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Former Graduate Students

Below you will find a list of former graduate students from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This list provides information on the degrees that were earned, the year they were received, and the students mentor while a student in our department. We have also provided information regarding their employment after graduation from our program.

If you were a student in our program, and you find that your name is not on our list, please e-mail [email protected], and provide this information so that we can provide accurate information.

Student Deg. Year Rec. Mentor Post Graduation Positions Thesis Title
Adams, Chris Ph.D. 1992 Gross Current: Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA Investigations into the molecular determinants of chromatin structure and transcriptional regulation of the HSC82 heat shock gene in Saccaromyces cerevisiae
Anthony, Bruce Ph.D. 2001 De Benedetti 2001- Postdoc @ Jackson Laboratory (Jane Barker), Bar Harbor, ME The role of eIF4E (CDC33) in regulating early G, cell cycle events in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Austin, Joseph Ph.D. 2001 First Current: Forensic Toxicologist, GA Bureau of Investigations, Atlanta, GA The Characterization of the Human Tyrosyl-tRNA Synthetase in the Catalysis of Tyrosine Activation
Babu, Praveen Ph.D. 2004 Robinson 2006-Pres. Chemistry instructor, Cuesta Community College, San Luis Obispo CA Targeting and modification of Yck2p in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Baddoo, Melody Cunningham M.S. 2000 Aamodt Pres.-Research Scientist, Center for Gene Therapy, New Orleans, LA Characterization of C. elegans Gene, pag-1
Bellaire, Barbara M.S. 1998   Currently a Med. student at LSUHSC-S Induction of antioxidant enzymes in cotton
Berroteran, Rhonda Ph.D. 1995 Hampsey 1998-2000: Instructor, Dept. of Medicine-LSUHSC-S Genetic and molecular analysis of the SUA8 suppressors of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Bharucha, Jennifer Ph.D. 2007 Tatchell 2007-Pres. Postdoc, Lab of Human Retrovirology, National Cancer Inst. (NCI), Frederick, MD 21702 The regulation of morphogenesis during mating and the cell cycle by protein phosphatase type 1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Bloecher, Andy Ph.D. 2000 Tatchell


2000-Postdoc at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Protein phosphatase type 1 localization and function in the cell cycle of yeast
Boerger, Paula Ph.D. 1994 Blackburn Researcher, Smith-Kline Beckman, Philadelphia Analysis of the Functional Domains of Antithrombin III through the use of Immunochemistry, Peptide Chemistry, and Recombinant DNA Technology
Bradley, Chris Ph.D. 2002 Rhoads 2005-Present Postdoc, J. Albala lab, Otolaryngology, UC Davis Med Ctr., Sacramento VA at Mather Analysis of messenger RNA and protein variants of translational initiation factor eIF4G-1
Braud, John M.S. 1999 Lucas Medical School-LSUHSC-S, Dept. of Radiology Superoxide and glutathione S-transferase levels in NAC1 stressed cotton
Bryan, Joshua M.S. Meyers 2004-Present Res. Assoc., lab of Dan Shelver, LSUHSC-S AML1B regulates expression of p21 waf1/cip1 in coordination with the tumor suppressor p53
Bunn, Robert Clay Ph.D. 1999 Reed 1999-Pres. Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas Identification of domains within facilitative glucose transporter GLUT1 which are critical for activation and cytoskeletal association of the transporter
Carmody, John Barry M.S. 2000 Gossett 2001-Pres. LSUHSC-S Med. Student A potential role for abscisic acid in signaling the upregulation of antioxidant enzyme activity in cotton
Carter-Merchant, Peggy Ph.D. 1998 De Benedetti Currently a Research Assoc. @ Univ. of S. Carolina @ Aiken Translation initiation at CUG codons enhanced by eIF4E: implications for cancer progression
Chandrasekaran, Srikripa Ph.D. 2006 Mathias 2006-Pres. Postdoc, Cell Biol., Duke Univ. The transcriptional activator of the yeast MET biosynthetic pathway, MET4, is regulated by proteolytic and non-proteolytic mechanisms
Chen, Qingdan M.S. 1998 Good Currently Research Associate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute-Buffalo, NY Characterization of the vertebrate bruno-3 gene
Clark-Dixon, Cheryl Ph.D. 2003   2007-Pres. Postdoc, Nathan lab, Otolaryngology, LSUHSC-S Variations on a theme: Dominant negative inhibitors of the SCFMet30p and SCFCdc4p Ubiquitin ligase complex in Saccaromyces cerevisiae
Cole, Perry Ph.D. 1974 Olson Univ. of Arizona Chemical Characterization of the Carbohydrate Contained in Human Bence-Jones Proteins: Partial Structure of a Glycopeptide Isolated from a Bence-Jones Protein
Cross, Stephanie M.S. 2000 Williams Volleyball coach, Denver Public School District, CO Novel regulation of angiogensis in prostate cancer
DeFatta, Robert J. Ph.D. 2000 De Benedetti 2005-Pres. Resident, UT Southwestern Med. School, Dallas, TX The eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF 4E during cancer progression and as a target for cancer gene therapy
D?Souza, Cletus Ph.D. 1995 Zuber Pres.-U. British Columbia, Vancouver Role of the SRFA Operon in Competence Development of Bacillus subtilis
Farr, Carol Ph.D. 1998 Witt Pres.-Seattle, WA Kinetics and Mechanism of Peptide Binding to the Molecular Chaperone DNAK: Role of Nucleotide in Regulating Peptide Binding Activity
Flower, Amanda (Dillingham) M.S. 2007 Rhoads

