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Remembering the lives of Dr. Adrian Dunn and Dr. Brent Reed

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.

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Graduate Student of the Month for August

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”. 

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Ishita Ghosh receives Research Distinction Award

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.

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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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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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