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Surya Waghela

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Department: VTPB

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  • Ph.D. Veterinary Science, Washington State University 1989
  • M.S. Veterinary Pathology, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1976
  • B.V.Sc. Veterinary Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1971

Scholarly Interests

Immunoparasitology; infectious diseases; emerging and foreign animal diseases, especially tick-borne diseases; use molecular biology techniques to develop better diagnostic tests and immunogens for infectious diseases in ruminants of tropical areas of the world; development of biopharmaceuticals and biosensors; engineer recombinant antibodies for diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases.


Priming protective BVDV-specific immunity using multi-component mosaic antigens.
Mwangi, W., X. Fang, S. Lokhandwala, J. Bray, and S. Waghela
J. Immunol. 2014
Immunization of chickens with an agonistic monoclonal anti-chicken CD40 antibody-hapten complex: rapid and robust IgG response induced by a single subcutaneous injection.
Chen CH, Abi-Ghanem D, Waghela SD, Chou WK, Farnell MB, Mwangi W, Berghman LR
J Immunol Methods. 2012 378(1-2):116-20.
Production and characterization of agonistic monoclonal antibodies against chicken CD40.
Chen CH, Abi-Ghanem D, Njongmeta L, Bray J, Mwangi W, Waghela SD, McReynolds JL, Ing NH, Berghman LR
Dev Comp Immunol. 2010 34(11):1139-43.
Seroprevalence estimation and management factors associated with high herd seropositivity for Babesia bovis in commercial dairy farms of Puerto Rico.
Urdaz-Rodríguez JH, Fosgate GT, Waghela SD, Alleman AR, Rae DO, Donovan GA, Melendez P
Trop Anim Health Prod. 2009 41(7):1465-73.
Expression of anti-K99 scFv in transgenic rice tissues and its functional characterization.
Sunilkumar G, Waghela SD, Campbell LM, Rathore KS
Transgenic Res. 2009 18(3):347-60.
Identification of cancer stem cells in dog glioblastoma.
Stoica G, Lungu G, Martini-Stoica H, Waghela S, Levine J, Smith R 3rd
Vet Pathol. 2009 46(3):391-406.
Phage display selection and characterization of single-chain recombinant antibodies against Eimeria tenella sporozoites.
Abi-Ghanem D, Waghela SD, Caldwell DJ, Danforth HD, Berghman LR
Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2008 121(1-2):58-67.
Expression of C-terminal truncated and full-length Babesia bigemina rhoptry-associated protein 1 and their potential use in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
Boonchit S, Alhassan A, Chan B, Xuan X, Yokoyama N, Ooshiro M, Goff WL, Waghela SD, Wagner G, Igarashi I
Vet Parasitol. 2006 137(1-2):28-35.
The loss of hemagglutination activity of the enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli K99 pili following treatment with enzymes or chemicals that destroy the conformational structure.
C. M. Jay, S. Bhaskaran, G.G. Wagner and S. D. Waghela.
JAVA. 4:83-89. 2005
Spatial distribution of antibodies to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium O antigens in bulk milk from Texas dairy herds.
Graham SL, Barling KS, Waghela S, Scott HM, Thompson JA
Prev Vet Med. 2005 69(1-2):53-61.
Antibodies: an alternative for antibiotics?
Berghman LR, Abi-Ghanem D, Waghela SD, Ricke SC
Poult Sci. 2005 84(4):660-6.
Biological evaluation of dendrimers based on melamine
M.F. Neerman, A.P Umali, H-T. Chen, S.D. Waghela, A.R. Parrish and E. E. Simanek
J. Drug Del. Sci. Tech. 15:31-40. 2005
