LSU appoints new dean of veterinary school
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes its new dean, Dr Oliver Garden, who carries over 3 decades of veterinary expertise as an exemplary researcher, administrator, medical professional, and professor.
The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) recently named Oliver Garden, BS, BVetMed, PhD, as its new dean.
Garden, who will assume his new role on August 31, 2021 (pending LSU Board of Supervisors approval), will oversee the comparative biomedical sciences department, the veterinary clinical department, and the pathobiological sciences department. He will also supervise the Veterinary Library, the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL), and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinic.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr Garden into our LSU Family,” says LSU president Tom Galligan, in a university release.
“With more than 2 decades of impressive experience at leading research universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, Dr Garden is the ideal person to lead the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine as its next dean and help advance its position as a preeminent veterinary school for world-class academics, research, and public service,” he adds.
Garden brings over 3 decades of veterinary practice and experience as an exemplary researcher, administrator, medical professional, and professor with expertise as a clinician and researcher. His main research interests include mechanisms of peripheral tolerance in both health and disease covering mouse, rat, and dog model species for both autoimmune disease and cancer.
Additionally, Garden has investigated the role of regulatory T cells and more recently myeloid-derived suppressor cells within this context.
Garden comes to SVM from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) School of Veterinary Medicine, where he currently serves as the Henry and Corinne R. Bower Professor of Medicine as well as the chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine.
“It is the honor of a lifetime to be entrusted with the deanship of the School of Veterinary Medicine,” says Garden, in the release
“I could not be more excited to be joining the LSU family, and I very much look forward to working with the students, staff, faculty, and alumni of this great academic institution to build upon our world-class programs in teaching, research, and public service,” he adds.