Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Start Year at LSUS
Terminal Degree/Yr
Office Location
Science Building, Room 216


Stephanie L. Villalba received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and M.S. in Biology from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. She served as Instructor for four years in the Department of Biology at Grambling State University, Grambling, LA. She then joined the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA as a graduate student studying the role of pharmacogenetics in the treatment of neurocardiac dysfunction in two mouse models of epilepsy. She earned her doctorate in 2017 and subsequently transitioned to Instructor within the same department. She taught human gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, neuroscience, and histology to Medical, Allied Health, and Graduate students for three years. She is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. “Dr. V” loves teaching anatomy and has an avid interest in neuroscience and educational research.


Research Interests

Dr. Villalba’s current research focus is geared towards medical and anatomical educational research and neuroscience research. She collaborates with faculty at both LSUS and LSU Health Science Center – Shreveport.

Selected Publications

Clayton S, Alexander JS, Solitro G, White L, Villalba S, Winder E, Boudreaux M, Veerareddy P, Dong E, Minagar A, Dao HN, Sorrels D. Self-expanding intestinal expansion sleeves (IES) for short gut syndrome. Pediatr Surg Int, 2021 doi: 10.1007/s00383-021-05024-8.

Vanhoof-Villalba S, Gautier N, and Glasscock E. Pharmacogenetics of KCNQ channel activation in two potassium channelopathy mouse models of epilepsy. Epilepsia 2017, 59: 358-368.

Mishra V, Karumuri BK, Gautier N, Liu R, Hutson T, Vanhoof-Villalba S, Vlachos I, Iasemidis L, and Glasscock E. Scn2a deletion improves survival and brain-heart dynamics in the Kcna1-null mouse model of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Hum Mol Genet 2017, 26: 2091-2103.

Lee S, Holly K, Voziyanov V, Villalba S, Tong R, Grigsby H, Glasscock E, Szele F, Vlachos I, and Murray T. Gradient index microlens implanted in prefrontal cortex of mouse does not affect behavioral test performance over time. PLoS ONE 2016, 11(1): e0146533.

Satyanarayanajois S, Villalba S, and Go M. Design, synthesis, and docking studies of peptidomimetics based on HER2-herceptin binding site with potential antiproliferative activity against breast cancer cell lines. Chemical Biology and Drug Design 2009, 74(3):246-57.

Martin N, Ruckle M, Vanhoof S, and Prather P. Agonist, antagonist, and inverse agonist characteristics of TIPP (H-Tyr-Tic-Phe-Phe-OH), a selective delta-opioid receptor ligand. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 2002, 301(2):661-71.

Teaching Assignments

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II

Clinical Neuroanatomy


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