LSU Health Shreveport, Pharmacology Toxicology Neuroscience, Former Graduates, Alumni

Where are they now

A. Laurel Gorman (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)
Ph.D., 1994
Dissertation: Benzodiazepine-receptor modulation of cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Lederle Laboratories, Pear River, NY 
 
Current place of employment: University of Central Florida, College of Medicine 
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
  

 

Philip Kemp (Mentor: Dr. Joe Manno)
Ph.D., 1994
Dissertation: Temporal correlation between human topographic quantitative EEG and cannabinoids in biologic matrices using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
Current place of employment: U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Current job title: Principal Research Toxicologist, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
 
Dr. Kemp also teaches forensic toxicology at Oklahoma State University and lectures at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.
 
Ying Ye (Mentor: Dr. James M. O'Donnell)
Ph.D., 1995
Dissertation: Regulation of rolipram-sensitive, low-km cyclic amp phosphodiesterase by noradrenergic neurons in rat cerebral cortex
 
Leslie Causey (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
M.S., 1995
Thesis: Detection of low affinity interactions between peptides and heat shock proteins by chemiluminescence of enhanced avidity reactions (clear)
 
Zhongyou Wei (Mentor: Dr. Sandra Roerig)
M.S., 1995
Thesis: Voltage-dependent calcium channels and G-proteins in spinal morphine/clonidine synergistic antinociception
 
Current Place of employment: Amgen
Current job title: Research Associate
 
M. Renee Simar (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)
Ph.D., 1996
Dissertation: Differences in the neuroendocrine and behavioral responses to cocaine in two inbred rat strains
 
Current place of employment: INC Research, Raleigh, NC
Current job title: Vice President of INC Pediatrics
 

 

Jianping Wang (Mentor: Dr. Adrian Dunn)
 Ph.D., 1997
Dissertation: Neuroendocrine and neurochemical effects of interleukin-6 and its role in the CNS responses to lipopolysaccharide and interleukin-1-beta
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA
 
Current employer: Division of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Current job title: Associate Professor
 
Pankaj Sikka (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
Ph.D., 1997
Dissertation: Characterization of folate transport in cultured rat proximal tubule cells
Residency: Anesthesiology, Yale University
 
Current employer: Southwestern Vermont Healthcare, Bennington, VT
Current job title: Physician, Anesthesia
 

 

Kehong Zhang (Mentor: Dr. Jim O'Donnell)
Ph.D., 1997
Dissertation: Development of rolipram-sensitive, low Km, cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase and regulation by noradrenergic neurons in rat brain
 
Current place of employment: Ivy Editing & Consulting, Shanghai, China
Current job title: President
 
Deidra Atkins (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)
M.S., 1997
Thesis: Prenatal events influencing cocaine self-administration
Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN 
 
Current place of employment: Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
 
Yaohui Li (Mentor: Dr. Sandra Roerig)
M.S., 1997
Thesis: Alterations of spinal protein kinase C kinetics and expression in morphine tolerant mice
M.D., Shanghai Medical University, China
 
Current place of employment: Anesthesia Service Medical Group, San Diego, CA
Current job title: Physician
 
John Mantsch (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)
Ph.D., 1998
Dissertation: Role of adrenocorticosteroids in stressor-cocaine interactions
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Rockefeller University, New York, NY
 
Current place of employment: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Current job title: Department Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences
 
Donna Ross (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
Ph.D., 1999
Dissertation: The effects of ethanol on folate transport of cultured human proximal tubule cells
 
Current place of employment: Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL
Current job title: Graduate Faculty, Department of Biology
 
Cameron Griffith (Mentor: Dr. Nancy Leidenheimer)
M.S., 1999
Thesis: Effect of pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures on tyrosine phosphorylation of GABAA and NMDA receptors
M.D., LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, 2003
 
Current place of employment: Southern Eye Center, Hattiesburg, MS
Current job title: Physician
  
Robert Moore (Mentor: Dr. Judson Chandler)
M.S., 1998
Thesis: Involvement of extracellular-regulated kinases (ERKs) in induction of type II nitric oxide synthase in rat astroglia
M.D., 2002
 
Current place of employment: Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
Current job title: Physician, Obstetrics
 
Orlando Bueno (Mentor: Dr. Nancy Leidenheimer)
Ph.D., 1999
Dissertation: Regulation of GABAA receptor distribution by phosphorylation and cytoskeleton interactions
 
Current place of employment: Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Current job title: Medical Director
 
Farzana Karim (Mentor: Dr. Sandra Roerig)
Ph.D., 1999
Dissertation: Functional aspects of opioid and alpha2 adrenergic receptor activation: Involvement of specific G proteins
 
Last known place of employment: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Job title: Principal Scientist
  
Suzanne Tinsley (Mentor: Dr. Dunn)
Ph.D., 1999
Dissertation: The effects of interleukin-6 on FOS expression in the rat brain
 
Current place of employment: Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Current job title: Associate Professor
 
Troy Cenac (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
M.S., 1999
Thesis: The metabolism and cytotoxicity of ethylene glycol metabolites in cultured human kidney proximal tubule cells
 
