School of Medicine

Neuroscience Center of Excellence

Jorgelina Calandria web

Jorgelina Calandria, PhD

Assistant Professor, Research
in Neurology and Neuroscience

Neuroscience Center of Excellence
School of Medicine, LSU Health
2020 Gravier Street, 8th floor, 828
New Orleans, LA 70112

Office Phone: (504) 599-0874

Lab Phone: (504) 599-0908

FAX: (504) 568-5801



2009: Ph.D. in Neurosciences, Louisiana State University Health, New Orleans, School of Graduate Studies.  

2002: Licenciada en Ciencias Biologicas, area Neurobiologia Molecular

Equivalent: Bachelor in Biological Sciences and Master degree in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience.

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, UBA, Buenos Aires Argentina.

1992: Analytical Chemistry Technical degree: National Technical School ENET Nº 27 Hipolito Yrigoyen, Buenos Aires. Argentina.

Research Interests

My interests are centered in the mechanisms of neuroprotection exerted by bioactive lipids derived from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). We focus on age-related neurodegenerative and other pathologies related with dopamine neuronal systems, for instance, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, seeking to counteract the effects of dysregulated phospholipase A2 group VI. For this purpose, we utilize an acute and a chronic rat model of Parkinsonian disorders with bioactive lipids. Of special interest are the effects of lipid mediators targeting microglia and astrocytes and their transformation into pro-survival phenotypes.



December 2016 - Present. Assistant Professor-Research. Neuroscience Center & Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State University Health.

January 2010- November 2016. Post-Doctoral Researcher. Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University Health.

March-December 2003. Research Associate. Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University Health.

August 1997- February 2003. Undergrad Student Researcher. Fundación Instituto Leloir (Former Fundación Campomar), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

May 1999-June 2000. Undergrad Student Researcher. Instituto de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas, IIB-INTECH Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM), Buenos Aires Argentina.

1999-2000. Undergrad Teaching Assistant. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, UBA. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Teaching Activities

  • Team Up (Interprofessional Education): Grader
  • Molecular Neurobiology (Graduate Studies-Neuro250)
  • Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies-Inter122)


LSU-Health, School of Graduate Studies Faculty

  • Co-Mentoring
    • Candidate for PhD: Gethein Andrew
    • Candidate for MD/PhD: Jeff Ji
  • Endure Scholars (The NIH Blueprint initiative "Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences)
  • Tendayi Mpofu (second year0
  • Tonya Chaney (first year)
  • REU Summer program Students: Research Experiences for Undergraduates-National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2019 Jonathan Abshier
  • 2021-2022 Alexandra Minnard
  • 2023 Jeanne Dugas

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

  • Course Evaluation Committee (CEC)
  • Faculty Assembly


1999 - 2000. Research Student Fellowship Award, Instituto de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas, Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM).

2001 - 2003. Research Student Fellowship Award. Fundación Avanzar.

Selected Publications

  • Calandria JM, Bhattacharjee S, Maness NJ, Kautzmann MI, Asatryan A, Gordon WC, Do KV, Jun B, Mukherjee PK, Petasis NA, Bazan NG. 2022. Elovanoids downregulate SARS-CoV-2 cell-entry, canonical mediators and enhance protective signaling in human alveolar cells. Sci Rep. 11(1):12324. PMID: 34112906
  • Rugolo F, Bazan NG, Calandria J, Jun B, Raschellà G, Melino G, Agostini M. 2021. The expression ELOVL4, repressed by MYCN, defines neuroblastoma patients with good outcome. Oncogene. 40(38):5741-5751. PMID: 34333551

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