Norman R. Harris, Ph.D.

Norman R. Harris, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Professor
Ph.D., 1991, Vanderbilt University 

Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology 
LSU Health Sciences Center 
1501 Kings Highway 
Shreveport, LA 71130 
Phone: 318-675-6028
Fax: 318-675-6005 


Norman Harris received his B.S. degree (1987) in Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University and continued his education with a Master’s degree and PhD (1991) in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Roselli.  Following graduate school, Dr. Harris moved to our institution and worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of former department head Dr. Neil Granger, and progressed through the ranks of Instructor and Research Assistant Professor before accepting a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Bioengineering at Penn State in 1998.  In 2004, Dr. Harris returned to our Physiology Department at LSUHSC.

Dr. Harris has been funded for 23 consecutive years (1996-present) as the Principal Investigator on external funding awards, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (6 awards), the American Heart Association, NASA, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Microcirculatory Society (MCS), the American Physiological Society (APS), and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).


The primary focus of the Harris laboratory is the microvascular pathology associated with diabetic retinopathy, with current NIH R01 grant funding to study the “Loss of the retinal glycocalyx in diabetes”.

Laboratory Techniques


Click HERE for a complete list of Dr. Harris' publications

Laboratory Staff

Wendy Leskova, Ph.D. - Research Associate

Phone:  318 - 675-6024


Minsup Lee, Ph.D. - Post Doctoral Fellow

    Phone:  318-675-6024


Randa Eshaq - Graduate Student

Phone:  318-675-6024


Gaganpreet Kaur - Graduate Student

    Phone: 318-675-6024


Figure Legend

Confocal imaging, showing the staining of retinal vasculature (green) and neuronal nuclei (red).