Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
I am pleased to announce that Jason Bodily, PhD, has been selected and accepted an offer to become Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies effective May 9.
Dr. Bodily will be assuming the role of Associate Dean from Dr. Kelly Tatchell, who will be integral in the transition and training of Dr. Bodily before he steps down at the end of June. I extend my deepest appreciation to Dr. Tatchell for his dedication and contributions to the School of Graduate Studies while serving in this position since 2018. He has been an admired member of the LSU Health Shreveport faculty since 1995 and his passion for students and teaching is evident to all who know him. Dr. Tatchell will remain at LSU Health Shreveport and devote more time to research in his lab and his role as a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Dr. Bodily joined the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at LSU Health Shreveport as an Assistant Professor in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Master of Science in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and then his PhD in Microbiology from Penn State University Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Bodily received his postdoctoral training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Since joining the LSUHS faculty Dr. Bodily has been a mentor to many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and has been a mentor for high school, undergraduate and medical students through the SMART, Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and Medical Student Research Programs over the years. The focus of Dr. Bodily’s research is human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which are the causative agents of cervical and other cancers. His work focuses on identifying the functions of oncogenes in viral replication, especially in the ability of the virus to persist. Current work in Dr. Bodily’s lab explores the molecular mechanisms behind these and other activities that facilitate the viral life cycle and set the stage for cancer development. Dr. Bodily is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the American Society for Virology, the International Papillomavirus Society, and the American Society for Microbiology, currently serving as the Vice President and President-Elect of the ASM’s South Central Branch.
I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Selection Committee for their time and efforts throughout the selection process: Dr. Connie Arnold (Chair), Dr. Nick Goeders and Dr. Diana Cruz-Topete.
Please join me in congratulating and supporting Dr. Bodily in his new role.
Chris Kevil, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
Dean for School of Graduate Studies