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OVC Avian Disease Expert Receives Research Excellence Award

Prof. Leo Susta, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph An expert in avian diseases, Prof. Leonard Susta, in the Ontario Veterinary College’s (OVC) Department of Pathobiology, has received a Research Excellence Award from the University of Guelph.
Created by the U of G's Office of Research and the Office of the Provost, the research excellence awards are an annual recognition award by which to highlight research achievements of recently tenured faculty members. Early career faculty who are one to two years’ post-tenure are eligible.
Susta joined OVC in 2014, where he developed a research program focused on the study of avian viral diseases, including disease surveillance, development of new diagnostic tests, and basic research aimed at understanding mechanisms of disease development.
His research team, along with Pathobiology professors Byram Bridle and Sarah Wootton, is now also working on developing a potential vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19.
After earning a degree of Veterinary Medicine Degree in Perugia, Italy, Susta completed a PhD combined residency in anatomic veterinary pathology at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. He then obtained certification from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (USDA-ARS) in Athens, Georgia.
Susta joins research excellence award recipients: Prof. Ryan Broll, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences; Prof. Mostafa Elsharqawy, School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Science; Prof. Amy Newman, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Biological Science; Prof. Asim Biswas, School of Environmental Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College; and Prof. Kalinga Jagoda, Department of Management, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.
Susta’s research is supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and OVC Pet Trust.
Read more information about the Research Excellence Awards on the University of Guelph website.