Program Staff

dr_hicks

Chindo Hicks, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Director, Department of Genetics

Research
Bioinformatics and computational genomics
Multiplatform and multiscale data analysis and integration
Genomics and epigenomics of common human diseases
Pathway prediction and modeling gene regulatory networks
Knowledge and Drug discovery using big data

Phone: 504-568-2657
e-mail: chick3@lsuhsc.edu

Business Operations

 

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Ms. Chanda Camese, MBA
Manager, Business Operations

Phone: 504 568-7932
ccames@lsuhsc.edu

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Ms. Tara O Rodrigue, BA
Program Coordinator

Phone: 504 568-6150
trodr2@lsuhsc.edu

 

Program Members

dr_alkhami

Amir Al-Khami, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Research
Development of strategies that elicit tumor-specific T cell responses that will be robust and long-lived to generate durable tumor eradication. The therapeutic targeting of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) as a means to restore T cell antitumor immunity.

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Suresh K. Alahari, PhD
Fred G. Brazda Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

533 Bolivar Street
Clinical Sciences Research Building • Room 406
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-4734

Fax: (504) 568-6997
salaha@lsuhsc.edu

Research Interests: Biochemistry of cell adhesion
The mechanism of action of Nischarin in tumor cell migration and invasion

dr_augustus_wallace

Allison C. Augustus-Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
Director, Program Development Research.

Research
Mechanism of HECT Domain E3 Ligases Nedd4.1- and Nedd4.2-Catalyzed Polyubiquitin Chain Assembly; Diversity and medical education program development
Diversity program development and Implementation.

Phone: 504-568-5722
E-mail:awall1@lsuhsc.edu

dr_bhalla

Ritu Bhalla, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology

Research Interests
Genito-urinary organs, especially prostate. Recently she was involved in the development of dual antibodies targeting ERG and PTEN; and ERG and SPINK1 status in prostate. With recent changes in Gleason pattern 4, she has participated in projects associated with inter-observer reproducibility in quantification of Gleason pattern 4 and recognition of the various Gleason 4 patterns.

Phone: 504-568-6031
Email: rbhall@lsuhsc.edu

dr_blanchard

Gene Blanchard, B.S.
IT Analyst (Taylor Lab)
Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology

Research
Current research focuses on the interactions of microbial communities and the development of new software for analysis and profiling of community structure.

Phone: 504-568-2215 
E-mail: eblan2@lsuhsc.edu

anonymous_silhouette Jennifer E. Cameron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology
and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Research
Application of large-scale genomic screens to identify molecular signatures that predict cancer development. Her goal is to translate those findings into prognostic clinical tests and therapeutic interventions to prevent cancer. She currently has NCI funding to explore microRNA signatures that predict the outcome of low-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, an early precursor of cervical cancer.

Phone:  504-568-2785
Email: jcame2@lsuhsc.edu
dr_crabtree

Judy S. Crabtree, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics
Director, School of Medicine Genomics Core

Research
The Crabtree Laboratory focuses on neuroendocrine tumors and uses in vitro, in vivo and genomic strategies to understand mechanisms of tumorigenesis in these tumors.

Phone: 504-568-2963
E-mail: jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu

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Alix D’Angelo, MGC, CGC
Instructor, Department of Genetics & Precision Medicine Program.

She is a Certified Genetic Counselor who currently specializes in cancer genetic counseling. She evaluates patients with personal and family histories that are suggestive of hereditary cancer syndromes.  As part of this evaluation she analyzes pedigrees, discusses inheritance patterns, genetic testing options and screening and management recommendations, assesses risks to family members and provides referrals to support groups. She is working on establishing genetic counseling services in other specialties such as Cardiology and Neurology.

Phone: 504-568-2668
E-mail: adange@lsuhsc.edu

dr_fang Zhide Fang, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Research
Bioinformatics: Microarray, Next-generation sequencing data analysis, DNA copy number analysis, Metagenomics, microRNA, Gene set enrichment/Pathway analysis

Design of Experiments: Survival Analysis, Reliability analysis, Statistical computation, Theory of Canonical Moments

Phone:  504-568-6089
Email: zfang@lsuhsc.edu
fournet_camille Camille M. Fournet, BS, RN
Nurse Coordinator and Clinical Research Associate
Department of Genetics and Precision Medicine Program

Phone: 504-568-2584
mfourn@lsuhsc.edu
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Ed Grabczyk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics

Research
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) is essential for maintaining genome integrity.  However, when it comes to certain types of repetitive DNA, MMR actually contributes to genome instability.  We study the dynamic MMR-mediated somatic mutation of disease-causing DNA repeats.