2007-Boston Public Schools

15 Park Ave., Framingham, MA 01701

ceMNK-1 and phosphorylation of cIF4E isoforms in C. elegans
Flower, Todd Richard Ph.D. 2006 Witt 2006-Pres.-Assistant Director, New England Cord Blood Bank, Boston, MA Insights into the mechanism and suppression of alpha-synuclein-induced toxicity in a yeast model of Parkinson?s disease
Fowler, Tolvert M.S. 1998 Gossett 2003-Present Med. student, LSUHSC-S Gluthathione S-Transferase Activity in Cotton Subjected to NaC1 Stress
Frisby, Dennis Ph.D. 1994 Zuber 2004-Pres. Ass?t Prof. of Biology, Cameron College, Lawton, OK Genetics of Carbon and Nitrogen Source-Dependent Regulation of Sporulation Gene Expression in Bacillus subtilis
Gan, Weiniu Ph.D. 1998 Rhoads 2005-Present: Sr. Mgr. of Scientists, Scientific Content & Bioinformatics, Applied Biosystems, Rockville, MD Translational control of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4G expression
Gao, Mingxing Ph.D. 1998 Rhoads 1998-present Life Science Res. Asst., Pulmonary & Critical & Care, Dept. of Medicine, Stanford University Cloning and Characterization of Human eIF4E Genes
Goshorn, Chan M.S. 1999 Robinson 2000-Present Quality Control Chemist at Novartis, Lincoln, NE Identification and characterization of the interaction between the yeast casein kinase I homologue, YCK1 and the YIP1 protein
Hilton, David M.S. 1981 Blackburn 1986-Pres.: M.D. practice on Bert Kouns, Shreveport, LA The Functional Properties of Antithrombin III
Jarquin-Pardo, Marta Ph.D. 2005 Davis 2007-Pres. Human Resources, St. Jude Children?s Res. Hosp., Memphis, TN Regulation of the murine phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase type IB by phosphatidic acid
Jia, Yiwen Ph.D. 1996 Aamodt 1999-2004 Postdoc, U of Arkansas Identification and characterization of PAG-3, a lineage specific transcriptional repressor, in Caenorhabditis elegans
Johnson, Denise M.S. 1998 Gossett 1998-Pres. Assistant Prof. of Biology & Chemistry, Dept. of Natural Sciences & Technology, Texarkana College, TX The relationship between glutathione, dormancy, and after-ripening in red rice
Kerekatte, Vaishali Ph.D. 1999 Rhoads 2000-2006. Postdoc, lab of Dr. Gary Firestone, Mol. & Cell. Biol., U CA @ Berkeley Recruitment of MRNA to ribosomes by translation initiation factors
Kozubowski, Lukasz Ph.D. 2004 Tatchell 2004-Present Postdoc, lab of Dr. Danny Lew, Duke Univ. Med Ctr., Levine Science Res. Ctr., Durham, NC Targeting and regulation of BN14-GLC7 complex at the bud neck in Saccaromyces cerevisiae
LaCelle, Michael G. M.S. 1999 Rhoads 1999-Present Technical Director at Minerva Biolabs Secondary structure of the internal ribosome entry site of EIF4G-1 MRNA
Lee, Seewoo M.S. 1991 Gross Entered Ph.D. degree program, LSUHSC-S Studies on a Transcriptional Silencer element in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Lee, Seewoo Ph.D. 1993 Gross 1998-Pres. Res. Staff member, Clinical & Basic Res. Ctr., Samsung Biomedical Res. Institute, Sungkyunkwan U., Seoul Functional and Structural Analysis of Postion Effects Mediated by a Distant Transcriptional Silencer Element on the Yeast HSP82 Heat Shock Gene
LeFebvre, Aaron Ph.D. 2006 Rhoads 2006-Pres. Forensic Analyst/Assoc. Scientist, Reliagene Technologies, Inc., New Orleans, LA 70123 An investigation of the interaction of eukaryotic translation initiation factors eIF3, eIF4A, and eIF4E with eIF4G-1
Liang, Jian M.S. 1998 Blanchard 1998 Computer Science graduate student at Univ. of California-Irvine Positional cloning the breakpoint genes involved in t(1;10)(q25;p15) and inv(8)(p11q13) acute leukemia
