Academic Degrees, Licenses, Credentials

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

B.S. in Environmental Health, Dickinson State University

Additional Information

Dr. Joshua J Steffan teaches courses for both the department of natural sciences and the department of agriculture and technical studies. His current course load consists of World Food Crops, Introduction to Soil Science, Soil Fertility & Fertilizers, Soil Health & Productivity, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology. In addition, he is the advisor to the science and range clubs on campus. 

His research expertise at LSU Health Sciences Center involved understanding multiple aspects of cancer progression and prevention focused on the role of lysosome trafficking in tumor cell invasion, the role of EGCG and other polyphenols in cancer prevention and treatment, and other inhibitors of the HGF/c-Met signaling pathway. Dr. Steffan’s post-doctoral training was at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where his research was focused on the role of SPDEF, tetrandrine, and epigenetics in prostate cancer, kidney stone prevention, bladder outlet obstruction, and the prevention of radiation treatment-induced side effects. He has published 15 peer-reviewed publications and 1 book chapter. His current research interests include plant-microbial interactions using metagenomics sequencing techniques, alterations in soil ecosystems, especially changes within the soil microbial community, and cancer.