Joy Sturtevant, PhD


Co-Director Basic Science Curriculum, Office of Medical Education

2020 Gravier St
Lions Eye Center, Room 660
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
New Orleans, LA 70112



BS Zoology - 1977
Colorado State University, Ft.Collins, CO

PhD Immunology - 1985
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Research Interests

Pathogens have evolved to thwart our immune response and/or 'peacefully' reside within our body. How do they  do  this? Our  laboratory  focused  on  the  initial  interactions  between  pathogen  and  host,  and  the intracellular  signaling  events  that  dictate  a  response  in  either  host  or  pathogen. Most of our research dealt with the most common opportunistic fungal pathogen,  Candida albicans. Molecular  genetic,  proteomic,  cell  culture  and  cell  biology  techniques  were  used  to  answer  these questions. Our rationale was if we can  advance our knowledge  of how  pathogens  adapt  and  survive  in  the  host; this  will  assist  in  the  identification  of  new  antimicrobial strategies. While I still believe this, my work now has shifted to academia and curriculum development in the education of both graduate and medical students. 

Teaching Activities

Introduction to Microbial Pathogenesis  (co-course director)

Molecular Biology of Pathogenic Eukaryotes (co-course director)

Medical Immunology (co-course director)

Disease and Therapy of the Pulmonary System (co-course director)

Fundamentals of Immunology 

Foundations Disease and Therapy - (medical mycology)

Clinical Skills Integration


Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

MIP Graduate Program, Co-coordinator

MIP Graduate Student Qualifying Committee, Chairman

MIP Emergency Preparedness Committee Member

LSUHSC-SOG IDP Curriculum Development Committee

LSUSHC-SOG MD/PhD Admissions Committee

LSUHSC-SOG Committee on SAC Accreditation

LSUHSC-SOM PreClerkship Course Directors, Chairman

LSUHSC-SOM Course Evaluation Committee, Chairman

LSUHSC-SOM Curriculum Renewal Committee, Chairman

LSUHSC-SOM Curriculum Steering Committee

LSUHSC-SOM Academic Standards

LSUHSC-SOM Student Promotions Committee


Selected Publications

For a list of publications, click here.