A veteran educator, researcher, and administrator, Dr. Lisa K. Nolan returned to her home state in July 2017 to take over as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Prior to that she spent 14 years at Iowa State University, serving in a variety of positions, including chair of the Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine department and associate dean of both academic and student affairs and research and graduate studies. The last six years she was at Iowa State she was the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, where she oversaw a complete curriculum review and worked to enhance labs and study spaces. In addition, she spearheaded a campus-wide “One-Health Medicine” initiative to encourage collaboration between units working on animal, human, and ecosystem health. Before going to Iowa State, she was a professor at North Dakota State University and served as the director of the Great Plains Food Safety Institute.
Her research focuses on bacterial disease, specifically E. Coli in poultry. She holds a patent on a vaccine and biomarker that aides in assessing avian E. Coli virulence and has authored or co-authored close to 130 publications. She has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and an honorary diplomat of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society and was awarded the Philbro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award.
Dr. Nolan holds a B.S. in biology from Valdosta State College and a DVM, M.S.in medical microbiology and Ph.D. in medical microbiology, all from the University of Georgia.