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Kayla Fuselier
Graduate Assistant
Department of Genetics Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA 70112


Entry Year: 2012

Hometown: Albany, LA

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
Master of Science in Environmental and Chemical Sciences, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

About you:  My interest in a career in research began during an undergraduate genetics course. It was solidified when my youngest sister contracted HSVII encephalitis and I realized how much is still unknown in the medical field.  I attended Southeastern Louisiana University for my bachelors and received my masters at McNeese State. I entered LSUHSC in August 2012 with the IDP program and after a few lab rotations, joined Dr. Grabczyk's lab in March 2013.

Primary Research Interest: Use of a human cell model of Friedreich ataxia to explain the role of DNA mismatch repair proteins in trinucleotide repeat expansion.

Career Goal? Research and teach at a university, to inspire students to enter into the field of research and to contribute to our society’s conversation of knowledge.

What makes you unique? I have mutated MC1R (ok, red hair isn’t that unique)

What makes you typical?  I’m happily married to my high-school sweetheart


Publications and Abstracts

Oral Presentations:

Fuselier, K.B., D.D. Kee, F.X. Phillips, and C.W. Richmond. 2012. Stratification parameters for native Louisiana rattlesnake-master (Erygium yuccifolium) seeds to achieve adequate germination. 86th Annual Meeting LA Acad. Of Science. LSU-Alexandria, 3 March 2012.

Poster Presentations:

Fuselier, K.B. and E. Grabczyk. 2013. What the L? Exploring mismatch repair complexes involved in DNA repeat expansion. 27th Annual Graduate Research Day. LSU Health Sciences Center. New Orleans, LA. 8 November 2013.

Fuselier, K.B. and E. Grabczyk. 2014. MLH3, a minor player in mismatch repair, is a major force in somatic expansion of the Friedreich ataxia GAA•TTC repeat. National Ataxia Foundation AIM 2014 – 5th Ataxia Investigators Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada. 18-21 March 2014.

Fuselier, K.B. and E. Grabczyk. 2014. MLH3, a minor player in mismatch repair, is a major force in repeat expansion. 2014 ASBMB Annual Meeting in conjunction with 2014 Experimental Biology. San Diego, CA. 25-30 April 2014.

Fuselier, K.B. and E. Grabczyk. 2015. MLH3 isoform 2 does not make the cut in Friedreich ataxia GAA•TTC repeat somatic expansion. 2015 International Ataxia Research Conference. Old Windsor, UK. 25-28 March 2015.

Patent Pending 

Provisional Patent Application No. 61/989,898; Grabczyk, E. and Fuselier, K. B.; “Small molecule therapy for repeat expansion” 

Academic and Professional Honors

Graduate Research Day 3rd Place Poster Presentation, LSU Health Sciences Center, November 8, 2013

National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) Travel Award, March 2014

American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Travel Award, April 2014

Graduate Research Day Poster Presentation Winner, LSU Health Sciences Center, November 7, 2014

NCRR Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25), Spring-Fall 2015

Association of Women in Science-South Louisiana Chapter Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award, April 2015

Memberships in Professional Societies

The American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The American Society for Cell Biology

Association of Women in Science, South Louisiana Chapter; Executive Board Member

Other Activities

Genetics Department Representative for the Student Government Association from 2013-present

Volunteer with the LSUHSC Science Partnership Program from 2013-present

Instructor for the LSUHSC Patrick F. Taylor Hands on Science Workshop from 2013-present

Mentor, LSUHSC New Orleans Summer Internship Program with the National Science Foundation

Volunteer/Instructor AWIS Community Education Outreach Activities 2013-2015

Ambassador/ Big Buddy for the LSUHSC ambassador program for new graduate students 2013-2015

Volunteer Instructor for Ochsner’s BEST Science! Community education outreach 2015-present

Peer Advocate Liason (PAL) for LSUHSC Graduate Studies Program 2015-present