LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Announces New Director of Pathobiological Sciences

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La.— Konstantin “Gus” Kousoulas, PhD, has been named head of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, effective February 20, 2020. Dr. Kousoulas will be responsible for overseeing the PBS department’s extensive biomedical research programs and advanced (MS and PhD) degrees.

Dr. Kousoulas is a professor of virology and biotechnology in PBS and director of the Division of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (BioMMED). He is also the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Center in Experimental Infectious Disease Research and the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN). He holds adjunct appointments at the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Basic Sciences, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Gene Therapy Program and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center in New Orleans. He is also an affiliate member of the Tulane National Primate Research Center located in Covington, La.

Dr. Kousoulas received his BS in Physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., and his MS and PhD degrees from Pennsylvania State University in Biophysics and Molecular Cell Biology, respectively. He received postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago working in Dr. Bernard Roizman’s laboratory and at the University of California at San Francisco with Dr. Lenore Pereira, where later he was promoted to Research Assistant Professor.

He joined Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., in 1988 and became full professor in 1994.

Dr. Kousoulas was instrumental in the awarding of a $9.9 million grant in 2004 to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). This grant from the National Center for Research Resources and later by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences has provided approximately $30 million (2004-20120) for the development of faculty toward obtaining independent funding by the NIH traditional mechanisms.

“Dr. Kousoulas has proven himself to be a talented researcher and mentor to grad students and post-docs, and his work to get LSU’s first COBRE grant has been instrumental in developing our research faculty,” said Joel D. Baines, VMD, PhD, dean of the LSU SVM.  “His experience and dedication to the LSU SVM has proven to be invaluable, and I know that he will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the veterinary school and PBS in particular.”

“PBS has been a key contributor to the current success of the LSU SVM in research, teaching and service. It is my distinct honor to lead PBS during the next stage of significant growth through the recruitment of new faculty,” said Dr. Kousoulas. “I thank the Department and the Dean for entrusting me with this important position. PBS has outstanding potential for higher achievements in the future.”

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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