LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred three advanced degrees

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred three advanced degrees on December 17, 2021.

Oliver A. Garden, BVetMed, PhD, LSU Vet Med dean, welcomed the graduates and guests. Joseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, associate dean for research and advanced studies, introduced the graduates and asked their mentors to say a few words about their educational journeys. Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD (LSU 2001), Marie Louise Martin Professor and professor of zoological medicine, conferred the degrees on behalf of the LSU Graduate School.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Paige Elise Allen, from Picayune, Miss., received her PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. Her dissertation was entitled “Investigation of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia Pathogenesis of Mammalian Cells.” Her major advisor was Juan J. Martinez, PhD, professor of Pathobiological Sciences. Dr. Allen currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Jared Scott Rudd, from Provo, Utah, received his PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. His dissertation was entitled “Investigation of Bovine Herpesvirus 1 determinants of neuronal infectivity in novel bovine neuronal cell systems for development of a safer viral vaccine vector.” His major advisor was Konstantin G. Kousoulas, PhD, professor and head of Pathobiological Sciences. Dr. Rudd accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Bibek Dhakal, MS, from Nawalparasi, Nepal, received his Master’s degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. His thesis was entitled “Role of AIM2 Inflammasome in Pulmonary Host Defense Against Staphylococcus aureus- induced Pneumonia.” His major advisor was Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor of Pathobiological Sciences. Dhakal will continue to pursue an advanced degree.

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