LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology

LSU Health Shreveport
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
www.lsuhs.edu/microbiology

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01/04/2024

Congratulations to Joseph Eniafe for receiving a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association!

Joseph is a doctoral candidate in the Yurochko Lab and his project is titled "Investigating the contribution of the JAK/STAT1 signaling pathway in human cytomegalovirus latency". Congrats again, Joseph! Well-deserved!

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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport's post 12/12/2023
Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 12/12/2023

Congratulations to the following members of the Department for being awarded intramural grants!

Dr. Jeremy Kamil - Chancellor's Aim High Research Award

Dr. Rohit Jangra - CEVT Grant-In Aid

Dr. Ramandeep Kaur - CEVT Postdoctoral Fellowship

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport's post 12/11/2023

Check out some pics below from the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new CME/EVT building!

12/04/2023

Nick First, a Doctoral Candidate in the Gestal Lab, recently published a first-author paper in Cell Reports. His paper is about how Bordetella species block eosinophil recruitment to suppress early mucosal protection.

Check out his paper here!
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37883230/

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12/01/2023

Earlier this week, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology hosted Dr. Jorge Vidal, an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

In Dr. Vidal's seminar titled "Lung Toxicity Caused by Pneumococcus Involves the Massive Oxidation of Cytoskeletal Proteins", we learned about the molecular pathogenesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn). Spn is a Gram-positive bacterium and a common inhabitant of the respiratory tract. As an opportunistic pathogen, Spn can cause a range of infections including pneumonia, meningitis, and septicemia.

After the seminar, graduate students met with Dr. Vidal to talk about science and career paths in a more informal setting. Thanks for visiting us at LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. Vidal!

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11/27/2023

Earlier this month, Microbiology and Immunology faculty, postdocs, and students represented the department at the annual ASM South Central Branch Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas!

Check them out here!

11/20/2023

Last week, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology hosted Dr. David Gonzalez, an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego.

In Dr. Gonzalez's seminar titled "From Landscaping to the Lab and Beyond", we learned about his work with proteomics to study the microbiome. After the seminar, graduate students met with Dr. Gonzalez to talk science in a more informal setting. Thanks for visiting us at LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. Gonzalez!

11/17/2023

Recently, Dr. Jeremy Kamil, an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, presented a seminar on one of the projects in his lab. His seminar was titled "Sugar-Coated Intruders: How Viruses Learned to Sweet Talk the Immune System?"

Thanks for giving us an update on your lab's research, Dr. Kamil!

11/10/2023

Still not sure about moving to Shreveport? Here's some information about the city!

This video gives a tour of the Shreveport-Bossier area!
https://vimeo.com/639230031

Still have questions about the city, department, faculty, or research? Reach out to us! We'll get you the information you need to make an informed decision about our program!

Apply at:
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11/06/2023

Last week, junior student Ifeoluwa Ogunghemi in the Yurochko Lab presented his second library seminar. This type of seminar is just one of the stepping stones required for completion of the Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

Library seminars give students the opportunity to mine the literature, present, and discuss an area of research not directly related to their dissertation research project.

The Flaviviridae family of viruses is a group of single-stranded RNA viruses found in arthropods (primarily ticks and mosquitoes) that can infect humans. Members of this group include Zika virus, Dengue virus, West Nile virus, and Yellow Fever virus. Flaviviruses infect up to 400 million people annually. Most infected individuals are asymptomatic. For those who do show symptoms, individuals may experience skin rash, fever, myalgia, headache, retroorbital pain, and conjunctivitis. Other symptoms may arise depending on the severity of the infection and the specific virus.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 11/03/2023

Here are our final two funded faculty members. Keep in mind - fundingchanges - so if you are interested in faculty not spotlighted here, reach out!

Dr. Jeremy Kamil is an Associate Professor and his lab focuses on multiple aspects of human cytomegalovirus infections, such as cell tropism, regulation of viral gene expression during myeloid cell differentiation, glycosylation factors during infection, cell signaling pathways that are activated/inactivated during infection etc.

Dr. Andrew Yurochko wears many hats within LSUHS, including Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats, Carroll Feist Chair of Viral Oncology, and Principal Investigator of the NIH COBRE Center for Applied Immunological and Pathological Processes. His lab examines the pathobiology of human cytomegalovirus infection of monocytes and CD34+ bone marrow progenitor cells because of the critical role these cells play in viral dissemination, persistence, latency, and pathogenesis in AIDS patients, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow transplant recipients, and congenitally-infected infants.

For more information, check out the links below! They provide more details about the lab's research, publications, team members, etc.

KAMIL LAB
https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/kamil-lab

YUROCHKO LAB
https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/yurochko-lab

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11/02/2023

Congrats to Lauren Henderson for being chosen as Graduate Student of the Month for November!

