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Dr Rao Dukkipati BVSc, MVSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Rao was born and brought up in an agricultural family in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. After obtaining BVSc and MVSc (Genetics and Animal Breeding) degrees from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, he worked for over three years in the same university as Lecturer in Genetics and Animal Breeding. Rao came to New Zealand in 2002 to do PhD in Animal Science (Molecular Genetics) in IVABS, Massey University. After completion of PhD in early 2007, he worked as Research Officer in Johne's sub-unit vaccine project in IVABS until appointed to the current position at the beginning of 2011.

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 3.11, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (1992)
  • Master of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (1995)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Understanding genetic mechanisms underlying production, reproduction and disease resistance/susceptibility traits
  • Control and prevention of livestock diseases through recombinant DNA techniques – development of vaccines and diagnostics

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Breeding (070201): Animal Production (070200): Veterinary Immunology (070705): Veterinary Pharmacology (070710): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Keywords

  • Genetics and animal breeding
  • Molecular biology
  • Veterinary immunology, vaccine development and evaluation

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Yan, J., Blair, HT., Liu, M., Li, W., He, S., Chen, L., . . . Dukkipati, VSR. (2017). Genome-wide detection of autosomal copy number variants in several sheep breeds using Illumina OvineSNP50 BeadChips. Small Ruminant Research. 155, 24-32
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Blair, H., Dittmer, K., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Peiris, H., Koh, Y., Almughlliq, F., Vaswani, K., . . . Mitchell, MD. (2017). Effect of circulating exosomes from transition cows on Madin-Darby bovine kidney cell function. Journal of Dairy Science. 100(7), 5687-5700
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Sawicki, RK., Kongara, K., Giesig, M., Dukkipati, VSR., & Johnson, C. (2017). Effects of Bupivacaine and Morphine on the Electroencephalogram and Postoperative Pain in Castrated Dogs. PLoS ONE.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K., Sawicki, R.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Heiser, A., Murray, A., Dukkipati, VSR., Kay, JK., . . . Roche, JR. (2017). Effects of precalving body condition and prepartum feeding level on gene expression in circulating neutrophils. Journal of Dairy Science. 100(3), 2310-2322
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Kuhn-Sherlock, B., Murray, A., Dukkipati, VSR., Heiser, A., . . . Roche, JR. (2016). Technical note: Evaluation of endogenous control gene expression in bovine neutrophils by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR using microfluidics gene expression arrays. Journal of Dairy Science.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Ridler, AL., Thompson, KG., Buddle, BM., Hedgespeth, BA., Price-Carter, M., . . . Murray, A. (2016). Experimental infection of New Zealand Merino sheep with a suspension of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map) strain Telford: Kinetics of the immune response, histopathology and Map culture. Veterinary Microbiology. 195, 136-143
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A., Ridler, A.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Peiris, H., Koh, Y., Heiser, A., Loor, JJ., . . . Mitchell, MD. (2016). Short communication: Proteins from circulating exosomes represent metabolic state in transition dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 99(9), 7661-7668
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Crookenden, MA., Heiser, A., Murray, A., Dukkipati, VSR., Kay, JK., Loor, JJ., . . . Roche, JR. (2016). Parturition in dairy cows temporarily alters the expression of genes in circulating neutrophils. Journal of Dairy Science. 99(8), 6470-6483
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
kongara, ., Johnson, L., Kells, NJ., Johnson, ., dukkipati, ., & mitchinson, . (2014). Alteration of Electroencephalographic Responses to Castration in Cats by Administration of Opioids. GSTF International Journal of Veterinary Science. 1(1), 38-42 Retrieved from http://www.globalstf.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
Shrestha, RD., Grinberg, A., Dukkipati, VSR., Pleydell, EJ., Prattley, DJ., & French, NP. (2014). Infections with multiple Cryptosporidium species and new genetic variants in young dairy calves on a farm located within a drinking water catchment area in New Zealand. Veterinary Parasitology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., French, N., Grinberg, A.
Balan, P., Han, KS., Dukkipati, VSR., & Moughan, PJ. (2014). Recovery of intact IgG in the gastrointestinal tract of the growing rat following ingestion of an ovine serum immunoglobulin. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. 98(2), 209-214
[Journal article]Authored by: Balan, P., Dukkipati, V., Moughan, P.
Kongara, K., Chambers, JP., Johnson, CB., & Dukkipati, VSR. (2013). Effects of tramadol or morphine in dogs undergoing castration on intra-operative electroencephalogram responses and post-operative pain. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 61(6), 349-353
[Journal article]Authored by: Chambers, J., Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
Grinberg, A., Biggs, PJ., Dukkipati, VSR., & George, TT. (2012). Extensive intra-host genetic diversity uncovered in Cryptosporidium parvum using Next Generation Sequencing. Infection, Genetics and Evolution.
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Dukkipati, V., Grinberg, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Garrick, DT., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Whittington, RJ., Reddacliff, LA., . . . Murray, A. (2010). Association of microsatellite polymorphisms with immune responses to a killed Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis vaccine in Merino sheep. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 58(5), 237-245
[Journal article]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D., Lopez-Villalobos, N., Murray, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Garrick, DJ., & Murray, A. (2006). 'Ovar-Mhc' - Ovine major histocompatibility complex: Structure and gene polymorphisms. Genetics and Molecular Research. 5(4), 581-608
[Journal article]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D., Murray, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Garrick, DJ., & Murray, A. (2006). ‘Ovar-MHC‘ — Ovine major histocompatibility complex: Role in genetic resistance to diseases. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 54(4), 153-160
[Journal article]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D., Murray, A.
Kumar, PR., Latha, KVK., Dukkipati, DVS., Prakash, MG., & Rao, STV. (2003). Chromosome architecture in Punganur breed of cattle. Indian Journal of Dairy Science. 56(5), 307-309
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V.
Kotirathnam, CH., Reddy, VRC., Prakash, MG., Reddy, KK., & Rao, DVS. (2002). Genetic studies on sow productivity traits in indigenous pigs and their crosses with Large White Yorkshire. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 72(2), 182-184
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V.
Kotirathnam, CH., Prakash, MG., Reddy, VRC., Reddy, KK., & Dukkipati, R. (2001). Genetic, phenotypic and environmental correlations among sow productivity traits in Desi pigs and their crosses with Large White Yorkshire. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 71(5), 485-487
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V.
Rao, PPR., Kongara, K., Dukkipati, DVS., Ramadevi, V., & Rao, TSC. (1999). Patent urachus in a buffalo calf: A rare case. Buffalo Bulletin. 18(3), 62-63 Retrieved from http://ibic.lib.ku.ac.th/e-Bulletin/1999-3.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Kongara, K.
Rao, CH., Venkatramaiah, A., & Dukkipati, R. (1996). Chromosome profile of Ongole cattle. Indian Journal of Dairy Science. 49(4), 252-258
[Journal article]Authored by: Dukkipati, V.

