Hong Sun, Ph.D.

Dr. Sun’s research focuses on the influences of alcohol consumption and obesity on cerebrovascular structure, function and ischemic brain injury.  His research involves examining oxidative stress, apoptosis, inflammation and excitotoxicity.

Sumitra Miriyala, Ph.D.

Dr. Miriyala’s research involves evaluating genetic abnormalities of antioxidant enzymes, the mechanisms regulating gene expression and the impact these alterations have on the ability of humans to cope with oxidative stress. Her focuses are on the novel mechanism by which oxidative stress activates mitochondrial retrograde signaling in cardiac tissues under life and death conditions. 

Karen Stokes, Ph.D.

Dr. Stokes’ research focuses on the inflammatory impact of cytomegalovirus on the microvasculature and its cooperation with other cardiovascular risk factors.



Application Deadline Has Passed:




Dr. Viola Vaccarino

May 6, 2019

“Women, Stress and Early-Onset Coronary Heart Disease”

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Room:  Zadeck Conference Room G-221



Find all the upcoming events offered through the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases & Sciences. Monthly events include our Research Seminar Series, Translational CV Conference and Cardiovascular Training Group.  Click here to view our calendar of events…

The mission of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences at LSU Health Shreveport is to advance understanding of cardiovascular disease and translational research while developing future generations of basic and clinical science investigators.

Research Seminar Series

On the first Monday of each month, the center will feature the Cardiovascular Research Seminar Series with a full lunch provided to the first 80 attendees. The second year of this popular seminar series will include leading cardiovascular and cerebrovascular basic scientists and clinicians from across the US. Click here for more information.

Translational CV Conference

On the second Monday of the month, make plans to attend the Clinical Cardiovascular Conference. Organized by Dr. Horacio D’Agostino, the Clinical Cardiovascular Conference will feature clinical presentations in areas such as vascular surgery, radiology and cardiology. Click here for more information »

Cardiovascular Trainee Group

The Cardiovascular Trainee Group (CVTG) will meet on the last Tuesday of each month (the week prior to the Cardiovascular Seminar Series). The mission of the CVTG is to provide an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents to gain better understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology. Dr. Karen Stokes will preside over relevant literature discussions from key articles provided by the CCDS invited seminar speaker. By dedicating an hour every month to Cardiovascular Disease, the CCDS will continue to build and grow cardiovascular research on campus and forge a lasting association between our basic science and clinical faculty. So, mark your calendars now and plan to attend as often as possible! Click here for more information.