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LSUS Students Present at LBRN Symposium

February 19, 2016

LSUS faculty members and students from the departments of chemistry, biology, and bioinformatics attended the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) annual symposium in Monroe, LA February 12-14, 2016.

Dr. Brian Salvatore presented his recent research progress on the "Design and synthesis of novel polyphenol cancer therapeutics based on the caffeic acid scaffold." Dr. William Yu gave a talk entitled "Near infrared bioimaging probes based on surface plasmon enhancement." Dr. Urska Cvek presented her research on the synthesis and release of Neurovascular Biomarkers of Lymphatic Activation (NEBuLA) in multiple sclerosis.

LSUS students Anthony Blankenship, Theresa Hernandez, Alena Smith, Ryan Grant, Pearline Davis, Ryan Hammontree, Phillip Kilgore, Kenneth Smith, and Steven Burke all presented posters at the meeting under the direction of their mentors Drs. Trutschl, Mahdavian, Fitzgerald, and Huang.

Anthony Blankenship: The effects of fungal metabolite fusarochromanone in breast cancer cells. (Mentors: Drs. Mahdavian, Salvatore & Huang)Theresa Hernandez: Effects of fusarochromanone on AMPK and ULK-1 protein expression in melanoma cancer. (Mentors: Drs. Fitzgerald & Mahdavian)

Dr. Alena Smith: Using high through-put screening methods to investigate the anti-cancer activities of synthetic flavonoids and polyphenols. (Mentors: Drs. Mahdavian & Salvatore)

Ryan Grant and Pearline Davis: Synthesis of caffeic acid analogs with improved drug properties. (Mentors: Drs. Salvatore & Mahdavian)

Ryan Hammontree and Phillip Kilgore: Trends in demographic and drug screening results among LSUHSC-Shreveport emergency department patients during 1998-2011. (Mentors: Drs. Cvek and Trutschl)

Phillip Kilgore: Computationally assessing the gut microbiome in ATLAS model primates. (Mentors: Drs. Cvek and Trutschl)

Kenneth Smith and Steven Burke: Pharmacoproteomics: visual analytics of acamprosate in the treatment of alcoholism. (Mentors: Drs. Cvek and Trutschl)

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