Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience

What is Pharmacology?
Pharmacology is a biomedical science devoted to studying the mechanisms and effects of drug action. Elucidating these mechanisms requires an understanding of the various basic and biomedical sciences, such as chemistry and biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. The study of pharmacology is unique, in that pharmacologists use drugs and other chemicals to explore complex cellular and subcellular processes not previously understood. Graduate study in pharmacology emphasizes training in research design and implementation to prepare students for challenging careers in industry, government, and academia. For more information on pharmacology, please browse the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics website.

We also offer many research opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and medical students.


Graduate Program Information

Read more about our graduate program in Pharmacology. The application period for the fall of 2022 is now open. The deadline to apply is January 31. Apply below or view our admission requirements here.



Administrative Staff

Darrell Cooley - Business Manager

Ty Martinez - Coordinator of Academic Area

Tanya Patterson - Administrative Assistant 4

Technical Staff

Lauryn Cain                 Robbie Dayton

Sarah Harold                Valeria Hebert

Courtney Keller, PhD   Kelsea Keys     

Xiaohui Ma, MD           Jacob Zator

William Baldwin           Kariann Lamon


Latest News

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Nicholas Goeders, PhD photo

LSU Office of Research - While almost all research on addiction to stimulants (such as meth and cocaine) remains focused on dopamine and the body’s pleasure-and-reward system, a researcher at LSU Health Shreveport, Nicholas Goeders, took a different approach. Instead of reward, he looked at stress.

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Nicholas Goeders, PhD, LSUHS faculty and internationally renowned expert, appointed to JanOne Scientific Advisory Board

PRNewswire — JanOne Inc. (Nasdaq: JAN), a company focused on developing treatments for conditions that cause severe pain and drugs with non-addictive, pain-relieving properties, today announced the appointment of Nicholas E. Goeders, Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Goeders is considered one of the world’s leaders on the role of stress in drug addiction.

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Dr. Xiaohong Lu, LSU Health Shreveport

Dr. Xiao-Hong Lu, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, received a $750,000 grant from NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program to develop a novel genetic engineering technology to evaluate the impact of space radiation on the human brain.

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Dr. Xiao-Hong Lu looks through microscope in lab

Dr. Xiao-Hong Lu’s research team will use the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at Brookhaven National Laboratory to simulate cosmic radiation in space vehicles and on the Martian surface to determine if long-term exposure to radiation causes adverse consequences to the brain.

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Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone: (318) 675-7850
Fax: (318) 675-7857

For information about our graduate program or summer internship programs, please contact:

Nicholas E. Goeders, PhD
Graduate Student Recruiter
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
Phone: (318) 675-7850
Email: nicholas.goeders@lsuhs.edu

Ty Martinez, MBA
Academic Coordinator
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
Phone: (318) 675-7851
Email: ty.martinez@lsuhs.edu

Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience

Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience