Name: Mariano Carossino
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Degrees and institutions where received:
- DVM, Escuela de Veterinaria, Universidad del Salvador
- PhD, University of Kentucky (UK) Gluck Equine Research Center.
Mariano Carossino, DVM, PhD, decided to come to UK after meeting former Gluck Center professor of virology Udeni Balasuriya, BVSc, MS, PhD, at the International Equine Infectious Diseases Conference in 2012 and learning about his equine viral arteritis research.
Over the past five years Carossino completed his doctoral research and other projects under Balasuriya’s guidance. His main research included a USDA-funded project to identify host genetic factors associated with persistent equine arteritis virus infection in the stallion’s reproductive tract. Carossino used virology, molecular biology, immunopathology, reproductive immunology, and combined a variety of classical and molecular techniques to help answer the team’s research questions.
“The unparalleled opportunity to work on a highly productive and ambitious research project and the ability to utilize several state-of-the-art research tools was a privilege for me,” Carossino said. “The ability to collaborate with different researchers at the Gluck Center, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and other institutions taught me how to establish and maintain research collaborations with a multidisciplinary research team.”
Carossino defended his PhD dissertation at the end of May and joined Balasuriya, now based at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in July.
Hailee Adams is a communications and student relations intern for UK Ag Equine Programs.