Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health
Associate Professor (Reproductive Physiology & Theriogenology)
Production Animal Health (PAH)
PhD, University of Saskatchewan
Certificate of Qualification, National Examining Board, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
MVSc, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India
DVM, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India
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Dr. Thundathil received his DVM and MVSc from the Kerala Agricultural University, India. He received his PhD in reproductive physiology from the University of Saskatchewan and completed special projects in reproductive physiology (Royal Veterinary College, Uppsala, Sweden; CIZ Genetics and Research, Cremona, Italy; Embryology Laboratory, Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile) through visiting fellowship programs. Dr. Thundathil received postdoctoral training in molecular regulation of sperm function (Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph; Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University) and early embryo development (University of Montreal). Dr. Thundathil is a registered veterinarian in Alberta and his research program is focused on understanding the regulation of male fertility. He has a special interest in bull breeding soundness evaluation, frozen semen evaluation, in vitro production of cattle embryos and preserving the genetics of endangered wildlife through reproductive technologies.
Dr. Thundathil’s major contributions to the academic mission of UCVM are:
Dr. Thundathil’s research is focused on regulation of sperm function and sperm contributions to embryo development at an interdisciplinary level. In addition, he is interested in developing reproductive technologies for preserving endangered wildlife and technology enhanced learning in DVM program. His specific research projects are: 1) Morphologically abnormal bovine sperm: A model for the study of spermatogenesis, sperm function and sperm contributions to preimplantation embryo development (funded by NSERC-DG); 2) Na/K-ATPase as a fertility marker for beef cattle (funded by ALMA); 3) Development of reproductive technologies for genetic preservation; 4) Modulation of nutrition as a management tool for enhancing reproductive potential of dairy bulls (collaborative project with Dr. John Kastelic; supported through Eyes High initiative, U of C); 5) Testis-specific isoform of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme as a fertility marker in dairy bulls (NSERC-CRD); 6) Potential impacts of pre-natal nutrition and selection for residual feed intake (RFI) on bull reproductive development and fertility (collaborative project with Dr. Carolyn Fitzsimmons, U of A); and 7) Use of Virtual Animal Patient case simulations for teaching and assessing DVM courses. The most exciting aspect of Dr. Thundathil's research program is the availability of a wide spectrum of expertise, facilities, and collaborators (within and external to U of C), which attracts trainees with various backgrounds (basic science and DVM) and research interests (basic science, applied and clinical research).
Important research contributions:
Dr. Thundathil supervised 14 undergraduates from different countries (Brazil, Canada, France and Germany) over the past 6 years.