Phone: 504-568-6154
Email: egrabc@lsuhsc.edu

dr_gregory

Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics
Director, Faculty Development Office

Research
Dr. Gregory has a primary focus on training and career development, with a keen interest in genomics education. She is also the PI on studies that use genomics to identify founder gene mutations within the Acadian population that predispose to colon cancer.

Phone: 504-568-6153
E-mail: pgrego@lsuhsc.edu

dr_hollenbach

Andrew D. Hollenbach, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics

Research
His research focuses on understanding the role of an oncogenic fusion protein, PAX3-FOXO1 in the development of the childhood solid muscle tumor Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. Specifically, he uses large scale comparative genomics analyses to determine how the oncogene globally alters mRNA and miRNA expression to promote known tumor phenotypes of aneuploidy, chromosomal structure, proliferation and invasion. Further, he is interested in examining primary tumor samples to determine if an altered gene expression signature is prevalent in these tumors, all aimed at using this genomics data for potential therapy development.

phone: 504-568-2431
E-mail: aholle@lsuhsc.edu

dr_lin

Hui-Yi Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Research
Dr. Lin’s primary research interest is in gene-gene and gene-environmental interactions. Dr. Lin has participated in several genome-wide association (GWA) studies in various cancers. Her research area is in genetic statistics, including single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), gene expression, methylation data analyses. She has published several statistical methodology papers for evaluating SNP-SNP interactions.

Phone: 504-568-6083
Email: hlin1@lsuhsc.edu

dr_liu

Wanguo Liu, PhD
Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Morey L. Sear and Dr. Oliver Sartor Endowed Professor for Prostate Cancer

Research
Molecular basis disease aggressiveness and health disparities in prostate cancer among African American men using genetics and genomics approaches. Discovery and functional characterization of clinically actionable biomarkers and therapeutic targets in prostate cancer.

Phone: 504-210-3326
E-mail: wliu2@lsuhsc.edu

dr_loch

Michelle Loch, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Department of Medicine

Research
Clinical and translational research in breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies. Molecular basis of health care disparities in minority populations in Louisiana with invasive breast cancer. Long-term outcomes research and survivorship in women with breast and gynecologic cancers.  Participates in HIV-associated Malignancy Program focusing on woman’s malignanicies.

Phone: 504-568-2346
E-mail: mloch@lsuhsc.edu

dr_mandal

Diptasri Mandal, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics

Research
Dr. Mandal’s research focus includes the investigation of the role of genetic loci in susceptibility to complex diseases, in particular, familial prostate cancer and lung cancer. She has expertise in genetic and molecular epidemiology and implements the strategies of linkage analysis, sequencing, and copy number variation analysis in identifying the genetic variants responsible for increased susceptibility to complex diseases.

Phone: 504-568-6156
E-mail: dmanda@lsuhsc.edu

dr_miele

Lucio Miele, MD, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics
Director, Inter-institutional Programs, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium

Research
Biomedical informatics strategies for integrating omics with electronic health records. Molecular basis of health disparities in triple-negative breast cancer. Functional characterization of the genetic circuitry mediating the Notch signaling pathway in human tumors. Clinical trials using genomic biomarkers as correlative endpoints.

Phone: 504-568-8088
E-mail: lmiele@lsuhsc.edu

dr_pannuti

Antonio Pannuti, Ph.D.
Instructor,
Department of Medicine

Research
Role of the Notch paralogs in oncogenesis, particularly in breast cancer, and the molecular effects of pharmacological agents able to inhibit Notch activity, like gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs). Our main research aim is to understand how Notch activity interacts with other pathways in the different subtypes of breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of a rational design of effective combination therapies.

Phone: 504-210-3521
Email: apannu@lsuhsc.edu

dr_ratti

Pukar Ratti, MSChE, MSHCM, CIM, CCRP, FACMPE
He is the Clinical and Biospecimen Research Director at Ochsner Health System. He also holds academic appointments at Rutgers University, University of California Irvine, and University of Phoenix. His unique research interests range from clinical research management optimization, clinical research operational modeling, biobanking to support ‘–omics’ based clinical and translational research, etc. He has worked on >100 clinical trials, research projects, and biobanking projects. He is the contact person for the Ochsner Biobank.

