Courses, Admissions, Facilities and Faculty

The graduate program in Comparative Biomedical Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to conducting biomedical research as it applies to humans and animals. The goal of the program is to educate and prepare students for successful careers in academic, private industry, or government environments. Degrees granted include a PhD or MS degree in biomedical and veterinary medical sciences with focuses in cell and molecular biology, environmental health sciences, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, or toxicology. The school also has a DVM/PhD track for students accepted into the veterinary medicine program.

Administration

Sonika Patial, DVM, MS, PhD
Graduate Recruiter
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9884
Fax (225) 578-9895
spatial@lsu.edu

 

Yogesh Saini, DVM, MS, PhD
Graduate Recruiter
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone (225) 578-9143
Fax (225) 578-9895
ysaini@lsu.edu

 

Degree Programs

Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences (SVMCB)

The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.

The degree involves course work in the student’s area of specialty and completion of an original research project resulting in an acceptable thesis.

Thirty hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate or professional degree at the graduate level (in courses numbered 4000 or above) must be earned. The curricular requirements include:

  • at least six hours in thesis research (VMED 8000).
  • at least 24 hours at the 7000 level or above in courses other than thesis research (VMED 8000), including
    • three hours of CBS 7104 Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology
    • three hours of CBS 7108 Critical Analysis in Molecular Biology/Medicine
    • two hours of VMED7004 Introduction to Research
    • at least three hours of experimental statistics at the 7000 level

The student must pass a final comprehensive oral exam. At the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, a written exam may be required. Few students are admitted to this degree program.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences (PVMCB)

The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied. An MS degree is not a requisite for admission to the PhD program.

The degree involves course work in the student’s area of specialty and completion of an original research project resulting in an acceptable dissertation. The dissertation must demonstrate a contribution to the student’s major field of study and a mastery of research techniques. Sixty hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate or professional degree at the graduate level (in courses numbered 4000 or above) must be earned. The curricular requirements include:

  • at least 24 hours at the 7000 level or above in courses other than dissertation research (VMED 8900/9000), including:
  • three hours of CBS 7104 Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology
  • three hours of CBS 7108 Critical Analysis in Molecular Biology/Medicine
  • two hours of VMED 7004 Introduction to Research
  • at least three hours of experimental statistics at the 7000 level
  • at least six hours in professional curriculum courses selected from:
    • CBS 7109 (3 hours) Advanced Macroscopic Anatomy
    • CBS 7112 (3 hours) Advanced Microscopic Anatomy
    • CBS 7603 (3 hours) Clinical Toxicology
    • CBS 7628 (3 hours) Biomedical Physiology I
    • CBS 7629 (3 hours) Biomedical Physiology II
    • CBS 7631 (3 hours) Biomedical Neuroscience
    • CBS 7634 (4) Biomedical Pharmacology

All candidates for the PhD degree must present a seminar a total of two times, including the final dissertation defense. Students are strongly encouraged to submit the results of their research for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The student must pass a general exam consisting of written and oral portions and a comprehensive final oral exam.

Graduate Courses

CBS 7001

Seminar: Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1). F, S May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. credit. Reports and discussions on topics of current interest in various scientific disciplines.

 

CBS 7002

Research Techniques in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4). F, S, Su May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. credit when topics vary. Specialized research techniques related to selected scientific disciplines in the department.

 

CBS 7003

Special Topics in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1-4). F, S, Su May be taken for a max. of 8 hrs. credit when topics vary. Specialized coverage of a variety of topics related to selected scientific disciplines in the department.

 

CBS 7004

Current Literature in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (1) F, S Prereq.: Permission of department. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. credit. Review of the literature in areas of comparative biomedical sciences presented in a discussion format

 

CBS 7104

Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology (3). F Prereq.: permission of instructor. Essential concepts of cell and molecular biology; cellular ultrastructure and function; basic genetic mechanisms in normal and transformed cells; methods of gene analysis; proteomics; molecular therapy and molecular approaches to disease diagnosis.

 

CBS 7108

Critical Analysis In Molecular Biology/Medicine (3). F Instruction/participation; formal presentations of research data. Discussion and presentations are drawn from landmark biomedical publications.