Current place of employment: University of Phoenix
Current job title: Faculty, College of Health Professions
 
Chad Beyer (Mentor: Dr. Jeff Steketee)
Ph.D., 2001
Dissertation: Role of the medial prefrontal cortex in cocaine sensitization
 
Current place of employment: Promentis Pharmaceuticals
Current job title: President & CEO
 
Dr. Beyer is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Thomas Jefferson University
  
Carmen Gremillion (Mentor: Dr. Jim O'Donnell)
M.S., 2000
Thesis: The involvement of PDE4A in NMDA receptor signaling
 
Current place of employment: University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Pharmacy, Monroe, LA
Current job title: Pharmacy student
 
Greg Sutton (Mentor: Dr. Judson Chandler)
Ph.D., 2001
Dissertation: The extracellular-signal regulated kinases and protein kinase B are coupled to NMDA receptors and are inhibited by ethanol, in vitro and in vivo
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Burnham Institute, San Diego, CA
 
Current place of employment: Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Current job title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Nutritional Neurobiology
 
Tim Ardizzone (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
Ph.D., 2001
Dissertation: Pharmacological regulation of glucose transport in PC12 cells
 
Current place of employment: Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P, Cincinnati, OH
Current job title: Patent Attorney
 
Shelley Romanoff (Mentor: Dr. Ken McMartin)
M.S., 2002
Thesis: Repeated and subchronic ethanol exposure upregulates renal folate transporter proteins
 
Current place of employment: Bakersfield Christian High School, Bakersfield, CA
Current job title: Teacher, Mathematics and Science
 
Scott Baker (Mentor: Dr. Sandra Roerig)
M.S., 2002
Thesis: Nitric oxide (NO) is involved in the initiation but not the maintenance of carrageenan induced inflammation and thermal hyperalgesia
 
Current place of employment: AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
Current job title: Scientist II - Transitional Imaging
 
Natalie Lenard (Mentor: Dr. Adrian Dunn)
Ph.D., 2003
Dissertation: Beta-adrenergic modulation of mouse brain tryptophan

Current place of employment: Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, LA
Current job title: Department Chair, Department of Biology
 
Olga Gurkovskaya (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)
Ph.D., 2004
Dissertation: Role of corticotropin-releasing hormone in cocaine seeking 
 
Mark Moffett (Mentor: Dr. Nick Goeders)Ph.D., 2004
Dissertation: Is the HPA axis involved in methamphetamine reward?
 
Last known place of employment: U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
Job title: Research Scientist 
 
Xiao-Hong Lu (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
Ph.D., 2004
Dissertation: Effects of antipsychotic drugs on cell growth, survival, metabolism and the phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt and extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling
 
Current place of employment: LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience 
 
Cheryl Campbell (Mentor: Dr. Heather Kleiner)
M.S., 2004
Thesis: Breast cancer chemoprevention with 1'-Acetoxychavicol acetate
 
Previous place of employment: AstraZeneca Boston, Boston, MA, Associate Scientist, 2005-2011
Current place of employment: Goodwin Proctor LLP, Boston, MA
Current job title: Firm Associate, Department of Business Law & member of the Life Sciences Practice
 
Brian Crenshaw (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
M.S., 2005
Thesis: Calcium oxalate monohydrate is associated with endothelial cell cytotoxicity in ethylene glycol poisoning
MD, 2010, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
 
Current place of employment: Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Current job title: M.D., Anesthesiology
 
Dallas Donohoe (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
Ph.D., 2007
Dissertation: Mechanisms underlying the long-term effects of antipsychotic drugs
 
Current place of employment: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition
 
Bo Jiang (Mentor: Dr. Tammy Dugas)
Ph.D., 2007
Dissertation: Mechanisms for HIV antiretroviral-induced endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis
Post Doctoral Fellowship: University of Washington, 2007-2011

Current place of employment: UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care
Current job title: Physician, Adult Cardiovascular Disease (T32) Research 
  
Jason Tatom (Mentor: Dr. Ronald Klein)
M.S., 2009
Thesis: Mimicking Aspecys of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration and Lou Gehrig's Disease in Rats via TDP-43 Overexpression
 
Last known place of employment: University of Arkansas, AR
Job title: Teaching Assistant
 
Britney Williams (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
M.S., 2009
Thesis: Small Molecules that are Structurally Similar to Olanzapine Induce Neurotrophic Activity Via Novel Mechanisms

Current place of employment: Willis Knighton Health System
Current job title: Registered Nurse
 
Alok Khandelwal (Mentor: Dr. Tammy Dugas)
Ph.D., 2010
Dissertation: Role of estrogen receptor in modulating resveratrol-mediated inhibition of restenosis
Post Doctoral Fellowship: LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Otolaryngology
  
Yan Li (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
Ph.D., 2010
Dissertation: Strain Differences in Ethylene Glycol Induced Calcium Oxalate Crystal Formation in Kidneys in F344 and Wistar Rats
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport
  
Prasad Krishnan (Mentor: Dr. Heather Kleiner-Hancock)
Ph.D., 2010
Dissertation: Anticarcinogenic effects of citrus auraptene against breast cancer
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Penn State University
 
