School of Medicine





Full-Time Faculty

Name Research Interests

Ashok Aiyar

Dr. Ashok Aiyar

  • Molecular basis of pathogenesis associated with intracellular microorganisms.  Currently focus on Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intracellular bacterium that the leading bacterial sexually transmitted disease with consequences including infertility.

2021 3:51:57 PM

Dr. Suresh K. Alahari

Fred G. Brazda Professor

  • Biochemistry of cell adhesion; the mechanism of action of Nischarin in tumor cell migration and invasion.
Shyamal Desai

Dr. Shyamal Desai

  • The roles of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins (SUMO and ISG15) in cancer and neurodegenerative disorders [Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)], and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
2016 1:24:35 PM

Dr. Arthur L. Haas

Professor Emeritus
  • Ubiquination; the roles of ubiquitin and ISG15 conjugation in cellular regulation.


2021 1:34:20 PM

Dr. Edward Wojcik
Associate Professor


  • Animal cell division, mitosis, and cancer by studying cytoskeletal processes during cell division, including centrosome duplication and the regulation of microtubule motor proteins.

Adjunct Faculty

Research Areas
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an integral part of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, which includes the Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Medicine, and Nursing. The Department offers MS, PhD, and MD/PhD degrees. Students, postdoctoral research scientists, research faculty, and visiting faculty members make significant contributions to the Department's activities. The faculty within the Department have strong, diverse research interests including the following: