Dipak Kathayat et al. receive the 2023 Best Paper Award in Pathogens MDPI

April 20, 2023

Congratulations to Dipak Kathayat, Dhanashree Lokesh, Sochina Ranjit, and Gireesh Rajashekara on being awarded the 2023 Best Paper Award in PathogensTheir article entitled Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC): An Overview of Virulence and Pathogenesis Factors, Zoonotic Potential, and Control Strategies discusses the virulence and pathogenesis factors of APEC, reviews the zoonotic potential, provides the current status of antibiotic resistance and progress in vaccine development, while also summarizing the alternative control measures being investigated. In addition to the known virulence factors, several other factors including quorum sensing system, secretion systems, two-component systems, transcriptional regulators, and genes associated with metabolism also contribute to APEC pathogenesis. The clear understanding of these factors will help in developing new effective treatments.


About the authors:

Dr. Dipak Kathayat is a CFAH alum, advised by Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara. He received his PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from The Ohio State University in 2021. Currently Dipak is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University.

Dr. Dhanashree Lokesh is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Rajashekara's lab at the Center for Food Animal Health.

Sochina Ranjit is a CFAH alum, advised by Dr. Rajashekara. She received her MS from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Preventative Medicine in 2022.

Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara is a CFAH professor whose research focuses include pre-harvest control of bacterial zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) mitigation.