LSU Veterinary School researchers receive more than $132,977 in grant funding



LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) researchers have recently received more than $132,977 in funding to further their individual research projects. CORP and USDA funded $83,000 to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, while another LSU SVM researcher received a $49,977 grant from ACRES.


The CORP and USDA 1433 funding are internal competitions where LSU SVM researchers apply for consideration. A total of 18 researchers applied for CORP and USDA funding, but overall only nine will be awarded. Researchers use the funding for small-scale research projects and will use the findings to apply for larger federally funded resources.


“This year, the applications for the SVM CORP, USDA and ACRES funding were highly competitive and demonstrate the high quality research pursued by our faculty,” said Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for Research and Advanced Studies. “Impressively, assistant professors in all three departments received awards. Congratulations to all of our awardees! We look forward to a productive research year for everyone!”


The recipients are:


2017-2018 SVM CORP Funding

  • Karanvir Aulakh, MS, BVSc & AH (ECFVG) (LSU 2007), MS, DACVS, assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Project title: “The effects of CORA based leveling osteotomy (CBLO) on the kinematics of the cranial ligament-deficinet canine stifle during early, middle and late stance: an ex-vivo study”
  • Ji-Ming Feng, MS, PhD, associate professor in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS). Project title: “The role of golli protein in insulin secretion of paccreatic β cells”
  • Britta Leise, DVM (LSU SVM 2002), MS (LSU SVM 1997), PhD, DACVS, assistant professor in VCS. Project title: “Immuniolocalization and expression of small leucine-rich proteoglycans in models of sepsis related to equine laminits”
  • Alexandra Noël, MS, PhD, assistant professor in CBS. Project title: “In utero second-hand smoke, adult emphysema and inhaled vitamin D therapy”
  • Jenny Sones, DVM (LSU SVM 2008), PhD, DACT, assistant professor in VCS. Project title: “The role of maternal adiposity in complement deposition at the maternal-fetal interface during early pregnancy in the preeclamptic-like BPH/5 mouse”
  • Kui Yang, DVM, MS, PhD, assistant professor in Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Project title: “Identificaiton of serince/threonine kinase STK16 required for Zika virus replication using CRISPR Cas9 screening”


2017-2018 USDA 1433 Funding

  • Shafiqul Chowdhury, DVM, MS, PhD, professor in PBS. Project title: “Analysis of BHV-1 VP22 intercellular transport in vitro with or without Us3”
  • Rebecca Christofferson, MApST (LSU 2005), PhD (LSU 2011), assistant professor in PBS. Project title: “Characterization of transmission and distribution factors of Bunyaviruses at Rawandan cattle farms”
  • Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, professor of veterinary surgery in VCS, director for the Laboratory of Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research. Project title: Quantification of Bone Motion in Normal and Laminitic Equine Hooves to Design andOptimize Stabilization Strategies”


2017-2018 ACRES Funding

  • Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM, professor of Zoological Medicine in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and director for the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received $49,977 from the ACRES fund for his research project entitled, “Preventing the permanent camouflaging of chameleons: Establishing an assisted reproductive program for male chameleons using panther chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) and veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratrus) as models.”


To learn more about the SVM CORP Funding, USDA 1433 funding or ACRES funding, contact Jamie O’Quinn at


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.