Kasi Russell-Lodrigue, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Director, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, and Chair of the Division of Veterinary Medicine
(985) 871-6496
18703 Three Rivers Road, Covington, LA 70433
Kasi Russell-Lodrigue, DVM, PhD

Education & Affiliations

DVM, Louisiana State University, 2000
Residency, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Texas A&M University, 2003
PhD, Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 2006
Post-doc, Microbial Pathogenesis, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 2009
Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine


Dr. Russell-Lodrigue's research interests are primarily focused on animal modeling of infectious diseases with special emphasis on those causing respiratory illness and agents/toxins requiring biocontainment. 



Baker SM, Davitt CJH, Motyka N, Kikendall NL, Russell-Lodrigue K, Roy CJ, Morici LA. A Burkholderia pseudomallei Outer Membrane Vesicle Vaccine Provides Cross Protection against Inhalational Glanders in Mice and Non-Human Primates. Vaccines (Basel). 2017 Dec 9;5(4). PMCID: PMC5748615

Kaushal D, Foreman TW, Gautam US, Alvarez X, Adekambi T, Rangel-Moreno J, Golden NA, Johnson AM, Phillips BL, Ahsan MH, Russell-Lodrigue KE, Doyle LA, Roy CJ, Didier PJ, Blanchard JL, Rengarajan J, Lackner AA, Khader SA, Mehra S. Mucosal vaccination with attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis induces strong central memory responses and protects against tuberculosis. Nat Commun. 2015 Oct 13;6:8533. PMCID: PMC4608260

Andrews CD, Spreen WR, Mohri H, Moss L, Ford S, Gettie A, Russell-Lodrigue K, Bohm RP, Cheng-Mayer C, Hong Z, Markowitz M, Ho DD. Long-acting integrase inhibitor protects macaques from intrarectal simian/human immunodeficiency virus. Science. 2014 Mar 7;343(6175):1151-4. PMCID: PMC4308974

Russell-Lodrigue KE, Andoh M, Poels MW, Shive HR, Weeks BR, Zhang GQ, Tersteeg C, Masegi T, Hotta A, Yamaguchi T, Fukushi H, Hirai K, McMurray DN, Samuel JE. Coxiella burnetii isolates cause genogroup-specific virulence in mouse and guinea pig models of acute Q fever. Infect Immun. 2009 Dec;77(12):5640-50. PMCID: PMC2786457

View Dr. Russell-Lodrigue's publications on PubMed. 


Key Presentations 

KE Russell-Lodrigue. Mycobacterium tuberculosis research in rhesus macaques: Clinical and Biosafety Considerations. Invited platform presentation at the 45th Annual Workshop of the Association of Primate Veterinarians; Lost Pines, TX; October 2017

KE Russell-Lodrigue, LA Doyle-Meyers, R Bickham, D Kaushal, JL Blanchard. Refining Endpoints for a Rhesus Macaque Model of Tuberculosis. Poster presentation at the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science 67th National Meeting; Charlotte, NC, November 2016

Bickham R, Doyle LA, and Russell-Lodrigue KE. Working with Nonhuman Primates in a Regional Biosafety Laboratory. Invited Platform presentation at the 2012 Meeting of the Louisiana Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; New Iberia, LA, May 2012

Russell-Lodrigue KE. Q fever, an overview. Invited platform presentation at the Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man Conference; Galveston, TX, April 2008