Speakers(Updating) » Dr. Udeni Balasuriya

Dr. Balasuriya is the Director, Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and Professor of Virology, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, at the Louisiana State University. His professional and research experience of over 29 years is very diverse, encompassing infectious diseases of animals and humans, veterinary diagnostic medicine (anatomic pathology and diagnostic virology), and molecular virology.  The primary focus of his research has been to characterize the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of equine arteritis virus (EAV) and equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infections of horses and develop improved recombinant vaccines to prevent infection of horses with these viruses, as well as to develop improved tests to diagnose equine viral infections. His current research is focused on host-virus interactions, molecular virology, and the development of improved diagnostic and prophylactic reagents for important veterinary and human viral pathogens.

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