 

CBS 7109

Advanced Macroscopic Anatomy (1-3).  V Prereq.: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Specialized dissection of one or more of the following: dog, horse, ruminants, laboratory, exotic, or avian species.

 

CBS 7112

Advanced Microscopic Anatomy (1-3). V Prereq.: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Comparative or systemic microscopic anatomy of selected organs or organ systems of domestic, laboratory or exotic species.

 

CBS 7200

Basic and Applied Anatomy 1 (3). F Prereq.: Permission of department. Principles of macroscopic anatomy, basic structure, and applied anatomy of the bones, muscles, and joints of the thoracic limb, pelvic limb, and trunk; dissection of the dog, with relevant comparisons to the horse and domestic ruminants.

 

CBS 7201

Basic and Applied Anatomy 2 (3.5). F Prereq.: permission of department. Introduction to the nervous system; anatomy of the blood vessels and nerves of the thoracic and pelvic limb, the equine digit; comparative anatomy of the head, including the skull and mandible, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, ear, oral cavity, teeth larynx, cranial nerves, surface of the brain and its coverings, and blood supply.

 

CBS 7202

Basic and Applied Anatomy 3 (4). S Prereq.: permission of department. Anatomy of the neck and trunk, thoracdic and pleural cavities, thoracic viscera; introduction to the autonomic nervous system; the abdominal wall, abdominal viscera, pelvic cavity, and viscera of the urinary and reproductive systems of domestic animals.

 

CBS 7203

Cell Biology and Histology (3). F Prereq.: Permission of department. Basic cell and tissue biologoy; glandular and nonglandular epithelia, connective tissue, muscle, hematopoietic tissue, and the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and immune systems of veterinary species.

 

CBS 7204

Histology and Developmental Anatomy (4). F Prereq.: CBS 7203, Permission of department. Continuation of CBS 7203. Cell and tissue biology of the digestive, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, urinary, visual, and auditory systems; early embryonic development of veterinary species.

 

CBS 7603

Clinical Toxicology (3). F Prereq.: Permission of instructor. Pathophysiology of various clinically important toxicants; prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common intoxicants in domestic animals.

 

CBS 7614

Central Nervous System (3). V. Prereq.: CBS 7631 or equivalent. Neurotransmitter mechanism, chemistry, and anatomical distribution; neuropharmacology, synaptic physiology and anatomy of selected brain regions; central nervous system diseases.

 

CBS 7617

Autonomic Nervous System (3). V Prereq.: CBS 7631 or equivalent. Structure, physiology, pharmacology, and diseases of the autonomic nervous system.

 

CBS 7630

Biomedical Pharmacology (4). F Prereq.: vertebrate physiology, biochemistry, or equivalent; permission of instructor. 3.5 hrs. lecture; 0.5 hrs. lab. Comparative study of the pharmacodynamics, disposition, kinetics, and therapeutic utility of drugs in animals.

 

CBS 7631

Biomedical Neuroscience (3). S Prereq.: permission of instructor. 2.5 hrs lecture; 0.5 hrs lab. Physiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying the nervous system.

 

CBS 7632

Biomedical Physiology 1 (3). F Prereq.: permission of instructor. Physiological mechanisms underlying muscular, hormonal, and reproductive systems of domestic species.

 

CBS 7633

Biomedical Physiology 2 (3). F Prereq.: consent of instructor. Physiological mechanisms underlying the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems of domestic animals. Dr. J. Francis.

 

CBS 7634

Biomedical Physiology 3 (3). S Prereq.: consent of instructor. Physiological mechanisms underlying the respiratory and renal systems of domestic species; emphasis on system control. Dr. H. Cheng.

 

VMED 7004

Introduction to Research (2). F. Prereq.: consent of instructor. Concepts and methodology in developing research programs; selection of a research problem; planning, execution, and publication of original research. Dr. J. Miller.

 

VMED 8900

Predissertation Research - Lab Rotation (1). F,S,Su. Rotation of entering graduate students in selected faculty laboratories. "S"/"U" grading.

