Mentor Database 

Zongliang Jiang

The ultimate goal of this laboratory is the understanding epigenetic mechanisms of early embryo development and pluripotency establishment, and using genomics, gene editing and assisted reproductive technology approaches to improve reproduction efficiency.

Jeffrey Davis

I work on aphid-plant virus-vector interactions, utilizing the electrical penetration graph technique to determine feeding behaviors related to disease transmission. I also study host plant resistance in soybean and sweet potato to insect pests.

Rodrigo Diaz

I study the use of insects as biological control agents of invasive organisms. Current projects include the biological control of giant salvinia, air potato, Chinese tallow tree, roseau cane scale, parrot feather, and crapemyrtle bark scale. 

Qian Sun

Our lab investigates mechanisms underlying social behavior and chemical communication in termites. We use an integrative approach encompassing behavior, chemical ecology, neurobiology, and genomics.

Witoon Prinyawiwatkul

Currently we are investigating sensory sciences and consumer research, consumer-oriented product optimization and product acceptance, the use of statistical methods and analyses in sensory and consumer research, value-added new food product research and development, and seafood aquacultural and agricultural byproduct utilization

Georgianna Tuuri

We study the development of evaluation tools and behavioral interventions to improve dietary intake.

Mike Kaller

I am an aquatic ecologist with a great interest in the application of the study of terrestrial-aquatic linkages, community ecology, invader ecology, stream and river ecology, and the application of quantitative theory to ecological research and restoration. Although my projects usually use aquatic invertebrates as my principal research organisms, I am interested in many organisms, such as fishes, periphyton, and even feral hogs.

Richard Keim

Hydrology of forested wetlands and watersheds; management of bottomland and coastal forests; hydrological interactions between forests, soils and the atmosphere; scaling of hydrological processes; dendrochronology

John Nyman

I was hired to study coastal wetland wildlife ecology, which at LSU began in the School of Renewable Natural Resources in the 1960's. I’m happy to work in Louisiana where wetlands are larger, more abundant, and managed and/or restored (not only protected) more than elsewhere. My most cited papers address the response of coastal marshes to sea-level rise or petroleum pollution. Recent research focuses (a) on fish and wildlife use of restored or managed coastal wetlands, and (b) on managing how coastal wetlands offset local subsidence and global sea level rise.

Phillip Stouffer

We will methodically survey campus for dead birds that have struck LSU infrastructure using protocols that have been established for other universities conducting similar research.  Data can be used to identify species at risk and the most dangerous buildings, ideally allowing us to suggest measures to rectify the problem.


Niloufar Emami

I am a researcher, educator, and designer in the area of computational design, performance-based design, digital fabrication, integrated design and structural efficiency. I am passionate about integrating multiple disciplines at the early stages of design using computational design tools to improve design processes and workflows combined with creative design thinking. Thus, I look for gaps, intersections, and overlaps between architecture and multiple engineering disciplines using computational tools to provide creative yet performative solutions.

Lake Douglas

My research general focus is on American landscape history, and, in specific, history of cultural landscapes of the Gulf South.  I use agricultural, horticultural, and garden literature as sources of new information about evolving environmental awareness, design theories, garden styles, garden workers, and horticultural commerce.


Daniel Keniston

I am an economist studying economic growth and poverty alleviation, looking to hire students for (at least) one of the following projects: Huey Long’s policies on the economic performance of Louisiana, home foreclosure auctions in Connecticut, and a survey of brick kiln owners in India.

R Kelley Pace

I work in spatial econometrics and statistics, especially in the area of real estate. Although one hears the mantra of "location, location, location" in real estate, common statistical techniques do not use this information. The goal of spatial econometrics is to fully use locational information.

Gary Sanger

My research focuses on financial markets and institutions including IPOs, mutual funds, measuring investment performance and information efficiency.

Linda Hooper-Bui

Our research interests include exploring the impacts of multi-stressors on ecosystem ecology along coastal Louisiana and how do Urban Foxes adapt to and interact with their environment?

Steve Midway

We investigate species and ecosystem-level questions, of fishes inhabiting headwater streams to coastal and offshore habitats. We ask basic questions about reproductive biology and strategies, stock structure, and life history; however, we simultaneously investigate macroscale ecological drivers. For example, we may use multiple data sets to inform transboundary and continental-scale ecological patterns, such as cross-scale interactions (CSIs). A diversity of statistical analyses are used, with a focus on hierarchical models and Bayesian estimation procedures for improving some of the historical shortcomings of statistical modeling (all while producing reproducible research). We collaborate with a wide range of academic agency personnel, in order to help maximize the use of data and make new discoveries.

