Dharanesh Gangaiah is a Bacteriologist at Elanco Animal Health, specializing in molecular bacteriology and bacterial foodborne illnesses. He received his DVM from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, India, MVSc in Veterinary Public Health from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, India, and PhD in Microbiology/Veterinary Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, USA. Dharanesh’s PhD work focused on understanding the pathogenesis and virulence mechanisms of the foodborne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. Prior to joining Elanco Animal Health, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine studying the pathogenesis and virulence mechanisms of two human bacterial pathogens Haemophilus ducreyi and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Dharanesh has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications in molecular bacteriology and bacterial foodborne illnesses.