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Dr Rao Dukkipati PhD, MVSc, BVSc

Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

Senior Lecturer in Animal Breeding and Genetics

School of Veterinary Science

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.


Contact details

  • Ph: + 64 6 951 8219
    Location: 3.72, AgHort A
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2008)
  • Master of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (1995)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (1992)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

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


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)


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

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 9
Team Member 1 1

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement


  • 117.345 - Genetcs of Livestock Improvement
  • 117.347 - Reproductive and Lactational Physiology
  • 117.361 - Companion Animal Science
  • 162.221 - Immunology
  • 193.103 - Animal Behaviour, Handling and Welfare 
  • 227.113 - Animal Production, Behaviour, Welfare and Handling 
  • 227.212 - Animal Production for Veterinarians 1


  • 117.765 - Genetics and Breeding

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 0 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Andrea Grana - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring innovative ways, based on skin thickness and brown adipose tissue metabolism, for genetic improvement of new-born lamb survival
  • Benjamin Bridgeman - Doctor of Philosophy
    Molecular and Immunological studies of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae
  • Masoud Soltanighombavani - Doctor of Philosophy
    Skin thickness as a potential indirect trait for genetic improvement of lamb survival

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Juncong Yan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Genome-wide copy number variation in sheep: detection and utility as a genetic marker for quantitative traits, with reference to gastrointestinal nema

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Mallory Crookenden - Doctor of Philosophy
    A study of circulating neutrophils and exosomes associated with innate immune function in the periparturient grazing dairy cow

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