Characterization of recombinant antibodies developed for capturing enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7.
Kanitpun R, Wagner GG, Waghela SD
Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2004 35(4):902-12.
Pathogenic Escherichia coli
Waghela, S.D
In "Preharvest and Postharvest Food Safety: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions,. 2004
Enterotoxigenic K99+ Escherichia coli attachment to host cell receptors inhibited by recombinant pili protein.
Jay CM, Bhaskaran S, Rathore KS, Waghela SD
Vet Microbiol. 2004 101(3):153-60.
Babesiosis and heartwater: threats without boundaries.
Wagner GG, Holman P, Waghela S
Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2002 18(3):417-30.
Membrane charge and curvature determine interaction with acyl-CoA binding protein (ACBP) and fatty acyl-CoA targeting.
Chao H, Martin GG, Russell WK, Waghela SD, Russell DH, Schroeder F, Kier AB
Biochemistry. 2002 41(33):10540-53.
Antigenic analysis of Anaplasma marginale grown in bovine erythrocytes co-cultured with bovine endothelial cells.
Waghela SD, Melendy D, Cruz D, Wagner GG
Vet Parasitol. 2000 94(1-2):133-9.
Identification of a point mutation in an esterase gene in different populations of the southern cattle tick, Boophilus microplus.
Hernandez R, He H, Chen AC, Waghela SD, Wayne Ivie G, George JE, Gale Wagner G
Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2000 30(10):969-77.
Antigenic, phenotypic and molecular characterization confirms Babesia odocoilei isolated from three cervids.
Holman PJ, Madeley J, Craig TM, Allsopp BA, Allsopp MT, Petrini KR, Waghela SD, Wagner GG
J Wildl Dis. 2000 36(3):518-30.
A common high molecular weight antigen of Babesia bovis isolates from Mexico.
Sahagun Ruiz A, Waghela SD, Romany MM, Holman PJ, Melendy D, Cruz D, Wagner GG
Int J Parasitol. 2000 30(1):59-64.
A study of the systematics of Theileria spp. based upon small-subunit ribosomal RNA gene sequences.
Chae JS, Allsopp BA, Waghela SD, Park JH, Kakuda T, Sugimoto C, Allsopp MT, Wagner GG, Holman PJ
Parasitol Res. 1999 85(11):877-83.
Theileria sp. Infections associated with bovine fatalities in the United States confirmed by small-subunit rRNA gene analyses of blood and tick samples.
Chae Js, Levy M, Hunt J Jr, Schlater J, Snider G, Waghela SD, Holman PJ, Wagner GG
J Clin Microbiol. 1999 37(9):3037-40.
Two Theileria cervi SSU RRNA gene sequence types found in isolates from white-tailed deer and elk in North America.
Chae JS, Waghela SD, Craig TM, Kocan AA, Wagner GG, Holman PJ
J Wildl Dis. 1999 35(3):458-65.
Identical small subunit ribosomal RNA gene nucleotide sequence of bovine Theileria isolates (Korea and Japan) and Theileria buffeli (Marula, Kenya).
Chae JS, Kwon OD, Holman PJ, Waghela SD, Wagner GG, Lee JM
Korean J Parasitol. 1998 36(1):47-53.
Biotin-labeled DNA probe in a PCR-based assay increases detection sensitivity for the equine hemoparasite Babesia caballi.
Sahagun-Ruiz A, Waghela SD, Holman PJ, Chieves LP, Wagner GG
Vet Parasitol. 1997 73(1-2):53-63.
In vitro cultivation of Anaplasma marginale in bovine erythrocytes co-cultured with endothelial cells.
Waghela SD, Cruz D, Droleskey RE, DeLoach JR, Wagner GG
Vet Parasitol. 1997 73(1-2):43-52.
Case report: field-acquired subclinical Babesia equi infection confirmed by in vitro culture.
Holman PJ, Hietala SK, Kayashima LR, Olson D, Waghela SD, Wagner GG
J Clin Microbiol. 1997 35(2):474-6.
Detection of Cowdria ruminantium by means of a DNA probe, pCS20 in infected bont ticks, Amblyomma hebraeum, the major vector of heartwater in southern Africa.
