LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Names Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

Joseph Francis

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La.— Joseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Everett D. Besch Professor in Veterinary Medicine, has been named associate dean of faculty affairs at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Francis will be responsible for matters that directly affect the LSU SVM faculty, including promotions and tenure, professional development, mentoring, retention and recruiting, academic policies, and faculty-related HR issues, as well as administering an online system that allows faculty to keep track of their academic and professional activities.

“I am honored and grateful to be chosen to serve as the associate dean of faculty affairs, and I look forward to supporting the mission and vision of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in this role,” Dr. Francis said. 

Dr. Francis is a professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences.  He received his veterinary degree and master’s in veterinary virology and immunology from Madras Veterinary College in India. He received his PhD in neuroimmunoendocrinology from Kansas State University. Dr. Francis began working for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

“Dr. Francis has been a longstanding faculty member who understands the mission of the school. He is an established and successful scientist, a veterinarian, and an entrepreneur who will be an outstanding advocate for all faculty,” said Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean.

The Everett D. Besch Professorship in Veterinary Medicine, which Dr. Francis holds, was established in honor of the school’s founding dean, who served in that role from 1968 through 1988. 

His research interest is on understanding the role played by central nervous system cytokines in the pathophysiology of heart failure, hypertension and renal diseases. More recently, he has started working on inflammatory molecules in the brain in post-traumatic stress disorder. He uses pharmacological and non-pharmacological intervention including blueberries in his research. He has published 101 peer review articles in high impact journals and he is currently conducting several clinical trials using blueberries.

Since arriving at LSU, Dr. Francis has received several grants from various funding organizations including, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association, and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. This year, he received a $3.9 million multi-principal investigator grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the role played by iron in hemorrhagic myocardial infarction.

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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