Post-doctoral and Job Placement of our Graduates

Our graduate students have been placed in prominent institutions for postdoctoral training, and subsequently have chosen careers in diverse arenas, such as academia, the private sector (biomedical or drug industry), and government, in Louisiana, the USA and other countries (France, China and Brazil).

Here is a partial list of our students who graduated within the last several years and their current positions:



Harshita Chodavarapu, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Cedars Sinaï, Los Angeles, CA



Rebecca Crawford, PhD     

Kelly Jean Sherman, PhD

 Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

 New Orleans, LA




Brendon Burn, PhD      

Graduated Medical School 2017




Kavaljit H. Chhabra, PhD      

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Monica Ertel, PhD        

3rd year student at LSUHSC Medical School, New Orleans, LA

Swapnil Kher, PhD       

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lineberger Cancer Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

*Jordy Saravia, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Trainee,
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center,
Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, TN

Melissa D. Scroggin, M.S.

LSUHSC, School of Allied Health,
Department of Physical Therapy,
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2016        



Manish Rana, PhD        

Postdoctoral Scholar,
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry,
Department of Cell and Tissue Biology

Sarah Mahne, PhD

Postdoc, LSU Health, New Orleans, LA
Currently:  Medical Science Representative,
Marine Polymer Technologies, Boston, MA

Marybeth Hulin, PhD

4th year student at LSUHSC Medical School, New Orleans, LA

Youssef Errami, PhD

3rd year student at Aix-Marseille School of Medicine, Marseille, France



Kirk Hutchinson, PhD

UA Associate, Research, Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program (MCRP), College of Medicine, University of Arizona. 

*Lauren Brignac-Huber, PhD

Taught Chemistry and Physics at Archbishop Chapelle High School,
Metairie, LA
Currently:  Faculty Member, Moses Brown High School, Providence, RI

*Russell Amato, PhD    

Postdoc, Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery
Nashville, TN



Oralee Johnson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, LSUHSC Neuroscience Center of Excellence,
New Orleans, LA
Currently:  Associate Consultant-Scientific Communications, (Diabetes Business Unit) Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN

Xiaoping Zhang, PhD   

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N Y

Rahul Datta, PhD

MD/PhD, Pediatrics Resident, University of Texas, Dallas



Baher Fahmy, PhD

Pharmacist Site Manager, CVS Pharmacy, Orange, TX

Sharell Bindom, PhD

MD/PhD, Pediatrics Residency, University of Texas, Dallas. Currently: Practicing Pediatrician in St Louis, MO

Kartic Rajput, MD, PhD

Resident of Psychiatry, Tulane University Health Sciences Center,
New Orleans, LA
Interventional Pain Management Fellow at the Medical College of Georgia Currently:  Physician, Pain and Physical Medicine Clinic, Grand Island, NE

 Chi-Hsin Liu, MS

Returned to Taiwan

 Michael Ripple, MS

MD/PhD student at LSUHSC Medical School, New Orleans, LA 

 Rasika Rohatgi, MS

Attending University of Massachusetts PhD Program 





Anna Dunne-Reilly, PhD

Postdoc at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Currently:  LSU School of Public Health, MPH program and Delgado Community College (part-time)

Kevin Lord, PhD

Currently: Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Feik School of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

Jay Huber, PhD

M.D. 2012 LSUHSC Medical School, New Orleans, LA

Currently:  Resident, Brown University/Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI

Dahui You, PhD           

Postdoctoral Fellow LSUHSC, New Orleans, LA 
Currently: Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Sylvia Shenouda, PhD

Scientific Writer, Regulatory Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN

*Matthew Duvernay, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Department of Pharmacology, Nashville TN



Sarah Lindsey, PhD      

Postdoc at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC       Currently:  Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Ningfei An, PhD

Postdoc at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC



Melissa Burmeister, PhD,:         

Postdoc at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York
Currently:  Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona, Diabetes and Obesity Research Center, Metabolic Signaling and Disease Program Orlando, FL



Xiaoqing Cao, PhD

Postdoc: UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Biological Chemistry, Los Angeles, CA



Yuri Peterson PhD,:                  

Postdoc at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Currently: Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC

G. Vaidyanathan, PhD

Postdoc at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Rockville, Maryland
Currently:  Pharmacist, CVS Caremark Corporation, Gaithersburg, MD

Russell Kelley PhD       

Postdoc, Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Currently: Program Officer at Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, NC

Marcus Delatte PhD     

Postdoc at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, Belmont, MA
Currently: Pharmacology Toxicology Reviewer, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD

Helmut Gottlieb PhD,

Postdoc, University of Texas HSC, San Antonio, TX
Currently: Associate Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences, Feik School of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

 Maria S. Quinton PhD

Postdoc, Boston University, School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Currently: Principal Scientist at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Marlborough, MA

Alissa Hicks PhD

Scientific Liaison, Amgen Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA



Eser Ercil, PhD

Postdoc, University of Texas San Antonio, TX
Postdoc, Vanderbilt University, Nashville , TN
Currently: Pharmacist, CVS/Caremark, Hartford, CT

Nancy Sevieux, PhD

Currently: Technical External Relations Manager, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH



Dongdong Yao, MD, PhD        

Postdoc, Burnham Institute, San Diego CA
Currently: Anesthesia Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Shuxin Zhang MD, PhD

Currently: Research Scientist at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA



Ruggero Galici, PhD

Postdoc at University of Texas HSC, San Antonio, TX
Postdoc Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Currently: Assistant Professor University of Texas HSC, San Antonio, TX

Cheryl Gauthier, PhD

Assistant Professor, Xavier at University, New Orleans, LA
Currently: Director of Biological Threat Lab, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA

Michael Stevenson, PhD           

Currently: Regional Scientific Director, Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, DE


*Drs. Duvernay, Brignac-Huber, Amato and Saravia were a Board of Regents Graduate Fellowship Recipient