School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

Career & Professional Development

NIAAA-Funded T32

PI: Dr. Patricia Molina

Applications are invited for post-doctoral positions in the Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. This is a predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship program (MD, PhD or equivalent) funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as part of the National Research Service Award program.

The Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program was developed to prepare graduate students seeking a PhD degree and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers as independent scientists

NIAAA-Funded T35

PI: Dr. Patricia Molina

The Medical Student Alcohol Research Internship is designed to cultivate students' interest in research careers by preparing them to work on research projects on alcohol abuse and alcohol-related diseases. This program will help to create the next generation of Louisiana physician researchers who are prepared to conduct the translational research that can transform basic science discoveries into new clinical therapies.


 PI: Dr. Lisa Harrison-Bernard

The goal of the LSUHSC-NO PREP is to prepare individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, who have recently completed their baccalaureate science degrees, for successful enrollment, retention, and completion of a PhD training program during a one-year research education program.  We aim to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by preparing PREP Scholars for the rigors and challenges of a biomedical doctoral degree program so that they will successfully obtain a PhD degree and contribute their expertise to the biomedical scientific community.


Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace
Dr. Scott Edwards
Dr. Hamilton Farris
Dr. Patricia Molina
Dr. Fern Tsien

The NIH Blueprint initiative  "Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)" aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

The goal is to provide such individuals with training at the undergraduate level, thereby preparing students to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs.  ENDURE will provide this undergraduate training through partnerships between research-intensive institutions and institutions with a substantial enrollment of neuroscience majors from diverse groups.  This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Postdoctoral Development Committee for Postdocs

Led by Dr. Nicholas Gilpin

The main goals of the PDC are to provide post-docs with tailored training in professional development topics; provide each post-doc with individual feedback regarding progress toward short- and long-term career goals, using the Individual Development Plan (IDP) as a guide; Assist post-docs in successfully moving to the next career stage, as dictated by their individual goals; provide post-docs with a forum in which to voice any concerns they may have regarding projects, mentors, department, institution, field, etc. 

Professional Development Program for Junior Faculty

Led by Dr. Nicholas Gilpin

The main goals of the PDP Program are to provide junior faculty with tailored and frank feedback regarding their progress and plans, and assist junior faculty in advancing to the next rank and achieving tenure, where applicable.

Student Work in Progress (SWIP) Program

Led by Dr. Kathleen McDonough

Student Work in Progress (SWIP) is a weekly session in which graduate students present their research or grant proposals or practice presentations that they will be giving at national or local meetings. Students learn to present their work, critique each other using positive suggestions and recommendations and help each other with research questions and research methods. One faculty member facilitates the sessions, but the major input is from the graduate students.

Work in Progress (WIP) Program

Led by Dr. Nicholas Gilpin

The main purpose of the WIP program is to provide a forum for faculty and fellows to present their work to a general audience outside their niche area of expertise and receive feedback. The focus of these meetings is always basic research. However, efforts are made to explore possibilities to enhance translational research through establishing clinician-basic scientist partnerships and via development of translational grant ideas. These sessions vary from true data-centric works-in-progress to dedicated grantsmanship workshops to discussion of summary statements.