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Kumar Venkitanarayanan

Kumar Venkitanarayanan

University of Connecticut

Professor & Graduate Programs Chair


Venkitanarayanan received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Master of Veterinary Science degrees from Kerala Agricultural University and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, respectively, after which he practiced as a veterinarian for a year. In the US, He obtained his M.S. in Food Science (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Ph.D. in Animal Science (University of Connecticut). He later worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia. He has published 80 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, 10 book chapters and characterized five new bacterial genes. Having successful in garnering more than 5 million dollars as funding for his research, Dr. Venkitanarayanan serves on the editorial board of multiple international journals, and is currently supervising one post-doctoral scientist, five Ph.D. candidates, and five MS students.


Human diseases linked to direct or indirect contact with domestic and wild animals