School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Medical Laboratory Science


Spring 2024 - Speakers, Titles, and Objectives

Speakers are listed alphabetically. Topics and objectives will be added as they become available.



Titles, Topics, and Objectives

At the completion of this session, the participant will

Stephanie Blackburn, EdD, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor
LSU Health-Shreveport

Seminar Title: There's a Fungus Among Us

Description:  Human fungal infections are not uncommon and may cause a variety of infections. This session focuses on a range of fungal infections including signs, symptoms, epidemiology, and laboratory identification. 


  1. Discuss the epidemiology of various fungi.
  2. Examine the risk factors for fungal infections.
  3. Describe laboratory techniques used to identify various fungi.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Lee Ellen Brunson, MHS,MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor
LSU Health-Shreveport

Seminar Title: Anemia: A Symptom of Disease, Not a Diagnosis

Description: This seminar will emphasize the importance of the oxygen-carrying capacity of erythrocytes and discuss how various factors may impair or disrupt this process, resulting in anemia.


  1. Define anemia, including signs and symptoms.
  2. Discuss various causes of anemia.
  3. Utilize lab results to distinguish different types of anemia.

Level of presentation: Basic

Kristin Butler, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor
LSU Health-Shreveport

Seminar Title: The poxvirus called mpox: What should I know as a laboratory professional?

Description: A brief summation of the monkeypox virus and associated illness, including information pertaining to the current global outbreak and laboratory biosafety precautions.


  1. Describe the monkeypox (mpox) virus and associated illness.
  2. Discuss the epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of mpox.
  3. Outline basic biosafety precautions for mpox specimen collection, testing, retention, and disposal.

Level of presentation: Basic

Daniel Held, MHS, MLS(ASCP)SBB

Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Education Coordinator
LSUHSC School of Allied Health Professions



Seminar Title: Recognizing and Resolving ABO Discrepancies

Description: ABO antigens and antibodies have reciprocal relationships. But what do you do when that relationship does not make sense? These relationships as well as discrepancies commonly encountered in transfusion services will be discussed as well as strategies for resolving these discrepancies.


  1. Describe the reciprocal relationships between ABO antigens and antibodies for ABO blood types.
  2. List and describe causes for ABO discrepancies.
  3. Assess and interpret ABO typing results and resolve discrepancies.

Level of presentation: Intermediate

Krystal Pearce, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor
Medical Laboratory Science Program
School of Allied Health Professions
LSU Health Shreveport

Seminar Title: Diabetes and Lowering Glucose Levels

Description: Globally there are over 400 million people living with diabetes. This session will focus on explaining the different types of diabetes, the physiology of each and discuss the treatment options. 


  1. Define Diabetes.
  2. Explain the types of Diabetes and the physiology of each.
  3. Discuss treatment options including the "weight loss" injections

Level of presentation: Basic