Liu, Jasmine M.S. 1996 De Benedetti 1997-Present grad. student in business adm. in Pocatello Idaho Phylogenetic Utility of Internal Transcribed Spacer in Plant Genus Asclepias
Liu, Jiajian Ph.D. 2000 Zuber 2001-Pres. Postdoc in Gary Stormo lab, Dept. of Genetics, Washington U. Sch. of Med., St. Louis, MO Control of RNA polymerase sigma subunits that are required for developmentally regulated transcription in Bacillus subtilis
Liu, Li Ph.D. 1999 Zuber 1999-Present Postdoc Res. Assoc., lab of Dr. Steven Ackerman, U. of IL, Chicago The regulation and role of COMS in genetic competence of Bacillus subtilis
Mally, Anirudh S. M.S. 2000 Witt 2000-Pres: Johns Hopkins Sch. of Public Health, Malaria Res. Inst. GRPE Accelerates Peptide Binding and Release from the High-Affinity State of DNAK
McGhee, Laura Ph.D. 2004 Meyers 2006-Pres. U. S. Army Captain, Inst. of Surgical Res., Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX Mechanisms of Gfi-1 mediated transcriptional repression
McNabb, David Ph.D. 1992 Courtney 2006-Pres. Assoc. Prof., Biol. Sciences, U. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR Viron Polypeptides Involved in the Assembly and Maturation of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Miles, Allen Ph.D. 1992 Smith Pres.-Professor, Chemistry, Grambling State Univ. Functional Role of Methionyl Residues in the Collagen/Gelatin Binding Domain of Plasma Fibronectin
Morgan, Mary M.S. 1985 J. Smith Pres.-M.D. of Pediatrics in private practice, St. Louis, MO Cloning and Restriction Endonuclease Analysis of the ADE7 Locus of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Mottram, Peter John M.S. 1998 Grimes 2006-Depts. Of Immunology and Parisitology, Tulane National Primate Center, Tulane U & Tulane Med. Ctr., LA Evidence of nuclear protein binding to the promoter of the testis-specific histone H1t gene
Na, Jong Gil Ph.D. 1992 Hampsey ****-Present-Professor and Chair of Biology, Kunsan National University, Kunsan, Chonbuk, Korea Characterization of SUA5, An Essential Gene for Normal Growth of the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Nathan, Keith M.S. 1980 Banschback   Calcium Transport Inact Human Erythrocytes from Patients with Cystic Fibrosis
Noss, Kenneth Ph.D. 2002 Grimes 2003-2005 Hurlburt lab, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Metairie, LA Transcriptional Regulation of the Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen Gene
Odaka, Yoshi M.S. 2000 Meyers 2000-Pres. Res. Assoc., lab of Dr. Mike Mathis, Anatomy, LSUHSC-S Nuclear Import and Subnuclear Localization of the Proto-Oncoprotein ETO(MtG8)
Orellana, Claudia M.S. 2000   Currently a medical student at LSUHSC Involvement of Protein Kinases in the NACL-Induced Up-Regulation of Antioxidant Activities in Cotton Callus Tissue
Panek, Heather Ph.D. 1999 Robinson 2001-Pres. Postdoc at SUNY-Buffalo, NY A genetic analysis of yeast casein kinase I
Pappas, Donald Ph.D. 2001 Hampsey Pres.-Postdoc at Van Andel Res. Institute Laboratories, Grand Rapids, Michigan Functional characterization of the Ssu72 protein from Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Pavlick, Kevin Ph.D. 2000 Blanchard Currently Biology Scientist @ Johnson & Johnson U.S. Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Spring House, PA Characterization of the c-Kit promoter: participation of the Sp-family of transcription factors in modulating hemtopoietic c-Kit expression
Pender, Virginia Johnson M.S. 1973 R.L. Smith Current-Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Children?s Clinical Research Center, LSUHSC-S Studies on the Binding Specificity of Activated Bovine Blood Clotting Factor Ten
Peterson, Cynthia





