Former Graduate Students

Surabhi Chowdhary (2018)
Dr. Chowdhhary is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Dhaval Patel (2018)
Dr. Patel is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Stephan Witt, PhD

Chaowei Shang (2017)
Dr. Shang is a Scientist in the BRI Core Lab at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Shile Huang, PhD

Sanket Awate (2015)
Dr. Awate is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Preeti Kanikarla (2015)
Dr. Karnikarla is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Mentor: Sushil Jain, PhD

Yara Moustafa (2015)
Dr. Moustafa is a Psychiatry Resident in the Department of Behavioral Health at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Charles Richardson (2015)
Dr. Richardson is a Hartwell Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mentor: Eric First, PhD

Elodie Burlet (2014)
Dr. Burlet is a Development Scientist at Vaxform LLC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Mentor: Sushil Jain, PhD

Abhijit Rath (2014)
Dr. Rath is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut.
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Katelyn Ryder (2014) (M.S)
Dr. Ryder
Mentor: Nancy Leidenheimer, PhD

Yoshinobu Odaka (2013)
Dr. Odaka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mentor: Shile Huang, PhD

Tao Shen (2013)
Dr. Shen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mentor: Shile Huang, PhD

Randy Stone (2013)
Dr. Stone is a Staff Scientist for the Department of Combat Trauma and Burn Injury Research at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Sam Houston, Texas.
Mentor: John Clifford, PhD

Sunyoung Kim (2012)
Dr. Kim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development/NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Justin Rains (2012)
Dr. Rains is a Medical Science Liaison at Clovis Oncology in Dallas, Texas.
Mentor: Sushil Jain, PhD

Donna Rogers (2012)
Dr. Rogers is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Jill Williams, PhD

Wei Su (2012)
Dr. Su is a Technical Account Manager at GenScript in New York, New York.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Jeong OK Jeon (2011) (M.S.)
Mr. Jeon is a Research Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

David Chiluiza (2010)
Dr. Chiluiza is a Research Fellow for Translational Immunology in the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Clifford Froelich (2010)
Dr. Froelich is the Quality Control Manager at Children's GMP LLC in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mentor: Eric First, PhD

Anren Song (2010)
Dr. Song is an Instructor at UT Health Science Center Medical School in Houston, Texas.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Zanobia Syed (2010)
Dr. Syed formerly worked in the Office of Research at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Louisiana, and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
Mentor: John Clifford, PhD

Kathrine Weeks (2010)
Dr. Weeks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Eric Aamodt, PhD

Gyanesh Sharma (2009)
Dr. Sharma is a Master Tutor at J-PREP Tutoring in New York, New York.
Mentor: Eric First, PhD

Lisa Adams (Daves) (2008) (M.S.)
Mrs. Adams is a Certified Physician's Assistant at the Memorial Hospital at the University of Colorado Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mentor: Jill Wiliams, PhD

Christopher Beevers (2008)
Dr. Beevers is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Mentor: Shile Huang, PhD

Satish Cheepala (2008)
Dr. Cheepala is the Senior Scientist of Engineering at MSD Pharmaceutical in West Point, Pennsylvania.
Mentor: John Clifford, PhD

Lydia Davis (2008) (M.S.)
Mentor: Nathan Davis, PhD

Marcie Fowler (2008)
Dr. Fowler is a Research Physiologist at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research in Sam Houston, Texas.
Mentor: Shari Meyers, PhD

Lu Gao (2008)
Dr. Gao is an Internal Medicine Resident at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Selena Kremer-Caldwell (2008)
Dr. Kremer is a Team Lead at the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Affairs and Consumer Education, Congressional and Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Jennifer Larson (2008)
Dr. Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Sri Kripa Balakrishnan (2007)
Dr. Balakrishnan is a Senior Agreements Officer in the Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Jennifer Bharucha (2007)
Dr. Bharucha is a Senior Research Scientist at Lupin Limited in Pune, India.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Amanda Dillingham (Flower) (2007) (M.S.)
Mrs. Dillingham is a Biology Teacher for Boston Public Schools in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Srikripa Chandrasekaran (2006)
Dr. Chandrasekaran is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Mentor: Neil Mathias, PhD

Todd Richard Flower (2006)
Dr. Flower is the Director of Research and Laboratory Operations at Equi-Stem LLC in Detroit, Michigan.
Mentor: Stephan Witt, PhD

Aaron LeFebvre (2006)
Dr. LeFebvre is the Vice President of Scientific Quality at Manacare Health in Dallas, Texas.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Siddhartha Sen  (2006)
Dr. Sen is Resident in the Pathology Department at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Jennifer Valentine (2006) (M.S.)
Mrs. Valentine is the Senior Forensic Biologist for Tarrant County in Plano, Texas.
Mentor: Jill Williams, PhD

Marta Jarquin-Pardo (2005)
Dr. Jarquin-Pardo is the Project Coordinator in the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Mentor: Nathan Davis, PhD

Praveen Babu (2004)
Dr. Babu is a part time faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department in the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Mentor: Lucy Robinson, PhD

