Dr.Michelle Arnold received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. in Virology from Harvard University. Dr. Arnold's postdoctoral training was at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She joined the faculty of LSU Heath Sciences Center - Shreveport in 2012 as an Assistant Professor, where the research in her lab is focused on understanding how rotavirus, a pathogen that causes over 200,000 deaths of young children each year, evades the host innate immune response. Dr. Arnold has been actively involved in mentoring and training students, recruitment efforts for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and faculty governance. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Virology and Virology, and is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Medical Virology. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Virology, and Association of Women in Science.
In the community, Dr. Arnold has promoted science education activities at all levels, and has participated in the Citizens Science Academy in Shreveport LA, the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, and Science Club for Girls in Cambridge MA. In other endeavors, she organized teams to paint houses of low-income senior citizens in the community and trained as a member of a citizens' emergency response team. Dr. Arnold believes that education and civic engagement are crucial building blocks of any community, and her goal is to work to develop both areas.