The 2019 Mississippi IDeA Conference for Biomedical Research was held on August 2, 2019 at the Hilton Jackson, Jackson, Miss. More than 350 faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students gathered for scientific sessions that covered the areas of Obesity & Cardiometabolic Diseases, Infectious Disease & Immunology, Neuroscience, Cancer, Biotechnology, Health Disparities: Behavior Management and Community Engagement, and Integrating Omics Technologies. There were 139 poster and 29 oral presentations, as well as 13 graduate and professional school exhibitors.

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“Mentoring: Guidance along the Yellow Brick Road from Bunkie, LA to Endowed Chair at Louisiana State University”


Professor Isiah Warner is an analytical/materials chemist with more than 360 refereed publications and a dozen acquired or pending patents. He has particular expertise in the area of fluorescence spectroscopy, where his research has focused for more than 40 years. He is considered one of the world’s experts in analytical spectroscopy. For example, from 1992 to 2016, he was the corresponding author in the highly cited biannual reviews on “Molecular Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, and Chemiluminescence Spectrometry” for the journal, Analytical Chemistry.

Over the past 20 years, he has also maintained a strong research effort in the areas of organized media, separation science, and more recently in the area of ionic liquid chemistry, particularly as applied to solid phase materials for applications in materials science and nanomaterials. He has also conducted educational research that focuses on mechanisms for maintaining and enhancing student education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with a particular focus on encouraging under-represented students (women and minorities) to pursue terminal degrees in STEM.

Dr. Warner was recently recognized as 2016 SEC Professor of the Year, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016), Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2017), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2017), and Nature Mentor of the Year (2019). He is Phillip W. West Professor of Chemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at LSU, and has achieved the highest professorial rank in the LSU system, i.e. Boyd Professor. He has chaired sixty-five doctoral theses and is currently supervising seven others. More than half of his doctoral students are women and more than a third are under-represented minorities.