Erkut Borazanci (2004) (M.S.)
Dr. Borazanci is an Oncologist and Clinical Investigator at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mentor: Nathan Davis, PhD

Joshua Bryan (2004) (M.S.)
Mr. Bryan is a Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Matthew Woolard in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Shari Meyers, PhD

Lukasz Kozubowski (2004)
Dr. Kozubowski is an Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Laura McGhee (2004)
Dr. Laura McGhee is the Executive Officer at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Shari Meyers, PhD

Xiaohong Zhao (2004)
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Cheryl Clark-Dixon (2003)
Dr. Clark-Dixon was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Chery Nathan in the Department of Otolaryngology at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, LA, before her passing in 2012.
Mentor: Neil Mathias, PhD

Tara Willaims-Hart (2003)
Dr. William-Hart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at LSU-S in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Christopher Bradley (2002)
Dr. Bradley is a Cellular Biologist at AniCell Biotech in Chandler, Arizona.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Kenneth Noss (2002)
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Shannon Pylant (Walls) (2002) (M.S.)
Mrs. Pylant is a 6th grade Science Teacher at Summit School at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Mentor: Jill Williams, PhD

Michael Sehorn (2002)
Dr. Sehorn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
Mentor: Stephan Witt, PhD

Chad Wilkerson (2002)
Dr. Wilkerson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Bruce Anthony (2001)
Dr. Anthony is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Joseph Austin (2001)
Dr. Austin is a Master Crime Lab Scientist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a part-time Instructor in the Department of Life and Earth Sciences at Georgia State University Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia.
Mentor: Eric First, PhD

Jiajan Liu (2001)
Dr. Lui is a Principal Scientist in Computational Biology at Sigma-Aldrich Life Sciences R&D in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Donald Pappas (2001)
Dr. Pappas is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Biotechnology Program at Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Edward Sekinger (2001)
Dr. Sekinger is a Senior Research Scientist at Luminex Corporation in Austin, Texas.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Christina Venturi (Bourgeois) (2001)
Dr. Venturi is a Surveillance Specialist in the Division of Public Health in the Birth Defects Monitoring Program for the Center of Health Statistics in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Michael Wheeler (2001) (M.S.)
2003-Deceased
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Melody Baddoo (2000) (M.S.)
Dr. Baddoo is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mentor: Eric Aamodt, PhD

Andrew Bloecher (2000)
Dr. Bloecher is a Principal Scientist at AstraZenica Pharmaceuticals in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

John Carmody (2000) (M.S.)
Dr. Carmody is an Ophthalmologist at Eye Care Specialists in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Gossett, PhD

Stephanie Cross (2000) (M.S.)
Ms. Cross is a Volleyball Coach for Denver Public School District in Denver, Colorado.
Mentor: Jill Williams, PhD

Robert DeFatta (2000)
Dr. DeFatta is a board certified ear nose and throat and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at DeFatta ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery in Altoona, Wisconsin.
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Anirudh Mally (2000) (M.S.)
Mr. Mally's most recent employment was as a Data Management Associate at Axoim Real-Time Metrics in Toronto, Canada, until March 2017.
Mentor: Stephan Witt, PhD

Claudia Orellana (2000) (M.S.)
Dr. Orellana is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist in her own private clinic located in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Kevin Pavlick (2000)
Dr. Pavlick is the Co-founder and COO of Innolyzer Labs LLC in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Kerry Blanchard, MD

Paula Polk (2000) (M.S.)
Ms. Polk is the Manager at the Research Core Facility at the Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Eric Aamodt, PhD

Harpreet Singh (2000) (M.S.)
Mr. Singh is the Co-owner of OfficeZilla LLC in Richmond, Virginia.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Guglielmo Venturi (2000)
Dr. Venturi is a Laboratory Research Analyst in the lab of Dr. Thomas Tedder in the Department of Immunology at Duke University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Xiaolin Wu (2000)
Dr. Wu is the Principle Scientist at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.
Mentor: Kelly Tatchell, PhD

Yu Xin (2000)
Dr. Xin is the Area Director of Asia for Heidelberg Engineering in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Mentor: Eric First, PhD

John Braud (1999) (M.S.)
Dr. John Braud is a Radiologist in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Robert Clay Bunn (1999)
Dr. Bunn is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
Mentor: Brent Reed, PhD

Chan Goshorn (1999) (M.S.)
Ms. Goshorn is a Process Engineer at Novartis in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mentor: Lucy Robinson, PhD

Vaishali Kerekatte (1999)
Dr. Kerekatte is a Medical Writer for Parexel in Mumbai, India.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Michael LaCelle (1999) (M.S.)
Mr. LaCelle is a Senior Research Associate in the Molecular and Tumor Immunology Laboratory at the Earle A Chiles Research Institute at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Li Liu (1999)
Dr. Liu is a Senior Scientist at Pfizer in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Heather Panek (1999)
Dr. Panek was a former Postdoctoral Fellow at the State University of New York at Buffalo and currently resides in Melbourne, Florida.
Mentor: Lucy Robinson, PhD

