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 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.
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.
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.
- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, PhD
- Cellular Biology & Anatomy, PhD
- Microbiology & Immunology, PhD
- Molecular & Cellular Physiology, PhD
- Pharmacology, Toxicology, & Neuroscience, PhD
Mabruka Alfaidi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology at LSU Health Shreveport, has been selected as a recipient of an American Heart Association Career Development Award. This prestigious award supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of their career by funding innovative research and training to assure the future success of the awardee as a cardiovascular independent scientist.
BIZ Magazine - Celeste Y.C. Wu, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at LSU Health Shreveport, was awarded the American Heart Association Career Development Award receiving $231,000 in funding.
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.
Dr. Lynn Harrison, Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, is the recipient of the 2021 Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Award for Basic Science.
Mansoureh Barzegar, Graduate Assistant in the Alexander Laboratory in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, is the recipient of the 2021 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. The Chancellor’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating student.
The Rockefeller Foundation - LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) is receiving funding ($340,000) from the Rockefeller Foundation. This follows the announcement yesterday of LSUHS being awarded $730,000 to further its work in genomic sequencing of COVID-19 through a NIH supplemental grant. LSUHS joins Harvard and the Broad Institute at MIT among others in the US Regional Accelerators for Genomic Surveillance.
Heather Fulkerson, PhD and Sadie Rice, PhD have written and illustrated a newly published children's book called "Microbiology for Kids: From A to Z" that is available for purchase online.
The first quarter of 2021 publication of ON THE INSIDE is available now! See the latest in honors, appointments, publications and presentations by LSUHS faculty and students.
KTAL/KMSS - A team of scientists and clinicians at LSU Health Shreveport made a groundbreaking discovery for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Dr. Karen Stokes said the new finding could be extremely impactful on Alzheimer’s disease because it will allow doctors to detect the disease early and monitor the progression better.
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”.
The July Graduate Student of the Month is Shripa Amatya. Shripa works in the lab of Dr. Diana Cruz-Topete in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology. Her dissertation project is titled, “A Dual Role of Glucocorticoid Signaling in Modulating Inflammation in Adipose Tissue”.
Ashton Jorgensen works in the lab of Dr. Hugh Nam in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, & Neuroscience. Her dissertation is titled, “The Effects of Neurogranin on Atherosclerosis”.
Sudha works in the lab of Dr. Sumitra Miriyala in the Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy. Her dissertation is titled, “Mitochondrial stress signaling during Ischemia/reperfusion injury in heart: Role of 4-Hydroxynonenal”.
Ryan Mackay, MD-PhD Student has been awarded an F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH. The award is designed to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students who are in MD-PhD Programs.
Ishita works in the lab of Dr. Arrigo DeBenedetti in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Her dissertation is titled, “Enzymatic assays on Cholera toxin”. Ishita got an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Calcutta, Ballygunge Science College Campus