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Joel Baines named Dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – LSU has named Dr. Joel Baines as the new dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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

"We are pleased to announce Joel Baines as the next dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine," said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. "Dr. Baines is well-respected in the field of veterinary medicine and brings a wealth of knowledge and research with him to LSU."

Bell also thanked Search Committee Chair Thomas Klei and the rest of the search committee for their hard work and effort in helping to select the next dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Baines is a professor in the Cornell Department of Microbiology and Immunology and has been associated with the department since 1993.

He 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."

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