LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred five advanced degrees

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2020

BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred five advanced degrees on May 15, 2020. 

Doctor of Philosophy

Sean Perry, DVM, from Irvine, Calif., received his PhD from the Veterinary Medical Sciences department. His dissertation was entitled “Can Assisted Reproductive Technologies Help Conserve 300 Million Years of Evolution? A First Attempt at Developing Assisted Reproductive Technologies for Male Reptiles,” and his major advisor was Professor Mark Mitchell, DVM, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM. Dr. Perry is now searching for a full-time position in the veterinary field.

Harriet Hammond, BS, MS, from New Roads, La., received her PhD from the Comparative Biomedical Sciences department. Her dissertation was entitled “Murine Exposures to Waterpipe Tobacco Smoke: Adult Lung Immune Responses and Prenatal Susceptibility to Allergen-Induced Asthma,” and her major advisor was Professor Arthur Penn, PhD. Dr. Hammond is pursuing a position in the private sector and/or science communication.

Razia Sultana, BVSc & A.H., MVSc, from Nangal, Punjab, India, received her PhD from the Comparative Biomedical Sciences department. Her dissertation was entitled “Neural, Behavioral and Molecular Alterations in Mouse Models of Schizophrenia,” and her major advisor was Associate Professor Charles Lee, PhD. Dr. Sultana is now a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Master of Sciences

Carlos Aguilar, DVM, from Obregon, Mexico, received his MS degree from the Veterinary Clinical Sciences. His thesis was entitled “In Vitro Analysis of Equine Platelet Rich Plasma and In Vivo Effect of Cytokines after Repeated Intra-Articular Injections in Osteoarthritic Joints,” and his major advisor was Associate Professor Laura Riggs, DVM, PhD, DACVS. In July, Dr. Aguilar is will begin a combined large animal surgery residency/PhD program at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Anke Stohr, Vet.med., from Freiburg, Germany, received her MS degree from the Veterinary Clinical Sciences department. Her thesis was entitled “Establishment of Laboratory Methods to Assess the Application of Blood Transfusions in Reptiles,” and her major advisor was Professor Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD (LSU SVM 2001, 2007), DACZM, DECZM. Dr. Stohr will complete her zoological medicine residency at the LSU SVM in July 2020. After that, she plans to return to Germany to work as a small animal exotic pet practitioner and sit for the examination for board certification as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine.

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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