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Rodrigo A Gallardo- DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor in Residence
Population Health & Reproduction

4009 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 1078
ragallardo@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Avian Diseases and Poultry Production: Before finishing my DVM I realized that avian diseases and poultry production were my areas of interest, so I decided to educate myself in those areas as a volunteer in several diagnostic laboratories and poultry companies. This preparation included one semester as an exchange student at Washington State University where I did rotations in their avian diagnostic laboratory. During my DVM thesis I worked characterizing immune responses in ostriches again Newcastle disease virus, integrating all my previously acquired skills in avian diseases and poultry production. After obtaining my veterinary professional degree in 2004 I worked as a unit veterinarian in a Hy-Line layer and layer breeder company located in Chile where I was able to learn all the different tasks related to layer and layer breeder production including administration and avian health. In 2007 I moved to the US looking for experience in avian disease investigation. During my PhD I have studied very important and prevalent diseases of the poultry industry focusing especially in infectious bronchitis virus. Currently I am finishing my PhD (December 2011).

Specialty Focus

My research interests are in the area of the avian virology, specifically in RNA viruses and their capabilities of mutation, recombination and variation making them very difficult to control in productive settings. I enjoy applying the information gathered in the laboratory by molecular or virological techniques in the field improving productive parameters and performance of poultry flocks. I also have a special interest in vaccine design for poultry.

Education

2004 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
2011 PhD Avian Infectious Diseases, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Honors and Awards

2010 Recipient of the 2010 A.S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, Atlanta, GA
2011 Second Place Graduate Scholar Symposium 2011, Science Poster Presentation, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
2013 WPSRF Scholarship for an MPVM student

Licenses

Board certification in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV)

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Genetic bases for resistance and immunity to avian disease, (Principal Investigator), SVM Center for Food Animal Health

Co-Investigator, Improving food security in Africa by enhancing resistance to disease and heat in chickens, Dr. Huaijun Zhou (Principal Investigator), USAID

Instructor, Improving backyard poultry production in Sabana grande, Nicaragua, Michelle Morelos (DVM student) (Principal Investigator), Hemisferic Institute of the Americas Summer Field Research Grant Proposal

Principal Investigator, Characterization of the immune response and immunosupression in chickens challenged with very virulent infectious bursal disease virus reassortants, (Principal Investigator), Western Poultry Scholarship and Research Foundation

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Palomares RA, Marley SM, Givins MD, Gallardo RA, Brock KV Bovine viral diarrhea virus fetal persistent infection after immunization with a contaminated modified live virus vaccine Theriogenology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Toro H, Pennington D, Gallardo RA, van Santen VL, van Ginkel F, Zhang JF, Joiner KS Infectious bronchitis virus subpopulations in vaccinated chickens after challenge Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Gallardo RA, van Santen VL, Toro H Effects of chicken anaemia virus and infectious bursal disease virus-induced immunodeficiency on infectious bronchitis virus replication and genotypic drift Avian Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Gallardo RA, Hoerr FJ, Berry WD, van Santen VL, Toro H Infectious bronchitis virus in testicles and venereal transmission. Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2010 Gallardo RA, van Santen VL, Toro H Host intraspatial selection of infectious bronchitis virus populations Avian Dis,