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Cohesion across the disciplines 2016 ArkLaTex Interdisciplinary Cell Conference—A successful initial conference

November 17, 2016

A new conference, ArkLaTex Interdisciplinary Cell Conference or ArkLaTex ICC for short, was held here at LSUS on Saturday,
November 5th.

The 2016 ArkLaTex ICC conference, "Cohesion across the disciplines," highlighted researchers and students using interdisciplinary approaches to solving today's cell and molecular biology questions, ranging from bioinformatics to biochemistry. There were 20 poster presentations and eight oral presentations given at the 2016 ArkLaTex ICC. Six institutions with students and investigators across the disciplines of cellular research were represented at the conference.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Marisela Rodriguez, PhD from the CDC. Dr. Rodriguez currently works in the influenza lab, where she is currently busy helping to develop the next vaccine for the influenza.

The conference was organized by LSUS faculty and research staff members: Dr. Elahe Mahdavian (Biochemistry), Dr. Alena Smith (Research Associate for the LSUS Cancer Research Core), Dr. Brain Salvatore (Chemistry), and Madison Wynn (recent LSUS graduate/ LSUHSC graduate student). Support for the conference was provided by The American Society for Cell Biology and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network.


Photo 1 - (L to R) Chancellor Larry Clark, Dr. Alena Smith (LSUS, Department of Chemistry, Research Associate), Dr. Gus
Kousoulas (Principal Investigator, Louisiana Biomedical Research Network Administrative Core; LSU School of Veterinary Medicine),
Dr. Elahe Mahdavian (LSUS, Department of Chemistry), and Dr. Brian Salvatore (LSUS, Department of Chemistry).

Photo 2 - (L to R) LSUS graduate student Elizabeth Cockerham and recent LSUS graduate Samantha Murphy (current graduate
student at LSUHSC).

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