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Dr. Sudhakar Awandkar, Veterinary Microbiology Award, Best Paper Award

Doctorate at MAFSU, Nagpur, India


Dr. Sudhakar Awandkar is a prominent figure in the field of veterinary microbiology, known for his significant contributions to research, teaching, and veterinary healthcare. He holds a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology from Nagpur Veterinary College, where he also completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. With over a decade of experience as an academician at Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University in Nagpur, Dr. Awandkar has played a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of veterinarians through his teaching, research, and extension activities.

Throughout his career, Dr. Awandkar has demonstrated a keen interest in infectious diseases affecting animals, particularly poultry. He has spearheaded several research initiatives focused on the development and evaluation of vaccines for various viral pathogens, including Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (IBDV), Fowl Adenovirus (FADV), and Canine Parvovirus (CPV). His work has also delved into disease epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, diagnostic test development, and pathogen characterization.

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👩‍🎓Education & Qualification:

Professional Experience:  

Dr. Sudhakar Awandkar has accumulated extensive professional experience in the field of veterinary microbiology, spanning teaching, research, extension, and quality control. His notable roles include serving as an Academician at Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur, where he has been actively involved in teaching, research, and extension activities since 2008. Prior to his academic role, Dr. Awandkar worked as a Quality Control Officer for rabies vaccine production at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, from 2007 to 2008. Additionally, he served as a Veterinary Officer in the Research and Development department at the Poultry Diagnostic & Research Center, Pune, from 2005 to 2007. Through his diverse professional experiences, Dr. Awandkar has demonstrated his commitment to advancing veterinary microbiology through education, research, and practical applications in quality control and disease management.

Research Interest:

Development of Vaccines: Dr. Awandkar is interested in the development and evaluation of vaccines for various infectious diseases in animals, including poultry. This involves exploring novel vaccine formulations, such as gamma-irradiated and nanoparticle-conjugated vaccines, to enhance efficacy and safety.

Disease Epidemiology: He conducts research to understand the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of important viral pathogens affecting livestock, such as Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (IBDV), Fowl Adenovirus (FADV), and Canine Parvovirus (CPV). This includes deciphering the evolutionary pathways and geographical distribution of these viruses.

Diagnostic Test Development: Dr. Awandkar is involved in the development and validation of diagnostic tests for various animal diseases. This includes the development of DIVA (Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals) tests for diseases like IBDV, which are crucial for disease surveillance and control programs.

Antimicrobial Resistance: He is interested in studying antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacterial pathogens of veterinary importance. This involves the characterization of antibiotic sensitivity profiles and the development of modified assays for rapid detection of antimicrobial resistance.

Pathogen Characterization: Dr. Awandkar conducts research to characterize and study the molecular biology of various pathogens, including viruses like Rotavirus and bacteria like Klebsiella ohmeri. Understanding the genetic diversity and virulence factors of these pathogens is essential for developing effective control strategies.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Bacteria from bovine clinical mastitis showed multiple drug resistance

  • Authors: SP Awandkar, MB Kulkarni, NV Khode
  • Journal: Veterinary Research Communications
  • Volume: 46
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 147-158
  • Year: 2022
  • Citations: 17


  • Authors: SP Awandkar, AU Bhikane, MB Kulkarni
  • Journal: Biolife
  • Volume: 1
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 139-143
  • Year: 2013
  • Citations: 15

Title: Brucellosis in migratory sheep flock from Maharashtra, India

  • Authors: CP Sonekar, S Kale, S Bhoyar, N Paliwal, SV Shinde, SP Awandkar, …
  • Journal: Tropical animal health and production
  • Volume: 50
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 91-96
  • Year: 2018
  • Citations: 13

Title: Molecular epidemiology of Canine parvovirus shows CPV-2a genotype circulating in dogs from western India

  • Authors: MB Kulkarni, AR Deshpande, SS Gaikwad, SB Majee, PR Suryawanshi, …
  • Journal: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
  • Volume: 75
  • Pages: 103987
  • Year: 2019
  • Citations: 12

Title: Antimicrobial action of cold aqueous and cold ethanolic root extracts of Glycyrrhiza glabra against bovine mammary pathogens.

  • Authors: SP Awandkar, MS Mendhe, DM Badukale, MB Kulkarni
  • Year: 2012
  • Citations: 12



Sudhakar Awandkar | Veterinary Microbiology Award | Best Paper Award

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