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Guru Angad Dev Veterinary And Animal Sciences University

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College of Animal Biotechnology

Faculty Detail

Dr. Balbir Bagicha Singh Dhaliwal

Designation: Professor-cum-Head
Contact Address:Department of Microbial and Environmental Biotechnology, College of Animal Biotechnology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana -141004 Punjab (India)
Telephone : 0161-2414009
Mobile: +91 9216257392

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, PAU, Ludhiana, India.1999
  • Master of Veterinary Science (Veterinary Public Health), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India.2001
  • PhD (Veterinary Public Health), College of Veterinary Sciences (GADVASU), India.2011
  • MSc (Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health) with Merit, Royal Veterinary College (UoL).2018
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, The University of Sydney (USYD).2019

Teaching and Other Appointments

  • Professor cum Head, Department of Microbial & Environmental Biotechnology, College of Animal Biotechnology (GADVASU, India)Nov 2022 – Present
  • Adjunct Professor in Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (UOS, Canada).Jul 2014 – Present
  • Honorary Lecturer, Sydney School of Veterinary Science (USYD, Australia).May 2019– Present

Other Appointments

  • Research Fellow (January 2002 to May, 2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Area of Research Interests

  • Veterinary epidemiology, Zoonoses

Ongoing Projects

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Funding Agency



Network project “National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD)- Phase II”, (Co-PI)

ICAR, Govt. of India



Development of strategies for biosecurity measures to curtail important zoonotic diseases in Punjab, India (Co- principal investigator)

Rashtriya krishi vikas yojana, Govt. of India


Research Honour’s /Awards

  • Endeavour research fellowship, Department of education and training, Australian Government (for Postdoctoral Research, 2018).
  • Commonwealth distance learning fellowship, Commonwealth scholarship commission, UK (2017-2018)
  • Merit certificate, MSc in veterinary epidemiology and public health, Royal veterinary college, University of London, 2018
  • OneHealth ecoHealth scholarship 2016, International association for ecology and health, to present research at 4th international one health congress and 6th biennial congress, held at Melbourne, Australia
  • Brazilian one health fellowship 2015, Sao Paulo state university, Brazil
  • WAAVP scholarship funding 2013, World association for advancement of veterinary parasitology
  • The flemish VLIR – UOS grant 2007, World association for advancement of veterinary parasitology

No. of Publications

Research: 60Extension: 20   
Books: 04    
Manuals: 05


  • Taaffe J., Sharma R., Parthiban A.B.R., Singh J., Kaur P., Singh B.B., Gill J.P.S., Gopal, D.R., Dhand N.K., Parekh F.K. 2023. One Health activities to reinforce intersectoral coordination at local levels in India. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, doi:10.3389/fpubh.2023.1041447. 1041447.
  • Singh B.B., Ward M.P., Kostoulas P., Dhand N.K. 2023. Zoonosis–Why we should reconsider “Whats in a name?” Frontiers in Public Health, 11, doi:10.3389/fpubh.2023.1133330.
  • K.P., Singh, B.B. 2022. Prevalence and risk factors associated with Japanese encephalitis virus infection in swine population of Assam, India. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 15(11): 503-510. doi: 10.4103/1995-7645.359788
  • Singh, B.B., Devleesschauwer, B., Khatkar, M.S., Lowerison, M., Singh, B., Dhand, N.K., Barkema H.W. 2022. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) due to the direct health impact of COVID-19 in India, 2020. Scientific Reports, 12, 2454.
  • Tiwari HK, Proch V, Singh BB, Schemann K, Ward MP, Singh J, Gill JPS, Dhand NK. 2022. Brucellosis in India: Comparing exposure amongst veterinarians, para-veterinarians and animal handlers. One Health, 14, 100367.
  • Meletis, E., Keshavamurthy, R., Singh Dhaliwal, B. B. S., Aulakh, R. S., Dhand, N., & Kostoulas, P. 2022. Evaluation of the sensitivity and specificity of three diagnostic tests for Coxiella burnetii infection in cattle and buffaloes in Punjab (India) using Bayesian latent class analysis. PloS one, 17(5), e0254303.
  • Thakur R, Sharma R, Aulakh RS, Gill JPS, Singh BB. 2022. Seroprevalence and risk factor investigation for the exposure of Toxoplasma gondii among veterinary personnel in Punjab, India. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 80, 101739.
  • Gill GS, Singh BB, Dhand NK, Aulakh RS, Ward MP, Brookes VJ. 2022. Stray dogs and public health: population estimation in Punjab, India. Veterinary Sciences, 9(2):75. doi: 10.3390/vetsci9020075
  • Singh, BB, Ward, MP, Dhand, NK. 2021. Inherent virus characteristics and host range drive the zoonotic and emerging potential of viruses. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 2021; doi: 10.1111/tbed.14361
  • FAO. 2021. Risk profile - Group B Streptococcus (GBS) – Streptococcus agalactiae sequence type (ST) 283 in freshwater fish. Bangkok. (Contributor).