April 15, 2000

 

 Huxsoll interim director at Plum Island

Posted Apr. 1, 2000

Dr. David L. Huxsoll
Dr. David L. Huxsoll

Dr. David L. Huxsoll, Baton Rouge, La, will join the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Long Island, NY as interim director. He replaces Dr. Alfonso Torres, who for several years has served as the Animal Disease Center's director and worked in the Plum Island foreign animal disease diagnostic laboratory. Dr. Huxsoll plans to start at Plum Island in late April.

Dr. Huxsoll is on loan from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 1990-1999, he served as associate dean and then dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. For seven years before that, Dr. Huxsoll was commander of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Md.

Known for expertise in biologic warfare defense, Dr. Huxsoll is credited with recognizing the need for an expanded biologic defense program and developing measures to counter toxins and exotic infectious diseases. In 1991, he was senior scientist on the first United Nations special-commission biologic inspection team to travel to Iraq, and later, led a second team there.