After obtaining his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry degree (BVSc and AH) from Bangalore Veterinary College in 2010, Sanjay moved to Canada in 2011 to pursue MSc in the area of immunogenetics under the supervision of Dr. Niel Karrow. Here, Sanjay’s MSc dissertation work involved looking at breed specific differences in the expression of key immuno-regulatory genes in Holstein-Friesian and Jersey calves post their infection with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis using an experimental infection model.
Post his MSc graduation, Sanjay returned to India and worked as a Research Scientist in a contract research organization. As a recipient of Teagasc Walsh Fellowship programme from Ireland in 2015, Sanjay returned to University of Guelph as a Walsh fellow to pursue Ph.D. in the department of Animal Biosciences. Sanjay’s Ph.D. work involves validation of previously identified genetic markers of Johne's disease and thereby confirming their association in a new Holstein population. The other aspect of his work includes characterizing the biological relevance of few of these markers in vitro using modified bovine cell line.