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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

Samm Clark

DVM/PhD Student

Samm is studying Batai virus and other bunyas as it relates to One Health. They're especially interested in the way the environment fits into arboviral and zoonotic virus research in general.

Lab spirit animal: Opossum


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

Erik Turner, PhD (owl)
Handly Mayton, PhD (sloth)
Christine Walsh, MS (squirrel)
Fausta Dutuze, PhD (unicorn)
Joshua Macaluso, BS (penguin)
Patrick O'Dell, BS (Aye aye)
Ryan Tramonte, BS (tapir) 
Ania Kawiecki (MS), Kelly Thompson (BS)

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!

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