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Prasanth Chelikani


Associate Professor (Physiology)
Production Animal Health (PAH)

Degrees and Board Certification: 


Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-7652
HS 1871 
(LAB:  HS 1706)


Dr. Chelikani graduated with a BVSc (Bachelor of Veterinary Science) degree in 1994 from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Tirupati, India. He followed this with an MVSc in reproductive physiology from the same institution in 1997, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 2003. He then pursued post-doctoral training in gastrointestinal physiology at the VA Medical Center/Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, before joining the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Teaching : 

DVM Courses:

Veterinary Physiology (VETM 321): Instructor and Course coordinator
Clinical Presentations – I (VETM 300): Instructor
Clinical Presentations – II (VETM 400): Instructor

Other Courses:

Integrative Human Physiology (MDSC 404): Instructor
Nutritional Physiology and Metabolism (VETM 690): Instructor and Course coordinator

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

Obesity and associated comorbidities such as diabetes are increasing in prevalence in humans as well as in domestic animals. To develop effective treatment strategies for these disorders, it is important to understand the mechanisms regulating body weight and metabolism. The overall goal of Dr. Chelikani’s research program is to gain insights into the mechanisms by which signals generated from the gut, and other peripheral tissues, act to regulate energy balance and metabolism. The Chelikani lab primarily uses rodent models for elucidating the mechanisms by which dietary, pharmacological and surgical interventions promote weight loss and improve metabolic health using a range of physiological (food intake, energy expenditure, body composition, glucose tolerance) and molecular (qPCR, immunoblotting, immunoassay) techniques. Current research areas include:

  • Regulation of energy balance by gut peptides. 
  • Role of dietary protein in the regulation of energy balance and metabolism. 
  • Mechanisms of weight loss and metabolic improvements following bariatric surgeries.


Graduate Program Affiliations : 
Veterinary Medical Sciences
Gastrointestional Sciences
Research personnel and trainees : 

Current trainees:

Arashdeep Singh (BTech; PhD candidate;
Dr. Rizaldy Zapata (DVM; PhD candidate;
Deepa Sekhar (BTech; MSc;

Former trainees:

Dr. Adel Pezeshki (PhD; PDF, 2011-2015)
Dr. Sarah Lai (MD; MSc, 2012-2014)
Dr. Saima Nausheen (DVM; MSc, 2010-2012)
David Min (BSc; MSc, 2008-2010)
Nicholas Yee (BSc, 2012-2014)
Andrew Fahim (BHSc honors, 2012-2013)
Adam Ramzy (BHSc honors, 2011-2012)