Elzer named assistant vice chancellor

Linda Benedict, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  9/10/2012 8:44:53 PM

Phil Elzer

Phil Elzer has been named assistant vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and assistant director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.

In this position Elzer will assist in oversight of all animal-related programs and personnel. This encompasses research activities for aquaculture, animal and veterinary sciences, wildlife, food science and nutrition. He will also be the liaison with state commodity groups.

He has a special interest in incorporating biotechnology into research.

“These efforts will not only enhance the state’s economic development, but they will also improve animal health and human welfare,” he said.

One of Elzer’s goals is to increase the level of external funding for research through state, federal and international sources.

Elzer has been with the AgCenter since 1995, when he became an assistant professor with 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.

During his tenure at LSU, Elzer has conducted brucellosis research using numerous animal species. His current research projects involve vaccines for brucellosis, tuberculosis, Johne’s disease, pseudorabies and infectious diseases, including chronic wasting disease, scrapie and mad cow disease.

Elzer earned his master’s and doctorate from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and is active in teaching and professional development. Elzer contributes to courses and laboratory exercises in immunology, microbiology and reproductive diseases in the veterinary curriculum.

Johnny Morgan

(This articles was published in the summer 2012 of the Louisiana Agriculture Magazine.)

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