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College of Veterinary Medicine

Chanran K. Ganta

 Assistant Professor

BVSc & AH 2001, ANGR Agricultural University, India
PhD 2006, Kansas State University
Post-doctoral Fellow 2007, Kansas State University
Diplomate 2011, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Anatomic Pathology
Phone: 785-532-0891
Email: ckganta@vet.k-state.edu


My primary research interest is exploiting the therapeutic applications of mesenchymal stem cells in cancer therapy and autoimmune diseases. My current research focus is to explore the immune properties of mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in companion animals and non-human primates using rat animal model of IBD.

Collaborative Research

I collaborate with Dr. Michael Kenney in the department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University on age-dependent changes in the regulation of sympathetic nerve discharge in rat brains.I am primarily involved in developing the molecular tools to understand the cellular mechanisms in aging rat brains compared to young and middle aged groups. I also provide pathology support for other researchers on campus.  Current collaborative projects include “Clinical and diagnostic assessment of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species infections in dogs" and “Stem cell therapy for chronic arthritis in dogs”.


As a diagnostic pathologist I provide necropsy, biopsy, and consultation services for referring veterinarians and owners from the state of Kansas and numerous other locations, as well as the Kansas State University, Veterinary Health Center. I also provide pathology support to comparative medicine group which include routine gross necropsy and histopathology analysis on laboratory rodents used in research.


I assist with instruction of the fourth year veterinary students on the diagnostic medicine rotation (DMP785) which includes whole animal and gross tissue evaluation, sample collection for diagnostic testing, necropsy techniques, and analysis of findings.

Selected Publications

Fredholm D, Carpenter J, Peterson D, Ganta C. Pathology in Practice: Anorexic Sloth Bear, JAVMA, 2013.

Hanzlicek AS, Ganta C, Myers CB, Grauer GF. Renal Transitional Cell Carcinoma in two cats with chronic kidney disease.  J Feline Med Surg. 2012 Jan 23.

Phair K, Ganta CK, Carpenter J‎, DeBey B, Schermerhorn‎ T.  Diabetic ketoacidosis with concurrent insulinoma and adrenal disease in an obese ferret (Mustela putorius furo). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2011 Jul;50(4):531-5.

Janardhan K, Ganta CK, Andrews G and Anderson D. Chondrosarcoma in a dromedary camel. J Vet Diagn Invest., May 2011 vol. 23 no. 3 619-622.

Ganta C, Ayuzawa R, Chiyo D, Pyle M, Rachakatla RS, Andrews G, Weiss ML, Tamura M and Troyer DL.  Rat Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Completely Abolish Rat Mammary Carcinomas with No Evidence of Metastasis or Recurrence 100 Days Post-Tumor Cell Inoculation. Cancer Res 2009;69(5):1815–20.

Perchellet EM, Perchellet JP, Ganta CK, Troyer DL, Shi A, and Hua D. Synthesis, molecular targets, and antitumor activities of substituted tetrahydro-1-oxopyrano[4,3-b][1]benzopyrans and nanogels for drug delivery. 2009 Oct;9(8):864-76

Ganta C, Shi A, Battina SK, Pyle M, Rana S, Hua HD, Tamura M and Troyer DL. Combination of nanogel polyethylene glycol-polyethylenimine and 6-(hydroxymethyl)-1,4-anthracenedione as an anticancer nanomedicine. J Nanosci Nanotechnol2008 May;8(5):2334-40.

Ganta CK. Central Activation of Sympathetic Neural Circuits Alters Splenic Cytokine Gene Expression. 2006. K-state Research Exchange. (PhD Dissertation Copy)

Helwig BG, Parimi S, Ganta CK, Cober R, Fels RJ and Kenney MJ. Aging alters regulation of visceral sympathetic nerve responses to acute hypothermia. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 291: R573-R579, 2006.

Ganta CK, Helwig BG, Blecha F, Ganta RR, Cober R, Parimi S, Musch TI, Fels RJ and Kenney MJ. Hypothermia-enhanced splenic cytokine gene expression is independent of the sympathetic nervous system. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 291: R558-R565, 2006.

Ganta CK, Lu N, Helwig BG, Blecha F, Ganta RR, Zheng L, Ross CR, Musch TI, Fels RJ and Kenney MJ. Central angiotensin II-enhanced splenic cytokine gene expression is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol289: H1683-H1691, 2005.

Ganta CK, Blecha F, Ganta RR, Helwig BG, Parimi S, Lu N, Fels RJ, Musch TI and Kenney MJ. Hyperthermia-enhanced splenic cytokine gene expression is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system. Physiol Genomics 19: 175-183, 2004.