Dr. Philip H. Elzer — Executive Associate Dean, LSU College of Agriculture, Director, School of Animal Sciences, LSU Agricultural Center

Executive Associate Dean, LSU College of Agriculture, Director, School of Animal Sciences, LSU Agricultural Center

 

Dr. Elzer, Professor of Veterinary Science and Veterinary Immunology, has been conducting brucellosis research within the AgCenter for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Veterinary Immunology from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).  Upon completion of his degrees, he performed postdoctoral research in molecular bacterial pathogenesis using Brucella species at Louisiana State University Medical Center-Shreveport (Shreveport, LA).  Dr. Elzer conducts brucellosis research using numerous animal species involving pathogenesis, diagnostics and novel vaccine methodologies. He became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiological Sciences in 1995.  He achieved tenure and the rank of Associate Professor in 1999 and became a full professor in 2004.  In addition to his research, Dr. Elzer teaches veterinary, graduate students and undergraduates.  He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has participated in numerous local, national and international scientific forums.  Dr. Elzer and his collaborators have had six patents awarded.  He has received over $3.5 million in grant and contract monies. Since 2010 he has held the positions at the LSU AgCenter;  Department Head of Veterinary Science, Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, Associate Vice President and Program Leader of Animal Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources.  Dr. Elzer is Chair of the AgCenter IACUC and serves on many AgCenter and LSU committees. Dr. Elzer currently serves at the Director of the School of Animal Sciences and he is the Executive Associate Dean of the LSU College of Agriculture.

 

Dr. Elzer is part of the LSU AgCenter therapeutic cannabis team. His current research interests include using medical cannabis in animal models for human diseases.  He is also working with the veterinary community looking at medical cannabis as a therapeutic for companion animals.