The November Graduate Student of the Month is Lauren Henderson. Lauren is a MTCP (Multidisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology) Predoctoral Fellow and a doctoral candidate in Dr. Jeremy Kamil’s lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her dissertation project is titled, 'Characterizing the role of a novel cytomegalovirus glycoprotein complex'. When she's not in the lab, she enjoys reading, gardening and trying different cuisines from diverse cultures.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 10/27/2023

Here are two more funded faculty members in LSUHS's Microbiology and Immunology program!

Dr. Hongyan Guo is an Assistant Professor and her lab studies the impact of innate immune signaling on herpesvirus infection and pathogenesis. Most of the work done in the Guo Lab focuses specifically on two human pathogens - Herpes Simplex Virus and Cytomegalovirus, with a long-term goal of understanding how dysregulation of sensing, signaling, and gene regulation underlie the pathogenesis of infectious, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases in humans.

Dr. Rohit Jangra is an Assistant Professor and his lab is trying to understand the molecular compatibilities that determine the ability of deadly viruses, such as hantaviruses and coronaviruses, to infect and replicate within human and non-human cells.

For more information, check out the links below. They provide more details about the research, publications, lab members, etc.

GUO LAB - https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/guo-lab

JANGRA LAB - https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/jangra-lab

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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 10/20/2023

Here are three more faculty spotlights that could serve as your dissertation advisor! Check out these highly successful professors!

Dr. Stanirmir Ivanov is an Associate Professor and his lab goals are to determine how signals from immunosurveillance networks modulate the MTOR rheostat during Legionella infections, what specific factors control MTOR signaling during infection, specific host-derived nutrients important for intracellular and extracellular growth, as well as, the specific host-derived lipids that are important for expansion of the vacuolar compartment.

Dr. Matthew Woolard is an Associate Professor and inaugural O'Callaghan Family Endowed Professor of Microbiology. His lab focuses on understanding how lipid metabolic enzymes contribute to macrophage function during disease.

Dr. Monica Gestal is an Assistant Professor and her lab aims to understand the mechanisms that Bordetella spp. utilize to manipulate, escape, and evade host immune responses.

For more information, check out the links below! They provide more details about the lab's research, publications, team members, etc.

IVANOV LAB
https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/ivanov-lab

WOOLARD LAB
https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/woolard-lab

GESTAL LAB
https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/gestal-lab

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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 10/19/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery A. Nurdin, a postdoctoral fellow in the Kamil Lab, who was chosen to give a talk at The Rising Stars Symposium! The Rising Stars Symposium was created to foster community among historically marginalized postdoctoral scholars.

Dr. Nurdin’s talk was titled “Sugar? I barely know her. HCMV glycoprotein unregulates host glycosylation to enhance neutralizing antibody resistance.”

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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 10/17/2023

Save the date, y'all!

The Third Annual Center for Applied Immunology and Pathological Processes Colloquium is NEXT WEEK! Check out the attached flyer and schedule of events!
Talks will be from invited speakers, as well as several LSUHS Graduate Faculty - Drs. Monica Gestal, Ana-Maria Dragoi, Xiao-Hong Lu, and Rohit Jangra.

See y'all there!!

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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 10/14/2023

Already thinking ahead to possible lab rotations? It's okay. Here are two of our professors in the department that have open labs! Keep checking back for spotlights on other professors who are recruiting graduate students!

Dr. Martin Sapp is our Chairman and Willis Knighton Endowed Chair of Molecular Biology. His lab focuses on the immediate early events that occur in human papillomavirus infections.

Dr. Rona Scott is an Associate Professor and Endowed Mingyu Ding Professor of Microbiology. Her lab studies the Epstein-Barr virus, specifically focusing on understanding how epigenetic alterations on the virus and host genome contribute to tumorigenesis, as well as understanding the interactions between Epstein-Barr virus and human papillomavirus in oral cancer.

For more information, check out the links below. They provide information about research, publications, lab members, etc.

SAPP LAB -- https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/sapp-lab

SCOTT LAB -- https://schoolofgradstudies.lsuhs.edu/academics/microbiology-and-immunology/research/scott-lab

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10/06/2023

This week, junior student Ridwan Arinola in the Kamil Lab presented his second library seminar. This type of seminar is just one of the stepping stones required for completion of the Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

Library seminars give students the opportunity to mine the literature, present, and discuss an area of research not directly related to their dissertation research project.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. A major player in the transmission of malaria is the unicellular protozoan parasite known as Plasmodium falciparum. Just two years ago, there were ~250 million cases of malaria and over 600,000 deaths. In the body, Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the fight against this parasite. NK cells are white blood cells that destroy infected and diseased cells. In the fight against Plasmodium, NK cells play a role in a process called Antibody-Dependent Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity (ADCC). ADCC involves cells that recognize and kill target antibody-coated target cells that express tumor- or pathogen-derived antigens on their surface. These antigens are red flags that mark the cell as non-self and in need of destruction! How cool are NK cells?

