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LSUHSC includes the Schools of Graduate Studies, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences and is a major center for biomedical research, education and medical treatment. The Department of Physiology is an integral part of the School of Graduate Studies of the LSU Health Sciences Center and offers graduate programs leading to the PhD, MD/PhD and MS degrees.

Current Graduate Students

Elia El Hajj, M.S.


Degree: BS, Loyola University of New Orleans
M.S., Biomedical Sciences, LSUHSC
Mentor: Jason Gardner, Ph.D.
Focus:The effect of lysyl oxidase inhibition on volume overload-induced ECM remodeling, angiogenesis and apoptosis.
Status:PhD Student
Email: eelhaj@lsuhsc.edu

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Stephen Ford, B.S.
Degree: BS, University of New Orleans
Mentor: Liz Simon, Ph.D.
Focus:The effects of chronic alcohol exposure on muscle wasting and insulin resistance in SIV-infected Rhesus macaques.
Status:MD/PhD Student
Email: sford2@lsuhsc.edu

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Darryl A. Gaudet Jr., B.S.
Degree: B.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Mentor: Stefany Primeaux, Ph.D.
Focus:Fat taste receptors and reward pathways affected by binge eating behavior
Status:Masters student
Email: dgaude@lsuhsc.edu

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John Maxi, B.S.
Degree: BS, Ohio State University 2011
Mentor: Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D.​
Focus: Interaction of alcohol & cannabinoids on neuroinflammation in Rhesus macaques; Acute alcohol effect on TBI outcomes
Status: Graduate student
Email: jmaxi@lsuhsc.edu

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M. Adrienne McGinn, B.S.
Degree: BS, University of New Orleans
Mentor: Scott Edwards, Ph.D.
Focus: Role of neuronal stress signaling in chronic pain and drug addiction
Status: Graduate student
Email: mmcgin@lsuhsc.edu

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Alan Mouton, B.S.
Degree: BS, Louisiana State University 2011
Mentor: Jason D. Gardner, Ph.D.
Focus: Mechanisms of Alcohol-Induced Cardiac Fibrosis
Status: Graduate student
Email: amout2@lsuhsc.edu

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Van Ninh, B.S.
Degree: B.S., Louisiana State University
Mentor: Jason Gardner, Ph.D.
Research: Effects of Lysyl Oxidase on Cardiac Fibrosis
Status: Graduate Student, Department of Physiology
Email: vninh@lsuhsc.edu

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Rod I. Paulsen, B.S.
Degree: B.S., New York University
Mentor: Scott Edwards, Ph.D.
Research: Prefrontal Cortex neuroadaptations in the context of pain and drug addiction
Status: Masters Student
Email: rpauls@lsuhsc.edu

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Jonquil M. Poret, B.S.
Degree: B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana
Mentor: Stefany Primeaux, Ph.D.
Focus: Susceptibility to develop Diet-Induced Obesity and Insulin Resistance
Status: Master's Student
Email:jpore2@lsuhsc.edu

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Alicia N. Ray-Botello, M.P.H.
Degree: BA, Maryville College 2010
MPH, LSUHSC-NO School of Public Health 2014
Mentor: Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D.
Research: Neuroendocrine signaling in context of acute stress-induced alcohol craving
Status: Masters Student
Email:aray3@lsuhsc.edu

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Allyson Schreiber, B.S.
Degree: B.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Mentor: Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D.
Research: Prefrontal Cortex Stress Peptides in Traumatic Stress and Alcohol Drinking
Status: M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student, Department of Physiology
Email: aschre@lsuhsc.edu

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P. Domonique Smith. B.S.
Degree: BS, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Mentor: Robert Siggins, Ph.D.
Research: Role of chronic alcohol drinking on DNA methylation
Status: Masters Student
Email:dsmi57@lsuhsc.edu

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Recent Graduates

2016

Jacques Mayeux, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD, LSUHSC - NO Physiology
Mentor: Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D.
Research: Neurobehavioral Mechanisms Underlying Escalated Alcohol Drinking Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Status: Ph.D. 2016; Industry Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: Jacques.Mayeux1@hyh.com

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2015

Travis Doggett, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD
Mentor: Jerome Breslin, Ph.D.
Research: Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Acute Alcohol Intoxication-Induced Microvascular Hyperpermeability
Status: PostDoctoral Fellow
Email:tdogget@health.usf.edu

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2014

Xu Sophie Teng, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
Mentor: Patricia E Molina, M.D. , Ph.D.
Research: Traumatic Brain Injury and Alcohol: Neuropathological Mechanisms of Impaired Recovery
Status: Ph.D. 2014  MD 2016 Resident  at Baylor University
 

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2013

Jessica Bradley, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
Mentor: Jason D. Gardner, Ph.D.
Research: The effects of particulate matter inhalation on ventricular remodeling and dysfunction in response to cardiac injury.
Status: PhD 2013  Currently an Assistant Professor of Physiology at University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine  Department of Applied Biomedical Sciences
Email: jmbradle@uiwtx.edu

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2013

Kristine Kurtz, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
Mentor: Jerome Breslin, Ph.D.
Research: Evaluating the signaling mechanisms responsible for the tonic and phasic contractions of collecting lymphatic vessels.
Status: Ph.D. 2013 
Medical Liaison - Growth Hormone Disorders, Field Medical Affairs - BioPharmaceuticals for Novo Nordisk
 

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2012

Annie M. Whitaker, Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
Mentors: Patricia E. Molina, M.D., Ph.D.
Research:Alcohol and Shock: Mechanisms of Impaired Vasopressin Release ​
Status: Ph.D. 2011
Teaching High School Biology  at St Scholastica High School
 

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2013

John Nicholas Melvan, M.D., Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
M.D.  LSUHSC - NO

Mentors: Ping Zhang, M.D. /Ph.D. and Gregory Bagby, Ph.D.
Research: Acute alcohol suppression of granulopoiesis
Status: M.D., Ph.D.  Department of Surgery Emory Medical; Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery   L4 resident

 

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2013 Jesse Sulzer, M.D., Ph.D.
Degree: PhD LSUHSC - NO Physiology
​M.D.  LSUHSC - NO
Mentor: Patricia Molina M.D., Ph.D.
Research: Alternative resuscitation strategies for the intoxicated trauma victim
Status: M.D./Ph.D. L4 resident, Department of Surgery, LSUHSC
Email:jsulze@lsuhsc.edu
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