Mike Polito

We study the trophic ecology of marine and coastal communities inhabiting rapidly changing environments and that are under threat from anthropogenic influences. We combine stable isotopes and other dietary biomarkers with classical ecological approaches to explore both basic and applied questions surrounding species and food-web level responses to environmental stressors. Our work takes us from Louisiana to Antarctica and many places in between

Dorin Bolder

Our lab is interested in microwave heating, bioprocessing, and bioenergy.

Jangwook (Philip) Jung

Our lab is interested in engineering biomaterials for tissue regeneration, and stem cell bioengineering.

Alberto Gines

Unique opportunity to work with one of the most promising technologies. Students with interest on bio-engineering, 3D printing or medical research will benefit from this program. The laboratory of 3D printing and regenerative medicine is working with new technology to offer solutions in the medicine/veterinary field. Currently there are several 3D printers and we are waiting to receive a last generation 3D scanner. The laboratory has 3 main areas of research

  1. 3D printing: design and development of devices for patients
  2. 3D bio-printing: design and development of devices and bone-cartilage-ligament substitution
  3. Regenerative medicine: primary working with Platelet Rich Plasma

Christopher Arges

Research projects in our lab include, advanced materials for electrochemical processes used in the water-energy nexus – water treatment and energy storage and conversion, integration of advanced materials into electrochemical processes; investigation of material and system performance using advanced metrology and in-situ diagnostics.

Bhuvnesh Bharti

Research projects: soft materials for memory storage, oil spill management and recovery, lignin based eco-friendly nanomaterials, interaction of globular proteins with nanoparticles

Kerry Dooley 

Our current research interests include catalysis, materials chemistry, and energy.

Adam Melvin

Our research interests include biomolecular engineering, point of care diagnostics, microfluidics, single cell analysis, chemical biology, algal chemotaxis and growth dynamics.

Krishnaswamy Nandakumar

Our research interests include enabling Process Innovation through Computation - EPIC, multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, computer aided modeling of chemical, mineral, polymer, and electrochemical processes, including fuel cells, environmental applications, energy applications.

Aly-Mousaad Aly

With current climate change, monster hurricanes are becoming more frequent and destructive, and they present a real threat to life and property. My team’s research at the Windstorm Impact, Science and Engineering (WISE) program aims at creating knowledge in science, wind engineering, and structural dynamics and control to build the more resilient and sustainable infrastructure along the coast, to enhance safety and reduce the huge cost of rebuilding after windstorms.

Michele Barbato

Modeling and analysis of reinforced concrete, steel, steel-concrete and wood-concrete composite structures; Modeling and analysis of reinforced concrete structures retrofitted with fiber reinforced polymers; Modeling and analysis of soil-foundation-structure interaction systems; Finite element methods for response/response sensitivity analyses of structural/geotechnical systems; Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics; Hurricane engineering; Random vibration theory and stochastic process modeling; Computational reliability analysis of structural and geotechnical systems; Numerical optimization methods and their application to structural engineering problems (e.g, structural reliability and structural optimization)

Hany Hassan

Transportation Safety, drivers' behaviors, Smart/Intelligent Transportation Systems, Emerging Technologies in Transportation Engineering (connected and autonomous vehicles, smart cities).


Navid Jafari

My research expertise is geotechnical engineering, which deals with the theory and practice of soil mechanics for design of civil infrastructure. My projects include seepage and slope stability performance of flood protection infrastructure (levees and floodwalls), coastal restoration of wetlands, offshore submarine landslides, and developing innovative technologies for conducting reconnaissance of infrastructure after natural disasters.

Samuel Snow 

The overarching theme of Dr. Snow’s research group could be labeled as, ‘photochemistry in environmental systems’. One of the group’s aims is to approach the practical challenge of developing low-cost, sustainable, and robust water treatment systems by investigating the underlying science of the technologies. Another topic of interest is the examination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs, which are toxic, petroleum related compounds) in salt marsh ecosystems; specifically, what role do photochemical reactions play in the transformation of PAHs found in salt marsh ecosystems.

George Voyiadjis

Voyiadjis’ primary research interest is in plasticity and damage mechanics of metals, metal matrix composites, polymers and ceramics with emphasis on the theoretical modeling, numerical simulation of material behavior, and experimental correlation. Research activities of particular interest encompass macro-mechanical and micro- mechanical constitutive modeling, experimental procedures for quantification of crack densities, inelastic behavior, thermal effects, interfaces, damage, failure, fracture, impact, and numerical modeling.