 

VMED 9000

Dissertation Research (1-12 per sem.)

 

PBS 7312

Epidemiological Study Design (4). S. Introduction to the concepts of epidemiology with emphasis on the appropriate use and interpretation of epidemiological methods.

 

EXST 7003

Statistical Inference I (4). Prereq.: MATH 1021 or equivalent. Credit will be given for only one of the following: EXST 7003, EXST 7004, EXST 7005, EXST 7009. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Basic concepts of statistical models and sampling; descriptive and inferential methods; normal, t, chi-square and F distributions; tests of hypothesis and estimation, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, analysis of categorical data; emphasis on social and behavioral sciences research problems; computer software applications.

 

CBS Graduate Courses are also found in the School of Veterinary Medicine Bulletin.

 

Admission

Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applications for admission are accepted and evaluated by the department at any time, but applicants are not evaluated for admission or financial assistance until completed application materials have been received, including test scores, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Application should be initiated at least six months prior to anticipated entry. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by The Graduate School.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, acceptable GRE test scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Minimum criteria for admission include ≥3.0 GPA out of 4.0 on the US system scale and a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of ≥302 (1100 on the older exam version). International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL score (≥213 computer version or ≥79 Internet version or ≥550 paper version) or IELTS score (≥6.5). One of the department graduate faculty members must agree in advance to accept the applicant as a student in his/her laboratory.

 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to some students. Financial aid consists of research assistantship stipends or fellowships. The amount of the award depends on prior educational performance and awards are made on a competitive basis; financial aid is rarely awarded to MS students. Special fellowships and tuition exemption may also be available. A student should contact his/her home department for more information on available assistantship positions. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines established by the LSU Graduate School and preferably six months prior to anticipated entry.

 

Research Facilities

Research facilities include laboratories, instrument rooms, walk-in cold rooms, and rooms for radiolabel materials use, animal treatment, cell culture, photography, and storage. The department operates the Inhalation Research Facility, the Analytical Systems Laboratory, the Aquatic Research Facility, the Equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory, and the SVM Microscopy Center. The School of Veterinary Medicine also houses the Gene Probes & Expressions Systems Laboratory, LSU Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Veterinary Computer Resources, Veterinary Medicine Library, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a Biomedical Communications Unit, and the facilities of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics.

 

Graduate Faculty

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Hermann H. Bragulla • Development of skin and skin appendages in normal and diseased states

Henrique Cheng • Molecular mechanisms controlling stem cell differentiation and islet cell hormone secretion

Levent Dirikolu • Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, toxicokinetics, molecular, clinical and analytical pharmacology/toxicology, drug metabolism

Tammy Dugas • Cardiovascular pharmacology, toxicology

Ji-Ming Feng • Pathogenesis of autoimmune-mediated demyelinating diseases

Joseph Francis • Pulmonary and cardiovascular pathophysiology

Kevin M. Kleinow • Aquatic animal pharmacology and toxicology, developmental toxicology, zebrafish as genomic models for disease, Deep Horizon

Charles C. Lee • Neurobiological mechanisms underlying auditory processing and plasticity

Shisheng Li • DNA repair and mutagenesis

J. Michael Mathis, Adjunct • Oncolytic virotherapy, non-invasive imaging

Alexandra Noël •  Fundamental mechanisms at the epigenetic, molecular and cellular levels underlying respiratory effects induced by inhalents

Olalekan Ogundele • Neurobiology of developmental psychiatric disorders

Michelle Osborn • Application of functional and evolutionary morphology to the study of complex structural systems of model organisms

Sonika Patial • Innate Immunity, inflammation and toxicology

Arthur Penn • Inhalation toxicology, cardio/pulmonary responses to air pollutants, gestational exposures and adult disease

Yogesh Saini • Pulmonary immunobiology, toxicology

George M. Strain • Deafness, clinical neurophysiology and neurology

Shaomian Yao • Isolation and differentiation of dental stem cells, molecular biology of stem cells, and their roles in osteogenesis and osteoclastogenesis

Masami Yoshimura  • Molecular and cellular biological aspects of cyclic AMP signal transduction regulation