Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport

Shreveport, LA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport places particular emphasis on training the next generation of scientists. Faculty members in the department investigate fundamental molecular mechanisms that enable cells and organisms to grow, reproduce, and interact with their environment. Research in the department covers a wide range of areas, including mRNA transcription and translation, DNA repair, signal transduction, synthetic biology, neuroscience, cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and drug discovery. Second, faculty trains the next generation of scientists.

Graduates from the PhD program develop the skills necessary to identify important research problems, plan appropriate experimental approaches, communicate their research results and their significance both orally and in written form, and publish their results in high impact journals. One measure of success for our PhD program is that graduates obtain postdoctoral positions in prominent labs; faculty and leadership positions in academia and government; and jobs in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Further information can be obtained by consulting the Departmental Homepage, Major Research Areas, and Graduate Program.

Features of the PhD Program

The doctor of philosophy degree is conferred for work of distinction in which the student displays original scholarship. This is done principally through the conduct of a dissertation project whose topic is chosen by the student in consultation with her/ his faculty mentor. A unique aspect of the program is that each PhD student chooses a visiting scientist to participate in the evaluation of his/her research proposal at the point in which the student's dissertation research is ~25% complete. The visiting scientist is chosen by the student in consultation with their mentor; this scientist is typically an internationally recognized authority within the student's research area.

Other features of the program include: full tuition waivers for all students; $26,000 annual stipend that permits students to devote 100% effort to their coursework (typically completed by the end of the second year) and their dissertation projects; training in ethics, grant writing and biostatistics in addition to the traditional areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics; and opportunities to win pre-doctoral fellowships from the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, the Malcom Feist Cardiovascular Center and the Stiles Research Foundation.

Research and Library Facilities

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center has state-of-the-art facilities for the conduct of biomedical research, with well-equipped individual laboratories and a central core facility. This facility provides shared instrumentation for next-generation DNA sequencing; confocal microscopy; automated cellular imaging, fluorescence microscopy, DNA microarray analysis; flow cytometry, laser capture microdissection, mass spectrometry and real-time PCR. The Animal Imaging Facility provides microPET/SPECT/CT and in vivo chemiluminescence and fluorescence imaging capabilities. An AAALAC-accredited animal facility supports the needs for use of animals in research. A Biosafety Level 3 facility is available for research involving hazardous materials.

The library that serves the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center includes small group teaching rooms, teleconferencing facilities, and state-of-the-art computer labs. This library houses a collection of print volumes, offers journals in either print or electronic format, and provides electronic access to databases and books. The Academic Computing Center provides use of mainframe, minicomputer, and microcomputer facilities.

Living in Shreveport

Shreveport is located on the Red River in the northwest corner of Louisiana. The Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area has a population of 450,000 and is home to the LSUHSC-S medical school and two undergraduate colleges, LSU-Shreveport and Centenary College. Our mild climate and geography combine to offer year-round recreational opportunities.

Attractions for students who attend LSUHSC-S include the nationally renowned R. W. Norton Art Gallery; the Shreveport Symphony; the Shreveport Opera; theatrical productions at the Strand Theater (a national historical landmark); thoroughbred horse racing at Louisiana Downs; the Sci-Port science museum; and numerous festivals and outdoor activities.

Location & Contact

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport

1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
United States

Dr. Stephan Witt


Phone: 318-675-5160
Fax: 318-675-5180

Heather Jacobson


Phone: 318-675-5160
Fax: 318-675-5180

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biochemistry Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


31% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 16
    • Accepted 5
    • Acceptance Rate 31
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students12
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students12
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian17%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student83%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty13
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchYeast genetics, prostate cancer, cell biology, mTOR signaling, Parkinson's Disease, transcriptional mechanisms, chromatin, DNA repair and damage response, protein synthesis, neuroscience, diabetes, cell cycle regulation, tRNA synthetases, stress response, glucose transporters, transmigration and wound repair
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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