Biology Professor Awarded Summer Research Position

by Elizabeth Jonson | May 30, 2018
Dr. Davida Crossley will train and conduct research under LSU professor in research program.

First-year Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Davida Crossley, has been selected to participate in a summer research program through Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN). The LBRN sponsors the summer research program to pair early-career scientists in Louisiana with mentors for research projects. The goal of this program is to increase graduate school admissions as well as helping researchers gain more competitiveness when it comes to federal funding.

 Dr. Crossley has been paired with Dr. Anne Grove, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University. Dr. Grove’s experience in the analysis of protein-DNA interactions, gene expression, cellular responses to stress and the analysis of transcription factors is parallel to that of Dr. Crossley’s expertise.

 Dr. Crossley will travel throughout the summer to Baton Rouge for her training with Dr. Grove and to conduct research. The two will be collaborating on Dr. Crossley’s project which includes training on qRT-PCR, a more modern technique that is replacing northern blot analysis. The technique is used to measure RNA expression. Dr. Crossley intends to learn the technique and eventually apply this to her classroom as well as to experiments conducted in her molecular biology research laboratory at LSUA.