Molecular Genetics

Cancer cannot occur without multiple genetic changes. Among these changes are the addition of viral gene expression to the cell, as well as mutations to cellular genes, either sporadic or induced by environmental mutagens. These changes ultimately lead to an overall genetic instability that contributes to the formation and progression of the tumor. This program includes investigators who study aspects of the human genome itself which naturally contribute to genetic instability, investigators who work on the genes which play a primary role in maintaining or altering genomic stability, as well as those who study the mutagenesis process and the environmental contribution to mutagenesis. These studies are relevant to translational research both in the diagnostic arena and in identification of targets for therapeutic intervention.

Ashok Aiyar – LSU

Arthur Lustig, Ph.D. – Tulane

Astrid M. Engel, Ph.D. – Tulane

Carl Austin Gregory, Ph.D. – LSU

Carol A. Burdsal, Ph.D. – Tulane

Cecily Bennett – Xavier

Chau-Wen Chou – LSU

Debasis Mondal, Ph.D. – Tulane

Diane A. Blake, Ph.D. – Tulane

Diptasri Mandal, Ph.D. – LSU

Erik K. Flemington, Ph.D. – Tulane

Gilbert F. Morris, Ph.D. – Tulane

Edward Grabczyk – LSU

Andrew Hollenbach – LSU

Hans C. Andersson, M.D. – Tulane

Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah, Ph.D. – Tulane

Jim D. Karam, Ph.D. – Tulane

K.Gus Kousoulas – LSU

Kelly Johanson – Xavier

Kun Zhang – Xavier

Laura S. Levy, Ph.D. – Tulane

Melanie Ehrlich, Ph.D. – Tulane

Nancy E. Hopkins, Ph.D. – Tulane

Nick Makridakis, Ph.D. – Tulane

Prescott L. Deininger, Ph.D. – Tulane

Zachary Pursell – Tulane

Shahriar Koochekpour, M.D., Ph.D. – LSU

Stacy S. Drury, M.D., Ph.D. – Tulane

Tadahide Izumi, Ph.D. – LSU

Wanguo Liu, Ph.D. – LSU

Wayne Backes, Ph.D. – LSU

Jeffrey Wickliffe – Tulane

Yong-Hwan Lee, Ph.D. – LSU