Thesis

Dukkipati, VS. (2007). A search for genetic factors influencing immune responses to a killed Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis vaccine in Australian fine-wool merino sheep. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Dukkipati, V.

Report

Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., & Hickson, RE. (2015). A review of economic values (EV) for ewe live weight and lamb carcass weight.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Hickson, R.
Murray, A., & Dukkipati, VSR. (2012). Johne's subunit vaccine trial: 2010-12 proof-of-concept study in sheep – final report.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Murray, A., & Dukkipati, VS. (2009). Johne's disease subunit vaccine trial in sheep 2008-2009.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Murray, A., & Dukkipati, VS. (2009). Johne's disease subunit vaccine trial in cattle 2009.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.

Conference

Soltani-Ghombavani, M., Dukkipati, VSR., & Blair, HT. (2017). Genetic association of skin thickness with lamb survival from birth to weaning, and growth and wool traits in New Zealand Romney sheep. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Townsville, QLD, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Yan, J., Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Biggs, PJ., Hamie, JC., & Greer, A. (2017). A genome-wide scan of positive selection signature using Ovine Infinium® HD SNP BeadChip in two Romney lines, selected for resistance or resilience to nematodes. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Townsville, QLD, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Biggs, P., Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Soltani-Ghombavani, M., Dukkipati, VSR., & Blair, HT. (2017). Genetic association of skin thickness with lamb survival from birth to weaning, and growth and wool traits in New Zealand Romney sheep. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Vol. 22 (pp. 1 - 4). : 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Yan, J., Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Biggs, PJ., Hamie, JC., & Greer, A. (2017). A genome-wide scan of positive selection signature using Ovine Infinium® HD SNP BeadChip in two Romney lines, selected for resistance or resilience to nematodes. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Vol. 22 (pp. 1 - 1). : 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Biggs, P., Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Heiser, A., Loor, JJ., Moyes, KM., Kay, JK., . . . Roche, JR. (2016). MiRNaseq of neutrophils during the transition period in cows with divergent metabolic phenotypes. In J. Anim. Sci Vol. 94, E-Suppl. 5/J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 99, E-Suppl. 1(pp. 85 - 85). , 2016 Annual Meeting of American Dairy Science Association & American Society of Animal Science United States of America: American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Crookenden, MA., Walker, CG., Heiser, A., Loor, JJ., Moyes, KM., Kay, JK., . . . Roche, JR. (2015). Neutrophil function is dysregulated over the transition period. In Journal of Animal Science Vol. 93 (pp. 274 - 274). , 2015 Annual Meeting of American Dairy Science Association & American Society of Animal Science United States of America: American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Kongara, K., Chambers, JP., Jacob, A., Dukkipati, VSR., & Gieseg, M. (2015). Evaluation of renal safety of carprofen and meloxicam in anaesthetised dogs. , 12th World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Chambers, J., Dukkipati, V., Kongara, K.
Sawicki, R., Kongara, K., Johnson, CB., Dukkipati, VSR., & Gieseg, MIKE. (2015). Effects of bupivacaine and morphine on the electroencephalogram and postoperative pain in castrated dogs. , 12th World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K., Sawicki, R.Contributed to by: Kongara, K.
Kavitha, K., Chambers, JOHNP., Jacob, ANTONY., Dukkipati, VSR., & Gieseg, MIKE. (2015, September). Evaluation of renal safety of carprofen and meloxicam in anasethetised dogs. Presented at 12th World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology. Kyoto, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Chambers, J., Dukkipati, V.
Crookenden, M., Dukkipati, V., Heiser, A., Kay, J., Loor, J., McGowan, J., . . . Roche, J. (2014). Parturition in dairy cows temporarily alters the expression of genes involved in neutrophil attachment. In J. Roche (Ed.) Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium. (pp. 413 - 416). : 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium 2014
