LSUHS graduate student receives top award at research conference

LSU Health Shreveport graduate student, Lucile Guion, was selected as the best presentation by a graduate student at the DNA Tumor Virus Meeting, held in Madison, Wis., July 31 through Aug. 5.

Her presentation was entitled, “Temporal Recruitment of PML Nuclear Body-Residing Proteins to Incoming HPV Genomes Following Nuclear Delivery.” This is the only award handed out by the organizers of the meeting and is sponsored by the Journal of General Virology. Lucile was selected to receive the award by Dr. Michelle Ozbun, Professor at the University of New Mexico, who was representing the Journal of General Virology at the conference. 

Sapp Named Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU Health Shreveport 

Martin Sapp

Martin Sapp, PhD, has been named Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU Health Shreveport. He served as the Interim Chair of the department from March 2018 after the retirement of Dr. Dennis O’Callaghan. Dr. Sapp joined the LSU Health Shreveport faculty in 2005. He is a member of the American and German Society of Virology, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Editorial Board of Virology and Virus Research. His current research focus on the immediate early events of the human papillomavirus life cycle is funded by a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute R01 grant.

Neurosurgeon Receives $721,000 Department of Defense Research Grant

Hai Sun

Hai Sun, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Epilepsy Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport, has been awarded the Epilepsy Research Program Idea Development Award grant from the United States Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. The $721,641 grant will support Dr. Sun’s research project, “Evaluating Impact of Cerebral Contusions on Brain Network Dysfunction and Epileptogenesis Among Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries.” This research project focuses on how the brain develops post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE).