Exploring the respiratory microbiome and new diagnostic parameters in Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae-infected pigs

Sonalio, Karina
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Interne Geneeskunde, Voortplanting en Populatiegeneeskunde
Gezamenlijk doctoraat
UNESP Sao Paulo
Karina Sonalio was born in Arroio Trinta (Brazil) on the 5th of January 1993. She graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Federal University of Uberlândia in 2018 with the greatest distinction. In 2013/2014, during the undergraduate program, she participated in the Science Without Borders Program, from Brazil, with Indian Hills Community College (USA) and Iowa State University (USA) as host institutions. During that time, she followed some courses in Animal Science and helped with research trials at the Veterinary Medical Research Institute. In 2017, before graduation, Karina worked as a supervisor trainee at BRF (a Brazilian food processing company) working at the swine slaughterhouse, in Uberlândia. In March 2018, she started her Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis on swine health at São Paulo State University, Jaboticabal, where she worked on the genetic diversity of Mycoplasma suis and Mycoplasma parvum.
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. dr. dr. h.c. Dominiek Maes, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent - Prof. dr. Luís Guilherme de Oliveira, School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, UNESP Dr. Filip Boyen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent - Prof. dr. Bert Devriendt, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent

Korte beschrijving

The global demand for pork is rising due to population growth, necessitating expansion in the pig industry. However, respiratory diseases, caused by pathogens like PRRS virus, PCV-2, and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, present significant challenges in pig farming. While advancements in diagnostic technologies like PCR and sequencing have improved our understanding of the respiratory microbiome in pigs, the interaction between the lung microbiome and M. hyopneumoniae is less clear. Furthermore, sensors capable of evaluating animal behavior such as movement are being introduced to the pig industry, which might give additional information on welfare and might even be able to serve as early predictors of disease.


Vrijdag 21 juni 2024, 16:00
Auditorium D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

To attend the public defense physically, no registration is necessary. If you would like to attend digitally, please send an email to Karina.Sonalio@UGent.be. If you would like to attend the reception afterward, please register before 17/06/2024, by email to Karina.Sonalio@UGent.be