reagents and products, and, most importantly, improve human health. Our research is focused on solving major problems in human disease, primarily cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative and genitourinary diseases. Second, we train the next generation of scientists, which includes graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and under-graduates. Our faculty members have research programs in cancer biology, cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and neuroscience. Our students are challenged to address fundamental mechanistic questions in these areas.
Graduates from our PhD program will have developed the skills to identify important research problems, plan appropriate experimental approaches, communicate their research results and their significance both orally and in written form, and publish their results in high impact journals. One measure of our success is that graduates from our program have obtained postdoctoral positions in prominent labs, faculty positions, leadership positions in academia, and jobs in industry.
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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Phone: (318) 675-5160
Fax: (318) 675-5180
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
Latest Department News
The November 2022 School of Graduate Studies Student of the Month is Suman Mohajan in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The June Graduate Student of the Month is Md Imtiaz Khalil and he is a student in the lab of Dr. Arrigo De Benedetti.
We are saddened to share the news of the recent passing of two former School of Graduate Studies faculty members. The work of Dr. Dunn and Dr. Reed will live on through the countless students and post-docs that they taught throughout their careers. We extend our deepest sympathy to their families during this difficult time.
The scientific accomplishments of Dr. Eric First and Dr. Shile Huang have been recognized by our institution. Each has been promoted to full Professor, effective July 1, 2022.
The January Graduate Student of the Month is Linda Rubio and she is a student in the lab of Dr. David Gross.
The August Graduate Student of the Month is Siyuan “Simon” Cheng. Simon works in the lab of Dr. Xiuping Yu in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. His dissertation project is titled, “The epigenetic changes involved in neuroendocrine prostate cancer development”.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded a one-year R56 grant to Dr. Stephan Witt, Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSUHS, and Dr. Joseph Mazzulli, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University.
Dr. Arrigo DeBenedetti receives Spring 2021 Feist Weiller Cancer Center (FWCC) Bridging Award grant in the amount of $100,000.
Ishita Ghosh receives Spring Intra-mural Ike-Muslow Fellowship (Research Distinction Award) on her PhD dissertation titled: TLK1 phosphorylates RAD54 to promote homology-driven double strand break repair. The tenure of the fellowship commences July, 2021.
Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.