School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Medical Laboratory Science


Joanie Brocato, Ph.D., MT (ASCP)

Department Head
Associate Professor



Ph.D. in Human Science and Education, 2008, Louisiana State University

BS in Medical Technology, 1992, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Courses Taught:

Statistics and Quality Assurance
Lab Management
Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory

Research Interests:

Forensic DNA
Improving Efficiency in the Laboratory through Lean Six Sigma

Clinical Interests/Recent Publications/Expertise:

Development of methods and tools for improvement of student success

Jarreau P, Bakeer M, Brocato J, Broussard L, Foley A, Haun D, Held D, Lawrence L, Williams E, Zitzmann. Clinical Laboratory Science Review – A Bottom Line Approach, 6th Edition, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Foundation, 2021, 2023 reprint.
Romsos EL, French JL, Smith M, Figarelli V, Harran F, Vandegrift G, Moreno LI, Callaghan TF, Brocato J, Vaidyanathan J, Pedroso JC, Amy A, Stoiloff S, Morillo VH, Czetyrko K, Johnson ED, de Tagyos J, Murray A, Vallone PM.. Results of the 2018 Rapid DNA Maturity Assessment. J Forensic Sci. 2020;65(3):953-959. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.1426 

Webinar: Rapid DNA Arrestee Booking – Identify and exclude Suspects for Unsolved Cases; FBI National Academy

Identifying and Excluding Suspects Faster – The Louisiana State Police and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Rapid DNA Booking Program, Human Identification Solutions Virtual International Conference

Every Minute Counts When it comes to Apprehending and Eliminating Suspects, Training Webinar, FBI National Academy

Rapid DNA Booking Station – Implementation Considerations and Best Practices, Forensic Magazine