LSU veterinary school researchers and graduate students receive awards

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2020

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine highlighted its research and bestowed awards for 2020. Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for research and advanced studies, and the entire LSU SVM community congratulate these award recipients.

Jennifer Sones, DVM (LSU SVM 2008), PhD, DACT, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, received the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. Zoetis presents an honorarium and inscribed plaque to a faculty member who has excelled in veterinary medical research during the past two years. Dr. Sones’s research focuses on comparative pregnancy physiology, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction, and equine plancentitis.

Joseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, received the School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research and/or scholarly activities. Dr. Francis’s research focuses on antixodants and stress reduction and cardiovascular disease.

Laxman Ghimire, BVSC & A.H., PhD, received the School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Dissertation Award. He received his PhD in December 2019 in Pathobiological Sciences. His dissertation was entitled “NLRP6 in gram-positive pneumonia and sepsis,” and his major advisor was Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor. Dr. Ghimire joined Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School as a post-doctoral researcher.

Kimberly Lynne Boykin, DVM, from Winston Salem, N.C., the School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Thesis Award. She received her MS degree from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in May 2019. Her thesis was entitled “Assessing the nutritional value of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) used for reptile foods,” and her major advisor was Mark Mitchell, DVM, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM, professor in VCS and director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Boykin has entered the LSU SVM PhD program and will continue her work in Dr. Mitchell’s lab.

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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