LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Shreveport, Louisiana

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04/19/2024

Congratulations Dr. Kevil!

Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport, has been named an AAAS Fellow by the AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science! Dr. Kevil is the second faculty member in our institution’s history to be elected as an AAAS Fellow, one of the highest distinctions within the scientific community. This program honors scientists, engineers, and innovators whose efforts are scientifically or socially distinguished. Dr. Kevil was elected for his distinguished contributions to the field of redox biology and cardiovascular disease, particularly with nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide regulation of oxidative stress.

Congratulations to Dr. Kevil on this outstanding and well-deserved accomplishment! The LSU Health Shreveport family is proud of your extraordinary contributions and continued work to advance science.

Read the full announcement and learn more about this prestigious honor here: https://engage.aaas.org/3VP0OZs

04/08/2024

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology was thrilled to kick off Graduate Student Appreciation Week this morning by hosting breakfast. Physiology Graduate Assistants Luisa Delgadillo, Analilia Garza and Zithlaly Amezquita are pictured.

03/15/2024

It's Match Day! Congratulations to Luke White. He will be performing his residency at LSU Health Shreveport in Internal Medicine.

Patsy Carter Obituary - Shreveport, LA 03/12/2024

It is with much sadness we share the news of the passing of Patsy Carter. Patsy worked in the department for many years, and although she retired several years ago, she will be greatly missed.

Patsy Carter Obituary - Shreveport, LA Celebrate the life of Patsy Carter, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information care of Centuries Memorial Funeral Home & Park.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 03/01/2024

The staff and graduate assistants in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology regularly volunteer for different community events sponsored by LSU Health Shreveport and organizations such as the American Heart Association. Recently, several members of the department joined others at IDEAS Day 2024, the Interactive Day of Education and Awareness of Science (IDEAS, a free event organized by the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Science Matters Club. The annual event focuses on sharing science with local youth.

Pictured: Zithlaly Amequita, Tashawna Esmond, Megan Butler, Ahmed Alhaque and Dr. Randa Eshaq.

Timeline photos 02/22/2024

Gracie Gotberg, Research Associate in the Stokes Laboratory, recently volunteered at IDEAS Day 2024. The Interactive Day of Education and Awareness of Science (IDEAS) is a free event organized by the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Science Matters Club to share the wonders of science. This year, over 300 school-aged children from the community attended the event.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 02/09/2024

Several Graduate Assistants and Post-Docs represented the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Malcolm Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium on Monday, February 5th.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 02/08/2024

Physiology Trainees Recognized in CCDS Poster Session

The Malcom Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium was held at LSU Health Shreveport on February 5th. Physiology Graduate Assistants swept the awards in the Pre-Doc Poster Awards.

Megan Butler (Stokes Lab) - First Place
Ali Cruz Marquez (Orr Lab) - Second Place
Brenna Pearson-Gallion (Orr Lab) - Third Place

Congratulations to all!

Pictured from
Megan Butler (Left)
Ali Cruz Marquez (Top Right)
Brenna Pearson-Gallion (Bottom Right)

01/30/2024

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology urges trainees to develop collaborative relationships with fellow scientists. Analilia Cardenas Garza, graduate student in the Cruz lab, recently had the opportunity to visit the Mario Delmar lab at NYU Langone Health. Ms. Garza was able to learn more about cardiomyocyte isolation techniques for her research project.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 01/23/2024

We're kicking off 2024 in a relaxed state of mind. A Meditation Room is available in the sparkling new Center for Medical Education building, and is the perfect spot to relax and prepare for the new year.

12/21/2023

Congratulations to Tashawna Esmond. Tashawna is the December Graduate Student of the Month and is a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Karen Stokes. Tashawna is a Multidisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology Predoctoral Fellow.

12/21/2023

Congratulations to Naznin Sultana Rimi! She has been awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship Award. This national grant will fund her Ph.D. project for two years. Naznin is a Graduate Assistant in the Bhuiyan Lab.

12/15/2023

The Yurdagul Lab is showing their holiday spirit!

Pictured: Dr. Dhananjay Kumar and Theresea-Anne Governale.

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

A Great Day for LSU Health Shreveport!

11/17/2023

Congratulations to Shripa Amatya! Shripa completed her public defense of her dissertation this week!

11/08/2023

Congratulations to Megan Butler, Graduate Assistant in the Stokes Lab! Megan received second place (tie) in the Graduate Poster Category at the 6th Annual BRAID Day event held on Friday, November 3rd.

