Todd Monroe

W. Todd Monroe

Arthur K. Barton Endowed Professor

163 E. B. Doran Building Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4505


Phone: (225) 578-1059 / Fax: (225) 578-3492



  • Biomedical
  • BioMEMS
  • Biophotonics
  • Cellular engineering


BE 1251: Introduction to Engineering Methods (Fall)

BE 4323: Biomechanics for Engineers (Spring)

BE 4332: Molecular Methods in Biological Engineering (Fall)





2008 NSF CAREER Award
2007 LSU College of Agriculture Sedberry Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award
2005,6,7 Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Merit Honor Roll Award
2005 1st Place, Research Poster Competition, Institute of Biological Engineering Meeting
2004-5 LSU Biological Engineering Student Organization Outstanding Professor Award
2004 LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award
2003 Licensed Professional Engineer (LA 30895)
2003-4 LSU Biological Engineering Student Organization Outstanding Professor Award
1999 Vanderbilt College of Engineering Outstanding Research Publication Award Winner
1998 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
1998 Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellow
1996 Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Mortar Board Graduate Fellowships
1996 National Institutes of Health Graduate Trainee in Quantitative Physiology
Tau Beta Pi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi Honor Societies



Theegala, C.S., D.D. Small, and W.T. Monroe, 2008. “Oxygen Electrode-Based, Single Antibody Amperometric Biosensor for Qualitative Detection of E. coli and Bacteria in Water” In Press: Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, A43(5).

Dong, Q., K. Svoboda, T.R. Tiersch and W.T. Monroe, 2007. “Photobiological Effects of UVA and UVB Light in Zebrafish Embryos: Evidence for a Competent Photorepair System.” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 88(2-3): 137–146.

Blidner, R.A, R.P. Hammer, M.J. Lopez, S.O. Robinson and W.T. Monroe, 2007. “Fully 2’-Deoxy-2’-Fluoro Substituted Nucleic Acids Induce RNA Interference in Mammalian Cell Culture” Chemical Biology & Drug Design, 70(2):113-122, 2007.

Forman, J., M. Dietrich and W.T. Monroe, 2007. “Photobiological and thermal effects of photoactivating UVA light doses on cell cultures.” Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 6(6):649-58.

Thirumala, S., J.M. Forman, W.T. Monroe and R.V.Devireddy, 2007. “Freezing and post-thaw apoptotic behaviour of cells in the presence of palmitoyl nanogold particles.” Nanotechnology, 18: 195104-19515.

Lopez, M.J, J.P. Casey, N. Spencer, and W.T. Monroe, 2007. “Biomechanical Characteristics of an Implant Used to Secure Semitendinosus–Gracilis Tendon Grafts in a Canine Model of Extra-Articular Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Veterinary Surgery, 36(5) 599-604.

Gawronska-Kozak, B., M. Bogacki, J.S. Rim, W.T. Monroe and J.A. Manuel, 2007. “Scarless skin repair in immunodeficient mice.” Wound Repair and Regeneration, 14(1): 265-276.

Nidumolu, B.S.G., M.C. Urbina, J. Hormes, C.S.S.R. Kumar and W.T. Monroe, 2006. “Functionalization of Gold and Glass Surfaces with Magnetic Nanoparticles Using Biomolecular Interactions.” Biotechnology Progress, 22(1): 91-95.

Monroe, W.T., M.P. Mailander and M. Lima, 2006. “Focus on Experiential Education: A Freshman Engineering Program in Biological & Agricultural Engineering.” International Journal of Engineering Education, 22(6):1129-1138.

Ghosn, B., K. Gee, F. R. Haselton and W.T. Monroe, 2005. “Light-based Control of DNA Hybridization with Photocleavable Adducts.” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 81(4):953-959.

Monroe W.T. and F.R. Haselton, 2003. “Molecular Beacon Sequence Design Algorithm.” BioTechniques, 34(1): 68-74.

Monroe, W.T., M. M. McQuain, M. S. Chang, J. S. Alexander and F. R. Haselton, 1999. “Targeting expression with light using caged DNA.” Journal of Biological Chemistry. 274:20895-20900.

Gilbertson D.M., W.T. Monroe, J.R. Milliet, J. Caprio and T.A. Gilbertson, 1997. Citrate ions enhance behavioral and cellular responses to taste stimuli. Physiology and Behavior, 62(3):491-500.

Gilbertson, T.A., D.T. Fontenot, L. Liu, H. Zhang and W.T. Monroe, 1997. “Fatty acid modulation of K+ channels in taste receptor cells: gustatory cues for dietary fat.” American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, 272:C1203-C1210.

Patents and Book Chapters:
“GraftGrab: A Novel Fixation Device for Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Grafts.” Monroe, W.T. and M.J. Lopez, Submitted to USPTO 8/2006.

“Apparatus and Methods for Using Biological Material to Discriminate an Agent.” Wikswo, J.P, F.J. Baudenbacher, R.R. Balcarcel, B.A. Bapty, D. Cliffel, S. Eklund, O. McGuinnes, W.T. Monroe, A. Prokop, M. Stremler, A. Werdich, and Y. Yang, U.S. Patent Application No. 20060073539, European Patent EP1423506, filed 4/6/2006.

“Apparatus and Methods for Monitoring the Status of a Metabolically Active Cell.” Wikswo, J.P, F.J. Baudenbacher, R.R. Balcarcel, D. Cliffel, S. Eklund, J.M. Gilligan, O. McGuinnes, W.T. Monroe, A. Prokop, M. Stremler, A. Werdich, U.S. Patent No. EP1432833, filed 6/8/2002.

Monroe W.T. and F.R. Haselton, 2005. "Light Reversible Suppression of DNA Bioactivity with Cage Compounds" Chapter 9.4 in Dynamic Studies in Biology: Phototriggers, Photoswitches and Caged Biomolecules, ed. M. Goeldner and R. Givens, Wiley Interscience, pp. 513-531.


B.S., Biological Engineering, 1996, Louisiana State University
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, 1999, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2001, Vanderbilt University
Postdoc., Biomedical Eng./Physics, 2001-2002, Vanderbilt University

2002-Present: Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2001-2002: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Departments of Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1998-2001: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow

1996-1998: NIH Graduate Trainee in Quantitative & Integrative Physiology, Biomedical Engineering Dept., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1995: NSF REU “SMART” Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX