LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred two advanced degrees in May 2019 and six advanced degrees in August 2019

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2019

BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred two advanced degrees in May 2019 and six advanced degrees in August 2019.

May 2019

Doctor of Philosophy

Brandon W. Lewis, from Vicksburg, Miss., received his PhD from the Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) department. His dissertation was entitled “Understanding immune-mediated responses during the pathogenesis of muco-obstructive airway disease in mice,” and his major advisor was Yogesh Saini, BVSc, PhD, assistant professor in CBS. Dr. Lewis is now a post-doctoral fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, investigating various aspects of asthma.

Master of Science

Kimberly Lynne Boykin, DVM, from Winston Salem, N.C., received her MS from the Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) department. Her thesis was entitled “Assessing the nutritional value of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) used for reptile foods,” and her major advisor was Mark Mitchell, DVM, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM, professor in VCS and director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Boykin has entered the LSU SVM PhD program and will continue her work in Dr. Mitchell’s lab.

August 2019

Doctor of Philosophy

Ryan H. Avery, from Syracuse, NY, received his PhD from the Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) department. His dissertation was entitled “The Use of Geospatial Modeling and Novel Diagnostics to Detect and Map Risk Factors of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in Feira De Santana, Brazil,” and his major advisor was John B. Malone, Jr., DVM, PhD, professor in PBS. Dr. Avery will join the faculty of the LSU SVM this fall as an instructor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.

Yi-Fan Chen received her PhD from the CBS department. Her dissertation was entitled “Chronic Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Disrupt Mitochondrial Homeostasis and Promote Premature Endothelial Senescence,” and her major advisor was Tammy Dugas, PhD, professor and interim CBS department head. Dr. Chen is currently pursuing fellowship opportunities

Marie Fausta Dutuze, from Kigali, Rwanda, received her PhD from the PBS department. Her dissertation was entitled “Characterization of Bunyamwera, Batai, and Ngari viruses: Unrecognized arboviruses of One Health Importance in Rwanda,” and her major advisor was Rebecca Christofferson, MApSt, PhD (LSU SVM 2011), assistant professor in PBS. Dr. Dutuze is now coordinator of the One Health curriculum at the Rwandan Institute for Conservation and Agriculture.

Jennifer Giovanni, from Los Angeles, Calif., received her PhD from the PBS department. Her dissertation was entitled “A Case-study Approach to Investigate Transmission, Co-infection, and Clinical Sequelae During Epidemics of Dengue and Ebola Virus Disease,” and her major advisors were Christopher Mores, PhD, adjunct professor in PBS, and John B. Malone, Jr., DVM, PhD, professor in PBS. Dr. Giovanni has accepted a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Center for Global Health; her work will focus on existing and emerging zoonotic diseases that are relevant to global health security.

Shan Naidu, DVM, MS, DACVP, from Lafayette, La., received his PhD from the PBS department. His dissertation was entitled “HSV-1 Live-Attenuated Vaccine Strain VC2 Confers Complete Protection in Mice Against Ocular Immunopathogenesis by the Human Clinical Strain HSV-1 (McKrae),” and his major advisor was Konstantin “Gus” Kousouals, PhD, professor in PBS and director of the Division of Biotechnology & Molecular Medicine. Dr. Naidu is currently a senior pathologist at Charles River Laboratories, a preclinical research organization in Frederick, M.D.

Master of Science

Matthew Schexnayder, DVM (LSU SVM 2016), from Lafayette, La., received his MS from the Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) department. His thesis was entitled “Infection Potential of Rickettsia felis via Ingestion,” and his major advisor was Kevin Macaluso, PhD, professor in PBS. Dr. Schexnayder is currently a clinical pathology resident at the LSU SVM.

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research, and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.

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