Clint Willson

We have developed a high resolution 3D imaging of porous media systems groundwater modeling small-scale physical modeling of flow and sediment in the Mississippi River Delta.

Brian Wolshon

We study traffic and transportation engineering.

Jin-Woo Choi

Research emphases on sensors and sensor systems, healthcare devices and sensors, biomedical devices, and wearable sensors and electronics.

Kidong Park

The project is to develop a new generation of bioreactors to culture human and animal cells in a large scale for biophamaceutical industry and stem cell applications. 

Seung-Long Jay Park

In general, I am interested in issues involving Networking and Data Intensive Computing.

Ramanchandran Vaidyanathan

Most of my current work centers around distributed algorithms. In this area I work on algorithms for robot swarm coordination, optical interconnects an load balancing on a smart power grid. I also work on hardware aspects of reconfigurable computing.

Georgios Veronis

My research focuses on the highly interdisciplinary area of nanophotonics. More specifically, my research interests are in the theory and simulation of photonic materials, nanoscale photonic devices, plasmonics, and computational electromagnetics. My research group theoretically and computationally explores the development of nanoscale photonic devices. We undertake large-scale simulations to explore new nanophotonic structures and devices for manipulating light and enhancing light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. We seek to identify the most promising structures for specific device applications, such as sensing, switching, and photovoltaics.

Shuangqing Wei

Development of machine learning algorithms for wireless communications, understanding limits of high dimensional data mining with structural constraints, working with a Ph.D. student. 

Jian Xu

We are pursuing interdisciplinary research topics, such as on medical instrumentation for image-guided surgery and design of biomimetic eco-friendly energy transducers with natural nanoconductors.

Marcio de Quieroz

My general area of expertise is dynamic systems and control. Within this general area, my primary focus is on the theory and application of nonlinear control systems. On the theory side, I am interested in the development of new nonlinear control algorithms as well as new stability analysis tools for nonlinear systems. Since control is fundamentally an application‐driven discipline, I am equally interested in pursuing real‐world uses for these design and analysis tools. Throughout my career, I have worked on a variety of control engineering applications, including robotic systems, biological/biomedical systems, active bearings, and aerospace systems.

Ram Devireddy

The multidisciplinary breadth of his research in heat and mass transport in biological systems is reflected in the diversity of his research areas, tissue freezing (experimental and numerical), mammalian and aquatic sperm cell cryopreservation, modeling of chemical diffusion at macro- and micro-scales, nano- and micro-scale heat transfer phenomena, and adult stem cell preservation/differentiation in uni- and bi-phasic scaffolds

Hunter Gilbert

The iCORE lab at Louisiana State University performs research at the intersection of systems theory, control engineering, and robotics. We focus on application-specific solutions that have solid mathematical underpinnings. Research at iCORE is motivated by applications in diverse fields, including environmental monitoring, agriculture, military, medicine and rehabilitation, and biology, and our projects apply the whole spectrum of research skills - analytical, computational, and experimental

Shengmin Guo

Dr. Guo’s research activities are in the fields of thermal fluids, instrumentation, power generation, laser additive manufacturing, and high temperature materials. Dr. Guo has established a track-record on gas turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer, fuel cells, plasma spray coatings, high temperature ceramics and alloys, and advanced manufacturing. His research projects are funded by NSF, NASA, DOE, Air Force, LaSPACE, Louisiana Board of Regents, and industry. His current research focus is on laser based additive manufacturing.

Seung Ihl Kam

We study multiphase flow in pipes and porous media; flow experiments and simulations.

Jyotsna Sharma

My main research interests are (1) application of data analytics and machine learning in oil and gas industry, (2) fiber optic sensing technology for real time monitoring, and (3) enhanced oil recovery technologies. 

Yu Chen

Dr. Chen’s interests includes community college student success, international students and STEM education (STEM pathways through community college transfer). She use both statistical and qualitative (i.e., interview) methods to collect first-hand data. Her research projects may be beneficial to interested students who majored in education, sociology, psychology, and other social science majors.

Cynthia Dicarlo

My research focuses on interventions to improve outcomes for young children and clarification and innovations in recommended practices in early childhood. 

Senlin Chen

My research is focused on energy-balance promotion and obesity prevention, with primary interests in youth physical activity, fitness, and sedentary behavior intervention through school curricula and wellness-based programs. I have conducted a series of studies to influence energy-balance behaviors and correlates and determinants of these behaviors.

