Veterinary and Dairy Sciences: Reviews (VDSR)

S. Mechiel KortePhD

Associate Professor
Neuroimmunopharmacology
Utrecht University
Address:The Netherlands
Biography

Dr. S. Mechiel Korte began his career at the University of Groningen in the lab of Drs Béla Bohus and Jaap Koolhaas where he studied the neurobiology of coping styles, including how the brain processes stress and emotions. In 1992 Dr. Korte worked as a postdoc in the department of Neuropharmacology (Dr. George Koob) at the Scripps Research Institute LaJolla. There he made the seminal discovery that the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in the central nervous system produced anxiogenic effects independent of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Thereafter, Dr. Korte demonstrated in the lab of Dr. Ron de Kloet (University of Leiden) that the stress hormone cortisosterone/cortisol via the brain mineralocorticoid (MR) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) differently affects emotional behavior and stress adaptation. Dr. Korte continued his carreer at the Dutch Institute for Animal Science and Health where he became an authority on stress and animal welfare, especially on the neurobiology of behavioral disorders, such as feather pecking in laying hens and tail biting in pigs. Since 2007 Dr. Korte is Associate Professor at Utrecht University where he investigates the interactions between immune system and brain in relation to behavioral disorders and wellbeing. Recently, he proposed a novel framework: "A new animal welfare concept based on allostasis”. This new concept shows that the one endophenotype is more likely to develop inflammation, aggression and impulsivity, state of chronic fatigue, while the other endophenotype is more susceptible to develop hyperarousal and anxiety. This hypothesis predicts that proactive and reactive endophenotypes in farm animals during the different phases in their life cycle may differ in vulnerability to develop different behavioral stress disorders depending on the balance between gonadal and adrenal hormones during the specific reproductive events.

Research Interests

Stress and animal welfare, especially on the neurobiology of behavioral disorders, such as feather pecking in laying hens and tail biting in pigs.

The interactions between immune system and brain in relation to behavioral disorders and wellbeing.

Recently, he proposed a novel framework: "A new animal welfare concept based on allostasis”. 

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Mohamed Abdel Monem Mohamed DkhilPhD

Professor
Department of Zoology
King Saud University
Address:Saudi Arabia
Biography

I started my undergraduate studies at Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt. I started research on malaria during my PhD (2000-2004) at Molecular Parasitology Institute, Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany. I am working now at King Saud University as a full Professor. My permanent job is at Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Egypt.

Research Interests
  • General area of research is Molecular Parasitology, specifically parasitic protozoa.
  • Studying the host gene regulation during parasitic infection.
  • Understanding the impacts of natural products and nanoparticles on host-parasite interactions.
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Matheus Dellaméa Baldissera


Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology
Federal University of Santa Maria
Address:Brazil
Biography

I graduated in Biomedicine (Franciscan University, Brazil), and Master in Pharmacology (Federal University of Santa Maria).

I have extensive experience in the essential oils of research on bioactive compounds that have antiparasitic activity, especially Trypanosoma evansi and the discovery of new pathological parameters of infection caused by T. evansi. 

I also work with toxicology essential oils through biochemical, enzymatic and hematological analyzes. Also do research on nanotechnology, as nanoencapsulation of essential oils for biological application.

Currently I have also used essential oils for the control of ticks, as Ripicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, the causative agent of large economic losses (contamination of meat and milk).

Research Interests

I have extensive experience in the essential oils of research on bioactive compounds that have antiparasitic activity, especially Trypanosoma evansi and the discovery of new pathological parameters of infection caused by T. evansi. 

I also work with toxicology essential oils through biochemical, enzymatic and hematological analyzes. Also do research on nanotechnology, as nanoencapsulation of essential oils for biological application.

Currently I have also used essential oils for the control of ticks, as Ripicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, the causative agent of large economic losses (contamination of meat and milk).