Blackburn Currently Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, U of Tennessee, Knoxville

Immunochemical mapping of the function domains of Antithrombin III

Ph.D.-Structural and functional studies on human antithrombin III: development of immuno-chemical and spectral probes and characterization of an antithrombin variant with altered glycosylation

Pinto, Ines Ph.D. 1992 Hampsey 2006-Pres. Assoc. Prof., Biol. Sciences, U of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR Genetic and Molecular Analysis of sua Genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Polk, Paula M.S. 2000 Aamodt

Currently a Research Associate, Research

Core Facility, LSUHSC-S

Characterization of PTL-1, a C. elegans tau-like microtubule-associated protein
Pylant, Shannon (Walls) M.S. 2002 Williams 2004-Pres. Sales Rep.,VWR, Winston-Salem, NC Effect of NS-398 treatment on prostate tumor growth and survival
Robertson, Jeff M.S. 1990 Zuber Currently an M.D. resident at LSUHSC-S The abrB Gene of Bacillus subtilis
Sehorn, Michael Ph.D. 2002 Witt 2007-Pres. Clemson Univ Dept of Genetics & Biochem., Clemson, SC Characterization of Two Partially Unfolded Intermediates of the Molecular Chaperone DNAK
Sekinger, Edward Ph.D. 2001 Gross 2005-Pres. Scientist I, Asuragen, Inc., Austin, TX Studies of transcriptional silencing in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Sen, Siddhartha Ph.D. 2006 De Benedetti 2006-Pres. Postdoc @ lab of Dr. Craig Jordan, Univ of Rochester Med. Ctr. TLK1-B: A novel kinase involved in UV damaged DNA repair
Singh, Harpreet M.S. 2001 Gross 2002-Pres. Supervisor of Mol. Diagnostics, Bostwick Laboratories, Glen Allen, VA Genetic suppression analysis of a transcription defect in the HSP82 heat shock gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Smith, Melissa Anne M.S. 1997 Abbott Obstetrics & Gynecology, LSUHSC-S Purification of Antibodies that are Specific for NA+, , K+ _ATPASE
Sommer, Marvin H. Ph.D. 1990 Courtney Sr. Research Scientist, Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases, Stanford U, Stanford, CA Processing and Transport of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoproteins
Sun, Zu-Wen Ph.D. 1996 Hampsey Present-Asst. Prof., Biochemistry Dept., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Ctr., Nashville, TN Genetic Analysis of Transcription Initiation in Yeast
Tiedeman-Helm, Amelia Ph.D. 1991 J. Smith Industry in Houston, TX Studies on the Structure and Regulation of the guaBA Operon of Escherichia coli K-12
Valentine, Jennifer M.S. 2006 J. Williams 2007-Pres. Senior DNA analyst, Tarrant Co. Medical Examiner, Ft. Worth, TX The Real CSI: Solving sexual assault cases using three novel techniques
VanWert, Jane Ph.D. 1997 Grimes 2005-Pres. Postdoc Res. Assoc., Grimes lab, VAMC, S?port Regulation of tissue-specific expression of the histone H1T gene
Venturi, Guglielmo M. (Bill) Ph.D. 2000 Tatchell ?2005-Pres. Laboratory Research Analyst II, Lab of Thomas Tedder, Dept. of Immunology, Duke U, Raleigh, NC Genetic and Functional Analysis of Two PP-1-Related Protein Phosphatases in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
