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Name: Philip Elzer
Title: Professor
Specialization: Infectious Diseases
Department: School of Animal Sciences
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 102 J. Norman Efferson Hall, LSU Campus
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803 - 4210
Phone Number: (225) 578-4182
Fax Number: (225) 578-6032

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1992, Immunology
  • M.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1989, Immunology
Areas of Specialization/Research
Dr. Elzer conducts brucellosis research using numerous animal species involving pathogenesis, diagnostics and novel vaccine methodologies. Current projects involve multivalent vaccines for brucellosis, tuberculosis, Johne’s disease, and pseudorabies and small ruminant models for infectious diseases including transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (Chronic Wasting Disease, Scrapie and Mad Cow Disease).

Professional Experience
  • July 2004-present, Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, La.
  • July 1999-June 2004, Associate Professor, LSU AgCenter 
  • May 1995-July 1999, Assistant Professor, LSU AgCenter

Dr. Elzer has a joint appointment in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Veterinary Science in the LSU AgCenter. Dr. Elzer contributes to courses and laboratory exercises in immunology, microbiology, reproductive and abortifacient diseases in the veterinary curriculum. He also is an active participant in graduate courses related to the host response to infectious agents, bacterial pathogenesis, and molecular and cellular immunology. He serves as major professor or advisory committee member for both M.S. and Ph.D. candidates. Dr. Elzer also serves on the Graduate Program Committee for the Department of Pathobiological Sciences. Dr. Elzer holds membership in 10 professional societies including the American Association of Immunologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society for Microbiology, and the Wildlife Disease Association. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Diseases as well as an ad hoc reviewer for other scientific journals and participates on ad hoc review panels for granting agencies. He is currently the Chairman of the Brucellosis Scientific Advisory Committee for the United States Animal Health Association.


Shakya, K., M. Hugh-Jones, and P. Elzer. (2007). Evaluation of immune response to orally administered Sterne Strain 34F2 anthrax vaccine. Vaccine. 25(29):5374-5377.

Zygmunt, M.S., S.D. Hagius, J.V. Walker, and P.H. Elzer. (2006). Identification of Brucella melitensis 16M genes required for bacterial survival in the caprine host. Microbes Infect. 8(14):2849-2854.

Kahl-McDonagh, M.M., P.H. Elzer, S.D. Hagius, J.V. Walker, Q.L. Perry, C.M. Seabury, R.M. Tsolis, L.G. Adams, D.S. Davis and T. Ficht. (2006). Evaluation of novel Brucella melitensis unmarked deletion mutants for safety and efficacy in the goat model for brucellosis. Vaccine 24(24):5169-77.

Roux, C.M., N.J. Booth, B.H. Bellaire, J.M. Gee, R.M. Roop, M.E. Kovach, R.M. Tsolis, P.H. Elzer, and D.G. Ennis. (2006). RecA and RadA proteins of Brucella abortus do not perform overlapping protective DNA repair functions following oxidative burst. J. Bacteriology 188(14):5187-5195.

Nielsen, K, P. Smith, W. Yu, P. Nicoletti, P.H. Elzer, C. Robles, R. Bermudez, T. Renteria, A. Ruiz, C. Massengill, Q. Muenks, G. Jurgersen, T. Tollersrud, L. Samartino, S. Conde, L. Forbes, D.Gall, B. Perez, X. Rojas, and A. Minos (2005). Towards a single screening test for brucelloisis. Res. Sci. Off. Int. Epiz 24(3):1027-1038.

Funk, N.D., L.B. Tabatabai, P.H. Elzer, S.D. Hagius, B.M. Martin and L. Hoffman. (2005). Indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of Brucella melitensis specific antibodies in goat milk. J Clin Microbiol 43(2):721-725.

Nielsen, K, P. Smith, W. Yu, P. Nicoletti, P.H. Elzer, A. Vigliocco, P. Silva, R. Bermudez, T. Renteria, F. Moreno, A. Ruiz, C. Massengill, Q. Muenks, K.
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