Dr. William J. Campbell

Director, School of Biological Sciences




Remembering Ngozi Ogbonnaya, MS MSNT 2016

Former Molecular Science and Nanotechnology graduate student, Ngozi Ogbonnaya, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in New Orleans, LA where she was pursuing a PhD in Genetics at LSU Health Science Center. Ngozi earned her master's degree from Louisiana Tech in May 2016 under Dr. Jamie Newman in the School of Biological Sciences. Ngozi was a dedicated student earning a 4.0 GPA in her graduate course work and was an active graduate assistant for introductory biology labs where she taught over 200 students in her two years at Louisiana Tech. In Dr. Newman's research lab Ngozi conducted her own research and mentored undergraduates who joined the group, teaching them lab techniques and helping them with their presentations. Ngozi presented her research at local and international scientific conferences, even being recognized at the Louisiana Tech Research Symposium for her oral presentation in the 2016 annual event. Ngozi was a student many looked up to as she supported and inspired those around her to always do their best. Ngozi was admitted to the Genetics PhD program at LSU Health Science Center and was working in the lab of Dr. Lucio Miele, a professor with whom she had done a summer research program in 2015 through the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network. In the short time she was in New Orleans, Ngozi touched the lives of those around her just as she had done while she was in Ruston. A memorial service is being organized in New Orleans by her colleagues in the Genetics program. The School of Biological Sciences is collecting donations for the purchase of a bench to be placed in Carson-Taylor Hall in memory of Ngozi and all she brought to the program. For more information on the memorial service or how to make donations, please contact Dr. Jamie Newman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 318-257-2622).


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Ngozi presenting her research at the International Federation for Adipose Science and Therapeutics Annual Meeting (right) and Ngozi with her Master's Advisor, Dr. Jamie Newman, following the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony (left).