10/26/2023

Dr. Alexander Awarded Grant

Dr. Steve Alexander, Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Department of Health. The project is "Impact-IBD" (Improving Cost-Control and Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease), and Dr. Alexander is a Co-Principal Investigator. Congratulations Dr. Alexander!

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 10/24/2023

Physiology Staff/Students Participate in Health Health Day

The third annual Heart Health Day was held on October 14th at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. Dr. Randa Eshaq, Post-doctoral fellow, and Zithlaly Amezquita, Graduate Assistant, in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology each volunteered for the event.

Heart Health Day provides free cardiovascular health screenings and heart health education to the community.

Pictured below: Dr. Randa Eshaq (left in first photo) and Zithlaly Amezquita is pictured in the second photo.

09/29/2023

Dr. Changwon Park is one of the Principal Investigators (PI) on a grant recently awarded for a collaborative project with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Kyunghee Choi, Washington University, is the contact PI. The grant is entitled, “Myct1 control of the angioimmune interface”, and is administered by the National Cancer Institute.

According to Dr. Park, “The overall goal of the NIH R01 award is to investigate the mechanisms by which Myct1 (Myc target 1) regulates angiogenesis and tumor immunity and develop novel therapeutic options for treating cancer or diseases related with pathologic angiogenesis.”

The RO1 (Research Project Grant) is a funding mechanism of the NIH (National Institute of Health) that provides support for health-related research and development. Congratulations Dr. Park!

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 09/20/2023

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology hosted a breakfast in honor of National Post-Doctoral Appreciation Week on September 18th. The event highlighted the tireless work Post-Docs perform daily to support the ongoing research projects at LSU Health Shreveport.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Postdoctoral Association 's post 09/13/2023

Congratulations!

09/12/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Dhananjay Kumar for being chosen as the postdoctoral fellow of the month. Dr. Kumar is a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Arif Yurdagul's lab. Great job Dr. Kumar!

Congratulations to our featured postdoctoral fellows for the month of September, Dr. Kaur and Dr. Kumar. Please stay tuned as we learn exciting things about our featured doctors throughout this month.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 08/15/2023

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology would like to welcome Tamjid Islam and Louise Welch to the departmental graduate program. Welcome, and all the best during your first year of training!

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Postdoctoral Association 's post 08/11/2023
08/10/2023

Several members of the Physiology Department recently attended the 5th Annual Gulf Coast Vascular Research Consortium in College Station, Texas. Dr. Norman Harris, Professor and Chair, presented a talk entitled, "Retinal vascular pathology." Drs. Minsup Lee and Randa Eshaq participated in the Poster Session. Graduate Assistant, Ali Cruz Marquez, also attended.

Brenna Pearson-Gallion, Graduate Assistant in the Orr Lab, also participated in the Poster Session and was awarded an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award. Her poster was titled ““Altered EphA2 signaling in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”. Congratulations Brenna!

Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Randa Eshaq, Brenna Pearson-Gallion, Ali Cruz Marquez and Dr. Minsup Lee.

Photos from LSU Health Sciences Foundation Shreveport's post 07/26/2023

Congratulations Dr. Harris on this award!

07/25/2023

Congratulations to Brenna Pearson-Gallion! Ms. Gallion was presented with a second place award for her poster in the Senior Graduate Student category at the 2023 Graduate Research Day.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post 07/21/2023

Today is Graduate Research Day. Naznin Sultana Remex, Graduate Assistant in the Bhuiyan Lab, is the Physiology representative for the Student Speaker Abstracts. Ms. Remex is a Malcolm Feist Predoctoral Fellow. Her presentation is entitled, "Mitochondrial Protein Sigmar1: A Novel Player in Vascular Endothelial Function and Inflammation? "

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport School of Graduate Studies's post 07/19/2023
07/19/2023

Congratulations Megan!

The July Graduate Student of the Month is Megan Butler. Megan is a graduate student in Dr. Karen Stokes’ lab in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, where she explores the contributions of Platelet-Leukocyte Aggregates and Reticulocytes in Sickle Cell Disease. Megan is a T32 Multidisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology (MCP) Fellow, and the goal of her research is to unravel the molecular mechanisms that drive blood cell aggregate formation in sickle cell disease and possible targeted therapies. Megan has an undergraduate degree in Biology and an M.S. in Biology. When she is not in the lab, Megan enjoys spending time with her cats and training for CrossFit competitions.

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