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Technology developed at LSU Health Shreveport played key role in COVID-19 vaccine development

KSLA 12 - Dr. Robert Rhoads, professor and emeritus chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Shreveport, developed key components of the mRNA over years of work. The vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, which essentially provides instructions to the body on how to fight the novel coronavirus.

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Condolences to Family of Tara Williams-Hart

Our former beloved student, Tara Williams-Hart, died on August 25th.  She was smart, resilient, kind, and a great teacher and mentor to many.  Loved by all.  Our deepest condolences to her family.

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Dr. Scott Kennedy Retirement

Dr. Kennedy began his career as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology before becoming Coordinator of Student Admissions in 1987. He rose through the ranks to Associate Dean of Student Admissions; overall, he served this institution for forty-five years. We wish him well in his retirement.

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Stabilizing messenger RNA may lead to COVID-19 vaccine development

ASBMB.org - Dr. Robert Rhoads, Professor Emeritus in LSUHS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology shares how work in his lab carried out in collaboration with researchers in Poland and Germany over 30 years is playing a part in the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trials.

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2018-2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Third-year graduate student Linda S. Rubio was awarded Biochemistry Graduate Student of the Year at Graduate Research Day, April 26, 2019.  Linda is a member of the Gross Lab and follows in the footsteps of two other PhD students from that lab.

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