Abraham Pellissery

Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Abhinav UpadhyayContact

   Office Phone: 860-486-1008

   Email: Abraham.Pellissery@UConn.edu
  Office: George White Building, Room 002

   Lab: George White Building, Room 005

   Lab Phone: 860-486-4787



  • PhD (Animal Science) - University of Connecticut - 2019
  • MVSc (Animal Biochemistry) - Indian Veterinary Research Institute - 2009
  • BVSc & AH (~DVM equivalent) - Kerala Agricultural University - 2006
Dr Pellissery worked as a field veterinarian in Kerala, India, for nearly two years. Subsequently, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University teaching Veterinary Biochemistry and Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis. Before taking up the current position, Dr. Pellissery worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Food Safety and Microbiology Laboratory at UConn's Department of Animal Science for two years.


Research Interests

  • Identify novel phytochemical and putative probiotics that target to inhibit pathogens, and reduce bacterial virulence and antimicrobial resistance
  • Assess efficacy of mucosal vaccines that target pathogens in livestock and poultry
  • Research in novel diagnostic platforms for pathogen identification and disease diagnosis

Recent Publications (Selected)

Pellissery, A.J., Vinayamohan, P.G. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2020. In vitro antivirulence activity of baicalin against Clostridioides difficile.  Journal of Medical Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.001179.

Pellissery, A.J., Vinayamohan, P.G., Yin, H.B., Mooyottu, S. and Venkitanarayanan, K., 2019. In vitro efficacy of sodium selenite in reducing toxin production, spore outgrowth and antibiotic resistance in hypervirulent Clostridium difficile. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 68(7), pp.1118-1128.  
L. Anto, S. Joseph, M. Mini, and A.J. Pellissery. (2014) Identification of anaerobic and concomitant aerobic bacterial etiologies of caprine footrot. Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App. Sci. 3(4): 197-206 
Pellissery A. J. and Uma, R. (2013). Lactic Acid Bacteria as Mucosal Delivery Vaccine. Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 1 (6): 183 – 187 
Anto, L., Joseph, S., Mini, M., Mohan, S.G., Krishna, S.V., Pellissery, A.J. and Usha, A.P. 2012.  Molecular detection of porcine foot bush with anaerobic etiologies. J. Ind. Vet. Assoc. 10: 13-16 
Abraham Joseph Pellissery, Sumi Cherian, Usha N. Pillai, Devada K. and P.G. Baby. (2006). Microfilariuria in a Dog. INTAS POLIVET. 7(1):104-105

Abraham Joseph Pellissery, Poonam Gopika Vinayamohan, Mary Anne Roshni Amalaradjou and Kumar Venkitanarayanan. Spoilage bacteria and meat quality. In: Meat Quality Analysis: Advanced Evaluation Methods, Techniques, and Technologies, 1st ed. Academic Press (September 2019)
Abraham Joseph Pellissery, Shankumar Mooyottu, Kumar Venkitanaryanan. Novel approaches to control Clostridium difficile infection. In: Advances in Health and Disease. Vol. 16. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 

Hobbies/ Non-Academic Interests

  • Painting
  • Listening to Music
  • Cooking

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