Graduate Studies Program offering M.S., Ph.D., & M.D./Ph.D. degrees in the Departments of:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Microbiology & Immunology
Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
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Congratulations to Temitayo Bamgbose for successfully defending his dissertation proposal yesterday morning.
Thank you again to Dr. Amanda Doran for visiting and serving as Temitayo’s outside reviewer!
Julia is from Russellville, Arkansas. In 2016, she received her Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where she completed an Undergraduate Research Honors Thesis, titled, "The Effects of Environmental Stress on the Lifespan of Lon-lived daf-2 Caenorhabditis elegans Under the Influence of Rapamycin and Glucose Conditions". Julia was also a member of the marching and symphonic band. She was also known to make science fun, as she once created candy models of DNA during a science night with middle schoolers.
At 4pm in room 8-314, Nirjhar Aloy, a student in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, LSUHSC- S, will be presenting a seminar based on his research, titled, "The role of alpha synuclein in regulating the vesicular trafficking and secretion of modulators of metastasis in melanoma".
The March Graduate Student of the Month is Julia Myers! Julia joined the LSU Health Shreveport- Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the fall of 2016. She works in the lab of Dr. Rona Scott.
Utsab Subedi, a graduate student in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, is participating in Geaux Bald's Shave Day (and shaving his head!) later this month for St. Baldrick's Foundation to #conquerkidcancers. His goal is $300, and we think, with the help of the students and supporters of the School of Graduate Studies, Utsab can reach this goal!
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Today is our last day to feature the February Graduate Student of the Month, Susmita Bhattarai!
When asked for her advice to those considering graduate school, she says this:
"Graduate school is always a great opportunity to advance your knowledge and interest. And perseverance is the main key to thrive in graduate school."
Susmita says that, as a biotechnology student, she was always interested in genetic and molecular techniques and how scientists use these techniques to research and sometimes cure diseases. When she was determining where she wanted to go for her PhD, she found LSU Health Shreveport and saw that there were ample possibilities for research and knew this is what she wanted. She has also gained some pretty great friends since she has been here!
After graduate school, Susmita Bhattarai hopes to continue doing research. She first plans to join a lab through a post-doctoral fellowship, then move to either an academic or industrial research position.
Don’t forget about today’s LSU Health Shreveport Research Update happening this afternoon!
Susmita loves to go hiking and travel with her friends, including other student in our School of Graduate Studies. She says that any chance she has to spend with her friends, she takes it because its her favorite hobby.
Susmita most enjoys sharing her newest data with her mentor, Dr. Panchatcharam, who all the students call Dr. Mani. She appreciates his feedback and expertise. She also likes to share her work with Dr. Ara, the post-doctoral fellow in her lab, as well as other lab members Sudha (a former Graduate Student of the Month) and Utsab. Susmita says they are always around to listen and help when she needs it.
Susmita Bhattarai's favorite courses in graduate school have been Molecular Signalling and Neuroanatomy. She thought they were both interesting, and helpful to her research.
Her favorite technique is the assay she uses to measure the activity of her protein of interest--ATX. It shows real time enzymatic activity of ATX based on fluorescence in her tissue, like the brains of mice. It produces some pretty awesome images, too!
Today at 9am in C3-405, Ashley Wilkins, a student in the LSU Health Shreveport- Department of Microbiology and Immunology, will be presenting her dissertation proposal, titled, "Deciphering the role of host lipids in Legionella pneumophilia intracellular replication.
Good luck, Ashley!
Susmita was awarded second place in the junior student poster presentation competition at our Graduate Research Day in 2019. In addition to presenting at local conferences, Susmita has given numerous oral and poster presentations at both national and international meetings. She has presented her research multiple times at the annual meeting of Experimental Biology, and her most recent presentation was at Vascular Biology's annual meeting.
Today at 4pm in 5-201, Ashton Jorgensen, a student in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience, will be presenting a seminar based on her research, titled, "Neurogranin regulates calcium homeostasis in cardiomyocytes".
Bhattarai Susmita's most recent paper was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. She has published multiple papers before this, too!
Check out the links below to learn more about her work:
Photos from Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology's post
Gaganpreet Kaur Receives D. Neil Granger Award
The Inaugural LSUHS Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences (CCDS)Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium was held on Monday, February 7th. The event featured special presentations and talks, a poster session and an award ceremony. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the D. Neil Granger Awards. Three awards were presented for Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee, Postdoctoral Trainee and Clinical Trainee.