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Christopher Didigwu NwaniPhD


Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology
University of Nigeria
Address:Nsukka, Nigeria
Biography

Dr. Christopher Didigwu Nwani, a Nigerian is currently a senior lecturer and under assessment as a professor at the division of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology University of Nigeria Nsukka. He has undergone formal training from Department of Animal and Environmental Biology University of Portharcourt and University of Nigeria Nsukka where he obtained BSc, MSc and PhD respectively. A recipient of the world academy of science award for excellence in Biotechnology, Dr Nwani was awarded a one year post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) in the area of Fisheries Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2007 at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources Lucknow, India. In 2009, Dr Nwani was again awarded another research scholarship on DNA Barcoding at the International Centre for DNA Barcoding, Institute of Biodiversity, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada in collaboration with the Consortium of the Barcode of life (CBOL) USA. He was again awarded TWAS-UNESCO award in 2010 as a visiting scholar for three years at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Hydrobiology Hubei, China. In 2011, Dr Nwani was again awarded visiting Fellowship to Jiwaji University India by The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India in collaboration with CV Raman Fellowship for African Researchers. His research interest is in Systematics, Barcoding, Ecology, Molecular Toxicology, Genotoxicity and Aquaculture. His current research is on Intrapopulation and interpopulation genetic diversity in fishes of Nigeria (Clarias) based on DNA markers to assist in fish culture and conservation program by identifying gene pool, genetic inbreeding (if any) and hybridization. Dr Nwani has toured and presented scientific papers in seminars, conferences and workshops in all the continents of the world visiting such countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, India, China, Germany, Canada, USA, Netherlands, South Korea, United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Turkey. Dr Nwani has impact factor national and international journals. He is happily married with a wife children. 

Research Interests

Current research is on Intrapopulation and interpopulation genetic diversity in fishes of Nigeria (Clarias) based on DNA markers to assist in fish culture and conservation program by identifying gene pool, genetic inbreeding (if any) and hybridization.

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Pongsak RattanachaikunsoponPhD

Professor
Department of Biological Science
Ubon Ratchathani University
Address:Thailand
Biography

My name is Dr. Pongsak Rattanachaikunsopon. I have earned my Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA. Currently, I am working as a Professor at the Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. My interested fields of research are Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. My present research focuses on searching for biological agents such as microorganisms and plants to use as alternatives to control animal and human diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria.

Research Interests

Present research focuses on searching for biological agents such as microorganisms and plants to use as alternatives to control animal and human diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria.

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Parichat PhumkhachornPhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Science
Ubon Ratchathani University
Address:Thailand
Biography

My name is Dr. Parichat Phumkhachorn. I am working as a Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Science, Faculty of Science, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand. My main research of interest is in the field of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. My present research focuses on finding bacteriophages for use as prophylactic and therapeutic agents against pathogenic bacteria causing animal and human diseases.

Research Interests

Main research of interest is in the field of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. My present research focuses on finding bacteriophages for use as prophylactic and therapeutic agents against pathogenic bacteria causing animal and human diseases.

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Gustavo Puglia MachadoPhD

Vice Director

Dr. Munhoz Veterinary Hospital
Address:Brazil
Biography

I am veterinary medical and PhD in Medicine Veterinary Preventive by São Paulo State University, FMVZ-UNESP, Botucatu Campus, Brazil. I work as vice director at the Dr. Munhoz Veterinary Hospital, Itápolis city, São Paulo State, Brazil.  My research line is Neosporosis, Toxoplasmosis, Mastitis, infectious and parasitic diseases in small and large animals.

Research Interests

Neosporosis

Toxoplasmosis

Mastitis

Infectious and parasitic diseases in small and large animals.

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Esam Hosney Ali Ibraheem

Professor
Botany and Microbiology Department
Assiut University
Address:Egypt
Biography
Research Interests

Environmental Microbiology, Biodiversity of Microorganisms, Terrestrial fungi, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Mycology, Zoosporic Fungi, Chytridiomycota, Oomycota, Aquatic Hyphomycetes, Microbial interactions, Fungal Diseases
of Fish, Phytopathogenic Fungi, Physiology of Fungi.

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Heli I. Koskinen



University of Helsinki
Address:Finland
Biography

Heli I. Koskinen graduated nine years ago (2006) from Veterinary Faculty of University of Helsinki in Finland. Simultaneously she studied behavioral and pedagogical sciences at Helsinki University and made her doctoral studies (2005) there on veterinary education evaluation. Her publications’ material consists mainly of the teaching evaluation and student-teacher interaction processes in animal reproduction and diagnostic imaging.

Research Interests

Pedagogy

Collaboration between authorities

Vaccination of Finnish horses

Animal reproduction and diagnostic imaging.

