About Dr. Bastian
|Areas of Specialization/Research
Dr. Bastian’s research centers around a lifetime work searching for the causal agent of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). He has shown that a wall-less bacterium, spiroplasma, is consistently associated with the TSEs. Recently at Lousiana State University Agricultural Center, he and collaborators in the Dept. of Veterinary Science have developed a Ruminant Model of TSE that will be used to study pathogenic mechanisms involved in the spiroplasmosis models. In collaboration with Dr. Thune, a genomic study will be conducted on the putative organism, which should dramatically help understand the role of spiroplasma in TSE.
1972-1979 Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1979-1982 Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
1982 - 1992 Associate Professor of Pathology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL 36619
1992 - 2001 Professor of Pathology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL 36619
2002 - date Professor of Pathology at Tulane University School of Medicine at New Orleans, Louisiana 70112.
2005 – date Professor, Dept of Veterinary Science, Lousiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.
1984 Visiting Professor, Cambridge University, England
2002 Reviewer, Army Prion Program
2002 - 2003 Reviewer (Ad hoc chairman) Army Prion Program