Marc Dalecki

Dr. Dalecki’s research interests include various aspects of human motor control and cognition under normal as well as under altered internal (brain injury, brain diseases, aging) and altered external (microgravity, hypergravity, water immersion) conditions. The aim of Dr. Dalecki’s research is to better understand the underlying mechanisms of how the brain controls movement. His current research involves fundamental aspects of cognitive-motor integration, motor control and eye-hand coordination across the lifespan, with concussion history, and with diabetes. The goal of his research is making people healthier, for longer.

Jan Hondzinski

Our lab investigates the effects of gravitational pull, gaze direction, visual inputs, fatigue, and/or sensory deficits on coordination, goal-directed movements, and physical function of balance and mobility—influences of healthy aging and neurological deficits. We also study the effects of various training techniques on functional performance and motor control in people with neurological deficits, including Parkinson’s disease and peripheral neuropathy.

Arend Van Gemmert

Dr. Van Gemmert is the director of the Fine Motor Control and Learning Laboratory. His research interests centers around the control of fine motor tasks, such as handwriting, drawing, pointing, and reach-to-grasp movements. His research can be divided into three closely related focus areas: (1) This area of studies focuses on the mechanisms responsible for movement control during increased demands due to stress and mental load, (2) This area of projects focuses on the changes in fine movement control due to physiologic deterioration of the movement system as result of advanced age and neurological disease, (3) The final area of interest assembles knowledge gained in the areas described in 1 and 2 to understand challenges to (re)learn fine motor tasks under strenuous conditions as a consequence of stress, mental load, advanced age, and neurological disease.

Leanna Cupit

Her interests are in the areas of teacher development and teacher perspectives on education in the K-12 setting. She is involved in applied and scholarly research and evaluation. 

Petra Robinson

Interested in issues related to colorism; non-traditional, critical literacies; diversity and social justice; global lifelong learning; and professional development in the academy.

Edward Benoit

The Virtual Footlocker Project (VFP) is investigating best practices and protocols for archivists assisting contemporary veterans and active duty personnel with preservation of their personal digital archives through a series of focus groups, mapping technical requirements on existing standards, identifying technical and policy-based challenges, and propose a functional framework for protocol design. Additionally, a series of workshops for archivists will be designed based on these findings.

Suzanne Stauffer

Diverse and multicultural children's books (fiction and non-fiction) in public libraries in Louisiana. Student would assist with identifying titles using and searching online catalogs of selected public libraries for those titles. 

Irina Shport

I use experimental and field methods to investigate the structure, interpretation, and learning of speech sound patterns, which is important for understanding cross-language differences, individual differences in language learning, and socially meaningful.

Rafael Orozco

My main research research interests are linguistics and sociolinguistics. I specialize in the study of language variation in Latin American Spanish and Spanish in the United States.

Kristine DeLong

The PAST Lab is active in developing paleoclimate records and data mining existing records to investigate past climate. Paleoclimate records include tree-rings, ice cores, corals, cave deposits, marine and lake sediments. Investigating paleoclimate records involves statistical and time series analysis to characterize and extract the information from the records.

Lei Wang


Kory Konsoer

Dr. Konsoer is interested in process fluvial geomorphology, particularly the coevolution of river flows and channel morphology, and how vegetation influences rates of sediment transport and planform dynamics. Current research projects are focused on process-based field investigations using hydroacoustics to measure flow turbulence and high-resolution channel bathymetry, terrestrial LiDAR to examine bank roughness and rates of erosion, and geotechnical tests to analyze the resistance properties of floodplain materials. He is also interested in hydraulic geometry of channelized flows and the scaling relations among small to large rivers, submarine channels, and extra-terrestrial channels of Mars and Titan.

Heather McKillop

Noted in particular for her research into ancient Maya coastal trade routes, seafaring, littoral archaeology, and the long-distance exchange of commodities in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. 

Michael Pasquier

Dr. Pasquier's work on religion and culture in the Mississippi River Delta has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the editor of Gods of the Mississippi, a collection of essays on the history of religion in the Mississippi Valley, and co-producer of the film Water Like Stone, a documentary about a Louisiana fishing village facing environmental and economic decay. He also co-curated the traveling exhibit On Land | With Water: Tracking Change in a Coastal Community, which told stories of cultural transformation through the perspectives of those who live near Louisiana's deteriorating coastline. He is currently at work on several multidisciplinary projects related to religion and the environment in Coastal Louisiana and the Mississippi River Delta. In 2017-2018, Dr. Pasquier will be producing the audio documentary series Coastal Voices, which will explore the relationships between people, land, and water in Louisiana.

