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College of Veterinary Medicine

Bonto Faburay

Associate Research Professor, Microbiology

Post-doctoral Fellow (2008) - Kansas State University, USA
PhD (2007) - Utrecht University, The Netherlands
DVM (with Honors) (1996) - Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Russia

Phone: 785 532 3639
Fax: 785 532 4039
Email: bfaburay@vet.k-state.edu


My primary research interest is in infectious diseases with emphasis on emerging and zoonotic diseases. I perform basic and applied/translational research in vaccinology (subunit vaccines), diagnostics, host-pathogen interactions, antiviral methods and disease pathogenesis with the goal of developing novel and effective countermeasures against infectious diseases. My current research efforts and interests include a variety of pathogens of zoonotic and agricultural importance such as Rift Valley fever virus and Heartwater (Ehrlichia ruminantium infection) as well as African swine fever virus, schmallenberg disease virus, epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, infectious bronchitis virus, and prions. Additionally, I am interested in collaborative research in pathogen transmission dynamics that includes the ecology and molecular epidemiology of disease emergence. I am interested in promoting research, training and capacity building through national and international collaboration. I have strong interest in collaborative research, nationally and internationally, and appreciate the value of cross-disciplinary research and one-health approach to addressing the impact and threat of infectious diseases globally.   

Selected publications

Bonto Faburay, Jodi McGill and Frans Jongejan (2017). A glycosylated recombinant subunit vaccine consisting of Ehrlichiaruminantium major antigenic protein 1 induces specific humoral and Th1type cell responses in sheep. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 28;12(9): e0185495. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185495.

Faburay B, LaBeaud AD, McVey DS, Wilson WC, Richt JA. Current status of Rift Valley fever vaccine development. Vaccines 2017, 5(3), 29; doi:10.3390/vaccines5030029

Bonto Faburay and Juergen A. Richt(2016).Short interfering RNA inhibits Rift Valley fever virus replication and degradation of protein kinase R in human cells. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01889).

Huseyin Yilmaz, Ed Altan, Utku Y. Cizmecigil, Aydin Gurel, Gulay Yuzbasioglu Ozturk, Ozge Erdogan Bamac, Ozge Aydin, Paul Britton, Isabella Monne, Burhan Cetinkaya, Kenton L. Morgan, Bonto Faburay, Juergen A. Richt, and Nuri Turan(2016). Phylogeny and S1 gene variation of infectious bronchitis virus detected in broilers and layers in Turkey. Avian Diseases 60:596-602. doi: 10.1637/11346-120915-Reg.1.

Bonto Faburay, William C. Wilson, Natasha N. Gaudreault, A. Sally Davis, Vinay Shivanna, Bhupinder Bawa, Sun Young Sunwoo, Wenjun Ma, Barbara S. Drolet, Igor Morozov, D. Scott McVey, Juergen A. Richt(2016).A recombinant Rift Valley fever virus glycoprotein subunit vaccine confers full protection against virulent challenge in sheep. Nature Scientific Reports, Sci Rep. 6:27719 doi:1038/srep27719.

William C. Wilson, A. Sally Davis, Natasha N. Gaudreault, Bonto Faburay, Jessie D. Trujillo, Vinay Shivanna, Sun Young Sunwoo, Aaron Balogh, Abaineh Endalew, Wenjun Ma, Barbara S. Drolet, Mark G. Ruder,Igor Morozov, D. Scott McVey, Juergen A. Richt (2016). Experimental Infection of Calves by Two Genetically-Distinct Strains of Rift Valley Fever Virus. Viruses. 23;8 (5), doi: 10.3390/v8050145.

Bonto Faburay, Natasha N. Gaudreault, Qinfang Liu, A. Sally Davis, Vinay Shivanna, Sun Young Sunwoo, Yuekun Lang, Igor Morozov, Mark Ruder, Barbara Drolet, D. Scott McVey, Wenjun Ma, William Wilson, Juergen A. Richt(2015). Development of a sheep challenge model for Rift Valley fever. Virology, 489: 128-140.

Bonto Faburay (2015). The Case for a ‘One Health’ Approach to Combating Vector-Borne Diseases. Infection Ecology and Epidemiology, 5:28132.

Bonto Faburay, Maxim Lebedev, D. Scott McVey, William Wilson, Igor Morozov, Alan Young, Juergen A. Richt (2014) A glycoprotein subunit vaccine elicits a strong Rift Valley fever virus neutralizing antibody response in sheep. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, DOI:10.1089/vbz.2014.1650.

Bonto Faburay, Dongseob Tark, Anumantha G. Kanthasamy and Juergen A. Richt (2014). In Vitro Amplification of Scrapie and Chronic Wasting Disease PrPres using Baculovirus-expressed Recombinant PrP as Substrate. (Prion 8:6, 393-403).

Wilson WC, Bawa B, Drolet BS, Lehiy C,Faburay B, Jasperson DC, Reister L, GaudreaultNN, Carlson J, Ma W, Morozov I, McVey DS,Richt JA. (2014). Evaluation of lamb and calf responses to Rift Valley fever MP-12 vaccination. Vet Microbiol.172:44-50.

Bonto Faburay, William Wilson, Scott D. McVey, Barbara S. Drolet, Hana Weingartl, Daniel Madden, Wenjun Ma, Alan Young, Juergen A. Richt (2013). Rift Valley fever virus structural and non-structural proteins: Recombinant protein expression and immunoreactivity against antisera from sheep. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, DOI:10.1089/vbz.2012.1285.