TABLE 2 lists the names of 55 PREP Committed Basic and Clinical Science Faculty Research experienced in training high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with primary departmental appointment, centers of excellence affiliations, and research interests.  There are faculty representatives from all of the basic science departments and multiple centers of excellence.  The PREP Scholars will have a wide variety of areas of research in which to choose and will be involved in all of the graduate student activities offered by the departments and centers.

TABLE 2: PREP Committed Faculty Research Mentors from LSUHSC Basic and Clinical Departments with Experience In Mentoring High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Medical Students

Committed Faculty Research Mentor; Rank; Directorship

Primary Department Appointment; Center  Affiliations

Research Interests

Alahari, Suresh K, PhD; Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Biochemistry of cell adhesion and the mechanism of Nischarin in cell migration

Amedee, Angela M, PhD; Associate Professor

Microbiology,  Immunology, and Parasitology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Identification and quantitation of viral genotypes expressed at mucosal surfaces

Backes, Wayne L, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Characterization of human cytochrome P450 reductase

Bazan, Haydee EP, PhD; Professor

Ophthalmology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Inflammation and repair during corneal wound healing.

Bazan, Nicolas G, MD, PhD; Professor and Director of  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Neurology; Ophthalmology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Endogenous responses of the central nervous system to injury and neurodegeneration

Belayev, Ludmila, MD; Professor

Neurosurgery; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Models of global cerebral ischemia

Boulares, Hamid, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Genetics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Cytokine pathophysiology and associated signal transduction in inflammatory diseases

Canavier, Carmen C, PhD; Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy;  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Computational neuroscience: nonlinear dynamics of single neurons and small networks

Chu, Chen, Professor

Otorhinolaryngology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases

Crabtree, Judy S, PhD; Assistant Professor

Genetics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Translational impact of obesity and ethnicity on outcomes in triple negative breast cancer

Desai, Shyamal D, PhD; Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Roles of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like protein ISG15 in cancer

Edwards, Scott, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Neuronal signaling following excessive drug or alcohol use

Erickson, Jeffrey D, PhD; Associate Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Molecularly identification of neurotransmitter transporter proteins

Fidel, Paul L, Jr, PhD; Professor, Associate Dean, Center Director, Department Head

Oral and Craniofacial Biology; Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology; Oral and Craniofacial Center of Excellence; School of Dentistry

Host defense against oral and vaginal candidiasis

Gardner, Jason D, PhD;  Associate Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Role of extracellular matrix in heart failure

Gasparini, Sonia, PhD;  Associate Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Synaptic transmission in hippocampal and entorhinal neurons

Gidday, Jeff, PhD; Professor

Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, and Physiology;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Endogenous neuroprotection for glaucoma and other CNS axonopathies

Gilpin, Nicholas W, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol dependence and stress disorders

Goodchild, Traci, PhD; Associate Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury

Haas, Art, PhD; Professor and Head

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Roles of ubiquitin and ISG15 conjugation in cellular regulation

Hagensee, Michael E, MD, PhD; Professor

Medicine, Infectious Diseases; Microbiology,  Immunology, and Parasitology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Role of alcohol in development of HPV-related dysplasia in HIV+ Individuals

Hicks, Chindo, PhD; Professor

Genetics and Bioinformatics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Genetics, bioinformatics and computational genomics

Jin, Minghao, PhD; Associate Professor

Ophthalmology; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Regulatory mechanisms of the visual cycle in normal and diseased retinas

Kapusta, Daniel R, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

CNS neural and humoral control of cardiovascular and renal function; drug development

Kelly, Ben L, PhD; Associate Professor

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

Determining the role of a molecular scaffold protein

Lazartigues, Eric, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

ACE2 in the central regulation of blood pressure

Lefer, David J, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Myocardial protection and coronary physiology

Liu, June Siqiong, PhD; Associate Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Inhibitory interneurons and changes in activity of cerebellar circuits

Lukiw, Walter J, PhD; Professor

Ophthalmology; Neurology; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Molecular-genetics, epigenetics and gene expression patterns in Alzheimer’s disease and age-related macular degeneration

Mandal, Diptasri, PhD; Associate Professor

Genetics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Genetic analysis of complex traits using computer simulations

Mercante, Donald E, PhD; Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Biostatistics; School of Public Health; Oral and Craniofacial Center of Excellence; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Clinical trial design, experimental design, multivariate permutation procedures, and correlated data methods

Middleton, Jason, PhD; Assistant Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Neuroscience; Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Function and structure of the auditory nervous system

Molina, Patricia E, MD, PhD; Professor and Head, Director Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr of Excellence

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Neuroendocrine mechanisms that regulate metabolic and inflammatory responses to hemorrhagic shock

Mungrue, Imran, PhD; Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Unfolded protein pathways in endoplasmic reticulum stress

Neumann, Donna M, PhD; Assistant Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Epigenetic modifications regulating ocular HSV-1 latency and reactivation

Noverr, Mairi C, PhD; Associate Professor

Oral & Craniofacial Biology, School of Dentistry; Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

 

Quayle, Alison J, PhD; Professor

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

Immunity to Chlamydia trachomatis in the human female genital tract

Primeaux, Stefany, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Models of diet-induced obesity

Reiss, Krzysztof, PhD; Professor

Hematology and Oncology; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Molecular pathways involved in the development of cancer

Ronis, Martin J, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Health consequences related to early nutrition

Siggins, Robert W, PhD;  Assistant Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Understanding the role of ethanol in dysregulating DNA methylation patterns

Simon, Liz, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Interaction of chronic alcohol with SIV disease progression

Souza-Smith, Flavia M, PhD; Instructor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Impact of alcohol on lymphatic vessels function

Taylor, Christopher M, PhD; Associate Professor

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

Bioinformatics and computational biology of high throughput sequencing.

Tsien, Fern, PhD; Assistant Professor

Genetics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Chromosome instability in cancer prevalence in LA population

Varner, Kurt J, PhD; Professor and Head

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Cardiovascular responses of administration of sympathomimetic stimulants

Wang, Guoshun, DVM, PhD; Associate Professor

Microbiology,  Immunology, and Parasitology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Phagocytic innate immunity and adult stem cell research

Whim, Matthew D, PhD; Associate Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy

Neuropeptide Y and the response to stress

Wills, Tiffany A, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr

Neurological underpinnings of alcohol dependence

Winsauer, Peter J, PhD; Professor

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence

Alcohol, neurobehavioral effects, and the role of neurosteroids

Wu, Chunlai, PhD; Assistant Professor

Cell Biology and Anatomy;  Neuroscience Ctr of Excellence;  Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Proteomic approaches to identify molecules in synaptic development

Xi, Yaguang, MD, PhD, MBA; Professor

Genetics;  Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Role of MicroRNAs in cancer

Yue, Xinping, PhD; Assistant Professor

Physiology; Cardiovascular Ctr of Excellence

Role of heparin sulfate in cell signaling and cell-matrix interactions in lung fibrosis

Zabaleta, Jovanny, PhD; Associate Professor

Pediatrics; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Molecular mechanisms of cancer development

Zea, Arnold H, PhD; Associate Professor

 

Microbiology,  Immunology, and Parasitology; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ctr; Stanley S. Scott Cancer Ctr

Immune biology of cancer and tuberculosis