Designation and address
Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Parasitology,
Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600 007.

M.V.Sc. (Veterinary Parasitology)
Ph.D. (Veterinary Parasitology)

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E azhahianambi[dot]p[at]tanuvas[dot]ac[dot]in

Fields(s) of specialization
Majoring field : Veterinary Parasitology
Specializing field : Veterinary Entomology, Molecular Parasitology, Transgenic Insects, Insect microbiome and
  tick vaccine and Forensic Entomology
Current Projects
  • All India Network Programme on Gastro Intestinal Parasitism (Co- Principal Investigator) funded by ICAR, New Delhi (2013-2017) • PCR-RFLP based detection of acaricide resistant ticks under field conditions(Co- Principal Investigator) funded by DBT, New Delhi (2013-2017)- 28.36 lakhs
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Ticks and Tick borne diseases, host resistance and development of novel pathogen vaccines (Co- Principal Investigator) funded by BBSRC,UK and DBT, New Delhi (2014-2017)-89.292 lakhs
Completed Projects
  • Development of multiplex PCR based test to diagnose blood protozoan diseases affecting dog (Principal Investigator)-funded by TANUVAS-TRCF 2013-2015 (3.2 Lakhs)
Recent Research Publications
  1. Aravindan Kalyanasundaram, Shabnam Jawahar, Manikkavasagan Ilangopathy, Azhahianambi Palavesam and Raman, M (2015) Comparative immunoprophylactic efficacy of Haemonchus contortus recombinant enolase (rHcENO) and Con A purified native glycoproteins in sheep. Experimental Parasitology, 154:98-107
  2. Qiang Xu, Felix D. Guerrero, Azhahianambi Palavesam and Adalberto A. Perez de Leon´ (2015) Use of electroporation as an option to transform the horn fly, Haematobia irritans: A species recalcitrant to microinjection. Insect Science (2015)1–9, DOI 10.1111/1744-7917.12207
  3. Azhahianambi Palavesam, Caroline Esnault and David O’Brochta (2013) Post-integration silencing of piggyBac transposable element in Aedes aegypti. PLoS One, 8(7): e68454.
  4. Azhahianambi Palavesam, Perez de Leon, A. A., Ju Wang., Felix D Guerrero., Andy Heekin, Dowd, S and Lan D. Foil (2012). Pyrosequencing-based analysis of the microbiome associated with the Horn fly, Haematobia irritans. PLoS One, 7(9): e44390
  5. Binod Kumar, Azhahianambi, P., Ray, D.d., Pallab Chaudhuri, Jose de la Fuente, Rinesh Kumar and Srikanth Ghosh (2012). Comparative efficacy of rHaa86 and rBm86 against Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum and Rhipicephalus microplus. Parasite Immunology, 34(6): 297-301.
  6. Caroline Esnault, Azhahianambi Palavesam, Kristina Pilitt and David O’Brochta. (2011) Intrinsic characteristics of neighboring DNA modulate transposable element activity in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 187: 319-331.
Honours & Awards
  • State :
    • First prize in "Circle level/State level quiz competition conducted by Department of Posts, India (2000).
    • First prize in "Regional level quiz competition conducted by Department of Posts, India (2000).
    • State level Best Student Project Award in Veterinary Science (2000) by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, India.
  • National :
    • Best oral presentation award (2nd Prize). For the oral presentation of research paper entitled “Insects of forensic entomology importance collected from various medico-legal cases in Tamil Nadu”, XXV National Congress of Veterinary Parasitology organised by Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology from 17.02.16 to 19.02.16 at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai- 7
    • Best oral presentation award(2nd Prize). For the oral presentation of research paper entitled “DNA bendability and curvature analysis of γ- IFN promoter sequence of various sheep breeds of India”, XXI Annual Convention of Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB) on 17th to 19th July 2014 held at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai- 7
    • Jawaharlal Nehru award for the outstanding post-graduate research in the field of animal biotechnology-2007 with Gold medal-Awarded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
    • Winner in the All India Veterinary Colleges Table Tennis Competition-2005.
    • Indian Council of Agricultural Research - National Eligibility Test in Veterinary Parasitology, ICAR-NET 2004.
    • Indian Council of Medical Research- Junior Research Fellowship in Life sciences, ICMR-JRF 2004.
    • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India- National Eligibility Test with Junior Research Fellowship in Life sciences. CSIR-JRF (NET) 2004.
    • Qualified in the research scholar competitive examination and interview (2003) of Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, India.
    • Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar - Senior Research Fellowship (2003-2006).
    • Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar - Junior Research Fellowship (2001-2003).
    • Dr. J.P. Dubey Young Scientist Award- 2003 Awarded by Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, (IAAVP).
  • International :
    • Certificate of Appreciation from United States Department of Agriculture for outstanding research accomplishments in the development of a transgenic male-only strain of New World Screwworm, 2011.
    • Certificate for Exceptional Presentation on ‘Introduction to Scientific Research Techniques and Electroporation of insect embryos’ organized by Center for Mathematics and Science Education, College of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA, 2011.