LSU’S Office of Research & Economic Development has named Gus Kousoulas associate vice chancellor. Kousoulas, whose appointment was approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Oct. 25, will focus on STEM disciplines including enhancing the university’s large-scale biomedical and biotechnical grant portfolio.
“Dr. Kousoulas’ expertise and leadership at LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine established him as the leader we need to take our research expertise in STEM areas to the next level,” said ORED Vice Chancellor Kalliat Valsaraj. “His guidance will allow us to aggressively pursue our strategic goals. He is a welcome addition to ORED’s administrative team.”
Kousoulas received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and his master’s in biophysics and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Pennsylvania State University. He received postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago working in the laboratory of National Academy of Sciences member Bernard Roizman and served as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco prior to his appointment at LSU.
“I am honored that I have been selected as the next associate vice chancellor for research and economic development representing STEM disciplines. I am looking forward to assisting Vice Chancellor Valsaraj, senior associate vice chancellor Lee, faculty, staff and students in their pursuit of research excellence with enthusiasm and vigor,” said Kousoulas.
Kousoulas joined the LSU faculty in 1988 and became full professor in 1994. He is currently professor of virology and biotechnology at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, with adjunct appointments at the LSU Department of Biological Sciences, LSU College of Science and the the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center in New Orleans. He also holds an appointment in the School of Animal Sciences at the LSU AgCenter, and he is an affiliate member of the Tulane National Primate Research Center located in Covington, La.
He is the lead researcher of the LSU-Tulane “Center for Experimental Infectious Diseases,” which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. His research interests are focused on the molecular biology of human herpes viruses, including Kaposi’s Sarcoma Associated Herpes virus, which causes Kaposi’s cancer in humans. Kousoulas has extensively utilized viral vectors for vaccine development and cancer treatment, and has constructed and patented herpes simplex viruses that can selectively replicate in human breast cancer cells providing a unique approach to treatment.
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