Barbara Bellaire (1998) (M.S.)
Dr. Bellaire is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and is affiliated with UnityPoint Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Ankeny, Iowa.
Mentor: unknown

Peggy Carter-Merchant (1998)
Mentor: Arrigo De Benedetti, PhD

Qingdan Chen (1998) (M.S.)
Mentor: Peter Good, PhD

Carol Farr (1998)
Dr. Farr is retired from Legacy Clinical Research and Technology Center in Portland, Oregon.
Mentor: Stephan Witt, PhD

Weiniu Gan (1998)
Dr. Gan is the Program Director of the Genetics, Genomics, and Advanced Technologies Program for the Lung Division within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, D.C.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Mingxing Gao (1998)
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Denise Johnson (1998) (M.S.)
Ms. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Biology/Chemistry at Texarkana College in Texarkana, Texas.
Mentor: Gossett, PhD

Jian Liang (1998) (M.S.)
Unknown
Mentor: Kerry Blanchard, MD

Peter Mottram (1998) (M.S.)
Mr. Mottram is the Coordinator IV for Pathobiological Sciences at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Tolvert Fowler (1997) (M.S.)
Dr. Fowler currently practices Family Medicine in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Mentor: Robert Rhoads, PhD

Melissa (Smith) Traxler (1997) (M.S.)
Dr. Melissa Traxler is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Mentor: Abbott, PhD

Jane VanWert (1997)
Dr. VanWert is retired from the VAMC in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Yiwen Jia (1996)
Unknown
Mentor: Eric Aamodt, PhD

Jasmine Liu (1996) (M.S.)
Unknown
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Zu-Wen Sun (1996)
Dr. Sun is the VP of Product Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Epicypher in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Guofeng Xie (1996)
Dr. Xie is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mentor: Eric Aamodt, PhD

Rhonda Berroteran (1995)
Unknown
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Cletus D'Souza (1995)
Dr. D'Souza is the Director of Research at Inspire Health in Vancouver, Canada.
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Paula Boerger (1994)
Dr. Boerger's last known employment was as a Researcher at Smith-Kline Beckman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mentor: Michael Blackburn, PhD

Dennis Frisby (1994)
Dr. Frisby is an Assistant Professor for Biological Sciences in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Seewoo Lee (1993) (M.S.)
Dr. Lee's last known employment was as a Research Staff Member at the Clinical & Basic Research Center at the Samsung Biomedical Research Institute at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

Robert Weldon (1993)
Dr. Weldon's last known employment was as an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mentor: Richard Courtney, PhD

Chris Adams (1992)
Dr. Adams is the Business Development Lead in the Agrigenomics Division for Genetic, Medical, and Applied Sciences at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Austin, Texas.
Mentor: David Gross, PhD

David McNabb (1992)
Dr. McNabb is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for J. William Fullbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mentor: Richard Courtney, PhD

Allen Miles (1992)
Dr. Miles is currently retired and was formerly a Professor in the Chemistry Department at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
Mentor: Robert Smith, PhD

Jong Gil Na (1992)
Dr. Na is the Dean of the Graduate School at Kunsan National University in Kunsan, South Korea.
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Ines Pinto (1992)
Dr. Pinto is an Associate Professor for the J. William Fullbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Amelia Tiedeman-Helm (1991)
Unknown
Mentor: J. Smith, PhD

Dan Ware (1991) (M.S.)
Dr. Ware is a Board Certified Radiologist at Doctors Imaging Group in Gainesville, Florida.
Mentor: Michael Hampsey, PhD

Feng Yao (1991)
Dr. Yao is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Senior Scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Richard Courtney, PhD

Jeffrey Robertson (1990) (M.S.)
Dr. Robertson is an Ophthalmologist at Oak Cliff Ophthalmology in Dallas, Texas.
Mentor: Peter Zuber, PhD

Marvin Sommer (1990)
Dr. Sommer is a Senior Research Scientist for Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases at Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California.
Mentor: Richard Courtney, PhD

Steven Wolfe (1990)
Dr. Wolfe's last known employment was as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Sidney Grimes, PhD, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Sidney Grimes, PhD

Quan Zhu (1990)
Dr. Zhu is a Research Scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mentor: Richard Courtney, PhD

Cynthia Peterson (1986)
Dr. Peterson is the Dean of the College of Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mentor: Michael Blackburn, PhD

Mary Morgan (1985) (M.S.)
Dr. Morgan's last known employment was her own Pediatrics private practice.
Mentor: John Smith, PhD

David Hilton (1981) (M.S.)
Dr. Hilton is an Otolaryngologist in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Michael Blackburn, PhD

Keith Nathan (1980) (M.S.)
Mr. Keith Nathan's last known employment was at Symantec Corporation in Cupertino, California.
Mentor: Banschback, PhD

Perry Cole (1974)
Dr. Cole's last known employment was as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Mentor: Anita Olson, PhD

Virginia Pender Johnson (1973) (M.S.)
Ms. Johnson's last known employment was as an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children's Clinical Research Center at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mentor: Robert Smith, PhD