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Faculty, Students Attend Statewide Louisiana Biomedical Research Network Meeting

February 27, 2018
Dr. Elahe Mahdavian (center) accepts the second place graduate poster at the Louisiana Biomedical Research meeting. She co-authored the poster with LSUS graduate student Darbi Long.
Dr. Elahe Mahdavian (center) accepts the second place graduate poster at the Louisiana Biomedical Research meeting. She co-authored the poster with LSUS graduate student Darbi Long.

A team from LSU in Shreveport presented at the 16th annual meeting of the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), hosted by LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in January. Dr. Urska Cvek, Dr. Elahe Mahdavian, Dr. Brian Salvatore and Dr. William Yu represented the LSUS faculty, and were joined by their undergraduate and graduate students and two staff members. The LBRN grant brings over $300,000 annually to LSUS.

Dr. Salvatore gave an oral presentation on the third year of his funded work on "Design and Synthesis of Novel Polyphenol Cancer Therapeutics." Dr. Yu discussed the progress of his research on "Surface Plasmon Enhanced Fluorescent Biosensors and their Cytotoxicity." The group also presented 13 posters in the poster session held on Jan. 27, with five posters coming from the Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics (LABi, Department of Computer Science) under the direction of Dr. Cvek and Dr. Marjan Trutschl, and six posters coming from Dr. Mahdavian and Dr. Salvatore's research group (Department of Chemistry and Physics).

Dr. Gus Kousoulas, principal investigator of LSUS’s LBRN grant, presents during the statewide meeting held this year at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.
Dr. Gus Kousoulas, principal investigator of LSUS’s LBRN grant, presents during the statewide meeting held this year at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

Ms. Darbi Long, LSUS graduate student, placed second in the graduate student poster competition. She presented her work on "A Caffeic Acid Tetrazole Analog with Anti-Cancer Therapeutic Potential" under the mentorship of Dr. Salvatore. LSUS Biochemistry Professor Mahdavian was a co-author on the presentation. Ms. Long is originally from Benton, La. and is a first-year graduate student in the Biology Masters program at LSUS. She is conducting her thesis research in the Chemistry Synthesis Laboratory within the Department of Chemistry and Physics at LSUS under the supervision of Professor Salvatore. LSUS has filed six invention disclosures and a provisional patent on this research.

For further information, contact Dr. Urska Cvek.

Media Contact: Lynn Stewart, LSUS Office of Media and Public Relations, 318-868-1067, stewartplb@att.net

 
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