New Comparative Biomedical Sciences department lead at LSU


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes new department head, Alexander Murashov, PhD, MD

Alexander Murashov, PhD, MD, is the new department head of the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS). Murashov will be responsible for overseeing the CBS department's extensive biomedical research programs and advanced (MS and PhD) degrees, according to a university release.1

Alexander Murashov, PhD, MD. (Photo courtesy of LSU)

Alexander Murashov, PhD, MD. (Photo courtesy of LSU)

“While I look forward to maintaining and building upon the success our department has achieved, I will also seek new ways to promote research, academic excellence, and professional growth,” said Murashov in the release. “My primary goal is to ensure that our department continues to be a great place for faculty, staff, and students to thrive in. To ensure this, I propose an external advisory board composed of nationally renowned scientists who will provide guidance on departmental vision and growth to enhance its national and global reputation. I believe it is going to be an exciting journey ahead, and we'll discuss it when we meet! I am confident that these efforts will improve the department's national standing and will result in increased funding for research.”1

Murashov received his PhD from the Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology, Academy of Medical Sciences (Russia), and his MD from the Pirogov Moscow 2nd Medical Institute (Russia). He completed his post-doctoral training at Columbia University, Griffith University (Australia), and the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology (Australia). In 1999, he joined the faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina State University, where he was a professor of physiology. Murashov’s current research focuses on the role of miRNAs in mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance of metabolic and neurological traits and miRNAs in mechanisms of neuronal injury and plasticity.1

“I welcome Dr Murashov with great enthusiasm,” said Dean Oliver A. Garden, BVetMed, PhD, FHEA, FCPP, FRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, in the release. “I know that he will be a tremendous asset to our community, and I look forward to working with him to advance the department and the school.”1

According to the LSU website, "The Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences conducts basic and translational research in diverse areas of biomedical sciences including cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, developmental biology, neurosciences, and toxicology."2


  1. LSU Vet Med welcomes new Comparative Biomedical Sciences department head. News release. Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. July 12, 2023. Accessed July 14, 2023.
  2. Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Accessed July 14, 2023.
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