LSU Awards 3 Advanced Degrees

From left, Dr. Dale Paccamonti, Dr. Sara Lyle, Dr. Arun Venkatesh Iyer, Dr. Konstantin Kousoulas, Dr. Steve Gaunt and Dr. Peter Haynes.

Three students enrolled in the Graduate Academic Studies Program at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine received advanced degrees Friday.

Peter Haynes, DVM, dean of the vet school, presided over the ceremony. Stephen Gaunt, DVM, Ph.D., professor of veterinary clinical pathology, served as the representative of the LSU Graduate Council and conferred the degrees.

The recipients were:

• Salim Alawneh of Irbid, Jordan, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. His dissertation was titled “The Zinc Induction of Heme Oxygenase-1 Gene Promoter in Mouse Hepa Cells.” Alawneh’s major professor was James Miller, DVM, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and community health.

• Arun Venkatesh Iyer of Kalyan, India, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. His dissertation was titled “Phylogentics and New Approaches to Vaccine Development for West Nile Virus.” Iyer’s major professor was Konstantin Kousoulas, Ph.D., professor of veterinary virology and director of the Division of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine.

• Sara Lyle, DVM, of Baton Rouge, La., who received her Ph.D. from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Her dissertation was titled “The Relationship Between Pro-inflammatory Cytokines, Prostaglandins and Fetal Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Activation in Mares With Infective Pre-term Delivery.” Dr. Lyle’s major professor was Dale Paccamonti, DVM, head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and professor of theriogenology. Lyle is an instructor of theriogenology at LSU.

“This is an important day for the School of Veterinary Medicine,” Dr. Haynes said. “We are grateful for the efforts of these graduates and know that their endeavors will serve to enhance not only their own reputations, but the reputation of the School of Veterinary Medicine as well.” <HOME>

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