Paul Frick

The lab focuses on advancing knowledge on how children and adolescents develop behavior problems. This can range from oppositional and aggressive behavior in very young children to severe violence and delinquency in adolescents. We study the causal processes on multiple levels (e.g., biological, personality, family, neighborhood). We use this research to develop and test innovative ways to identify risk factors early in development and to modify existing interventions for children with behavior problems to be more effective. We also use this research to influence public policy, such as how schools can enhance their discipline strategies and how the juvenile justice system can reduce the risk for later offending in the youth it serves.

Jason Hicks

Human cognition and memory. My research focuses generally on how people use memory to influence their behavior. This includes research on how people form and retrieve delayed intentions (e.g., remembering to pick up milk on the way home), how people remember the context associated with prior experiences (e.g., who among two people told me a fact last week?), and how people recognize prior experiences and distinguish them from illusory experiences (e.g., do I actually remember delivering a message to someone or just having thought about it?).

Robert Hogan

I examine various aspects of state legislative elections across the fifty states -- what factors influence observed levels of competition (both within and between political parties) and how competition affects public policy decisions.


Jeong Hyun Kim

I work in the field of comparative politics with a focus on political participation, gender and politics, and democratic representation. 

Kathleen Searles

Students can join a grant-funded research project, "The Inclusive News Project," on sourcing patterns in news coverage.  This project aims to improve the gender balance of sources.

David Sobek

Dr. Sobek specializes in the field of international relations. In particular, he examines the causes of international conflict and how domestic politics, economics, and historic processes affect it.

James Stoner

I am seeking a student or two with a basic grasp of Classical Greek (and some Latin) -- any major is possible, or one might be undecided -- to help with my research on "The Aristotle Project," designed to collect and assess the standing of Aristotle's work in the many academic fields in which he wrote treatises (corresponding to almost all the disciplines represented in LSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science).  We will be establishing bibliographies, gathering texts and materials, planning conferences, and networking with scholars worldwide.  For an outline of the plan, visit

Meghan Sanders

I conduct research on the psychological effects of entertainment media - with an emphasis on emotion, cognition and the positive influences of media. My current projects include studies examining how entertainment can lead to social good (e.g. community building, social justice attitudes), and how and why audiences respond to certain types of entertainment (e.g. Black Panther, Avengers, etc.). 

Erin Coyle

Law, history, ethics, and writing. Dr. Coyle specializes in freedom of expression and privacy.

Mark Batzer

My laboratory is interested in the study of mobile element related genetic variation. The Alu family of mobile elements comprise approximately 10% of primate genomes and are responsible for a number of different genetic disorders.

Stephania Cormier

Our lab investigates early Initiators of Lung Dysfunction. 

James Cronin

As an ecologist, I study the interactions between plants, herbivores and their predators. I also study invasive plant species and how to manage them.

Maheshi Dassanayake

My research interests revolve around identifying and understanding genomic and transcriptomic signatures that govern phenotypic adaptations. We use computational and molecular genetics methods to assemble and annotate genomes and transcriptomes, compare and contrast genomes, understand functional genomic units, and study evolutionary mechanisms driving the genomic adaptations. Therefore, in our lab, we develop computational pipelines to make in silico predictions that are complemented by wet lab experimental designs

Bret Elderd

My research focuses on examining how disease outbreaks, community structure, and environmental variation influence population dynamics by combining field experiments and theoretical models. I'm particularly interested in host-pathogen interactions, variability within and between populations in disease transmission, population viability and rare species management.

Brant Faircloth

We are interested in understanding the evolutionary history of communities, species, populations, and individuals; the effects of genetic diversity on community structure; and the effects of variable genotypes on phenotypes under strong selection. To address questions in each of these areas, we generally use non-model organisms because their biology offers elegant tests of the hypotheses in which we're interested. Because we often work with non-model species, we also develop and use genomic and computational tools to facilitate our work with these organisms, and much of our work is "integrative" or "cross-disciplinary" - we use theory and tools from the fields of evolutionary biology, computational biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, genetics (few genetic regions), and genomics (many/all genetic regions) to help us address our questions

Craig Hart

Understanding how chromatin and nuclear organization influence gene regulation

Morgan Kelly

My research is driven by questions that integrate many areas of biology, from ecology to genetics to physiology and evolution. One of the most basic goals of ecology is to understand the distribution and abundance of organisms. Are species's distributions set by their tolerance of abiotic stressors? And, if so, what are the evolutionary limits to increased tolerance? I use selection experiments and next-generation sequencing to identify the genetic basis adaptation to the abiotic environment and to understand the mechanistic overlap between plastic and evolved responses to stress.

