LSU Faculty Elected National Academy of Inventors Senior Member 

Mark Batzer with the Department of Biological Sciences Receives Prestigious Election to NAI Senior Member


Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 38 academic inventors to the August 2020 class of NAI Senior Members. Among these are Mark Batzer, a Boyd Professor & Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at LSU. Headshot of Dr. Mark Batzer

Batzer is a Boyd Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU.  His research interests include comparative and evolutionary genomics, mobile element biology, computational biology and forensic genomics.  Batzer spent his first six years as a faculty member in the Departments of Pathology, Genetics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  In 2001, he moved to the join the Department of Biological Sciences at LSU in Baton Rouge where he has remained since.

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing and commercialization.

Nomination for NAI Senior Member by an individual’s supporting institution is a distinct honor and a significant way for the organization to publicly recognize its innovators on a national level.

At their host institutions, Senior Members will continue to foster a spirit of innovation, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.

Batzer holds multiple patents in forensic DNA analyses along with his former graduate student Dale Hedges and current staff scientist Jerilyn Walker that have been commercialized.  In addition, he and his research group have published over 290 original research articles including many with undergraduate, graduate student and postdoctoral co-authors.

“Being elected to NAI Senior Member Status is a great honor!  I would not have been elected to NAI Senior Member status if not for the years of hard work and dedication by all of the current and former members of my laboratory and the support of Louisiana State University.  I can’t think of another institution where I would have been better positioned to succeed or would rather be part of.  GEAUX Tigers!” Said Dr. Batzer.

This latest class of NAI Senior Members represents 24 research universities, government, and non-profit research institutes. They are named inventors on over 397 issued U.S. patents.

“NAI Member Institutions support some of the most elite innovators on the horizon. With the NAI Senior Member award distinction, we are recognizing innovators who are rising stars in their fields and the innovative ecosystems that support their work,” said Paul R. Sanberg, NAI President. “This new class is joining a prolific group of academic visionaries already defining tomorrow.”

Following a nomination for NAI Senior Member, individuals undergo a rigorous selection process by the NAI Advisory Committee, which is composed of elected NAI members and other professionals considered pioneers in their respective field. Senior Members are elected biannually, and nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. Nominations are currently being accepted for the next Senior Member class. A full list of NAI Senior Members is available on the NAI website.

More information about Dr. Batzer’s lab and patents please visit  


About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation.


Nicolette Ross
Communications Coordinator
Biological Sciences, LSU