LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Announces New Head of Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Tammy Dugas

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La.— Tammy Dugas, PhD, has been named Head of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective March 1, 2020. Dr. Dugas will be responsible for overseeing the CBS department’s extensive biomedical research programs and advanced (MS and PhD) degrees.

Dr. Dugas is a professor in the CBS department. She received her BS in biochemistry and her PhD in chemistry from LSU in 1992 and 1996, respectively. Dr. Dugas completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1998 and another post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 2001. Her first faculty position was at the LSU Health Science Center Shreveport. She joined the faculty of the LSU SVM in September 2014. Dr. Dugas is active in the Society of Toxicology and served as president of the Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section for 2016-2017.

Dr. Dugas’ research focus is in cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology. Her toxicology research seeks to understand how environmental exposures initiate the progression of cardiovascular diseases, and, in her pharmacology research, she is developing new drug-coated medical devices utilized to clear blocked arteries.

Since arriving at LSU, Dr. Dugas has received grants from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute totaling more than $480,000 to develop a drug-coated balloon and a drug-eluting stent for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in humans. In her toxicology research, she was awarded two grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one as part of the LSU Superfund Research Program, totaling $1,884,586 to elucidate the role of air pollution in promoting cardiovascular disease.

“I look forward to capturing innovative ideas and technologies in educating veterinary students,” said Dr. Dugas.  “I also look forward to continued growth in the department’s research infrastructure and programs. The department is home to a wealth of promising young investigators, and I cannot wait to see them succeed.”

“Dr. Dugas was selected because of her excellence in science, strong interest in faculty and student mentoring, and in seeing the department advance to the next level,” said Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean.

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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