Laura Lagomarsino

Our research comprises a diverse range of projects under the broad banner of plant evolution, from description of new-to-science plant species to phylogenomic studies of rapid diversification in the Andes mountains of South America. Most of our research focuses on plants in the American tropics, including the co-evolution of hummingbirds and their food plants to the impact of mountain uplift on plant speciation. Our research integrates molecular lab work, fieldwork in South America, study of museum specimens, morphological characterization of plants pollinators, and bioinformatics, making the lab appropriate for a broad range of students interested in many future careers.

Christine Lattin

The focus of my research is to understand how different neurotransmitters and hormones help wild animals successfully choose mates, raise young, escape from predators, and survive harsh winters and other challenging conditions. Recent work in my lab has focused on the neurobiology of personality, the effects of individual variation in the stress response on host-parasite dynamics, and the impact of developmental stress on the epigenome. 


James Moroney

Our laboratory studies how plants and algae acquire CO2 for photosynthesis. We have three main projects in the laboratory. The first project is to study the CCM in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular green alga that is very efficient at pulling CO2 out of the environment. In the second project we are introducing algal CCM components into higher plants to see if they can improve photosynthesis. The third project is to study the role(s) of carbonic anhydrase in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

Grover Waldrop

The research in this laboratory focuses on the catalytic mechanisms of enzymes from a kinetic, chemical and structural perspective. Currently, the laboratory is focusing on two enzymes both of which have medical relevance. One enzyme is acetyl CoA carboxylase, which catalyzes the committed and regulated step in fatty acid synthesis in all animals, plants and bacteria. This enzyme is a target for antibiotics and anti-obesity agents. Acetyl CoA carboxylase is a multifunctional biotin-dependent enzyme and consists of three components: (1) biotin carboxylase, (2) biotin carboxyl carrier protein, which contains the biotin cofactor and (3) carboxyltransferase. The other enzyme under investigation is GDP-mannose 4,6 dehydratase, which catalyzes the first committed step in the biosynthesis of fucose. This enzyme is a target for anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-metastatic agents. To study the catalytic mechanism of these enzymes we use a variety of mechanistic techniques including steady-state and rapid reaction kinetics, inhibitor design, isotope effects and site-directed mutagenesis. Structural analyses are carried out by x-ray crystallography.

Matthew Chambers

Molecular Photo-Catalysts for Energy Storage and Environmentally Benign Oxidations

Noemie Elgrishi

Our group works on water purification and energy storage. Some projects are more synthetic, encapsulating molecular catalysts in nano-cages to increase stability, while others are more analytical, improving the catalytic efficiency of electroanalytical methods.

Doug Gilman

My research interests lie at the interfaces of analytical chemistry and biochemistry. My group develops methods and instruments for making measurements on chemical and biochemical systems. Current studies include development of enzyme assays and studies of immobilization of magnetic particles in microfluidic systems.

Ravati Kumar

The Kumar group is involved in computational investigations of complex chemical systems. Our research interests include method development as well as applications relevant to energy storage, catalysis and atmospheric chemistry.

Robin McCarley

We study the creation of fluorescence-based systems capable of reporting on the presence of active proteins (enzymes) and small molecules within cells; cancer imaging

John Pojman

We study "cure-on demand" polymerizations for applications in industry and art.  we also study enzyme reactions to create "time-lapse polymerizations" for use as adhesives and to study quorum sensing.

Kresimir Rupnik

My work is focused on advanced electron structures and dynamics studies in soft-matter (including systems of biomedical interest-proteins and enzymes) using ultrafast tailored photons and (high) magnetic fields in the framework of new attomechanics models. My students have access to my LSU lab (chemistry synthesis and analysis areas, advanced laser based instrumental configurations, EPR , MCD and other instruments) and can also participate in the research on my projects at US national labs and some institutions abroad.

Suniti Karunatillake

Planetary geochemistry, mineralogy, and computer vision, with Mars mission data focus

Patricia Persaud

My research interests includes the study of how continents breakup, the physical processes essential for the transition to seafloor spreading, and the influence of driving force and mechanism on these processes. I am also interested in the use of crustal-scale geophysical studies to improve earthquake hazard assessment. Currently, I am also applying seismological techniques to study the structure of subduction zones. This includes the Indo-Burma subduction zone, where oblique convergence is attempting to subduct the massive Ganges-Brahmaputra delta, and the Calabrian subduction zone in Southern Italy. 

Jainwei Wang

Our lab focuses on nuclear waste forms, nuclear fuel materials, structure and properties of earth materials, materials under extreme conditions, and mineral-water interfaces

Blaise Bourdin

My research is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the industry, and focuses on computational problems in reservoir engineering, defect mechanics, optimal design and image processing.

