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.
The School of Graduate Studies offers PhD degrees in five programs, MS degrees in Biomedical Science (thesis) and Medical Sciences (non-thesis), and a combined MD-PhD degree program. Successful applicants can enter directly into one the five programs or can enter though the Interdisciplinary Graduate Admissions Portal (IGP) in which students choose a mentor and program after the first semester.
Working with supportive faculty mentors, our students are preparing to become biomedical scientists, contributing to advances in healthcare and biotechnology, and educators, training the next generation of basic scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Learn more about our Student Achievement.
The School of Graduate Studies was established as part of the LSU Medical Center (known as LSU Health Shreveport today) in 1965, with degrees offered in five basic science departments. The first class was accepted in 1974 and the first PhD degree awarded in 1978. On March 25, 2004, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved administrative separation of the School of Graduate Studies in Shreveport from the School of Graduate Studies in New Orleans. The School of Graduate Studies in Shreveport was placed under the leadership of the LSUHS Chancellor in 2004. Dr. Sandra Roerig was appointed the first Dean of the school on April 1, 2004 and served in this role until her retirement in 2017.
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, PhD
- Cellular Biology & Anatomy, PhD
- Microbiology & Immunology, PhD
- Molecular & Cellular Physiology, PhD
- Pharmacology, Toxicology, & Neuroscience, PhD
206 LSU Health Shreveport students representing the largest graduating class to date celebrated the culmination of hundreds of hours of academic accomplishment by graduating with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, or Doctorate degree on May 21, 2022. Dr. William F. Tate IV, President of LSU gave the keynote commencement address.
The scientific accomplishments of Dr. Eric First and Dr. Shile Huang have been recognized by our institution. Each has been promoted to full Professor, effective July 1, 2022.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week was a week long celebration of our students in the School of Graduate Studies and included a Town Hall, along with wellness and social events.
The LSU Health Sciences Foundation of Shreveport hosted a Topping Out Ceremony celebrating the final structural beam being placed at the Center for Medical Education at LSU Health Shreveport on Wednesday, March 30. In addition, Ochsner LSU Health System announced an additional $8 million gift to the project.
Congratulations to Randa Eshaq, Megan Butler, and Naznin Sultana Rimi!
Gaganpreet Kaur, Graduate Assistant in the Harris Laboratory, was presented with the Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee Award. Ms. Kaur will graduate soon, and has been recognized throughout her academic career. She also recently received the Outstanding Poster Award at the Vascular Biology 2021 E-Poster Session.
Frontiers in Psychiatry - Dr. Marie Vazquez Morgan, Asst. Vice Chancellor of Institutional Wellness shares, "LSUHS is committed to reducing student burnout by assessing and addressing the issues causing and fueling poor mental student health and by providing an academic environment that values wellness and self-care."
Congratulations to Gaganpreet Kaur, Graduate Assistant in the Harris Lab. Gaganpreet has been chosen to receive an Outstanding Poster Award for her e-poster presentation at Vascular Biology 2021. Her poster was entitled, "The loss of Endothelial Glycocalyx in Diabetic Retinopathy".
The School of Graduate Studies welcomed 15 new PhD students to campus this week. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research, shared, "Graduate school can be very stressful but it can also be very exciting because you are in the lab and you are making discoveries that no one has made before."
The May Graduate Student of the Month is Julie Tobin and she is a student in the lab of Dr. Ken McMartin.
The April Graduate Student of the Month is Ryan Mackay and he is a student in the lab of Dr. Chris Pattillo.
The March Graduate Student of the Month is Julia Meyers and she is a student in the lab of Dr. Rona Scott.
The February Graduate Student of the Month is Susmita Bhattarai and she is a student in the lab of Dr. Manikandan Panchatcharam.
The January Graduate Student of the Month is Linda Rubio and she is a student in the lab of Dr. David Gross.
The December Graduate Student of the Month is Tyler Reekes. Tyler entered the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Disbrow in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience in the summer of 2017. His dissertation project is titled, “Sex specific cognitive differences in age-related neurodegenerative diseases”.
The November Graduate Student of the Month is Luke White. His dissertation project is titled, “Development and Experimental Validation of Emergency Ventilatory Strategies and Adjunctive Devices for Reducing Ventilator Induced Lung Injury”.
The October Graduate Student of the Month is Rob Schilke. Rob works in the lab of Dr. Matthew Woolard in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. His dissertation project is titled, “Myeloid-Associated Lipin-1 regulates lipid metabolism to promote pro-resolving macrophage polarization”.
The September Graduate Student of the Month is Shashanka “Shank” Rao KM. Shank works in the lab of Dr. David Krzywanski in the Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy. His dissertation project is titled, “The effect of mitochondrial antioxidant enzyme Nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase (NNT) on cardiovascular diseases”.
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”.