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, H., Biggs, P., & Murray, A. (2014). An investigation into the association of polymorphisms at selected candidate gene loci with immune parameters in sheep infected with Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. In 2nd JRC Workshop on Sheep Breeding and Developmental Biology: Abstracts(pp. 36 - 36). , 2nd JRC Workshop on Sheep Breeding and Developmental Biology: Massey University, New Zealand
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Biggs, P., Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.
Kongara, K., Johnson, LA., Kells, NJ., Johnson, CB., & Dukkipati, VSR. (2013). Alteration of electroencephalographic responses to surgical castration in cats by administration of opioids: EEG responses to castration in cats. In Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Advances in Veterinary Science Research (VETSCI2013), First Annual International Conference on Advances in Veterinary Science Research (VETSCI2013)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
kongara, ., Johnson, L., Kells, NJ., Johnson, ., & dukkipati, . (2013). Alteration of Electroencephalographic Responses to Castration in Cats by Administration of Opioids: EEG Responses to Castration in Cats. Proceedings of the 1st Annual International Conference on Advances in Veterinary Science Research (VETSCI 2013). (pp. 12 - 16). Singapore: First Annual International Conference on Advances in Veterinary Science Research (VETSCI 2013)
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
Grinberg, A., Biggs, PJ., Dukkipati, RS., & George, TT. (2012). Are cryptosporidium parvum isolates genetic microcosms of local populations of origin?. In First Infectious Disease Research Centre [IDReC] Science Symposium: Delegate Handbook(pp. 54 - 54). , First Infectious Disease Research Centre [IDReC] Science Symposium New Zealand: Infectious Disease Research Centre, Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Biggs, P., Dukkipati, V., Grinberg, A.
Grinberg, A., Dukkipati, R., Biggs, P., & George, T. (2012, January). Are cryptosporidium parvum 'isolates' genetic microcosms?. Presented at IV International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Biggs, P., Dukkipati, V., Grinberg, A.
Grinberg, A., Dukkipati, R., Biggs, P., & George, T. (2012). Are cryptosporidium parvum 'isolates' genetic microcosms?. In IV International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference: Conference Abstracts on CD(pp. 22 - 22). , IV International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference New Zealand: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Biggs, P., Dukkipati, V., Grinberg, A.
Impey, S., Beausoleil, N., Dukkipati, VSR., Kongara, K., & Johnson, C. (2012). Effect of early post-natal castration on subsequent EEG response to tail docking in lambs. , 11th World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
Kongara, K., Johnston, L., Kells, N., Dukkipati, VSR., & Johnson, C. (2012). Alteration of electroencephalographic responses to surgical castration by prior administration of opioids in the cat. Poster session presented at the meeting of 11th World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesiology [WCVA 2012]. Cape Town, South Africa
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K.
Dukkipati, VSR., Ridler, AL., Buddle, BM., Hedgespeth, BA., Begg, DJ., Whittington, RJ., . . . Murray, A. (2012). Immune response profiles of lambs infected with a lyophilised pure culture seed-stock of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. In Proceedings of the 11th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis(pp. 111 - 113). , 11th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis Online: International Association for Paratuberculosis
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A., Ridler, A.
Dukkipati, VS., & Blair, H.Single strand conformation polymorphism, together with 'supertype' analysis: A practical and powerful technique for association studies involving sheep MHC genes?. In . No editor (Ed.) The 1st JRC Workshop on Sheep Breeding and Developmental Biology Proceedings. (pp. 27 - 30). China: The 1st JRC Workshop on Sheep Breeding and Developmental Biology
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, HT., Murray, A., Garrick, DJ., Whittington, R., Reddacliff, LA., . . . Windsor, P. (2005). Extensive polymorphism at nine immunologically significant microsatellite marker loci in merino sheep. (pp. 106). , 3rd International Symposium on Genetics of Animal Health Ames, IA: Iowa State University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D., Murray, A.
Dukkipati, VSR., Blair, H., Johnson, PL., Murray, A., & Garrick, DJ. (2005). A study on the association of genotypes at the interferon gamma microsatellite locus with faecal strongyle egg counts in sheep. Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Vol. 16 (pp. 119 - 122). Australia: 16th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V., Garrick, D., Murray, A.

