Principal Investigator


Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoneim BVMS, MS, PhD

Dr. Abdelmoneim joined LSU SVM as an assistant professor in January of 2020. He graduated from College of Veterinary Medicine, Assiut University (Egypt) in 2007. He also earned a masters degree in Ecotoxicology (2011) from University of Poitiers (France), and his PhD in Aquatic Toxicology from Purdue University (USA) in 2016.


Dr. Abdelmoneim worked as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University (USA) for four years both at the Department of Food Science and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. His research focuses on understanding the effects of exposure to contaminants and chemicals of concern on the neuroendocrine system of organisms.


Current Team Members

Research Staff

Emily Savoie BS

Emily is a research associate assisting with the research projects of the Abdelmoneim Lab. Before joining our group, Emily attended LSU for her undergraduate career. She received a Bachelor’s in Biology and Microbiology. During her undergraduate career, she worked in a marine microbial ecology lab, where she completed an honors thesis. After graduation, she began working as a research associate in a marine viral ecology lab here at LSU for two and a half years.

Graduate Students

Demetrius McAtee BS

Demetrius is a graduate student investigating the impacts of developmental exposure to arsenic contaminants on the stress circuitry of organisms. Demetrius is working towards a master's degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and upon graduation, he plans to pursue medical school. Before joining our group, Demetrius gained prior research experience during two NSF internships at Princeton University and Alabama State University, respectively, and during his undergraduate career at Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge. Geaux Tigers!

Melanie Wilson BA, BS, MLT

Melanie is a PhD student investigating the impacts of environmental toxins on neuronal development and the potential behavioral changes related to those impacts. Before joining our group, Melanie was an electron microscope specialist within the Pathology Department at Weill-Cornell Medical College. While there, she gained invaluable experience in writing, standardizing, and optimizing laboratory procedures. Prior research experience includes research assistantships within the mycology laboratories at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as a REU internship at the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics. When not in the Vet Med School she can usually be found shouting enthusiastically from the bleachers of any LSU home soccer game.

Undergraduate Students

Michelle Flores-Acosta

Michelle is a junior at the College of Science and Ogden Honors College at LSU. She is broadly interested in investigating the impacts of environmental contaminants, such as PFAS, on organismal health and development. She previously served as an ambassador for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. After graduation, Michelle plans to pursue graduate education in environmental toxicology.

Colton Krauss

Colton is a junior at the College of Science and Ogden Honors College at LSU. He is currently researching the use of microfluidic chips in zebrafish imaging. Prior to joining our lab, Colton worked as an undergraduate student researcher studying microbial ecology. After graduation, Colton plans to pursue an MS in biological sciences before attending medical school.

Previous Team Members

Emma Villemarette BS 2021 - 2022 Ayatt Hemeida 2021 - 2022Kristos Anto Domnic Raj 2022Matthew Schwing 2021 - 2022Bryan Edwards 2021 - 2022