Dr Mohanathas Gobikrushanth

Lecturer in Animal Production Medic

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science

Overview

Dr. Mohanathas Gobikrushanth (Gobi) is a lecturer in Production Animal Medicine, with a particular interest in Production Animal Reproduction, within the School of Veterinary Science. Gobi obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2011. Following graduation, he worked as a Companion Animal Clinician in the university's Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for a year.

In 2012, Gobi moved to the USA to pursue a veterinary externship program (Research Scholar) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida. In 2018, Gobi earned his PhD in Animal Science (Reproduction) from the University of Alberta, Canada. His doctoral research was focused on identification and evaluation of novel reproductive phenotypes for genomic selection to enhance fertility of dairy cattle through multiple-locational studies conducted in Canada and Ireland. Following his PhD, Gobi undertook a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with an array of studies involving both dairy and beef cattle reproduction at the University of Alberta, Canada.

In 2022, Gobi completed his 3-year combined clinical MS (Project-based; uterine microbiome of dairy cows) and residency in Production Animal Theriogenology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada before joining the School of Veterinary Science, UQ.

Gobi's research focuses on strategies to enhance reproductive efficiency in production animals with a special interest in the bovine species.

Research Interests

  • Novel fertility traits for genetic selection
  • Genital microbiome and fertility
  • Synchronization of ovulation for timed-AI
  • Postpartum diseases and disorders and their impact on fertility

Qualifications

  • Masters (Research) of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Saskatchewan
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Animal Science, University of Alberta
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Animal Science, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Veterinary Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Veterinary Medicine, University of Peradeniya

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Background

    Reproductive efficiency is the key determinant of overall profitability of the beef cattle industry. In Australia, beef cattle are mostly managed under either a controlled or continuous mating system. Whilst breeding and calving of beef cattle occur within defined periods of a year in a controlled mating system, those are year-round in a continuous mating system. Regardless of the mating system, the Australian beef cattle industry targets one calf per cow per year to increase income from weaner calf sales. The survival and growth of calves from birth to weaning is dependent on initiation (lactogenesis) and maintenance (galactopoiesis) of lactation by their dams in beef cattle farming. While it is possible to trace calving and weaning records for beef cows managed under controlled mating systems, it becomes challenging for those managed under continuous mating systems, especially, when mustering of cattle occurs only once or twice in a year. The ability to trace preceding lactational status of individual cows in the current mustering would allow the producer to make informed decision on voluntary culling of cows that had neither calved nor lactated, despite confirmed pregnant in the previous mustering. Therefore, developing a crush-side diagnostic test to determine preceding lactational status of beef cows, especially, under continuous mating systems, is of utmost importance.

    Requirements

    Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline (Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, or any other similar discipline). In addition, Applicant should be able to fulfill the requirements to apply and secure the University of Queensland Graduate School Scholarships for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program (Please see the following link for more details).

    https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/graduate-school-scholarships-uqgss-%E2%80%93-includes-rtp

    Research Collaborators

    • Dr. Gobikrushanth (Chief Investigator)
    • Dr. Ben Wood
    • Dr. Gry Boe-Hansen
    • Dr. Lee McMichael

    Research Location

    The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Gatton 4343, Queensland, Australia

    Further Information

    Please contact Dr. Gobikrushanth for more information: m.gobikrushanth@uq.edu.au

    Application Procedure

    Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and CV by email, to Dr. Gobikrushanth: m.gobikrushanth@uq.edu.au

    The School of Veterinary Science is an international leader in research on subtropical cattle production and health, including reproduction and genetics. We offer an outstanding range of facilities for the conduct of laboratory-based, animal-based, clinical and field research. We foster an environment where every voice is heard irrespective of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, mental or physical disability, or other marginalized groups.

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Background

    Reproductive efficiency is the key determinant of overall profitability of the beef cattle industry. In Australia, beef cattle are mostly managed under either a controlled or continuous mating system. Whilst breeding and calving of beef cattle occur within defined periods of a year in a controlled mating system, those are year-round in a continuous mating system. Regardless of the mating system, the Australian beef cattle industry targets one calf per cow per year to increase income from weaner calf sales. The survival and growth of calves from birth to weaning is dependent on initiation (lactogenesis) and maintenance (galactopoiesis) of lactation by their dams in beef cattle farming. While it is possible to trace calving and weaning records for beef cows managed under controlled mating systems, it becomes challenging for those managed under continuous mating systems, especially, when mustering of cattle occurs only once or twice in a year. The ability to trace preceding lactational status of individual cows in the current mustering would allow the producer to make informed decision on voluntary culling of cows that had neither calved nor lactated, despite confirmed pregnant in the previous mustering. Therefore, developing a crush-side diagnostic test to determine preceding lactational status of beef cows, especially, under continuous mating systems, is of utmost importance.

    Requirements

    Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline (Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, or any other similar discipline). In addition, Applicant should be able to fulfill the requirements to apply and secure the University of Queensland Graduate School Scholarships for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program (Please see the following link for more details).

    https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/graduate-school-scholarships-uqgss-%E2%80%93-includes-rtp

    Research Collaborators

    • Dr. Gobikrushanth (Chief Investigator)
    • Dr. Ben Wood
    • Dr. Gry Boe-Hansen
    • Dr. Lee McMichael

    Research Location

    The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Gatton 4343, Queensland, Australia

    Further Information

    Please contact Dr. Gobikrushanth for more information: m.gobikrushanth@uq.edu.au

    Application Procedure

    Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and CV by email, to Dr. Gobikrushanth: m.gobikrushanth@uq.edu.au

    The School of Veterinary Science is an international leader in research on subtropical cattle production and health, including reproduction and genetics. We offer an outstanding range of facilities for the conduct of laboratory-based, animal-based, clinical and field research. We foster an environment where every voice is heard irrespective of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, mental or physical disability, or other marginalized groups.