Other

Soltani-Ghombavani, M., Dukkipati, VSR., & Blair, HT. (2017, February). Skin thickness variation in sheep and association with economic traits. In Sheep Science Research meeting. Presented at Coachman Hotel, 140 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, New zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Soltani-Ghombavani, M., Dukkipati, VSR., & Blair, HT. (2017, June). Genetic association of skin thickness with lamb survival from birth to weaning, and growth and wool traits in New Zealand Romney sheep. In IVABS Postgraduate Research Colloquium. Presented at Palmerston North, New Zealand. : Institute of veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Blair, H., Dukkipati, V.
Sawicki, R., Kongara, K., Dukkipati, VSR., & Johnson, CB. (2017, July). Comparative effects of methadone, buprenorphine and morphine on electroencephalographic responses to castration of cats. In Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Chapter, Science Week. Gold Coast, Australia..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Johnson, C., Kongara, K., Sawicki, R.Contributed to by: Kongara, K.
Dukkipati, VSR., Sriasih, M., Hedgespeth, B., & Murray, A. (2013, November). Immunogenetic analysis of a glutamine binding protein (glnH) from Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. In IVABS Research Colloquium. Presented at Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dukkipati, V., Murray, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 0
CoSupervisor 2 0

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • 117.345 - Genetcs of Livestock Improvement
  • 117.347 - Reproductive and Lactational Physiology
  • 117.361 - Companion Animal Science
  • 193.103 - Animal Behaviour, Handling and Welfare 
  • 227.113 - Animal Production, Behaviour, Welfare and Handling 
  • 227.212 - Animal Production for Veterinarians 1
  • 227.216 - Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases I
  • 227.312 - Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases I
  • 227.415 - Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VI

Postgraduate

  • 117.765 - Genetics and Breeding

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Masoud Soltanighombavani - PhD
    The role of skin thickness and subcutaneous fat in thermoregulatory capacity of newborn lambs
  • Juncong Yan - PhD
    Association of copy number variants with quantitative traits in sheep

CoSupervisor of:

Media and Links

Media

  • 28 Aug 2017 - Newspaper
    Thick sheep better at survival
    mentioned in the NZ farmers weekly
  • 07 Aug 2017 - Newspaper
    Thick skin boosts lamb survival
    mentioned in NZ farmer newspaper

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