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College of Veterinary Medicine

Post-Doctoral Associates

Velmurugan Balraman
Velmurugan Balraman

Degree and School:
B.V.Sc (RIVER,India),
M.V.Sc (IVRI, India),
PhD (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Research Field:
Molecular Virology and Vector biology

Mentors:
Juergen A Richt and William C. Wilson

Hometown:
Pondicherry, India  

Research Project:
Study of arboviruses in animals

 

Samir Elqaide
Samir Elqaide

Degree and School:

Research Field: 
Molecular Microbiology

Mentor:
Dr. Philip Hardwidge

Hometown:
Meknes, Morocco

Research Project:
Study of the Effects of the EHEC T3SS effectors on the innate immune system

S Indran

Sabarish Indran

Degree and School:
Ph.D (Microbiology) :  University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
M.V.Sc (Veterinary Microbiology) :  C. C. S. Haryana Agricultural University, India.
B.V.Sc & A.H:  Kerala Agricultural University, India

Research Field:
Virology

Mentor:
Dr. Juergen Richt

Hometown:
India

Research Project:
Rift Valley Fever Virus Pathogenesis

Laxmi Uma Jakkula
Laxmi Uma Jakkula

Degree and School:

Research Field: 
Molecular biology, protein chemistry and vaccine development.

Mentor:
Roman Ganta

Hometown:
Hyderabad, India

Research Project:
Gene resolutions of ehrlichia chaffeensis and studies focused on understanding
the pathogenesis and vaccine development.

chandramouliChandramouli Kondethimmanahalli

Degree and School:  
PhD, University of Mysore

Research Field: 
Bacteriology, proteomics, Marine biology, climate change biology

Mentor:
Roman Ganta

Hometown: 
Bangalore, India

Research Project:
Understanding the pathogen Ehrlichia chaffeensis gene/protein expression
changes using proteomic and transcriptomic tools.

Shehnaz Lokhandwala

Degree and School:
PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University

Research Field:
Immunology/Vaccine development

Mentor:
Dr. Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown: 
Mumbai, India

Research Project:
Vaccine development against viral pathogens (namely African Swine Fever Virus and Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus) in livestock species (cattle and swine). Other areas of interest include developing adjuvants/diagnostic tools.

 

 

Li
Yanhua Li

Degree and School:
BS Soochow University, Suzhou, China, MS, Shanghai Veterinary Research
Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China.
PhD, Kansas State University

Research Field: 
Animal viral diseases

Mentor:
Dr. Ying Fang

Hometown:
Suichuan, China

Research Project:
The mechanisms of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus
antagonizing host innate immune response; PRRS Vaccine development.

Li
Yuhao Li

Degree and School:
PhD, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, China

Research Field: 
Molecular Virology and Pathobiology

Mentor:
Dr. Ming Liao, Professor

Hometown:
Guangzhou City , China

Research Project:

Project 1. Based mechanism of Zika virus to antagonize innate immunity
Project 2.Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and African swine fever virus (ASFV) Vaccine Development Based on a Recombinant Vaccinia Virus Vaccine Platform

D Meekins
David Meekins

Degree and School:
PhD, University of Kentucky

Research Field:
Biochemistry, X-ray crystallography

Mentor:
Dr. Juergen Richt

Hometown:
Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Research Project:
Sequencing, protein structural biology, and molecular biology of Zoonotic viruses

Murgia
Maria Murgia

Degree and School:
Laurea” in Biotechnology at the University of Bologna, Italy
PhD, Ohio State University, Ohio, USA

Research Field: 
Virology

Mentor:
Dr. Raymond R.R. Rowland

Hometown:
Oristano, Italy

Research Project:
Development of diagnostic assays for African swine fever virus.

Hyesuk Seo

Seo 

Degree and School:
BS in Veterinary medicine, Chonbuk National University, South Korea
PhD in Preventive veterinary medicine, Chonbuk National University, South Korea

Research Field:
Infectious diseases and pathology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Vaccine development

Mentor:
Dr. Weiping Zhang 

Hometown:
Gunsan, South Korea

Research Project:
Pathogenicity of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) in animal models
Development of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) vaccine 

 

Sunwoo
Sun Young Sunwoo

Degree and School:
PhD, Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Konkuk University,
Seoul, South Korea.

Research Field: 
1) The diseases of animals - especially, the diseases caused by viruses
2) To investigate the pathogenesis of disease
3) development of vaccine candidate
4) To evaluate the efficacy of vaccine candidate and apply to target animals

Mentor:
Young S.Lyoo PhD., DVM (Prof. Konkuk University)
Juergen A Richt PhD., DVM (Prof. Kansas State University)

Hometown:
Seoul, South Korea

Research Project:
The development of ASFV vaccine candidates
The evaluation of efficacy of Universal vaccine against influenza virus

Kinga Urbaniak

Urbaniak

Degree and School:
 PhD (National Veterinary Research Institute, Pulawy, Poland)

Research Field:
Virology and Molecular biology 

Mentor:
Juergen Richt

Hometown:
Biala Podlaska, Poland

Research Project:
African Swine Fever Vaccine and Diagnostics Development

 

 

Wang
Ying Wang

Degree and School:
PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Huazhong University of Science
and Technology (China)
Postdoc Associate at Biology department of University of Florida.

Research Field: 
Molecular biology, cell biology, genetics.

Mentor:
Dr. Roman R. Ganta

Hometown:
Wuhan, China

Research Project:
We currently work on tick-borne diseases caused by Ehrlichia and Anaplasma
species pathogens. My studies focused on generating random
and targeted mutants of Ehrlichia Chaffeensis to understand
gene functions in survival of the bacteria and its infection
in host.

Xiao
Nan Xiao 

Degree and School:
PhD, Peking Union Medical College(PUMC)

Research Field:  
Infectious Disease Pathobiology, Immunology, Vaccinology and Toxic study 

Mentor:
Dr. Weiping Zhang 

Hometown:
Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, China

Research Project:
Pathogenicity of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) in animal models and Vaccine Development