Jun 28, 2013 3:35 PM by Tina Macias

New director named at New Iberia Research Center

A new director has been appointed to UL's New Iberia Research Center. The announcement comes after the research center came under fire over the last couple years.

UL was fined $38,000 in January after three rhesus monkeys were found dead in a passageway connecting two outdoor cages in NIRC May 2011, and a chimpanzee was injured in 2012.

Joe Simmons has been named the new director of NIRC. Before joining the NIRC, a research center that houses, breeds and manages nonhuman primates, Simmons was executive director of nonhuman primate veterinary and professional services at Charles River Laboratories in Houston.

Simmons has worked as a research professor at the University of Missouri, where he earned a doctoral degree in veterinary pathobiology. He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Simmons earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Louisiana Tech University, and holds a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado.



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