LSU is driven to lay the foundation for building a 21st-century innovation economy for Louisiana, while at the same time serving the industries that form our state’s economic backbone.Give Now
LSU harnesses the power of being an elite research university and the passion of our global scholars to deliver breakthroughs that address today’s societal needs. As the state’s flagship university, LSU is uniquely positioned to serve as an economic engine. LSU will catalyze the innovation cycle and develop a strong culture of invention. Pivoting from established and emerging areas of research expertise, LSU will promote an ecosystem of collaboration focused on basic, translational, and applied research.
We leverage our research prowess to drive outcomes in areas ranging from cybersecurity to biodegradable Mardi Gras beads. Our faculty and student researchers make daily discoveries that positively impact businesses around the world. LSU’s annual economic impact tops $5.1 billion in Louisiana alone. Across our campuses, students, researchers, and faculty members are continually developing patented and licensable technologies. Their entrepreneurial spirit is a linchpin for building momentum to generate further discovery and economic development.
Jennifer Rood, PhD, is fierce for feeding and protecting soldiers. Rood, associate executive director for cores and resources at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, conducts clinical trials that yield discoveries benefiting military and civilian populations. Rood’s research helps those who are fighting to perform their best, even when conditions are at their worst.