The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology recruits highly motivated individuals from undergraduate biomedical backgrounds who wish to pursue a rewarding career in biomedical research. Our Ph.D. program provides individualized training for each student to successfully fulfill the requirements leading to the attainment a Ph.D. degree. This provides highly skilled graduates with the investigative tools necessary for an intellectually challenging and rewarding career in an ever-evolving field at academic, industrial or government institutions.

The graduate program consists of lecture courses, seminar presentations and independent research. Our program emphasizes the need for a strong, knowledgeable background of reviewed literature, a well-planned experimental approach to problem solving, and skilled interpretation of results. In addition, students will be guided in the development of superior written and oral communication skills.

Contact Us

Christopher Pattillo, PhD
​​​​​​Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Email: christopher.pattillo@lsuhs.edu
Phone: (318) 675-6974

Diana Cruz-Topete, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Email: diana.cruz@lsuhs.edu
Phone: (318) 675-5128

PhD Program

The first emphasis of the doctoral training program will be formal coursework. Every student is expected to have knowledge in and a firm understanding of, current concepts, experimental approaches, and recent developments in the major field of Physiology. To obtain this foundation, the student is required to complete a core curriculum of graduate courses and to supplement this core with other courses recommended by his/her major professor and/or the Advisory Committee.


Grade Requirements

To receive a graduate degree, a student must have at least a "B" average on all work taken as a graduate student. A student will be dropped from the rolls of the School of Graduate Studies if the student's cumulative average is below a "B" for three (3) consecutive semesters. Credits received in thesis or dissertation research are not used in computing the grade point average. A Summer term is counted as a semester. Students in serious scholastic difficulties may be dropped from the rolls at the end of any semester if the Department and Dean feel that the student is not qualified to continue.

Graduate Student Curriculum


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Seminar Program


Seminar is the one occasion in which all faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students meet regularly and discuss research findings and new developments in the disciplines of Physiology. It is an important component of a training program for the predoctoral and postdoctoral student and is a special opportunity for the graduate student: a) to learn how to present and discuss experimental data, b) to think on his/her feet, and c) to demonstrate his/her ability as a biomedical scientist. A good seminar program in which all researchers within the department participate can be an enjoyable activity that fosters unity and mutual respect among the participants and provides an atmosphere that promotes research and collaborative investigations.

Chris Pattillo, PhD giving a presentation.

A.  Attendance at all Departmental seminars and at seminars given by visitors to the Department is mandatory. Each student is expected to attend every seminar (unless it conflicts with classes) and students are expected to participate actively by asking questions, contributing to the discussion, etc.

B.  Every graduate student in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology is to present a minimum of two seminars in the departmental seminar program. In general, these seminars will concern the student's research problem. The topic for presentation and the date of the seminar must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the seminar program.

C.  The final research seminar will be presented after the dissertation has been accepted by the student's Dissertation Committee and is a final overview of the student's research achievements.


Physiology students in lab

Graduate Program

Molecular and Cellular Physiology