Dr. Ronald Thune
Pathobiological Sciences (PBS)
Dr. Thune recently stepped down from his position as head of the Pathobiological Sciences in December, 2018, afteer 19 years.
Dr. Thune teaches graduate courses in aquatic animal diseases and pathogenic bacteriology.
Dr. Ron Thune conducts research and directs graduate student research on infectious diseases of aquatic animals, particularly Edwardsiella ictaluri in the channel catfish. This work uses modern molecular genetic approaches to study pathogen host interactions, with an emphasis on genomics, bacterial pathogenesis and protective vaccine development. Dr. Thune recently received a three year AFRI foundational grant to study E. ictaluri pathogenesis.