LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred four advanced degrees

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2017

BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred three graduate degrees at its Diploma Distribution Ceremony for the Graduate Academic Studies Program on May 12, 2017.


Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for research and advanced studies, presided over the ceremony. Sean Lane, PhD, associate dean for the LSU Graduate School, distributed the diplomas.


Blaise Andre Clarke, from Baton Rouge, La., received his MS from the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS). His thesis was entitled, “Convergence of Excitatory and Inhibitory Projections in the Mouse Medial Geniculate Body." Clarke’s major advisor was Charles Lee, PhD, associate professor in CBS. Clarke is in the process of obtaining a research position.


Shannon David Dehghanpir, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), from New Orleans, La., received her MS from the department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Her thesis was entitled, “Evaluation of broad anti-herpesviral activity with a-hydroxytropolones.” Dehghanpir’s major advisor was Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean and Dr. Kenneth F. Burns Chair in Veterinary Medicine. She will work in either an academic or diagnostic laboratory setting as she works toward her board certification in veterinary clinical pathology.


Anna Beatriz Kawiecki Peralta, DVM, MS, from Madrid, Spain, received her MS from the PBS department. Her thesis was entitled, “Development of mouse models for the study of Zika virus pathogenesis and antibody response.” Peralta’s major advisor was Rebecca Christofferson, MApSt, PhD (LSU SVM 2011), assistant professor in PBS. She hopes to pursue a PhD in epidemiology at University of California, Davis.


Heather Ashley Richbourg, BS, of Tallahassee, Fla., received her PhD from the CBS department. Her dissertation was entitled “Microscopic evaluations of bone in equine and muroid models.” Her major advisor was Margaret McNulty, PhD, former assistant professor in CBS. Dr. Richbourg has been hired as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.


Joel D. Baines, VMD, PhD, dean of the LSU SVM, addressed the graduates and their families, colleagues and friends. “While in the day to day trenches of performing experiments and testing hypotheses, we often forget that the pursuit of science is a privilege that is uniquely human and reflects the best of humanity. One of the highest achievements that we can achieve as a member of society is the advancement of scientific knowledge for the betterment of man- and animal-kind. You have achieved this at the highest level that LSU, or any university, offers.”


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.


Photo: Attending the Diploma Distribution Ceremony are (from left) Dr. Charles Lee, Dr. Blaise Clark, Dr. Joel Baines, Dr. Shannon Dehghanpir, Dr. Rhonda Cardin, Dr. Heather Richbourg, Dr. Tammy Dugas and Dr. Sean Lane.



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