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Maria Leticia Miranda Fernandes EstevinhoPhD

Professor
Department of Biology and Biotechnology
The Polytechnic Institute of Braganca
Address:Portugal
Biography

Maria Leticia Miranda Fernandes Estevinho was born in Vimioso, Portugal, in 1959. She received the Zootechnical Engineering degree (summa cum laude) in 1985 and the M.S. degree in biotechnology (with merit) in 1989. In 1995, she finished the Ph.D. degree in science, given by Minho University, Braga, Portugal. In 2009, she has passed with merit the proofs of Agregacao, which is the last step in the academic career in Portugal. Estevinho has worked in Agricultural College of Braganca, Braganca, Portugal, since 1986 and has a huge experience in students’ coordination. She has published more than 80 articles in indexed international journals, has written book chapters, and has presented more 160 oral and written communications all over the world, and she was the principal investigator of more than 25 scientific projects (totally financed). She is an expert on microbiology, chemistry, and toxicology. She is the Head of the Microbiology Laboratory since 1986. Estevinho has revised more than 100 articles of indexed journals, namely, Food Chemistry, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Food Microbiology, Neurosciences, Food Control, Food Science and Technology, Annals of Microbiology and Life Sciences. Nowadays, Estevinho serves as a Coordinator Professor with Agregacao in the Polytechnic Institute of Braganca, Braganca, Portugal.

Research Interests

Food Quality and Safety

Food Microbiology

Biological Properties

Antimicrobial resistance

Interactions host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen

Natural Products

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Dayane AlcântaraPhD


Departament of Surgery
School of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, São Paulo University
Address:Brazil
Biography

Dayane Alcântara is a physiotherapist specialized in oncology from Brazil. She concluded her master degree in 2010, doing a research about the isolation of osteosarcoma cell lines. She started her PhD in 2011, studying the interaction between osteosarcoma and immature dental pulp stem cells. Actually, her studies involves the research about morphology, cell biology, cell interactions, cancer cells isolation, stem cells isolation and cancer versus stem cells.

Research Interests

Stem cell studies, Cell biology, Comparative oncology

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Bianca Castiglioni PhD


Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology
Italian National Research Council
Address:Italy
Biography

Bianca Castiglioni is currently a Research Scientist at the Italian National Research Council, Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology, Lodi, Italy. She has undergone training from University of Pavia where she obtained BSc and MSc. Since 2002 she is supervisor of students of the Course in Veterinary and Agricultural Biotechnology and students of the PhD in Animal Production. Since 2008 she has been teaching the course on Animal and Veterinary Biotechnology at the Biotechnology Faculty, University of Brescia. The main research of interest is in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology for animal health and food safety.

Research Interests

The main research of interest is in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology for animal health and food safety.

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Heba Fawzy Mohamed HozyenPhD


Department of Animal Reproduction and Artificial Insemination
National Research Center
Address:Cairo, Egypt
Biography

Dr. Heba Hozyen started her master in 2010 and has occupied a Research Assistant position at the department of Animal Reproduction of  National Research Centre in Egypt up to 2014. After her Ph.D. she became an a Researcher at the same department. Her research interests include factors affecting ovarian activity in farm animals and improvement of reproductive efficiency specially in large animals. She has several papers on this subjects and she currently has two master students. She is a membership in many scientific societies like Egyptian Veterinary Association for Buffaloes Development and Society of physiological sciences and their applications.

Research Interests

1-Factors affecting ovarian activity in farm animals.
2-Physiological changes in biological fluids during different Reproductive phase in farm animals.
3-Pathological alterations in genital organs of farm animals.
4-Application of biotechnology for improving reproductive efficiency in Farm animals.
5-Effect of environmental pollution on reproduction in farm animals.
6- Safety and occupational health for personnel working in research laboratories.
7- Antioxidants and animal health.

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Dan Cristian VodnarPhD

Lecturer
Department of Food Science
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Address:Romania
Biography

Dan Cristian VODNAR, 32 years old, is Lecturer at University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj Napoca. His research experience started to be accumulated working as Ph.D. student in the frame of the Doctoral Scholarship and as Postdoctoral researcher in the POSDRU Fellowship Project. Dr. Dan Vodnar has been mostly involved within the fields of Lactic acid fermentation, Food science and technology, Bioactive packaging using methods which are able to provide information about strains metabolites into different conditions. The research activity conducted so far resulted in the publication of a total of  50 scientific papers, among which eight 27 published as principal author and a Ph.D. thesis entitled “Optimization of lactic acid fermentation induced by different types of microorganism on vegetal substrates”.

