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Anil Thachil, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Director of Bacteriology Lab

Animal Health Diagnostic Center


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3538
Fax: 607.253.3656
Email: ajt86@cornell.edu

Research Interest

My research interests are infectious diseases. I'm interested in proteomic and genomic characterization and fingerprinting of bacterial pathogens including Salmonella, E. coli, Streptococcus sp, Clostridia sp, Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale etc. Another major area of interest is the changing epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and dispersion of successful clones of multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria. My past research work includes diagnostic assay development, assay validation, vaccine development & testing and pathogenesis studies on Clostridium septicum, Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella, E coli, Ornithobacterium, Avian metapneumovirus, Infectious bronchitis virus and Porcine deltacoronavirus.

Education

  • B.V.Sc & A.H, 1997, College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Kerala Agricultural University, India
  • M.V.Sc (Clinical Medicine) 2001, College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Kerala Agricultural University, India
  • Ph.D. (Veterinary Medicine - Infectious diseases) 2011, College of veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 1997-1998 Veterinary Practitioner, Government of Kerala, India
  • 1999-2001 Instructor, College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Kerala, India.
  • 2001-2004 Veterinary Practitioner, Government of Kerala, India
  • 2004-2010 Research Assistant at University of Minnesota
  • 2011- 2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Minnesota.
  • 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University, Veterinary diagnostic lab.

Publications

1.    Stephen R. Reichley, Cynthia Ware, James Steadman, Terrence E. Greenway, Patricia S. Gaunt, Julio C. García, Benjamin R. LeFrentz, Anil J. Thachil, Geoffrey C. Waldbieser, Cynthia B. Stine, Cova R. Arias, Thomas Loch, Timothy J. Welch, Rocco C. Cipriano, Lester H. Khoo, David J. Wise, Mark L. Lawrence, Matt J. Griffin. Advancing our knowledge of the Edwardsiella: a comparative phenotypic and genotypic analysis of Edwardsiella spp. isolates from different hosts and geographic origins. Journal of Clin micro, 2017 Accepted.
2.    Goodman LB, Lawton MR, Franklin-Guild RJ, Anderson RR, Schaan L, Anil J. Thachil, Wiedmann M, Miller CB, Alcaine SD, Kovac J. Lactococcus petauri sp. nov., isolated from an abscess of a sugar glider. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2017 Sep 25. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002303.
3.    Goodman LB, McDonough PL, Anderson RR, Franklin-Guild RJ, Ryan JR, Perkins GA, Anil J. Thachil, Glaser AL, Thompson BS. Detection of Salmonella spp. in veterinary samples by combining selective enrichment and real-time PCR.  J Vet Diagn Invest. 2017 Aug 1:1040638717728315. doi: 10.1177/1040638717728315.
4.    J. Kovac, KJ. Cummings, LD. Rodriguez-Rivera, LM. Carroll, Anil J. Thachil and M. Wiedmann. Temporal genomic phylogeny reconstruction indicates a geospatial transmission path of Salmonella Cerro in the United States and a clade-specific loss of hydrogen sulfide production. Frontiers Microbiol. May, 2017 | doi: 10.3389/fmicb. 2017.00737
5.    R.J. Mani, Anil J. Thachil, and A. Ramachandran. Discrimination of Streptococcus equi subsp. equi and Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus using MALDI-TOF mass Spectrometry. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Sep; 29(5):622-627. 2017. doi: 10.1177/1040638717702687. Epub 2017 May 2.
6.    Anil J. Thachil, Priscilla Gerber PF, Xiao CT, Huang YW, and Opriessnig T. Development and Application of an ELISA for the Detection of Porcine Deltacoronavirus IgG Antibodies. PLoS ONE 10(4) 2015 e0124363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124363
7.    Anil J. Thachil, Daniel P. Shaw and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Effects of Dexamethasone immunosuppression on Turkey Clostridial dermatitis. Avian Diseases, 58 (3): 433-436, 2014.
8.    Anil J. Thachil, Brian McComb, Michelle Kromm and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Vaccination of turkeys with Clostridium septicum bacterin-toxoid: Evaluation of protection against Clostridial dermatitis. Avian Diseases, 57 (2): 214-219, 2013.
9.    Anil J. Thachil, Brian McComb, Michelle M. Early, Carl Heeder, and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium septicum toxoid to control cellulitis in turkeys J. Appl. Poult. Res., 21(3):358–366, 2012.
10.    Anil J. Thachil and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Studies on Pathogenesis and immunity of Turkey Cellulitis. Gobbles 68 (4): pp. 12-13, 2011.
11.    Anil J. Thachil, Brian McComb, Michelle M. Andersen, Daniel P. Shaw, David A. Halvorson and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Role of Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium septicum in causing turkey cellulitis. Avian Diseases, 54 (2): 795-801, 2010.
12.    Anil J. Thachil, Binu T. Velayudhan, Daniel P. Shaw, David A. Halvorson and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Pathogenesis of Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale in egg-laying hens with co-existing Infectious bronchitis virus and Escherichia coli infections. J. Appl. Poult. Res., 18 (4): 780-788, 2009.
13.    Nagaraja K.V, Anil J. Thachil and D.A. Halvorson: Cellulitis in Turkeys: An Emerging threat to Turkey Industry. Gobbles 65 (12): pp. 23-25, 2009.
14.    Binu T. Velayudhan, Sally L. Noll, Anil J. Thachil, David A. Halvorson, Daniel P. Shaw, Sagar M. Goyal , & Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Comparative pathogenicity of early and recent isolates of avian metapneumovirus subtype C in turkeys. The Canadian. J. Vet. Res. 72 (4): 371-375, 2008.
15.    Nagaraja K.V, Anil J. Thachil and D.A. Halvorson: Cellulitis in Turkeys: Control and Pathogenesis. Gobbles (2007 Research Issue), (June), pp. 12-13, 2007.
16.    Anil J. Thachil, Binu T. Velayudhan, Vanessa Lopes-Berkas, David A. Halvorson, and Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Application of polymerase chain reaction fingerprinting to differentiate Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale isolates. J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. 19 (4): 417-420, July 2007.
17.    Binu T. Velayudhan, Sally L. Noll, Anil J. Thachil, Daniel P. Shaw, Sagar M. Goyal , David A. Halvorson,& Kakambi V. Nagaraja. Development of a vaccine-challenge model for avian Metapneumovirus subtype C in turkeys. Vaccine, 25(10): 1841-7, February 2007.
18.    Binu T. Velayudhan, Kakambi V. Nagaraja, Anil J. Thachil, Daniel P. Shaw, Gregory C. Gray and David A. Halvorson. Human Metapneumo virus in Turkey Poults. Emerging Infectious Diseases.  2 (12): December 2006, pp1853-1859, 2006.
19.    Ajithkumar, PG Baby, Anil J. Thachil and P.C Alex. Tetraparesis associated with microfilaremia in dogs. Polivet 1(110-111), 2000.
20.    Raghu R, PG Baby, Anil J. Thachil, Ajithkumar and PC Alex. A note on outbreak of Pigeon malaria and its control. Ind. J. Poultry Sci. 34 (30) 403-404, 2000.

Awards and Honors

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Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM)
  • American Association of Veterinary laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
  • American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Indian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA)
  • Indian Society for Veterinary Medicine (ISVM)

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