LSU Vet School Researchers Study Respiratory Diseases

Respiratory disease being studied by LSU vet researchers.

From left, Drs. Shafiqul Chowdhury, Samithamby Jeyaseelan, Maria Antonieta Guerrero-Plata and Arthur Penn. These Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine researchers are investigating respiratory diseases that affect humans and animals.

Four faculty members at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine are investigating respiratory diseases that affect animals and humans. The combined research is supported by more than $3.8 million in extramural grants.

Shafiqul Chowdhury, DVM, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, is researching molecular virology and recombinant vaccine technology of bovine herpesvirus.

Dr. Chowdhury’s long-term goal is to understand the following two specific areas of BHV-1 research:

  • How BHV-1 and BHV-5 spread within the nervous system.
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  • The role of envelope glycoproteins in the regulation of pathogenicity and immunogenicity of BHV-1.

Both projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The researchers investigating respiratory diseases in humans are:

  • Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.
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  • Maria Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, BSc, MSc, Ph.D., also an assistant professor in the department.
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  • Arthur Penn, Ph.D., a professor of toxicology in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and director of the Inhalation Research Facility.

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