Graduate Studies in Infectious Disease Research

Financial support

Stipends, fellowships, and assistantships from various sources are available on a competitive basis for PhD students. Applications are reviewed each spring for fall semester admission. Contact the Departmental Graduate Advisor for additional information and deadlines.


The Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine has stipends available for qualified applicants seeking graduate training in infectious disease research. The areas of research include bacteriology, immunology, parasitology, pathology, vector-borne diseases, respiratory diseases, and virology. Funded projects in the department include the pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi, molecular interactions between spotted fever group rickettsiae and their tick hosts, innate and adaptive immune (host) response to bacterial and viral lung infection (bacterial and viral pneumonia), molecular biology of herpes virus infections, simian immunodeficiency virus pathogenesis of the enteric and central nervous systems, contribution of chemokines to murine retrovirus-induced neurological disease, brucellosis vaccine development and molecular genetic approaches to Edwardsiella pathogenesis. State-of-the-art instrumentation available includes quantitative real-time PCR, microarray analysis, laser capture microdissection, fluorescence and electron microscopy, laser confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, proteomics, and BL-3 laboratory suites. Interested applicants should submit an application packet consisting of resume, letter of intent, GRE scores, transcript, and 3 letters of reference to:


Graduate Application Coordinator
Department of Pathobiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


In addition, applications should be submitted online at the LSU Graduate School's web site. For more information, contact Dr. Juan Martinez (