www.armidaleindependent.com.au NEWS Wednesday April 16, 2008 7 From India to Poultry Doctorate at UNE Story: GARY FRY researcher based at UNE, test which would be able to Photo: DANIELI STUDIOS working on two projects detect even a minute quantity funded by Australian Egg of the viral load (viral copy Leading the line-up to Corporation Limited. number) in the infected tissue graduate at the University “The future belongs to people sample or faeces. In other of New England’s graduation who see the possibilities words, I’m developing a ceremonies were the post- before they become obvious. simple but accurate test so graduate researchers. It belongs to the people who producers can determine the Whether they were lucrative have nerves of steel and fear presence of the infectious international or Australian nobody. My birth brought bronchitis virus. students, their work has many dreams in the minds “On Saturday, I was added to the world’s of my middle class parents awarded my doctorate degree. knowledge bank. in India, especially for my I would simply describe On Saturday, cutting-edge mother who encouraged my PhD as an outcome of science and health researchers me strongly throughout many tears, frustrations, joy, and undergraduate students my doctoral studies” Dr sacriﬁces, determination and were presented with their Chousalkar said. most importantly, constant degrees. One scientiﬁc “I arrived in Australia in encouragement from my researcher, Kapil Chousalkar, 2005 and joined my PhD at parents, teachers and friends,” came from Ambajogai, a UNE under the supervision he said. small country town in western of Associate Professor Juliet “For me, my student life India to Armidale, with no Roberts. My PhD research ends here. However, my thirst idea what to expect. was on the interaction of of knowledge will not. I have Dr Chousalkar worked infectious bronchitis virus entered into the competitive long days, without much with the oviduct of laying world of research and there respite throughout his PhD hens. Infectious bronchitis are a lot of challenges ahead. research project. That work virus is a major threat to the But these challenges arouse has gained ground in the egg industry due to its effects a lot of zeal and excitement battle against a signiﬁcant on egg quality. However in me. disease that impacts upon within the Australian egg “My PhD made me realise Australian and international industry, there is a lot of that if a dream is an aim in poultry industries. He has confusion over knowledge one’s life, making it a reality already developed a strong regarding the deterioration of is the greatest achievement. international reputation, egg quality. I have always believed in has presented his work to “Also, in Australia, creating possibilities where world authorities at the knowledge regarding the they never existed. Thus I likes of the prestigious impact of this virus on the am conﬁdent I will now lead national conference of the reproductive system of laying myself successfully along American Veterinary Medical hens was speculative. My the roads of my destiny,” Dr Association in Washington research has helped egg Chousalkar said. USA (July 2007). However, producers to understand Dr Chousalkar has made his work ethic and results the impact of this virus on Armidale his home, and the PhD Supervisor, Associate Professor Juliet Roberts; Deputy Chancellor, Dr. James have been recognised on the oviduct and egg quality. Australian poultry industry Harris; Vice-Chancellor and CEO of UNE, Professor Alan Pettigrew; and PhD graduate, a local level and he has I am now working on the could reap the beneﬁts into Dr. Kapil Chousalkar, whose thesis was entitled “Effects of Infectious Bronchitis Virus received employment as a development of a molecular the future. on the Oviduct of Laying Hens”.