MS/PhD Program in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences



Program Guidelines

Please download the PDF file of the latest revision (March 2016) of the PBS Graduate Program Guidelines.

These Guidelines contain the pertinent information regarding administration of the graduate program in PBS, admission requirements, and requirements for obtaining PhD and MS degrees.

Faculty Research Interests

Areas of research interest are outlined for faculty members in the department. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members directly regarding specific research interests and current programs.


All faculty members participating in this program have research funding attracted through peer-reviewed competition by granting agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund (LEQSF), EPSCOR of the National Science Foundation, private foundations, and cooperation with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Two faculty members have funding from the World Health Organization and the Agency for International Development. Six faculty members have research funding through the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The research funding in place amounts to $6,104,768 in 1998-1999.


The aim is to expose graduate students to faculty members with active research programs. Emphasis will be placed on educating individuals capable of independent problem identification, hypothesis formulation, and experimental design. The department represents the only institution in the state of Louisiana with the teaching and research capabilities in infectious diseases of animals and the numerous interrelated human diseases. This has been documented in the past training of graduate students with high marketability and success in competing for newly emerging job opportunities.


The expanding problem with human immunodeficiency virus infections or AIDS require investigations on the immune response and pathogenesis in animal models. The re-emergence of tuberculosis in animals and people, newly emerging diseases such as food-borne pathogenic E. coli infections, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, chlamydiosis, crytosporidiosis, hantavirus respiratory disease and other respiratory infections, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and swine mystery disease make headlines in the news as problems to be investigated in both animals and human subjects. Serious aquatic animal disease problems are emerging in the aquaculture industries. Our faculty members are spearheading investigations concerning these problems which have an enormous economic impact on the animal industries and health problems for the human population. The battle against infectious diseases of human subjects and animals calls for improved diagnostic tools and effective means of prevention. Our faculty has the unique combination of talents and research capabilities to investigate contemporary, molecular biological, immunological and biotechnological aspects of infectious organisms, utilizing animal models to test the relevance of molecular findings.


The recent publications of our faculty and graduate students and the list of funded research programs reflect the research opportunities for our graduate students. Some of these activities are summarized in the following to give an overview of the research and training opportunities:



Lung Diseases



Vector-borne diseases


Financial support

Stipends, fellowships and assistantships from various sources are available on a competitive basis for both masters and doctoral students. Contact the Departmental Graduate Advisor to check on availability of graduate and student support.  

Accordingly, a graduate student has opportunities for excellent research training in biotechnology, molecular biology and biocomputation, veterinary bacteriology, immunology, parasitology, virology, and aquatic animal disease through concentration in Pathobiological Sciences leading to MS or PhD degrees in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences. 

Formal Application for admission to the Graduate Program

Applicants for admission to the graduate program may request an application directly from the Louisiana State University Graduate School, 114 David Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 or they may apply online. The PBS department does not have application materials. Additional information concerning the Graduate School can be found online.

Course Listings (included in Annual Bulletin)

Contact Information

For correspondence and additional information please contact:

Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, PhD 

Graduate Advisor and Associate Professor

Pathobiological Sciences

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Skip Bertman Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

225-578-9684 (Office)

225-578-9701 (Fax) 

Graduate Degree Disclosure

While licensure or certification may be available in your field of study, our program does not directly lead to licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may contribute to the educational requirements for licensure in certain areas of biomedical research and may assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for specific areas of biomedical expertise falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which the individual practices. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Rhonda Cardin ( with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

My Complaint Wasn’t Resolved by LSU

In the event that you have exhausted all informal and formal procedures through LSU at the institutional level, you may submit a written complaint to the Louisiana Board of Regents or to SACSCOC. They will attempt to facilitate a resolution. See below for details:

Students can file a complaint (after going through the grievance policies of the institution) to SACSCOC using the following form sent via ground mail to:


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, GA 30033-4097

And to the state authorization agency (if a distance education student and is unable to resolve the complaint through the grievance policies of the institution) using the following form to:

Louisiana Board of Regents

P.O. Box 3677

Baton Rouge, LA


ATTN: SARA Student Complaints