Rodrigo A Gallardo

Rodrigo A Gallardo

Associate Professor and Associate Professor in Residence

Population Health & Reproduction

Office
4009 VM3B, Davis, CA 95616

Licenses
Board certification in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV)
Education
2004, DVM, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
2011, PhD, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
2016, N/A, American Association of Avian Pathologists, San Antonio Texas
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Molecular characterization of novel Reovirus variant strains , (Principal Investigator), US Poultry and Egg Association
Principal Investigator, Role of Zn and Mn in the immune responses to IBV , (Principal Investigator), ZINPRO
Principal Investigator, Understanding Coryza outbreaks in CA, (Principal Investigator), JS West and Gemperle
Principal Investigator, Understand immunosupression in broiler chickens, (Principal Investigator), Boeringer Ingelheim
Principal Investigator, Characterization of Reovirus variant strains in Chile , (Principal Investigator), Agrosuper
Co-Principal Investigator, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics in Poultry, Huaijun Zhou (Principal Investigator), USAID
Principal Investigator, Infectious Coryza: Typing and vaccine protection studies., (Principal Investigator), Merck animal health and Elanco animal health
Principal Investigator, Discovering innate responses to infectious bronchitis virus., (Principal Investigator), CFAH/USDA/NIFA
Principal Investigator, False layer Syndrome caused by IBV in layers, characterization and pathobiology. , (Principal Investigator), Merck animal health
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
2015 Houghton Trust training award to visit research laboratories in the UK
2016 Egg Industry Center: Highlighted research in Avian Influenza
2017 Bayer Snoyenbos new investigator award" from the American Association of Avian Pathologists in recognition of meritorious research contributions to the field of poultry medicine.
2018 A.S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award basic research (Sofia Egaña) American Association of Avian Pathologists
2018 A.S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award applied research (Theodore Derksen) American Association of Avian Pathologists
2018 DSM Latin America Innovation and Applied Science Award of Excellence Travel Award. Poultry Science Meeting (Ana da Silva)
2019 Best graduate student presentation Southern conference Avian Diseases (SCAD) meeting (Ana da Silva), Atlanta GA
2019 Recognition: program chair and president for Western Poultry Disease Conference (WPDC) 2018-2019
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2019 Alders R, Costa R, Gallardo RA, Sparks N, Zhou H : Smallholder Poultry: Contributions to Food and Nutrition Security, Ferranti P, Berry EM, Anderson JR, (ed), Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability, . 292-298.
2019 Alders R, Costa R, Gallardo RA, Sparks N, Zhou H : Smallholder Poultry: Leveraging for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security , Ferranti P, Berry EM, Anderson JR, (ed), Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability, . 340-346.
2017 Gallardo RA : Chapter 12: Infectious Bursal Disease—Avian, Gershwin L, Schanck D, (ed), Case Studies in Veterinary Immunology, New York. .
Research Focus

Our Laboratory specializes on RNA viral endemic pathogens in the U.S. We have performed research in infectious bursal disease (Gumboro), avian Influenza, Newcastle disease virus and infectious bronchitis virus. Our main focus is to study molecular evolution and variability of infectious bronchitis virus, lately we have been exploring the basis behind the genetic resistance to infectious bronchitis virus.We have an investigation line in vaccine design using diatoms as novel adjuvants and boosters of immune responses.We also explore the One Health aspects of veterinary medicine using poultry as a model for our work in Africa and Central America

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.