Department of Biology

Biology Faculty and Staff

Current Faculty

 

Dr. Mohamed Awad

Assistant Professor

Office:  NCF Annex 291
Phone: (504) 520-7659
Email
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Aquatic Animal Microbiology Molecular Biology
General Biology

Dr. Peter Barrett

Assistant Professor                                                  

Office: NCF 401G                                                    Phone: (504) 520-5021                                             Email

Dr. Barrett's web page

Ph.D., Harvard University

Genetics
Neuroscience
Cell Biology

Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee
Associate Professor

Office: NCF 403B
Phone: (504) 520-5269
Email

Dr. Bhattacharjee's web page

Ph.D., Liverpool University
D.V.M., Bangladesh Agricultural University

Virology

Dr. Hector Biliran
Associate Professor

Office: NCF 411
Phone: (504) 520-7622
Email

Dr. Biliran's webpage

Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine

Cancer Biology
Genetics

Dr. Michelle Boissiere 
Assistant Professor

Office: NCF Annex 444
Phone: (504) 520-5014
Email
Ph.D., Tulane University

Genetics
Embryology

Dr. Kenneth G. Boutte, Sr.
Professor

Office: NCF Annex 439
Phone: (504) 520-5218
Email

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Zoology, Immunoparasitology

Dr. Mary Carmichael 
Assistant Professor

Office: NCF Annex 442 
Phone: (504) 520-5013
Email
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center - San Antonio

General Biology
Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Ian Davenport 
Associate Professor

Office: NCF 408A
Phone: (504) 520-7594
Email

Dr. Davenport's webpage

Ph.D., Clemson University

Marine Biology
Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

Dr. Cecily DeFreece
Assistant Professor

Office: NCF 401F
Phone: (504) 520-7589
Email
Ph.D., Tulane University

Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Mobile Elements

Dr. Corey Harrison

Assistant Professor

Email

Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Molecular Biology

Microbiology

Dr. Joanna Haye
Assistant Professor

Email

Ph.D., Princeton University

DNA Mismatch Repair

DNA Replication

Dr. Thomas Huckaba
Associate Professor

Office: NCF 410
Phone: (504) 520-5012
Email
Ph.D., Columbia University

Cell Biology
Physiology

Ms. Kristal Huggins
Instructor

Office: NCF 401H
Phone: (504) 520-5034
Email
MST, Auburn University

General Biology Biodiversity
Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Shubha Ireland
Professor 

Endowed Professor in Arts and Sciences 

Office: NCF 401J
Phone: (504) 520-5017
Email

Dr. Ireland's web page

Ph.D., Tulane University

Microbiology
Genetics

Dr. Anup Kundu
Assistant Professor

Office: NCF 403A
Phone: (504) 520-5018
Email
Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Biochemistry
Nanobiology
General Biology

Dr. Peter Martinat 
Associate Professor

Office: NCF Annex 440
Phone: (504) 520-5015
Email
Ph.D., State University of New York

Ecology
Zoology
Entomology

Dr. Harris McFerrin
Associate Professor
J.W. Carmichael Endowed Professor

Head, Biology Department
Associate Chair, Division of Biological and Applied Health Sciences

Office: NCF 431
Phone: (504) 520-7585
Email

Dr. McFerrin's web page

Ph.D., Tulane University

Vascular Biology

Adult Stem Cell Biology

Dr. Syed Muniruzzaman 
Associate Professor

Office: NCF 407A
Phone: (504) 520-6791
Email

Dr. Muniruzzaman's web page

Ph.D., University of Kagawa, Japan

General Biology
Microbiology

Dr. Shenika Poindexter 
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Tumorigenesis
Protein-protein interactions
Genetics

Dr. Calvin Porter 
Associate Professor

Office: NCF Annex 437
Phone: (504) 520-6788
Email

Dr. Porter's web page

Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Evolution
Vertebrate Zoology

Dr. Harish Ratnayaka 
Associate Professor

Coordinator of Advising

Office: NCF Annex 290
Phone: (504) 520-5709
Email

Dr. Ratnayaka's web page

Ph.D., City University of New York

Plant Science

Dr. Joseph Ross 
Associate Professor

Claude H. Organ Endowed Professor

Office: NCF 401-K 
Phone: (504) 520-7528
Email

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Microbiology

Dr. Qian-Jin Zhang
Assistant Professor

Office: NCF 402
Phone: (504) 520-6784
Email
Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Cancer Immunology

 

 

Emeritus Faculty

Sr. Grace Mary Flickinger, SBS 
Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Embryology

Population Genetics

Dr. Labat

Dr. Deidre Labat
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Louisiana State University Medical Center

Freshman Biology

STAFF

Mrs. Sasi Rajasekaran
Biology Lab Manager

Office:NCF Annex 472
Phone:(504) 520-5074
Email

Ms. Kristina Wilcox
Administrative Specialist

Office: NCF Annex 433
Phone: (504) 520-7527
Email
Ms. Islam

Ms. Shahnaz Islam
Assistant Coordinator of Advising

Office: NCF Annex 466
Phone: (504) 520-7649
Email

Department of Biology

504-520-7527

biology@xula.edu

Norman C Francis Annex

Room 433

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