.:. About .:.
Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics (LABi) represents the foundation of biomedical informatics activities at LSUS and provides an academic and research environment where faculty, researchers and students from a wide range of fields work shoulder-to-shoulder, solving real-life problems.
     At LABi, the computer scientists learn the ins and outs of biology and chemistry, while life scientists learn the intricacies of computer science. The results of this cross-pollination of expertise are sophisticated and biologically relevant tools, techniques, and applications in an important emerging field called biomedical informatics.
     The National Institutes of Health's Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative Consortium defines biomedical informatics as "research, development or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data."
     As biomedical informatics experts, we at LABi are making use of powerful computers to help manage and analyze biological, chemical and medical processes in the interest of improving medicine, assisting with diagnostic techniques to therapeutics and patient information. Our stock in trade are databases: gene and protein sequence data, structure/function information, patient databases, and a wide assortment of data collections from biological research.
     Our mission is to facilitate, promote, and harness interdisciplinary research related to biomedical informatics, data mining, information storage and retrieval, visualization, and high-performance computing, just to name a few.
     The ultimate goal of biomedical informatics is to turn these complex and diverse data sets into useful and valuable knowledge that enhances the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of diseases-from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
     LABi is located in the Department of Computer Science in the newly renovated Technology Center, a home to major research laboratories.

.:. Current LABi Staff .:.
Co-director: Dr. Urska Cvek, Sc.D., MBA (photo: bottom-right)
     Associate Professor of Computer Science (LSUS)
     Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (LSUHSC-S)

Dr. Marjan Trutschl, Sc.D. (photo: top-left)
     Associate Professor of Computer Science (LSUS)
     Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (LSUHSC-S)

Research assistant:
Jordan Berroteran
Research assistant:
Joseph Doss
Research assistant:
John Fisher
Research assistant:
Blake Holloway
Research assistant:
Phillip Kilgore
Research assistant:
John Nelson
Research assistant:
Jennifer Smith

.:. Former LABi Research Assistants (where are they now) .:.
Matthew Baker (employed at Bowman Systems, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Evan Boswell (pursuing a PhD at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana)
John Cannon (employed at Moonbot Studios, Shreveport, Louisiana)
William “Cade” Cannon (employed at Synapse, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Christina Cowart (employed at the City of Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana)
David Gitonga (employed in Dallas, Texas)
Jinhyun Kim (pursuing a MS at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia)
Mikyong “Mikko” Hackler (employed in Niceville, Florida)
Chales McCarthy (employed at Praeses, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Brent Nycum
(employed at Bowman Systems, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Hope Prelow (employed at Raytheon, Richardson, Texas)
Randolph “Randy” Stone (pursuing a PhD at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Jeremiah Slack (TBA)
John Wessler
(employed at Twin Engine Labs, Shreveport, Louisiana)
Ashico Wilson (pursuing a PhD at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia) q