Gaganpreet Kaur, Graduate Assistant in the Harris Laboratory, was presented with the Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee Award. Ms. Kaur will graduate soon, and has been recognized throughout her academic career. She also recently received the Outstanding Poster Award at the Vascular Biology 2021 E-Poster Session.
The namesake of the award, Dr. D. Neil Granger is the former Chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, and was awarded the Boyd Professorship, the highest honor bestowed by the LSU system, in 1998. As Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Imaging (former name of the CCDS) for more than 10 years, he positioned the CCDS to successfully apply for Center status and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until he retired. Dr. Granger is world-renowned for his research on the microcirculation, with over 600 publications, more than 80,000 citations, and continuous funding from the NIH over 35 years. He served on numerous grant review panels, and was Associate Editor for 3 journals, and Editor-in-Chief for Microcirculation. He also served as President of both the Microcirculatory Society and the American Physiological Society. Dr. Granger was honored by countless awards, including the Landis Award and Lecture from the Microcirculatory Society, the Robert Berne Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Cardiovascular Section, and the Benjamin W. Zweifach Award at the 10th World Congress for Microcirculation.
Photos from LSUHS Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences's post
Today at 4pm in Room 8-314, Junior student Kemi Igiehon in Dr. Matthew Woolard's lab will present her first library seminar.
Kemi's seminar is titled "Maternally mediated protection of neonates from bacterial infections through passive antibody transfer".
Good luck this afternoon, Kemi!
Photos from LSU Health Shreveport's post
The title of Susmita's dissertation project is, "Role of Autotaxin–Lysophosphatidic Acid Axis in Ischemic Stroke".
This is how she describes her work:
"I am delineating the role of Autotaxin-Lysophospahatidic Acid axis in brain during ischemic stroke with the emphasis on endothelial permeability, as controlling the permeability following stroke could increase the timeline for the use of r-TPA. New molecules such as ATX and LPA receptors could be targeted as a better therapeutic approach in stroke management."
Congratulations to Randa Eshaq.
Randa won postdoctoral poster award at Feist Cardiovascular Research Symposium.
Susmita received her BS in Microbiology from Tribhuvan University in Kathamandu, Nepal, which is her hometown, in 2011. She earned her MS in Biotechology from the same univerisity in 2015. Her thesis was on the study of bacteriocin from Lactobacilleus casei.
Imtiaz Khalil, a student in the Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, LSUHSC- S, recently published his research in Molecular Oncology. You can read his paper here:
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LSU Health Shreveport shuttle pick-up / drop-off has been relocated to Medical School Drive, between the east side of the Administration Building and Feist Weiller Cancer Center. Allied Health students and staff also have a designated pick-up / drop-off location outside of the Gordon H. Schuckers Rehabilitation Pavilion (Allied Health building facing Claiborne Street). Shuttle access will no longer be available on the road behind “C” Building due to construction for the Center for Medical Education & Wellness.
The February Graduate Student of the Month is Susmita Bhattarai! Susmita joined the Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy in the fall of 2017. She currently works in the lab of Dr. Manikandan Panchatcharam.
Stay tuned to learn more about Susmita all month long!
Today at 4pm in Room 8-314, Junior student Timothy Amusan in Dr. Jason Bodily's lab will present his first library seminar.
Timothy's seminar is titled "The role of bacteria in metabolic tumor modulation".
Good luck this afternoon, Timothy!
Happy Chinese New Year! We welcome the Year of the Tiger.
Don’t forget about today’s Leadership Update!
Today is our last day to feature the January Graduate Student of the Month, Linda Rubio!
When asked for her advice for hopeful graduate students, Linda says this:
"My mentor always tells me that to be a successful grad student, we need the three P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Passion. I could not agree more. Graduate school is challenging and will often test your abilities and your determination. If this is the path that you want to take, gather all your patience, and make sure that you establish personal connections with people that will support you in all the possible aspects while you embark in this voyage. Despite its challenges, graduate school can be a very rewarding stage in the development of your professional career."
Linda Rubio says that one of her favorite things about the School of Graduate Studies LSU Health Shreveport is the unending support faculty members give to students, no matter the department. The success of students is the primary focus of our faculty members, and they are willing to help any chance they get. Linda says she also likes that our campus is also close enough to Alexandria that she gets to see her family regularly.
Linda says that, even in elementary school, she was interested in science. She was always inspired by the information in her textbooks. Linda also says this about her motivation to become a graduate student:
"One of the most enduring questions of humanity is also what fueled my desire to go to graduate school, the desire to understand what life is."
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