Vinita Batra (Mentor: Dr. Lisa Schrott)
Ph.D., 2011
Dissertation: Mechanisms for the rewarding and pro-emetic properties of the opoid analgesic oxycodone
Post Doctoral Fellowship: LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Neurosurgery
 
Lauren Besenhofer (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
Ph.D., 2011
Dissertation: Investigating and Preventing Renal Injury Resulting from Toxic Glycol Ingestion
Post Doctoral Fellowship: AstraZeneca, Boston, MA
 
Current place of employment: AbbVie Incorporated, Chicago, IL
Current job title: Senior Scientist
 
Maria Garcia-Villarreal (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Goeders)
M.S., 2011
Thesis: A Study of Hormone Fluctuations and Behavior under Chronic Methamphetamine Administration in Male and Female Wistar Rats
 
Last known place of employment: Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX, College of Arts and Sciences
 
David Wang (Mentor: Dr. Ronald Klein)
Ph.D., 2011
Dissertation: Studying relevant neuropathological processes in rats using a gene transfer approach
Post Doctoral Fellowship: University of Washington, Department of Neurological Surgery
 
Current place of employment: Acadia Pharmaceuticals
Current job title: Medical Science Liaison

Christina Ledbetter (Mentor: Dr. James Patterson)
Ph.D., 2011
Dissertation: Cognitive Function and the Human Cerebellum: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Working Memory Related Activity
Post Doctoral Fellowship: LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Neurosurgery
 
Jim Kleinedler (Mentor: Dr. Tammy Dugas)
Ph.D., 2012
Dissertation: Investigating polyphenols as novel therapeutics for drug eluting stints.
 
Current place of employment: Boston Scientific Corporation, Maple Grove, MN
Current job title: Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Interventional Cardiology
 
Delira Robbins (Mentor: Dr. Yunfeng Zhao)
Ph.D., 2012
Dissertation: Modulation of Manganese Superoxide Dismustase (MnSOD): Effects on cell metabolism, proinflammatory and p53 signaling 
Post Doctoral Fellowship: St. Judes Children's Research Hospital
 
Current place of employment: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
Current job title: Licensing Assistant

 
Scott Pruett (Mentor: Dr. Michael Salvatore)
Ph.D., 2012
Dissertation: Targeting the soluble GDNF family receptor alpha 1 in the substania nigra to reverse age-related bradykinesia
 
Current place of employment: Brown University
Current job title: M.D. Residency, Psychiatry
 
Christopher Schmoutz (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Goeders)
Ph.D., 2013
Dissertation: The intersection of metyrapone, inhibitory neurosteroids and cocaine addiction
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience
 
Current place of employment: LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience
 
Greg Landry (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
Ph.D., 2013
Dissertation: Cytotoxic effects of Diglycolic Acid, the nephrotoxic metabolite of diethylene glycol, and the mechanisms leading to proximal tubule cell dysfunction
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
 
Current place of employment: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
 
Tanya Chotibut (Mentor: Dr. Michael Salvatore)
Ph.D., 2014
Dissertation: Glutamate and Dopamine transporter modulation in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Levodopa Induced Dyskinesia
 
Current place of employment: Shah Medcorp.
Current job title: Senior Clinical Liaison
  
Kendra Bonnett (Mentor: Dr. Donard Dwyer)
M.S., 2014
Dissertation: The Role of NALCN in the Regulation of Movement
Current place of employment: The Learning Center, Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA
Current job title: Manager
 
Michelle Carroll-Turpin (Mentor: Dr. Tammy Dugas)
Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: 4,4’-Methylenedianiline as a novel, sex-specific model of pulmonary arterial hypertension in rats
 
Current place of employment: LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience
  
Jennifer Arnold (Mentor: Dr. Michael Salvatore)
Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: Effects of treadmill exercise on nigrostriatal dopamine regulation and aging-related bradykinesia
 
Current place of employment: NYU School of Medicine
Current job title: Post Doctoral Fellow, Neurosurgery
  
Elyse Cornett (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Goeders)
Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of 96-hour methamphetamine self-administration in male and female rats: creating, developing and characterizing a novel model of methamphetamine abuse
 
Current place of employment: LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport
Current job title: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology 
 
Allyson Spence (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Goeders)
Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: Polydrug Use: The Differential Effects of Alprazolam and Oxazepam on Methamphetamine- and Cocaine- Related Behaviors
Postdoctoral Fellowship: LSUHSC-S, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
 
Current place of employment: Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Current job title: Assistant Professor, School of Biological & Physical Sciences
 
Kasey Jackson (Mentor: Dr. Ronald Klein)
Ph.D., 2016
Dissertation: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis modeling and therapeutic development
 
Current place of employment: Sanofi Genzyme
Current job title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Translational Neuroscience
 
Elliot Luttrell-Williams (Mentor: Dr. Kenneth McMartin)
M.S., 2017
Thesis: Evaluation of the Uptake and Transport of Oxalate Ion and Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate
 
Current place of employment: NYU Langone
Current job title: Research Assistant