Areas of Specialization

Carlos Astete, assistant professor (PhD, LSU 2010) – Astete’s research is centered on studying the development of polymeric nanoparticles as vehicles for delivery of active components for food, biopharmaceutical, and agricultural applications.

Richard Bengtson, professor emeritus (PhD, Oklahoma State University 1980) – Bengston’s research focuses on soil erosion, hydrology, crop response to excess water stress and water management, and surface and groundwater quality.

Dorin Boldor, professor (PhD, North Carolina State University 2003) – Boldor’s research areas include bioprocessing, biofuels, and microwave heating and chemistry.

W. David Constant, chair and professor (PhD, LSU 1984) - Constant’s research area is fate and transport of chemicals in the environment with a focus on hazardous materials, waste sites, and water quality.

Kevin Hoffseth, assistant professor (PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara 2018) – Hoffseth’s research is targeted at the intersection of biomedical engineering and mechanics of materials, investigating deformation and fracture in cortical bone tissue under indentation and cutting.

Philip Jung, assistant professor (PhD, University of Cincinnati 2010) – Jung’s research areas include engineering biomaterials for tissue regeneration and stem cell bioengineering.

Yongchan Kwon, assistant professor (PhD, Chungnam National University in South Korea 2012) – Kwon’s research focuses on cell-free synthetic biology applications encompassing expanding the genetic code, cell-free metabolic engineering, producing biomaterials, and developing a new toolkit for synthetic biology research.

Marybeth Lima, professor (PhD, Ohio State University 1996) – Lima’s research is centered on community-based design, playground design, and engineering education.

Elizabeth Martin, assistant professor (PhD, Tulane University 2013) – Martin’s research interests include biomedical research, tumor microenvironment, drug resistance, three-dimensional tissue matrices, cancer biomaterials, and cancer therapeutics.

W. Todd Monroe, professor (PhD, Vanderbilt University 2001) – Monroe’s research focuses on biomedical microfluidics, bioMEMS, biophotonics, and cellular and molecular engineering.

Cristina Sabliov, professor (PhD, North Carolina State University 2003) – Sabliov’s research includes nanotechnology, bioprocessing, and mathematical modeling.

Subramaniam Sathivel, professor (PhD, LSU 2001) – Sathivel’s research areas are food engineering and processing, microencapsulation technology, thermal and non-thermal processing, packaging and edible films, and bioactive compounds separation.

Chandra Theegala, professor (PhD, LSU 1997) – Theegala’s research includes water and wastewater treatment, agricultural byproducts and value-added products, bioenergy and alternative energy, and energy conservation.

Adjunct Faculty Research Interests

Giovanna Aita, professor in the Audubon Sugar Institute (PhD, LSU 2004) – Aita’s research areas are integrated technologies to convert biomass into higher value products, using antimicrobials to inhibit disease-causing microorganisms, and identifying and characterizing antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Stacia Davis, assistant professor in the Red River Research Station (PhD, University of Florida 2014) – Davis’ primary program areas and initiatives are to establish an extension and outreach program that disseminates research-based results and addresses clientèle concerns related to the development, operation, and efficient use of irrigation systems, as well as efficient irrigation scheduling.

Randy Price, assistant professor in the Dean Lee Research Station (PhD, University of Illinois 1999) – Price’s research focuses on remote sensing, automated systems, spray technology, and agricultural engineering.

Louis J. Thibodeaux, professor emeritus (PhD, LSU 1968) – Thibodeaux’s research areas are chemodynamics, transport, and fate of chemicals in the environment.


If you require additional assistance, please contact:

Dr. Cristina Sabliov, Graduate Advisor
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department
Phone: (225) 578-1055