Kumar Venkitanarayanan serves as a Professor of microbiology at the Department of Animal Science, the University of Connecticut. Venkitanarayanan received his V.M. and M.S. degrees (veterinary microbiology) from Kerala Agricultural University, India, after which he practiced as a Large-Animal Veterinarian for a year. In the United States, Venkitanarayanan obtained his M.S. degree in food science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut, 1996. He worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia from 1996-1999. Venkitanarayanan studies the potential of plant-derived natural molecules for controlling zoonotic and animal pathogens, especially antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food animals. A significant scientific contribution from his research is demonstrating the efficacy of several plant-derived molecules in interfering with bacterial quorum sensing, biofilm synthesis, and reducing virulence and antibiotic resistance in pathogens.
Biography Updated on 8 January 2013