10/03/2023

Curious about the Microbiology and Immunology Doctoral program at LSU Health Shreveport?

We'll be periodically posting information about the curriculum, post-grad careers, faculty, and more throughout this recruitment season!

Our students finish all core courses in one year. Check out the attached simplified semester breakdown.

For more information, contact our Recruitment Coordinator at [email protected].

More information can also be found at lsuhs.edu/microbiology.

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09/29/2023

Anthony Domma, a postdoc in the Kamil Lab, recently published a first-author paper in the Journal of Virology. His paper is about how cytomegalovirus (CMV) requires PI3K/AKT to be shut off to efficiently replicate.

Check out his paper here!
https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/jvi.00563-23

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09/21/2023

This week, junior student Katie Parrish in the Gestal Lab presented her second library seminar. This type of seminar is just one of the stepping stones required for completion of the Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

Library seminars give students the opportunity to mine the literature, present, and discuss an area of research not directly related to their dissertation research project.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common lower respiratory tract disease in children under 2 years of age. Symptoms of RSV are similar to other respiratory infections. Severe disease is associated with the virulence of the virus, as well as host factors, specifically type I interferons of the innate immune system. Interferons are proteins signaling proteins made and secreted in response to infections. They come in three major classes - type I, II, and III. Type I interferons have been shown to play a role in the body's response to RSV infection by regulating viral clearance and the immune response. To overcome this, RSV has two non-structural proteins and one envelope protein that are known to suppress type I interferon production, which promotes viral infection.

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09/15/2023

This week, junior student Victoria Dufrayer Filloon in the Yurochko Lab presented her second library seminar. This type of seminar is just one of the stepping stones required for completion of the Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

Library seminars give students the opportunity to mine the literature, present, and discuss an area of research not directly related to their dissertation research project.

Kaposi sarcomas is a type of cancer caused by human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8) and found in the skin and mucus membranes that line the gastrointestinal tract. Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is often associated with HIV+ individuals and belongs to the same family as Epstein-Barr virus, which is a causative agent of infectious mononucleosis. While rare in the US, KSHV is more common in other parts of the world.

09/07/2023

Interested in getting your PhD in Microbiology and Immunology? We offer research in bacteriology, virology, immunology, cancer, and more at LSU Health Shreveport!
LSUHS is officially recruiting for Fall 2024!
Check us out at LSUHS.edu/microbiology
Apply at: https://gradcas2024.liaisoncas.com/applicant-up/ #/login

09/07/2023

Ever wanted to get your PhD in microbiology and immunology? We offer research in bacteriology, virology, immunology, cancer, and more at LSU Health Shreveport!

LSUHS Microbiology and Immunology is officially recruiting for Fall 2024!
Check us out at lsuhs.edu/microbiology to learn more.
Apply at: https://gradcas2024.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/ #/login

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 09/01/2023

Farewell, Dr. Lohit Khera!

Dr. Khera has been a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Rohit Jangra.

Today is Dr. Khera's last day at LSU Health Shreveport. He will be moving on to an industry job in Canada. Be sure to stop by the Jangra Lab and wish him well in his future endeavors.

08/24/2023

Earlier this week, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology hosted Dr. Sanjay Ram, a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Massachusetts in Worchester, Massachusetts.

In Dr. Ram’s seminar titled “Harnessing Virulence Factors to Develop Vaccines and Immunotherapies against Neisseria gonorrhoeae”, we learned more about N. gonorrhoeae pathogenesis. N. gonorrhoeae is the bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted infection, gonorrhea. Did you know that Louisiana is ranked #4 in gonorrhea cases per state? Slots 1, 2, and 3 go to Washington DC, Mississippi, and South Dakota!

After the seminar, graduate students met with Dr. Ram to talk science in a more informal setting. Thanks for visiting us at LSU Health Shreveport, Dr. Ram!

08/22/2023

Don't miss this event on FRIDAY!

All are invited to attend.
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Photos from LSU Health Shreveport - Department of Microbiology and Immunology's post 08/22/2023

Last week, our summer students from the Fundacion Barre program - David Garcia Remo and Laura Lopez Candales - presented seminars on the work they have been performing over the last few months.

David has been working on the Woolard Lab and presented a seminar on the "Integration of Lipid Metabolism with O-Glycanation during Pro-resolving Responses by Macrophages".

Laura has been working in the Gestal Lab and presenting a seminar on "Close Encounters between Bordetella and Epithelial Cells".

Great job, David and Laura!

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