Dr. Rajesh Kumar Vaid, Principal Scientist

Discipline: Veterinary Public Health

E mail: rk_vaid@yahoo.com


Area of research Interest: My main research interest lies in exploration and capturing of biodiversity in Veterinary bacteria, including pathogens. This includes taxonomy of veterinary bacteriology, their phenotypic and genotypic characterization & identification. 16S rRNA based identification. Our laboratory is presently focusing on Aerobic facultative anaerobic bacteria. Disease investigation, isolation, and reposition of Pathogens. Handling, characterization, molecular diagnostics of bacterial pathogens (Brucella abortus, Pasteurella multocida, Mannheimia, Nocardia spp., Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., Rhodococcus equi, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Corynebacteria spp. etc.); development of repository of animal pathogens. GC-FAME analysis of bacteria. Pathogenesis of members of family Pasteurellaceae. Working on Genomic Annotation and Bioinformatic analysis of Prokaryotic Genomes. New areas of work include bacteriophage isolation and anaerobic bacteriology.

Biography: Born on 18th June, 1967 at Sohna, District Gurgaon in Haryana. Completed his 10+2 in 1985 from Central School Tirumulgherry, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Secured Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry in 1991 from College of Veterinary Sciences, Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana in 1986. & Master's Degree in Veterinary Sciences majoring in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology in August, 1995 under guidance of Prof. S R Garg and Prof U Mandokhot, from CCS HAU, Hisar.

His Master's thesis work was on 'Occurrence, growth and survival of motile aeromonads in meat and milk'. For a brief tenure during January-August, 1995 he also served as SRF in CSIR sponsored Research Project on Mycoplasma mycoides in Department of Veterinary Public Health, CCS HAU Hisar. Served as Veterinary Assistant Surgeon in Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Rajasthan through RPSC, Ajmer, for duration about 2 years. In December, 1997 he joined as Scientist (VPH) in Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom. Subsequently he joined as Ph.D. (Scholar) in Department of Veterinary Public Health as an In-service ICAR sponsored candidate in January, 2001. After completion of his PhD from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar under the guidance of Dr (Prof) D C Thapliyal on topic 'Immunogenicity of major soluble antigens of Brucella abortus S-99', he joined back at CIRG, Makhdoom, Mathura. In 2006, he was transferred by ICAR to NRCE, Hisar to work towards establishment of Veterinary Type Culture Collection, a new establishment. Dr Vaid has been instrumental in establishment of Bacteriology Laboratory at Veterinary Type Culture Collection, NRCE, Hisar.


Current Research Projects: 'Isolation, maintenance and characterization of bacterial pathogens and their molecular characterization' c resulting in collection of more than 1000+ bacterial cultures from field and their cryopreservation. Also working in 'Development of bacteriophage repository'. DBT Project on 'Bioinformatics Infrastructure facility for Biology teaching through Bioinformatics (BIF-BTBI) under BTISnet'.

Selected Publications of the last five years:


1.     Vaid RK, Shanmugasundaram K, Boora A, Bera BC, Shukla BN, Anand T, Singha H, Riyesh T, Virmani N, Barua S, Ahir VB, Koringa PG, Sajnani MR, Bhat VD, Rana N, Singh, KP, Malik P, Singh RK, Joshi CG. (2014). Draft genome sequence of Pasteurella multocida subsp. multocida B:2 strain VTCCBAA264 isolated from Bubalus bubalis in North India. Genome Announc. 2(4):e00755-14. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00755-14.


2.     Kumar K, Maherchandani S, Kashyap S K, Bohara D L & Vaid R K. (2014). Prevalence of Rhodococcus equi in equine environments in arid zone. Indian Journal of Comparative Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. 35:34-38.


3.     Thachamvally Riyesh, Shanmugasundaram K., Bera B C, Barua S, Virmani N, Yadav S, Vaid R K, Anand T, Bansal M, Malik P, Pahuja I, Singh R K. (2014). Laboratory acquired Buffalopox Virus Infection, India. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20(2):25-26.


4.     Anand T, B C Bera, R K Vaid, K Shanmugasundaram, Gautam Sharma, N Virmani, B N Shukla, M Bansal, Riyesh T, S Barua, P Malik & R K Singh. (2014). Molecular characterization of virulence-associated protein (Vap) family genes of pathogenic Rhodococcus equi isolates from clinical cases of Indian equines. Indian J. of Biotechnology, 13: 195-202.


5.     T Anand, B C Bera, Riyesh T, R K Vaid, S Barua, Nitin Virmani, Praveen Malik, D Kumar, P S Yadav and R K Singh. (2013). Cytopathogenicity of buffalopox and camelpox virus in buffalo fibroblast cells, Indian Journal of Animal Sciences 83 (12): 1256-1260, December 2013


6.     Vaid R. K., K. Shanamugasundaram, A.Boora, T. Riyesh, B. C. Bera, B. N. Shukla, Anand T, N. Virmani, S. Barua, N. Rana, K. P. Singh, P. Malik and R. K. Singh. (2012). Sporadic outbreak of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia in buffalo calves in an organized farm. Veterinary Practitioner 13(2):326-329.


7.     Thakur S D, Vaid R K, Panda A K and Saini Y. (2012). Marine mammal brucellosis: a new dimension to an old zoonosis Current Science. 103:902-910.


8.     Vaid R K & Bera B C. (2012). Review Article, Plague: The disease, Yersinia pestis & its genome, Journal of Immunology and Immunopathology (2012) 14(1):6-13


9.     Vaid R K, A. Arangasamy, T. Talluri, S. Ravi, B. C. Bera, T. Anand, T. Riyesh, N. Virmani, P. Malik and R. K. Singh. (2012). Microbial quality of fresh and frozen equine semen of Indian horses. Veterinary Practitioner 13(2):336-339.


10.Vaid R K. (2010). Prokaryotic wealth, Current Science, 98:8. (Letter).


11.Rana N, Vaid R K, Phulia S K & Singh P. (2012). Assessment of bacterial diversity in fresh bubaline semen. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 82(6):596-598.