New dean for Louisiana’s veterinary school

Dr. Joel Baines
Dr. Joel Baines

Dr. Joel Baines has been named the new dean of Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Baines is an associate dean for research and graduate education and the James Law Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He will start at LSU on September 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Baines received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Kansas State University in 1979 and received a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He then received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988, studying the molecular virology of feline coronaviruses. He obtained postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago in the laboratory of Dr. Bernard Roizman studying the molecular virology of herpes simplex virus replication. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since Jan. 1, 1995, to study herpes simplex virus assembly.

“I am thrilled to accept this position and look forward to facilitating the education, research and service missions of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,” Baines said. “I am also eager to facilitate opportunities that foster synergistic collaborations with colleagues at partner colleges, campuses and institutions to advance basic and clinical discovery in both Veterinary and Human Medicine.”

LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell said Baines was well-respected in the field of veterinary medicine and will bring a wealth of knowledge and research to LSU.

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