Frank Neubrander

We study Bernhard Koopman's Global Linearization Method in the context of the classical theory of nonlinear, first-order ordinary differential equations x'(t) = F(t,x(t)). In our research we will investigate how the blow-up or stopping time of the solution x(t) can be estimated by the eigenvalues of the associated linear Lie generator A, or by convergence properties of new approximation techniques based on non-linear versions of Lie-Trotter Product type approximation formulas.

Andrew Zimmer

My primary area of research is in theoretical mathematics and involves studying symmetries of abstract mathematical spaces (more precisely, Differential Geometry and Lie groups). But I'm very interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers in applied mathematics and I have some projects in data science for early career undergraduates to work on.

Michael Malisoff

Stabilization theory via Lyapunov functions, engineering applications, optimal control and viscosity solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations.

I am recruiting undergraduates to conduct research in applied dynamical systems, especially aerospace and marine robotic applications, as part of my joint research projects with Profs. Corina Barbalata, Laurent Burlion, and Zhong-Ping Jiang. The undergraduates would conduct numerical simulations using mathematical models of aerial or marine robotic vehicles. Such vehicles are useful for environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and the inspection of underwater cables or underwater pipes.

Michael Cherry

The TETRA-II experiment is observing high energy X-rays and gamma rays produced by lightning. Work involves high energy astrophysics, data analysis, detector construction and testing, and simulation of particle acceleration and radiation processes.

John Ditusa

Investigations of topological electronic and magnetic materials using single crystal synthesis and experimental techniques.

Juana Moreno

My research focuses on computational modeling of magnetic and superconducting materials for device applications. My group uses high performance computing to simulate new materials prior to grow them in an experimental lab.

Thomas Kutter

Experimental neutrino physics studies properties of one of the most abundant but least well understood fundamental particles, the neutrino. We build sophisticated detectors, use national facilities to perform measurements and successively analyze data. Data interpretation is facilitated by comparing data with simulations.

Fakhri Al-Bagdadi

Our research interests include enabling Process Innovation through Computation - EPIC, multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, computer aided modeling of chemical, mineral, polymer, and electrochemical processes, including fuel cells, environmental applications, and energy applications.

Henrique Cheng

Our laboratory utilizes real-time calcium imaging analysis and patch-clamp in combination with molecular biology, physiological and pharmacological techniques to elucidate the molecular mechanisms controlling the differentiation process. Another area of interest is regulation of insulin secretion by hormones and natural compounds from pancreatic β-cells in Islet of Langerhans. The findings from this study could potentially lead to new therapies for diabetic patients.

Joseph Francis

Charles Lee

My laboratory is interested in understanding the neural principles underlying the sensory and cognitive functions of the brain using the central auditory system as a model. We study the anatomical circuits and the physiological properties of sensory synapses in the midbrain, thalamus, and cortex by recording from neurons in response to pharmacological activation, electrical stimulation, optogenetic manipulation, or photostimulation by uncaging of glutamate. Morphological correlates are sought using neuroanatomical methods, such as anterograde and retrograde tract-tracing, cell-type specific viral tracers, and intracellular filling of recorded neurons. From our studies, we wish to derive the rules governing the emergent properties of neuronal ensembles and their roles in regulating behavior. My research also addresses how alterations to these central sensory pathways give rise to various mental health disorders. In particular, we are focusing on the neural circuit basis of autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Our long-term objectives are to understand how aberrant neural circuit organization results in the emergent core behavioral deficits observed in these conditions. We expect that this research will illuminate the potentially important role of these neural networks in these conditions and as prospective therapeutic targets.

Michael Mathis

Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death worldwide. While early-stage disease is treated with high success, advanced cancer remains difficult to manage due to limitations of currently available regimens. Thus, new therapies are needed, especially for the systemic treatment of metastatic disease. Oncolytic virotherapy is the use of viruses derived or engineered from naturally occurring vectors to specifically target and kill cancer cells. Our laboratory is conducting in vitro and in vivo experiments to develop an oncolytic adenovirus for infection, replication, and lysis of breast cancer. We are also working on strategies to enhance the tumor-killing effect.

Alexandra Noel

Mechanisms underlying respiratory effects caused by inhaled environmental pollutants.

