Thomas Loch, Ph.D.

Thomas Loch

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Assistant Professor

517-884-2019 (office); 517-884-2024 (Lab)


Joint Appointment with Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

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Areas of Expertise:

Aquatic animal health; pathogenesis, ecology, and epidemiology of infectious aquatic animal diseases; microbiology


Ph.D., Veterinary Pathology/Microbiology, Michigan State University, 2012
M.S., Veterinary Pathology, Michigan State University, 2007
B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2002


I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University – Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory and am jointly appointed through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (College of Veterinary Medicine).  My position is funded by the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and is part of the collaborative Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) Program.  Through this partnership, the members of the MSU – AAHL and I collaborate closely with the MDNR to provide diagnostics, outreach, and fish health expertise to the State and other regions within the Great Lakes Basin.  Emerging health issues of wild and captive fish populations residing in the Great Lakes commonly guide my areas of research focus, with an emphasis on supporting the efforts of fishery management agencies and aquaculture with cutting-edge research and disease prevention and control.  I also have a keen interest in providing a wealth of training and professional development opportunities for fisheries professionals, veterinary/undergraduate/graduate students, and international scholars from a diversity of backgrounds. 

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Fish and Wildlife Diseases (FW 423 and FW 423L)
  • Aquatic Animal Medicine Clerkship (PDI 636)


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