Dr. Ronald Thune
Pathobiological Sciences (PBS)
Dr. Thune assumed his present position as head of the Pathobiological Sciences in December, 2000, following 20 years being jointly appointed in the School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU Agricultural Center.
Dr. Thune teaches graduate courses in aquatic animal diseases and pathogenic bacteriology, and is coordinator and instructor for 'Aquamed', an annual month-long course on aquatic animal health offered by the Gulf States Consortium for Aquatic Pathobiology.
Dr. Ron Thune conducts research and directs graduate student research on infectious diseases of aquatic animals, particularly Edwardsiella ictaluri in the channel catfish, Francisella asiatica in tilapia, and Photobacterium damselae sub. piscicida in hybrid striped bass. This work uses modern molecular genetic approaches to study pathogen host interactions, with an emphasis on genomics, bacterial pathogenesis and protective vaccine development.