Udeni Balasuriya, Ph.D

Professor
Research
Teaching

ubalasuriya@uky.edu
Phone (859) 218-1124
Fax (859) 257-8542

1400 Nicholasville Road
Lexington KY 40546

Professional Profile

Professional Experience

2011 -  Present; Professor of Virology, Department of Veterinary Science, Maxwell H. Gluck  Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

2005 -  2011; Associate Professor of Virology, Department of Veterinary Science, Maxwell  H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

2001 -  2005; Associate Research Molecular Virologist, Department of Pathology,  Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of  California, Davis.

1999 -  2005; Scientific Director and Coordinator, Equine Viral Disease Laboratory,  Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary  Medicine, University of California, Davis.

1997 -  2001; Assistant Research Molecular Virologist, Department of Pathology,  Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine,

1996  -1997; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and  Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

1991 -  1996; Graduate Student/Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Pathology,  Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of  California, Davis.

1990 -  1992; Residency training in Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Medical  Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis.

1989 -  1991; Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine,  University of California, Davis.

1985 -  1989; Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary Research Institute, Sri Lanka.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Go, Y. Y., Bailey,  E., Shuck, K. M., Timoney P. J., and Balasuriya,  U. B. R.  2012.  Evidence that in vitro susceptibility of CD3+ T lymphocytes to equine  arteritis virus infection reflects genetic  predisposition of naturally infected stallions to become carriers of the virus.  J. Virol. (Epub ahead of print).

Go, Y. Y., Cook, R. F.,  Fulgencio, J. Q., Campos, J. R., Henney, P., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya U. B. R.  2012.   Assessment of correlation between in  vitro CD3+ T cell susceptibility to EAV infection and clinical  outcome following experimental infection. Vet  Microbiol. 157:220-25.

Smith, K. L., Li, Y.,  Breheny, P., Cook, R. F., Henney, P. J., Sells, S., Pronost, S., Lu, Z.,  Crossley, B. M., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U. B. R.  2012.  A New Allelic  Discrimination Real-Time PCR Assay for Detection and Differentiation of A2254  and G2254 Strains of Equine Herpesvirus-1J. Clin. Microbiol. 50(6):1981-88.

Lu,, Z.,  Zhang, J., Chengjin, M. H., Go, Y. Y., Faaberg, K.S., Rowland, R. R.  R., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U.  B. R. 2012.  Chimeric  Viruses Containing the N-terminal Ectodomains of GP5 and M Proteins of Porcine  Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome do not Change the Cellular Tropism of  Equine Arteritis Virus.  Virology 432(1):99-109.

Lu, Z., White, J.,  Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U. B. R. 2012.  Development of One-Step TaqMan®  Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR and Conventional Reverse Transcription PCR  Assays for the Detection of Equine Rhinitis A and B Viruses.  BMC  Vet. Res. 25;8(1):120.

Zhang, J., Go, Y. Y.,  Chengjin, M. H., Meade, B. J., Lu, Z., Zevenhoven-Dobbe, J. C., Snijder, E. J., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya,U. B. R. 2012.Development and  characterization of an infectious cDNA clone of the modified live virus vaccine  strain of equine arteritis virus and its potential as a vaccine vector.  Clin. Vaccine Immunol.  19(8):1312-21.

Miszczak, F., Shuck, K. M., Lu, Z., Go, Y. Y., Zhang, J.,  Sells, S., Vabret, A., Pronost, S., Fortier, G., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U. B. R.  2011.   Evaluation of Two Magnetic Bead-Based Viral Nucleic Acid Purification  Kits and Three Real-Time RT-PCR Reagent Systems in Two TaqMan Assays for Equine  Arteritis Virus Detection.  J. Clin. Microbiol. 49(10):3694-96.

Go, Y. Y., Bailey, E., Cook, D. G., Coleman, S. J., MacLeod,  J. N., Chen, K. C., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U. B. R. 2011.  Genome-wide association study among four horse breeds  identifies a common haplotype associated with the in vitro CD3+ T cell susceptibility/resistance to equine  arteritis virus infection.  J Virol. 85(24):13174-84.

Go, Y. Y., Snijder, E. J., Timoney, P. J., and Balasuriya, U. B. R.  2011.   Characterization of equine humoral antibody response to the  nonstructural proteins of equine arteritis virus.  Clin.  Vaccine Immunol. 18(2):268-279.

 Curriculum Vitae

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/gluck/BalasuriyaUBR_CV.asp

Areas of Interest

immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Virology