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Sanjay Mallikarjunappa

Position/Title: Ph.D. Candidate
Office: ANNU 043

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I received my Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry degree (BVSc and AH) from Bangalore Veterinary College in 2010 after which I pursued an M.Sc. in the area of immunogenetics at University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Niel Karrow. My M.Sc. thesis work focussed on determining breed-specific differences in the expression of immunoregulatory genes in Holstein-Friesian and Jersey calves after infection with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis - the causative agent of Johne’s disease in cattle.

After my M.Sc. graduation, I worked as a Research Scientist at Advinus Therapeutics Limited a contract research organization in Bangalore, India. As a recipient of the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship programme from Ireland in 2015, I returned to University of Guelph as a Walsh fellow to pursue Ph.D. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Niel Karrow working on validation of genetic markers associated with Johne's disease susceptibility in Holsteins. Johne’s disease is responsible for severe economic losses to the dairy industry and has been associated with a reduction in animal welfare. The absence of a proper cure or a vaccine with high efficacy has rendered its control difficult across the globe. Genetic selection is one alternative to reduce Johne’s disease incidence; however, validation of genetic markers is essential before employing genetic selection and it is this knowledge gap that I am addressing in my Ph.D. work. Thanks to different collaborators on my Ph.D. project, I have had opportunities to visit research centres in Australia and Ireland to work on my research. This is something I cherish greatly.

Outside of research, I am an avid sports follower and love the games of cricket and baseball.