School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Sanjeeva Kumar





After graduating with a veterinary medical degree from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India, I went on to do a master’s degree in Veterinary Microbiology at Karnataka Veterinary University, Bidar India. After spending some time working as a veterinary officer in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary services, Government of Karnataka, I later joined Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (SRDDL), Institute of Animal Health & Veterinary Biologicals (IAH&VB), Bangalore as a scientist, where I currently hold a permanent position. I was involved in investigating diseases of live-stock and poultry with a special focus on emerging infectious diseases. I was responsible for maintaining a Diagnostic Virology laboratory with Biosafety level-3 facility for the diagnosis of highly pathogenic avian Influenza (HPAI) in the region. I was nominated by Government of India for a FAO sponsored training programme on “Principles of veterinary Epidemiology” at Massey University, New Zealand in 2011. I was awarded “Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)-2012” from Indian Council Agricultural Research-New Delhi. In 2013 I was awarded “Indian Council Agricultural Research –International Fellowship” (ICAR-IF) for perceiving a three years full time Ph.D at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Degree Registration:

PhD, due for completion in June 2017

School Research Theme:

Animal Infection and Immunity

Research Topic:

Molecular Mechanisms of Influenza virus pathogenesis in Chickens.

Summary of Research:

Influenza A viruses (IAV) continue to threaten animal and human health globally. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses continue to spread causing death of millions of poultry. While infection of chickens with some of the HPAI H5N1 viruses often causes 100% mortality within 24 to 48hrs, by contrast, low pathogenic avian influenza viruses (LPAIV) causes mild to moderate clinical disease. HPAIV infection in chicken is associated with an elevated pro-inflammatory response which is believed to contribute to the high mortality rate. My PhD project will be looking into the virus and host factors contributing to the disparate clinical outcomes between LPAI and HPAI viruses. In particular we will be focussing on innate immune mechanisms including Toll like receptor (TLR) signalling.

Research Supervisors:

Prof Kin-Chow Chang (SVMS)

and Dr Holly Shelton (The Pirbright Institute, UK)

Primary Funding Source:

The University of Nottingham, UK and Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India


• Sanjeev kumar .M, Shivaraj Murag and Y.Hari babu (2009).“Biochemical and immunological identification of Mycoplasma isolates from bovine mastitis”.Tamil Nadu journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.Vol 5(1).

• Sanjeev kumar .M, D.H. Hugar and Y.Hari babu.(2009) “Isolation of mycoplasma from milk of bovines affected with mastitis”. The journal of the Remount and Veterinary corps.Vol 48 (1),37- 42.  

• Shivaraj. M.D.venkatesha, Sanjeev kumar, B.M.Chandranaik, Rajkumari sanjukta, P.Giridhar and C. Renukaprasad (2009) Detection of letospiral antibodies in the sera of captive elephants  Veterinary world 2, 133-134.

• Shivaraj. M.D.venkatesha, Rajkumari sanjukta, Sanjeev kumar, B.M. Chandranaik and C. Renukaprasad, (2009) A study on leptospirosis in dogs in and around Bangalore, Tamilnadu J. veterinary and animal Sciences 5, 69-70.

• B.M. Chandranaik*, Chethana, Shivaraj, Sanjeev Kumar, and C.Renukaprasad (2010). Isolation of BHV-1 from bovine semen and application of real time PCR for diagnosis of IBR/IPV from clinical samples. VETERINARSKI ARHIV 80 (4), 467-475.

• Sanjeev kumar, M.D.Venkatesha, Richa sood, M.kumar, S.Bhatia,A.K.Pateriya, R.Khadia,A.Siddiui, D.D.kulkarni (2012) “Ovine herpesvirus type 2 infection in captive bison in India. Veterinary Record, June 23,pp 654.

• M. Sanjeev Kumar, Shivaraj Murag, R.K. Sanjukta, M.D. Venkatesha, and C. Renuka Prasad (2014). Zinc Phosphide poisoning in Indian Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus). ZOO’s PRINT, Volume XXIX (3).

• Richa Sood,Rekha Khandia, Sandeep Bhatia, Divakar Hemadri, Manoj Kumar,Sharan S.Patil, Atul Pateriya,Arshi Siddiqui, Malkanna Sanjeev Kumar, Mudalgiri Dasappa Venkatesha and Diwakar D.Kulkarni.(2014).Detection and molecular characterization of naturally transmitted sheep associated malignant catarrhal fever in cattle in India. Tropical Animal Health and Production 46:1037-1043.



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