Meet our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Researchers

A major emphasis of the department is research in the areas of cancer, enzymology, epigenetics and neurodegeneration. Visit the labs below to learn more about their research.


Witt Lab -
Alpha-synuclein as a regulator of vesicle trafficking in melanoma and Parkinson’s disease; sorting nexins; accelerators and inhibitors of alpha-synuclein fibrillization

De Benedetti Lab -
Altered protein synthesis in solid tumors; gene expression; radioresistance by the protein kinase Tousled

First Lab -
Aminoacylation of tRNA; expansion of the genetic code; Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder; enzyme catalysis; protein engineering

Gross Lab -
Regulation of gene expression; chromosome conformation of genes and their 3D nuclear organization; transcriptonal response to heat shock.

Huang Lab -
mTOR signaling in tumorigensis and metastasis; neuronal apoptosis

Leidenheimer Lab -
Role of GABA shunt in cancer cell metabolic reprogramming; function, trafficking and degradation of Gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors

Reed Lab –
Functions of GLUT1CBP (GIPC), a myosin VI adapter protein

Robinson Lab -
Control of cell growth and division, protein phosphorylation, vesicular trafficking and yeast genetics

Sunavala Lab -
Genotoxin-mediated DNA damage and repair; salivary function

Tatchell Lab -
Type 1 protein phosphatase (PP1) in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Nathan Lab - 
​​​​​​From bench to bedside novel treatments for head/neck, thyroid and skin cancers

Dr. Nancy Leidenheimer, LSU Health Shreveport

Nancy Leidenheimer

Dr. Lucy Robinson, LSU Health Shreveport

Lucy Robinson

Gulshan Sunvala-Dosabhoy

Kelly Tatchell


Dr. Steven Conrad, LSU Health Shreveport

Steven Conrad

Dr. Sushil Jain, LSU Health Shreveport

Sushil Jain

Cherie-Ann Nathan

Current Studies


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Contact the Department

We look forward to speaking with you! 

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Phone: (318) 675-5160
Fax: (318) 675-5180
Mailing Address:
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103

Contact the PhD Program

Dr. Lucy Robinson, LSU Health Shreveport

Lucy Robinson, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate Program Director