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Gomersall, Noah

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RESEARCH INTEREST
Biochemistry, Drug Discovery, Pharmacology

“I am interested in the intersection of enzymology, drug discovery and RNA biology. I have developed significant experience with in vitro biochemical approaches and would like to build upon this foundation with the addition of more computational and AI/ML methods. I am deeply interested in designing novel methodologies, approaches and platforms to achieve these aims.”

Fulton, Camryn

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Pharmacology

“I am primarily interested in pharmacology and applying drugs to the discovery of new therapies, as well as researching potentially ‘druggable’ targets. I have background researching GPCRs and adenylyl cyclase as a potential drug target for opioid alternatives that may not lead to addiction. However, I have other interests relating to neuroscience and potentially cancer research. I am very open to research topics and am very unsure what I would like to study.”

Eidman, Allie

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Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Structural Biology

“In graduate school, I hope to pursue research related to drug discovery or pharmacology. Specifically, I hope to integrate structural biology and medicinal chemistry to explore research in structure based drug design. I also hope to explore research into the mechanisms of disease-related signaling pathways or pathologies to help identify potential new drug targets. I hope to pursue this research in the chromatin and epigenetics field while also exploring disease areas from neurodegeneration to cancer.”

Echeveste Sanchez, Maria

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Behavior, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I am interested in studying the neural mechanisms behind motivated behavior. More specifically I would like to study how changes in these mechanisms contribute to maladaptive behavior seen in addiction.”

Davis, Harris

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Biophysics, Computational Biology, Pharmacology

“My goal for my PhD is to build mathematical, biophysical models of G-protein and GPCR pharmacology. I want to use molecular dynamics and machine learning to inform ODE and PDE models that are testable experimentally. Hopefully, this will lead to more robust predictions of the effects of G-protein targeting drugs. I’m specifically interested in modeling allostery and biased signaling, especially at and downstream of the human serotonin and opioid receptors.”

Circo, Bella

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Behavior, Cell Signaling, Pharmacology

“Focusing within the field of Neuroscience I am interested in: Substance Use Disorders, Behavior, Optogenetics, Chemogenetics, Rodent Model, Self-Administration paradigm.”

Cano, Patricio

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RESEARCH INTEREST
Pharmacology, Stem Cells, Virology

“I am interested in developing personalized therapeutics, including those related to utilizing pharmacogenomics, antivirals, and/or immunotherapies. I hope to utilize my background in microbiology and immunology to drive myself forward and shape the way I approach these interests.”

Baucom, Conner

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Chemical Biology, Drug Discovery, Pharmacology

“I’m interested in developing/improving drug discovery/design methodologies that are derived from a physical/theoretical chemistry perspective. In addition to the application to drug design, I am very interested in understanding the physical laws and mechanisms that govern biochemical activity and its external modulation through drugs.”

Balasubramanian, Kavya

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Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“Broadly, I am interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that differentiate normal and dysregulated circuit function in neurological conditions like substance use disorders and neurodegenerative disease. Specifically, I would like to better understand how intrinsic factors and environmental stressors interact to drive pathological processes in the above conditions.”

Pruitt, Kevin
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PHD PROGRAM
Pharmacology

RESEARCH INTEREST
Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Cancer Genomics, Cell Biology, Cell Signaling, Epigenetics & Chromatin Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology

Pruitt lab research involves 3 broad areas. Interest in the first area (cancer epigenetics) stemmed from discoveries made during postdoctoral training assessing how tumor progression disrupts epigenetic mechanisms of control. The second area (Wnt pathway regulation) was the result of early screens as an Assistant Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center. We uncovered novel regulators of oncogenic Wnt signaling and published the first observation that epigenetic enzymes regulate a critical mediator of Wnt signaling (Dishevelled). The third project involves elucidating mechanisms of aromatase regulation which emerged from the obsession of early trainees in the lab with understanding mechanisms cancer-associated estrogen biosynthesis. Within the context of these three projects, I have mentored and guided multiple trainees at every level over the course of 17 years.