Yunker CE, Mahan SM, Waghela SD, McGuire TC, Rurangirwa FR, Barbet AF, Wassink LA
Epidemiol Infect. 1993 110(1):95-104.
A cloned DNA probe for Cowdria ruminantium hybridizes with eight heartwater strains and detects infected sheep.
Mahan SM, Waghela SD, McGuire TC, Rurangirwa FR, Wassink LA, Barbet AF
J Clin Microbiol. 1992 30(4):981-6.
Non-immunologic methods of diagnosis of babesiosis.
Wagner G, Cruz D, Holman P, Waghela S, Perrone J, Shompole S, Rurangirwa F
Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 1992 87(Suppl 3):193-9.
A cloned DNA probe identifies Cowdria ruminantium in Amblyomma variegatum ticks.
Waghela SD, Rurangirwa FR, Mahan SM, Yunker CE, Crawford TB, Barbet AF, Burridge MJ, McGuire TC
J Clin Microbiol. 1991 29(11):2571-7.
Brucellosis in Maasai livestock in Kenya
C. M. Ndarathi and S. Waghela
Indian J. Anim. Sci. 61:156-157. 1990
Cloned DNA probes identify Anaplasma ovis in goats and reveal a high prevalence of infection.
Shompole S, Waghela SD, Rurangirwa FR, McGuire TC
J Clin Microbiol. 1989 27(12):2730-5.
Helminthiasis in Maasai ranches in Kenya
CM Ndarathi, S Waghela, PP Semenye
Bull. Anim. Hlth. Prod. Afr. 37:205-208.. 1989
Prevalence of ticks on rangeland domestic ruminants in Kajiado district, Kenya
C. M. Ndarathi, S. Waghela and P. P. Semenye
Bull. Anim. Hlth. Prod. Afr. 37:209 212. 1989
Characterization of a neutralization-sensitive epitope on the Am 105 surface protein of Anaplasma marginale.
Palmer GH, Waghela SD, Barbet AF, Davis WC, McGuire TC
Int J Parasitol. 1987 17(7):1279-85.
Clinical trial of parvaquone for the treatment of East Coast fever in Kenya.
Chema S, Waghela S, James AD, Dolan TT, Young AS, Masiga WN, Irvin AD, Mulela GH, Wekesa LS
Vet Rec. 1986 118(21):588-9.
Antibodies to Brucella spp. among blue wildebeest and African buffalo in Kenya.
Waghela S, Karstad L
J Wildl Dis. 1986 22(2):189-92.
Possible dioxin poisoning in cattle.
Davies FG, de Souza C, Waghela S, Mohn S
Vet Rec. 1985 117(9):207.
Global survey of serological evidence of caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus infection.
Adams DS, Oliver RE, Ameghino E, DeMartini JC, Verwoerd DW, Houwers DJ, Waghela S, Gorham JR, Hyllseth B, Dawson M
Vet Rec. 1984 115(19):493-5.
Observations on caprine arthritis-encephalitis in Kenya
Adams, D. S., Mugenya, B. M., Allonby, E. W., Bell, J. F., Waghela, S., & Heinonen, R
Veterinary Record . 1983
The immunosuppressive effects of experimental T. congolense infections in goats
L. Griffin, S. Waghela and E. W. Allonby
Vet. Parasitol. 7:11 18.. 1980
Comparison of four serological tests in the diagnosis of caprine brucellosis.
Waghela S, Wandera JG, Wagner GG
Res Vet Sci. 1980 28(2):168-71.
A serological survey of brucellosis in camels in North-Eastern Province of Kenya.
Waghela S, Fazil MA, Gathuma JM, Kagunya DK
Trop Anim Health Prod. 1978 10(1):28-9.
Brucellosis in Kenya
S. Waghela
Kenya Veterinarian. 1977
A sero-epidemiological study of Brucellosis in abattoir workers in Kenya.
J.M. Gathuma, S. Waghela and F.M.K. Nderu
East Afr. J. of Med. Research 4: 1977. 1977
A serological survey of the prevalence of brucellosis in pigs in Kenya.
Waghela S, Gathuma JM
Bull Anim Health Prod Afr. 1976 24(3):251-3.
Animal brucellosis in Kenya: a review.
Waghela S
Bull Anim Health Prod Afr. 1976 24(1):53-9.
Animal brucellosis in Kenya: A review.
S. Waghela
Bull. Anim. Hlth. Prod. Afr. 24:53 59. 1976
The rose bengal plate test in human brucellosis.
Oomen LJ, Waghela S
Trop Geogr Med. 1974 26(3):300-2.

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