Laura Hoon-Hanks

Associate Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

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About Laura

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a veterinarian, let alone a pathologist.Growing up, my mother was a nurse midwife and she often brought home anatomy diagrams and coloring books, which I consider the spark that led me to medicine. After shadowing numerous doctors and veterinarians, I decided veterinary medicine was my true calling. I studied the molecular genetics of Lyme disease during my undergrad at the University of Montana using tick-mouse models, which began my passion for research. My DVM at CSU continued my involvement in research by investigating new diagnostic techniques involving the use of necropsy and histopathology with the Edward Hoover lab as tools for the detection of chronic wasting disease. As my passion continued to blossom, I was accepted into the combined residency/PhD program here at CSU in 2014. My research interests primarily center on infectious disease pathology with an emphasis in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.


B.A. Biology/Zoology, University of Montana - Missoula, 2010Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 2014


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