Research Interests

Lactic acid fermentation, Food science and technology, Bioactive packaging

Publications

DULF, F,V., VODNAR, D.C*., DULF, E-H., TOSA, M, I. Total Phenolic Contents, Antioxidant Activities and Lipid Fractions from Berry Pomaces Obtained by Solid-State Fermentation of two Sambucus Species with Aspergillus Niger. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2015. 63(13):3489-500. (*corresponding author) POP, O.L., VODNAR, D.C*., SUHAROSCHI, R., MUDURA, E., SOCACIU, C. L. plantarum ATCC 8014 Entrapment with Prebiotics and Lucerne Green Juice and Their Behavior in Simulated Gastrointestinal Conditions. Journal of Food Process Engineering. 2015. (*corresponding author) ROTAR, A.M., VODNAR, D.C*., BUNGHEZ, F., C?TUNESCU, G. M., POP, C. R., JIMBOREAN, M., SEMENIUC, C. A. Effect of Goji Berries and Honey on Lactic Acid Bacteria Viability and Shelf Life Stability of Yoghurt. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici. 2015. 43(1):196-203. (*corresponding author)

POP, O.L., BRANDAU, T., SCHWINN, J., VODNAR, D.C., SOCACIU, C. The influence of different polymers on viability of Bifidobacterium lactis 300b during encapsulation, freeze-drying and storage. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2015.52(7):4146-4155. DEZSI, ?., B?D?R?U, A.S., BISCHIN, C., VODNAR, D.C., SILAGHI-DUMITRESCU, R., GHELDIU, A-M., MOCAN, A., VLASE, L. Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activities and Phenolic Profile of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. and Corymbia ficifolia (F. Muell.) KD Hill & LAS Johnson Leaves. Molecules. 2015. 20(3): 4720-4734. MOCAN, A., VLASE, L.,VODNAR, D.C., GHELDIU, A-M., OPREAN, R., CRI?AN, G.Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Effects and Phenolic Profile of Lycium barbarum L. Flowers. Molecules. 2015. 20(8): 15060-15071. MOCAN, A., VODNAR, D.C., VLASE, L., CRI?AN, O., GHELDIU, A-M., CRI?AN, G.Phytochemical Characterization of Veronica officinalis L., V. teucriumL. and V. orchidea Crantz from Romania and Their Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties. International Journal of Molecular Science. 2015. 16(9), 21109-21127.

VODNAR, D.C., SOCACIU, C. Selenium enriched green tea increase stability of L. casei and L. plantarum in chitosan coated alginate microcapsules during exposure to simulated gastrointestinal and refrigerated conditions. LWT - Food Science and Technology. 2014. 57(1):406-411. MAGYARI, K., STEFAN, R., VODNAR, D.C., VULPOI, A., BAIA, L. The silver influence on the structure and antibacterial properties of the bioactive 10B2O3−30Na2O−60P2O2 glass. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids. 2014. 402:182-186. MOCAN, A., VLASE, L.,VODNAR, D.C., BISCHIN, C., HANGANU, D., GHELDIU, A-M., OPREAN, R., SILAGHI-DUMITRESCU, R., CRI?AN, G. Polyphenolic content, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Lycium barbarum L. and Lycium chinense Mill. Leaves. Molecules. 2014. 19(7):10056-10073. MOCAN, A., CRI?AN, G., VLASE, L., CRI?AN, Ovidiu., VODNAR, D.C., RAITA, O., GHELDIU, A-M., TOIU, A., OPREAN, R., TILEA, I. Comparative studies on polyphenolic composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of Schisandra chinensis leaves and fruits. Molecules. 2014. 19(9):15162-15179.

