LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred three advanced degrees and a certificate

For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020


Our graduates are from China, Long Island, N.Y., and Prairieville, La.

BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred five advanced degrees on December 18, 2020.


Yawen Hu, BMed, M.S., from Hefei, Anhui, China, received a PhD from the department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS). Her dissertation was entitled “Effects of Alcohol and Adenylyl Cyclase Type 7 on Innate Immune System.” Dr. Hu’s major advisor was Associate Professor Masami Yoshimura, BSc, MSc, DSc. Dr. Hu is pursuing a postdoctoral position.


Kerin Cahill, B.S., from Long Island, N.Y., received her master’s degree from CBS. Her thesis was entitled “The Effects of In Utero Exposure to Aerosols Generated by Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems in Neonatal and Adult Offspring.” Her major advisor was Assistant Professor Alexandra Nöel, PhD. Cahill is currently working as a research associate at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Dr. Krisztian Stadler’s lab.

Pengju Wang, BSc, from Henan, China, received his master’s degree from the department of Veterinary Medical Sciences. His thesis was entitled “Novel Information About the Kinetic Effects of Equine Shoe Modifications and Kinematic Effects of Human Digital Devices for Improved Performance in Both Species.” His major advisor was Professor Mandi Lopez, DVM, PhD, DACVS. He is pursuing a second MS degree in computer science at LSU. 


Derek Forrester, from Prairieville, La., received the Certificate in Veterinary Medical and Biomedical Sciences. The certificate program is designed to further develop the scientific knowledge and problem-solving abilities of the student. In this non-research certificate program, students expand their knowledge of the physiological sciences that comprise the core curriculum. Related sciences through advanced elective courses complete the program. Forrester plans to attend medical school.

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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