The Department of Pathobiological Sciences provides teaching and training in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, pathology, epidemiology, and immunology. Faculty are involved in all levels of the professional curriculum, providing lectures, research training, and instructions for practice. Our faculty also leads the veterinary medicine residency programs in Laboratory Animal and Diagnostic Pathology, in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Advanced studies in the department lead to the MS and PhD degrees in biomedical and veterinary medical sciences. Graduate courses are offered in basic and applied sciences related to disease etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, host responses, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
The departmental faculty provides a variety of services in support of the clinical and instructional programs of the school, including clinical pathology, cytology, postmortem examination, diagnostic parasitology, and aquatic animal disease diagnosis. Central research services include a Molecular Biology Center, GeneLab, Flow Cytometry Lab, Histology Lab, and Protein Core.
PBS houses several excellent research centers, including a Center for Lung Biology and Disease and the Division of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine. The Center for Lung Biology and Disease was established in 2019 with an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program. The CLBD augments research on campus in the molecular and cellular immunological mechanisms of pulmonary diseases. BIOMMED is a multidisciplinary research, support and development unit that provides centralized access to state-of-the-art equipment and advanced training in molecular and cell biology.