Lawrence, Mark

Mark L. Lawrence, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director of Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Fish (FIL)
Department of Basic Sciences

Contact Information
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State, MS 39762-6100
Phone: 662-325-1205
Fax: 662-325-1031
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website link:


  • B.S. – Texas A&M University
  • D.V.M. – Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. – Louisiana State University
  • Postdoctoral – Virginia Tech
  • Research – Pathogenesis of bacterial diseases, especially in aquatic animals
  • Teaching – Bacterial pathogenesis, aquatic animal health
  • Clinical – Diagnostic responsibilities in the MSU-CVM Fish Diagnostic Laboratory

Bacterial pathogenesis
Aquatic animal health
Molecular microbiology

My primary research interest is in mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis.  In my laboratory, we use comparative genomics, functional genomics, molecular biology, and host models to answer bacterial pathogenesis questions.  Research is conducted on bacterial pathogens of fish, including Edwardsiella ictaluri, Flavobacterium columnare, and Aeromonas hydrophila. I also have an active research program in the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes where our focus is delineating molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis.  Finally, I have research interest in bacterial species in the family Pasteurellaceae, particularly bovine respiratory pathogens Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, and Histophilus somni.



CVM Blog

 158a logo 20180529 tjt
2019 Vet Camp Dates have been set. REGISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN THRU FEBRUARY 25. Click for details!

lill bill
He is thought to be the world’s smallest bull, and is currently under the care of the bovine experts at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM) in Starkville, MS.  Read More Click Here

Search Our Site

Dean's Message

hoblet jakSince the College of Veterinary Medicine’s establishment in 1974, we have made it our responsibility to provide a higher standard of living not just for animals and those involved in animal agriculture, but for all Mississippians.

Read More

Find out more about Mississippi State University here.

HORIZONTAL WEB maroon white