LSU School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes new associate dean for research and advanced studies



BATON ROUGE, LA—Rhonda Cardin, PhD, has joined the faculty of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine as the Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies, where she is responsible for overseeing the LSU SVM’s extensive biomedical research programs and advanced (MS and PhD) degrees. Dr. Cardin’s first day was April 8.


Dr. Cardin received her AB in 1983 from Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD from LSU in 1989. She comes to the LSU SVM having trained in laboratories at Tulane, LSU, Stanford, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was in the laboratory of Peter Doherty, DVM, the only veterinarian who is also a Nobel Laureate. Before coming to LSU, she served on the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She comes with substantial contract and R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health.


“With strong ties to the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and extensive experience in preclinical trials for vaccines and antiviral compounds, she will be a great advocate for the school to help drive inter-institution collaborations with our medical colleagues,” said Joel D. Baines, VMD, PhD, dean of the LSU SVM. ”She has a strong interest in mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as well, having trained a number of fellows in her laboratory. I am greatly impressed by her advocacy for the trainees in her former institution and expect that will continue now that she has joined our faculty.”


“I am very excited about the research opportunities at the LSU SVM and all that the school has to offer for academic growth and research collaborations,” said Dr. Cardin.  “We will focus on encouraging translational research, which brings together both basic and clinical researchers, for discovery of novel therapeutic strategies to combat disease.  This ‘all hands on deck’ approach taps into our research strengths at LSU and also creates the best training grounds for our youngest researchers. Research in Louisiana is strong but we plan to make it even stronger.”


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The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the United States, and the only veterinary school 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.