Venturi, Christina (Bourgeois) Ph.D. 2001 Gross 2003-Pres. Research Assoc. Affiliate, Duke Univ., Durham, NC Studies of heat shock factor-nucleosome interactions in the yeast Saccaromyces cerevisiae
Ware, Dan M.S. 1991 Hampsey 2002-Pres. North Florida Radiology, P.A., Gainesville, FL Analysis of Translation Initiation in the Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Weldon, Robert Ph.D. 1993 Courtney Postdoc, Dept. Microbiol. & Immunology. Univ. of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham Molecular Studies of Retrovirus Assembly Using Chimeric Gag Proteins
Wheeler, Michael M.S. 2001 Banks 2003-Deceased The creation of transgenic plants expressing the yeast CK1 isoform (Yck2) gene
Willimas-Hart, Tara M.S. 2000 Tatchell Entered Ph.D. program (see below) A novel role for the regulation of yeast ion homeostasis by GLC7
Williams-Hart, Tara Ph.D. 2003 Tatchell 2004-Present Asst. Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, LSU-S The regulation of glycogen metabolism and ion transport by protein phosphatase Type 1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Wilkerson, Chad M.S. 1998 Grimes Entered Ph.D. program, LSUHSC-S Purification of the H1T/TE Binding Protein
Wilkerson, Chad Ph.D. 2002 Grimes Postdoc-Kevin Sarge lab, U. of Kentucky Characterization of the TE elements of the testis-specific histone H1t gene
Wolfe, Steven Ph.D. 1990 Grimes 1990-Present Postdoc with Sidney Grimes at Veterans Administration Hospital, Shreveport Studies on the Expresssion and Structure of the PURA Gene from Escherichia coli K-12
Xiaolin Wu Ph.D. 2000 Kelly Tatchell 2001-Pres. perm. position at NCI, Frederick, MD The regulation of type 1 protein phosphatase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Xie, Guofeng Ph.D. 1996 Aamodt 1996-Present Postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory Mutations that Affect Touch Neuron Specific Gene Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans
Xin, Yu Ph.D. 2000 First Dept. of Chemistry, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta, GA Transition State Stabilization For the Transfer of Tyrosine to tRNA tyr by Tyrosyl-tRNA Synthease
Yao, Feng Ph.D. 1991 Courtney 1991-Present Postdoc, Dept. Microbiol. & Immunology, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Harvard Medical School Virion-and embrane-Associated Immediate-Early Proteins of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Zhao, Xiaohong Ph.D. 2004 Rhoads

March 2006-Present ? in China

2004-2006 Postdoc, lab of Dr. Kent Hunter, Population Genetics, NCI/NIH, Bethesda, MD

The cleavage of protein synthesis initiation factor eIF4G-1 by picornaviral 2A protease and its role in viral infection
Zhu, Quan Karen Ph.D. 1990 Courtney 2001-Pres. Instructor, Dept of Immunol. and Aids, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Harvard Med. Sch. Chemical Cross-Linking Studies of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoproteins

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