Phone: 504-894-2862
E-mail: pratti@ochsner.org

dr_reiss

Krzysztof Reiss, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Director, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center Neurological Cancer Research program

Research
Genomic dissection of the molecular basis of brain tumors. Discovery and functional characterization of clinically actionable biomarkers and therapeutic targets in brain tumors. Molecular biological pathways driving brain tumor development and progression, including Glioblastomas and Medulloblastomas.

Phone: 504-210-2977
E-mail: kreiss@lsuhsc.edu

dr_taylor

Christopher M. Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology

Research
Dr. Taylor’s lab focuses on computational biology and analysis of genomic sequencing data. Our primary research focus is on understanding the composition of bacterial communities and their interaction with the host and influence on behavior and disease states. Our most recent work has investigated the influence of a high fat diet shaped gut microbiota on the behavior of mice, the potential oral vaccination of mice against pneumonia, and the interaction of gut bacterial communities in newborn infants who develop necrotizing enterocolitis. We are also very interested in viral and fungal communities and sequence SIV and Influenza virus strains to investigate sequence variation.

Phone: 504-568-406
E-mail: ctay15@lsuhsc.edu

dr_tsien

Fern Tsien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics
Director, Science Youth Initiative
Director, Research Experiences for Underrepresented Minorities in the Sciences (REU)

Research
Clinical genetics: Chromatin instability in disorders that affect the Louisiana Acadian population and genomics of auditory/communication disorders

Health science education and introduction of research careers to underrepresented minorities in the sciences.

Phone: 504-568-2080
Email: fmille@lsuhsc.edu

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Xi, Yaguang   MD, PhD, MBA
Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Department of Genetics
CSRB, Room 748A
533 Bolivar Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Tel: 504-568-2464
Fax: 504-568-8500
Email: yxi@lsuhsc.edu

Research Interests: The role of MicroRNAs in cancer

dr_zabaleta

Jovanny Zabaleta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Research
Genomics of inflammatory diseases, especially those in the gastrointestinal tract, including gastritis and gastric, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. Other areas of interest include genomics of prostate, breast cancer and leukemia. Dr. Zabaleta is the contact person for the SSSCC Molecular Genomics Core.

Phone: 504-210 2979
Email: jzabal@lsuhsc.edu

 

Postdocs

dr_hossain

Fokhrul Hossain, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Genetics and SSSCC (Miele Lab)

Research
Elucidation of the role of non-canonical Notch signaling pathways in cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) self-renewal triple negative breast cancer subtypes.

Phone: 504-210-2048
E-mail: fhossa@lsuhsc.edu

Graduate Students

dr_fuselier

Kayla T. B. Fuselier, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Genetics (Grabczyk Lab)
 

Project
Discovery and functional characterization of isoform switching of minor mismatch repair proteins subunits as therapeutic targets in Friedreich's ataxia (also called FA or FRDA). The contribution of MLH3 isoforms to Friedreich Ataxia GAA•TTC repeat expansion.

Phone: 504-568-7959
E-mail: kfus1@lsuhsc.edu
 

moore_mary

Mary E. Moore, MPH
M.S. Candidate, Department of Biostatistics

Project
Racial and ethnic health disparities

Phone: 504-568-2463
E-mail: mmoo18@lsuhsc.edu

dr_singleton

Ciera Singleton, Ph.D.
Student, Department of Genetics (Crabtree Lab)

Project
Discovery of and functional characterization of molecular markers and therapeutic targets in small cell lung cancer.

Phone: 504-568-2211
E-mail: csing5@lsuhsc.edu

dr_umrigar

Ayesha Umrigar, Ph.D.
Student, Department of Genetics (Tsien Lab)

Research
Rare mutations related to sensorineural hearing loss in the Louisiana Acadian population
Genomic and genetic health education to the general public

Phone: 504-568-2463
E-mail: aumrig@lsuhsc.edu

dr_wood

Kirsten Wood, Ph.D.
Student, Department of Genetics (Mandal Lab)

Project
Discovery and characterization of copy number variants in familial prostate cancer.

Phone: 504-568-6171
E-mail: kwood4@lsuhsc.edu