VODNAR, D.C., DULF, F.V., POP, O.L., SOCACIU, C. L (+)-lactic acid production by pellet-form Rhizopus oryzae NRRL 395 on biodiesel crude glycerol. Microbial Cell Factories. 2013. 12:92. DULF, F.V., OROIAN, I., VODNAR, D.C*., SOCACIU, C., PINTEA, A. Lipid classes and fatty acid regiodistribution in triacylglycerols of seed oils of two Sambucus species (S. nigra L. and S. ebulus L.). Molecules. 2013. 18(10):11768-11782. (*corresponding author) P?UCEAN, A., VODNAR, D.C., SOCACI, S.A., SOCACIU, C. Carbohydrate metabolic conversions to lactic acid and volatile derivatives, as influenced by Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC 8014 and Lactobacillus casei ATCC 393 efficiency during in vitro and sourdough fermentation. European Food Research and Technology. 2013. 237(5):679-689.

VODNAR, D.C., SOCACIU, C. Green tea increases the survival yield of Bifidobacteria in simulated gastrointestinal environment and during refrigerated conditions. Chemistry Central Journal. 2012. 6:61. VODNAR, D.C. Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 19115 on ham steak by tea bioactive compounds incorporated into chitosan-coated plastic films. Chemistry Central Journal. 2012. 6:74. VODNAR, D.C., POP, O.L, SOCACIU, C. Monitoring lactic acid fermentation in media containing dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) by FTIR spectroscopy. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici. 2012. 40(1):65-68.

RUSU COLDEA, T.Emilia., SOCACIU, C., PÂRV, M., VODNAR, D.C. Gas-chromatographic analysis of major volatile compounds found in traditional fruit brandies from Transylvania, Romania. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici. 2011. 39:109-116.

VODNAR, D.C., VENUS, J., SCHNEIDER, R., SOCACIU, C. Lactic acid production by Lactobacillus paracasei 168 in discontinuous fermentation using lucerne green juice as nutrient substitute. Chemical Engineering and Technology. 2010. 33:468–474.
VODNAR, D.C., SOCACIU, C., ROTAR, A.M., STANILA, A. Morphology, FTIR fingerprint and survivability of encapsulated lactic bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus) in simulated gastric juice and intestinal juice. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 2010. 45 (11):2345-2351.

VODNAR, D.C., PAUCEAN, A., DULF, F.V., SOCACIU, C. HPLC characterization of lactic acid formation and FTIR fingerprint of probiotic bacteria-during fermentation processes. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici. 2010. 38:109-113. DULF, F.V., UNGURESAN, M.L., VODNAR, D.C., SOCACIU, C. Free and esterified sterol distribution in four Romanian vegetable oils. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici. 2010. 38:91-97. P?UCEAN, A., SOCACIU, C., VODNAR, D., MUDURA, E. A new functional dairy product containing an optimized mixture of Lactococcus bacteria, kefir and brewer’s yeasts. Romanian Biotechnology Letters. 2010.15:5793-5800.

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Yasser M. SanadDVM, MVSc, PhD

Research Scientist

US Food and Drug Administration
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Sanad is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA. He also served as a postdoctoral researcher with the Ohio State University (OSU).  Dr. Sanad holds a doctorate (PhD) from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Veterinary preventive medicine. Dr. Sanad also holds a DVM degree and a Master’s in infectious diseases from Cairo University. Dr. Sanad has a long time work experience in dairy mastitis and diseases of neonates. Dr. Sanad research interest is focused on the development and utilization of genotypic and phenotypic methods to track enteric bacterial pathogens and their virulence and antimicrobial resistance factors through the food animals, especially dairy and beef cattle, and their production environment. Dr. Sanad is also interested in studying the host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis of those pathogens to evaluate their zoonotic implications that these strains may have as well as the virulence mechanisms, and determine the invasion and intracellular capacity of these pathogens using in-vitro studies on different kinds of the tissue culture cell lines as well as in-vivo in specific hosts

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Georgios TheodoropoulosPh.D

Director
Department of Anatomy & Physiology of Farm Animals
Agricultural University of Athens
Address:Greece
Biography

Dr. Georgios Theodoropoulos holds a D.V.M. from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a M.Sc. from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He is a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College and a past member of the European Food Safety Authority. Currently, he is Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Director of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. His research is focused on the risk factors, genetic diversity, and ecological niche modeling of farm animal parasites.

Research Interests

The risk factors, Genetic diversity, and Ecological niche modeling of farm animal parasites

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