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The Xofferson Lab

Science hard. Play hard.


Dr. Rebecca C. Christofferson


Born and raised in Louisiana, so when it comes to football, I bleed purple and gold (Geaux Tigers!).  I received my PhD from Louisiana State University and, because either I'm like gum on a shoe or I do good work (you decide), they decided to keep me around.  I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

I like to ask questions about mosquito-borne virus systems that takes me from immunology to field work and all the stops in between.

Lab spirit animal: Llama

Erik Turner

PhD Candidate

Erik joined my lab approximately 2 weeks before we turned into a COVID testing facility. He even stayed after that madness!

Erik is interested in a lot of things, but what we've narrowed it down to are environmental factors that affect transmission of emerging viruses including novel modalities of transmission and ways to kill it!

Lab spirit animal: Something nocturnal...


Sam Clark

PhD Student

Sam hasn't figured out we're the weird lab, yet. Shhh. Don't tell her.

Lab spirit animal: TBD

Lab Alumni:

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” -Henry David Thoreau

Handly Mayton (sloth)

Christine Walsh (squirrel)

Fausta Dutuze (unicorn)

Joshua Macaluso (penguin)

Patrick O'Dell (Aye aye)

Ryan Tramonte (tapir) 

Ania Kawiecki, Kelly Thompson


Lab Partners

Job Title

My lab is made of old, often committed people. This is awesome because that means when I plan lab social events that start at like 3 pm, nobody judges me. 

Anyway, to our lab spouses & partners - thanks for all you do!

Personnel: Lab Members
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