Welcome to Molecular & Cellular Physiology


Norman Harris, PhD

Norman Harris, PhD

Chairman of Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Physiology is the study of how biological systems perform their functions to maintain the steady-state internal environment of living organisms. We can study these processes at the genetic, cellular, organ system or whole-animal level.

Our departmental name reflects the increasing application of molecular biology techniques in the understanding of physiological function.


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Understanding the basic concepts of physiological control of organ systems in the human body is key to identifying regulatory processes during organ dysfunction and disease states which, in turn, may elucidate a novel approach in therapeutic intervention.


Our PhD Program

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology recruits highly motivated individuals from undergraduate biomedical backgrounds who wish to pursue a rewarding career in biomedical research. Our PhD program provides individualized training for each student to successfully fulfill the requirements leading to the attainment a PhD degree. This provides highly skilled graduates with the investigative tools necessary for an intellectually challenging and rewarding career in an ever-evolving field at academic, industrial or government institutions.


Hear from our students ...

Physiology - Brenna Pearson-Gallion testimonial

“I chose to attend LSUHS for grad school because I really appreciated how collaborative the campus is. If I don’t know how to do something, the chances are that someone on campus does and they’re always willing to help out.” - Brenna Pearson-Gallion

Physiology - Gerardo Ali Cruz Marquez testimonial

“I decided to come train in the LSUHS PhD program because it presented an excellent opportunity for professional development and to make important connections that will be important for the fulfillment of my goals. So far, I’ve received a lot of research training both theoretical and practical and I’ve become more familiarized with the work style of the laboratory researcher.” - Gerardo Ali Cruz Marquez

Physiology - Shripa Amatya testimonial

“I chose to attend LSUHS for my PhD training because of the diverse areas of research and the opportunities for translational research. The faculties and diversity of individuals here excited me about the knowledge and opportunities I could gain, by joining this institution.” - Shripa Amatya


The Application Cycle for Submitting Graduate Program Applications for the 2023 / 24 Academic Year is now open.

Click here for application information


Our Research

Our faculty are performing ground-breaking research, winning awards, gaining world recognition and making a difference in lives. Visit the labs of our scientists and learn more about their research, publications, news and consider joining their team.



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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.


Students working in the lab.
Dr. Karen Stokes with two female students in a research lab.
Students working in the lab.


Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
LSU Health Shreveport
Physical Address:
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103

Mailing Address:
PO Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone:  (318) 675-6011


Art Yurdagul, PhD
Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Director
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Email: arif.yurdagul@lsuhs.edu
Phone: 318-675-4229