Nagendra R. Hegde

Ella Foundation, India

Nagendra R. Hegde obtained his B.S. degree in veterinary sciences and M.S. degree in veterinary microbiology and public health from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He also received his Ph.D. degree in veterinary immunology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb, USA, in 1998. He serves as a Research Assistant Professor in the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore, USA. He has been working in the areas of virology, immunology, and cell biology since 1990. His M.S. degree thesis was on hemagglutination by peste des petits ruminants virus, and the Ph.D. dissertation was on bovine cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTV) response to bovine herpes virus-1. During his Ph.D., he worked on the identification of peptide-binding characteristics of bovine MHC molecules and the subsequent application to the identification of CTL epitopes. Since 2006, he directs the activities of Ella Foundation, where his research involves bluetongue virus epidemiology and evolution, biotyping of bovine mastitis-associated staphylococci, understanding host-pathogen interactions, and development of novel vaccines and diagnostics.

Biography Updated on 2 September 2012

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