Michelle Osborn

I apply the principles of functional and evolutionary morphology to the study of complex structural systems of model organisms to answer causal, “how?” questions and evolutionary, “why?” questions. I use natural experiments to test specific hypotheses. For example, I study the head-neck-shoulder apparatus in various vertebrates to understand its function in each animal and to reconstruct its evolutionary history. Some techniques used in the lab are biometrics, statistics, gross and micro-dissection, histology, free-body diagram force analysis, imaging and animation in 2D and 3D. 

Li Shisheng

Molecular and cellular biology of DNA repair mechanisms; implications of DNA repair pathways in cancer and neurological diseases.

Masami Yoshimura

We study cyclic AMP signaling pathways.

Joel Baines

We study how herpes simplex virus uses cellular machinery to optimize its own replication.

Michael Behnke

The focus of Dr. Behnke's lab concerns developmental regulation by the parasite from the rapidly growing tachyzoite, to the slow growing bradyzoite cyst, through to the enteric/sexual stages. One area of research expands on work that determined the transcriptional profile of the merozoite stage, the first of the enteric stages the parasite develops into within the intestine of cats. The goal of this project is to develop a tissue culture platform using cat intestinal epithelial cells to provide the parasite the cell type in which it develops into enteric stages, and to use the information gleaned from profiling the merozoite stage to determine the effectiveness of differentiation in this system. Another project will utilize genetic crosses to investigate the transcriptional signatures that indicate differences in bradyzoite developmental competencies between strains to identify the basis of transcriptional control during the developmental process.

Antionieta Guerrero-Plato

Mechanisms of activation and evasion of the antiviral immune response. Focused on human respiratory viruses of high clinical relevance, using models in vivo and in vitro.

Weishan Huang

We are interested in the immunomodulatory genetic and environmental factors and how they interact to regulate immune homeostasis. We use molecular biotechnology, cell biology, animal models, bioinformatics, genetics and genomics and other methods to pursue a better understanding of the immune regulation during infections, allergy and autoimmunity.

Samithamby Jeyaseelan

Research in the Lung Biology Lab investigates lung inflammation and pulmonary host defense against pathogens. The overall research goal of the Lung Biology Lab is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for neutrophil recruitment, priming, and activation in infected lungs, smoke-exposed lungs, and smoke-exposed lungs and organs followed by infection in the lungs and other organs/tissues. In particular, the Lung Biology Lab is interested in determining the role of pattern recognition receptors (TLRs and NLRs) and their adaptors with the development of the innate immune response in the lung in murine models.

Juan Martinez

My laboratory is interested in understanding how bacteria that are transmitted to mammals by arthropod vectors can cause diseases in humans and other mammals.  My group is particularly interested in identifying bacterial and host factors that allow bacteria to colonize different cells in the mammalian host and to disseminate to target organs and tissues during severe infections.  We also study mechanisms by which intracellular bacteria modulate pathways in the infected host cells to acquire nutrients that are required for bacterial growth and use this information to develop novel therapies against these infections.

Shafiqul Chowdhury

Understanding molecular basis of animal herpesvirus pathogenesis and development of genetically engineered vaccines using bovine herpesvirus and pseudorabies virus (swine herpesvirus) as a model system.

Andrea Johnston

Dr. Johnston investigates liver disease in human and veterinary patients using molecular biology techniques and microscopy.

Andrew Lewin

We are performing cell culture research to make discoveries about medications used to treat viral disease in animals. Student will have hands-on experience in a variety of important scientific techniques.

Mandi Lopez

Work in the laboratory includes surgical devices, tissue formation from stem cells, osteoarthritis treatments, and study of movement. We always have many different projects going on.

Jennifer Sones

My laboratory investigates the physiological mechanisms that regulate pregnancy maintenance in mammals. We study 1) maternal risk factors (obesity) that contribute to pregnancy outcomes in women using a mouse model and 2) key signaling events that govern placental development in horses. 

Sita Withers

I study the immune response to osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs and people. Broadly, I aim to utilize naturally-occurring canine cancers as models of human cancers.

Jon Fletcher

Feline obesity and diabetes mellitus: pathogenesis, treatment and prevention. Endocrine diseases of dogs and cats Diagnostic endocrinology.

Alberto Gines

Unique opportunity to work with one of the most promising technologies. Students with interest on bio-engineering, 3D printing or medical research will benefit from this program. The laboratory of 3D printing and regenerative medicine is working with new technology to offer solutions in the medicine/veterinary field. Currently there are several 3D printers and we are waiting to receive a last generation 3D scanner. The laboratory has 3 main areas of research

  1. 3D printing: design and development of devices for patients
  2. 3D bio-printing: design and development of devices and bone-cartilage-ligament substitution
  3. Regenerative medicine: primary working with Platelet Rich Plasma


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