Kush Yadav, MS

Kush Yadav, MS
Pounden Hall, Wooster, Ohio, 44691
Degree Information: 
BVSc & AH - Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University - 2015
MS - Virology, The Ohio State University - 2019

Kush is a doctoral candidate in the CFAH working for Scott Kenney at the Ohio State University, Wooster Campus. Kush’s research areas include but are not limited to studying pathology utilizing the human, pig, and avian strains of hepatitis E viruses, and SARS-2. In his graduate career (still ongoing), Kush has been awarded with 17 different awards including for oral presentations and poster presentations in various international meetings. He has also successfully written multiple grants and achieved internal funding from OSU sources. Kush has written two book chapters and has four first author peer reviewed journal articles. In addition to that, Kush is a president of the Infectious Disease Institute Trainee Association (IDI-TA) and one of the leaders of the Graduate Student Unit (GSU/CFAH). Furthermore, Kush is an active player of The Ohio State University Cricket Club (OSUCC) and has been representing OSU in American College Cricket tournaments.

Lab PI/advisor:

Dr. Scott Kenney

Research Areas/Specializations/Interests:

  • Gene cloning, cell-based assays, transduction, transfection, protein purification, expression and activity assay, biochemical assays, PCR, real time PCR, fatty acid assays, TCID50, gel electrophoresis, western blotting, flow Cytometry, immunohistochemistry

  • Biosafety level-3 pathogens

  • GraphPad Prism, Accuflow, flowjo, MS (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), BLAST, Clustal Omega


Veterinary certification / Licensure (Nepal)

Professional Memberships:

Infectious Disease Institute, American Society of Virologist, Fight for Her

Professional Links:

Kush Kumar Yadav | LinkedIn


OSU Leadership Award, Outstanding Graduate and Professional Student

David Francis Award (CRWAD: Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals awards)

Redmann and Center for Food Animal Health Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral travel award

Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) competition award, OSU

Council of Agriculture Science and Technology (CAST) communication scholarship

Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) Trainee short talk award

2022 Lynn Joens Memorial Award (CRWAD: Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals awards)

Modeling the World’s System travel award

American Society of Virologist travel award

Association of Veterinary Anesthetist Scholarship

Dogs Trust Scholarship

Worldwide Veterinary Service Scholarship

American Society of Virology Travel Award

CFAES Internal Grant Program (IGP) award, OSU

Honorable mention, Edward F. Hayes Advanced Research Forum

OSU Leadership Award, Willie J. Young Sr. Student Impact Award

2023 Lynn Joens Memorial Award (CRWAD: Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases, NC1202 Enteric Diseases of Food Animals awards), International Scientific Meeting

Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) travel award, International Scientific Meeting

Infectious Disease Institute “Work-in-progress” endorsement award for Scientific Society Memberships

Mary A. Daniels Endowed Scholarship for Leadership Excellence


Yadav K.K., Kenney S.P. (2022) Animal Models for Studying COVID-19 Pathology and Infection. In: Wang L. (eds) Animal Coronaviruses. Springer Protocols Handbooks. Humana, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-2091-5_3

Yadav KK, Kenney SP. Hepatitis E Virus Immunopathogenesis. Pathogens. 2021; 10(9):1180. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10091180

Yadav KK, Boley PA, Fritts Z, Kenney SP. Ectopic Expression of Genotype 1 Hepatitis E Virus ORF4 Increases Genotype 3 HEV Viral Replication in Cell Culture. Viruses. 2021 Jan 7;13(1):75. doi: 10.3390/v13010075. PMID: 33430442; PMCID: PMC7827316.

Boley PA, Alhamo MA, Lossie G, Yadav KK, Vasquez-Lee M, Saif LJ, Kenney SP. Porcine Deltacoronavirus Infection and Transmission in Poultry, United States1. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Feb;26(2):255-265. doi: 10.3201/eid2602.190346. PMID: 31961296; PMCID: PMC6986833.

Bhatt BR, Kaphle K, Yadav KK (2018). Situation of Livestock, Production, and its Products in Nepal. Archives of Veterinary Science and Medicine 1: 001-008. DOI: 10.26502/avsm.001

Yadav KK, Shrestha B. (2017). Prevalence of zoonotic gastrointestinal parasites in pet and stray dogs of Rupandehi district, Nepal. Int J Microbiol Infect Dis. 1(2): 1-7. DOI: 10.33425/2639-9458.1014

Yadav KK, Boley P, Hanson J, Lee C, Gourapura R, Kenney SP. Evaluation of compound “X” as a prophylactic for COVID-19 in a Syrian hamster model. College of Veterinary Research Day 2021 April 8, Columbus, Ohio. 2021 Book of abstracts, Immunology, and Infectious disease-14.

Yadav KK. (abstract) Prevalence of zoonotic gastrointestinal helminth parasites in pet and stray dogs of Rupandehi district, Nepal. 4th International Conference on Parasitology September 01-02, 2017 | Prague, Czech RepublicJ Bacteriol Parasitol.

Yadav KK, Clark L, Tamminen M, Bhagat V, Thomson S, and White K. (abstract) Comparison between two different injectable anesthetic techniques: effects on physiological variables, including SpO2. Association of Veterinary Anesthetists Meeting, 2016 April 20-22, Lyon, France. Vet Anaesth Analg, 43: A24.

Yadav, K.K., Kenney, S.P. (2023). Hepatitis E Virus Zoonotic Axis. In: Sing, A. (eds) Zoonoses: Infections Affecting Humans and Animals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-85877-3_60-1

Yadav KK, Kenney SP. Animal Models for Studying Congenital Transmission of Hepatitis E Virus. Microorganisms. 2023; 11(3):618. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms11030618

Yadav, K.K.; Kenney, S.P. Extrahepatic Replication Sites of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV). Zoonotic Dis. 2023, 3, 68-84.

Boley PA, Lee CM, Schrock J, Yadav KK, Patil V, Suresh R, Lu S, Feng MM, Hanson J, Channappanavar R, Kenney SP, Renukaradhya GJ. Enhanced mucosal immune responses and reduced viral load in the respiratory tract of ferrets to intranasal lipid nanoparticle-based SARS-CoV-2 proteins and mRNA vaccines. J Nanobiotechnology. 2023 Feb 22;21(1):60. doi: 10.1186/s12951-023-01816-3. PMID: 36814238; PMCID: PMC9944789.

Alhamo MA, Boley PA, Liu M, Niu X, Yadav KK, Lee C, Saif L, Wang Q, Kenney SP. Characterization of the Cross-Species Transmission Potential for Porcine Deltacoronaviruses Expressing Sparrow Coronavirus Spike Protein in Commercial Poultry. Viruses. 2022 Jun 5;14(6):1225. Doi: 10.3390/v14061225. PMID: 35746696; PMCID:PMC9230012.