Norman Harris, PhD
Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Areas of Specialty
microvascular pathology associated with diabetic retinopathy
Norman Harris received his BS degree (1987) in Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University and continued his education with a Master’s degree and PhD (1991) in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Roselli.
Following graduate school, Dr. Harris moved to LSU Health Shreveport and worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of former department head Dr. Neil Granger. He progressed through the ranks of Instructor and Research Assistant Professor before accepting a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Bioengineering at Penn State in 1998. In 2004, Dr. Harris returned to our Physiology Department at LSU Health Shreveport.
Dr. Harris has been funded for 23 consecutive years (1996-present) as the Principal Investigator on external funding awards, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (6 awards), the American Heart Association, NASA, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Microcirculatory Society (MCS), the American Physiological Society (APS), and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).