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DIPTI PITTA, Master, Bachelor, PhD
Assistant Professor in Ruminant Nutrition, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Cetner

Clinical Specialties: Large Animal Nutrition
Research Areas: Agriculture
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University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Studies
New Bolton Center
382 W. Street Road
 Phone 610-925-6165
 Fax 610-925-6823
 Email dpitta@vet.upenn.edu

Ruminant Nutrition • Sheep & Goat, Beef and Dairy cattle • Nutrient uptake and utilization • Feed Additives, Feed Supplements • Total mixed rations • Modeling of Rumen fermentation •

Ruminant Microbiology • Cultivation of Rumen microbes • Application of molecular techniques to Ruminant Nutrition • Metagenomics • Next generation throughput sequencing • Sequential and Gene-centric approaches of metagenomics • Microbial diversity in the rumen in response to diet and dietary shifts • Identification of food-borne pathogens in the gut of various animals • Identify gene markers for economically important traits and enhance ruminant production

Pitta, D.W., Barry, T.N., López-Villalobos, N., Attwood, G.T. Effect of willow supplementation upon plasma amino acid concentration in ewes grazing drought pastures of low nutritive value. Animal Feed Science and Technology 148: 183-191, 2009.

Pitta, D.W., Barry, T.N., López-Villalobos, N., Kemp, P.D. Willow fodder blocks: an alternate forage to ewes during drought? Animal Feed Science and Technology 133: 240-258, 2007.

Pitta, D.W., Barry, T.N., López-Villalobos, N., Kemp, P.D., Effects on ewe reproduction of grazing willow fodder blocks during drought. Animal Feed Science and Technology 120: 217-234, 2005.

Pitta, D.W., Pinchak, W.E., Dowd, S.E., Osterstock, J., Gontcharova., V., Youn, E., Dorton, K., Yoon, I., Min, B.R., Fulford, J. D., Wickersham, T.A., Malinowski,D.P. Rumen Bacterial Diversity Dynamics Associated with Changing from Bermudagrass Hay to Grazed Winter Wheat Diets. Microbial Ecology 59: 511-522, 2010.

DW Pitta, Sanjay Kumar, B Vecchiarelli , N Parmar , B Reddy , CG Joshi Bacterial Diversity Associated with Feeding Dry Forage at Different Dietary Concentrations in the Rumen Contents of Mehshana Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) using 16S Pyrotags Anaerobe 25: 31-41, 2014.

Pitta, D.W., Kumar, S., Veccharelli, B., Bittinger, K., Shirley, D., Bhukya, B., and Ferguson, J. Longitudinal shifts in the rumen bacterial communities of dairy cows during the transition period. Accepted for presentation at JAM ASAS Conference, Kansas City, MO. : , 2014.

Pitta, D.W., Kumar, S., Indugu, N., Rohini, S., Vecchiarelli, B., Bhukya, B., and Ferguson, J. Metagenomic analysis of the rumen microbiome of dairy cows during the transition period. Accepted for presentation at JAM ASAS Conference, Kansas City, MO. : , 2014.

Pitta, D.W., I. Nagaraju, S. Kumar, N. Parmar, B. Reddy, C.G. Joshi Bacterial diversity associated with different primer pairs on different diets in the rumen microbiome of Kankrej cattle. Accepted for presentation at JAM ASAS Conference, Kansas City, MO. : , 2014.

Pitta, D.W., Pinchak, W.E., Vecchiarelli, .B, Sinha, R., Fulford, D. Metagenomic analysis of the rumen microbiome in wheat-induced frothy bloat among steers. Accepted for presentation at JAM ASAS Conference, Kansas City, MO. : , 2014.

Master (Veterinary Science, Animal Nutrition) TANUVAS, India, 2001

Bachelor (Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) ANGRAU, India, 1999

PhD (Animal Science) Massey University, New Zealand, 2007