About Dr. Bastian

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Education/Training
  • BA, Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 1960
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan, 1964
  • Residency, Neuropathology, Duke University, 1968-72
  • Fellowship, Virology, National Institutes of Health, 1972 
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 LSU 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.

Professional Experience

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, LSU Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. 

 

Awards/Grants

1984 Visiting Professor, Cambridge University, England 

2002 Reviewer, Army Prion Program 

2002 - 2003 Reviewer (Ad hoc chairman) Army Prion Program