Research Scientist / Center for Species Survival
His most significant achievements include (1) demonstrating the link between cellular mechanisms and sperm function, including the phenomenon of teratospermia (the production of malformed sperm common in some species) and (2) understanding the mechanisms that dictate the successful cryopreservation of cells, especially carnivore spermatozoa.
Pukazhenthi, Budhan S., Johnson, Aime, Guthrie, H. David, Songsasen, Nucharin, Padilla, Luis R., Wolfe, Barbara A., da Silva, Marco Coutinho, Alvarenga, Marco A. and Wildt, David E. Improved Sperm Cryosurvival in Diluents Containing Amides versus Glycerol in the Przewalski's Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii), Cryobiology, 68 (2) 205-214. 2014.
Kiso, Wendy K., Selvaraj, Vimal, Nagashima, Jennifer, Asano, Atsushi, Brown, Janine L., Schmitt, Dennis L., Leszyk, John, Travis, Alexander J. and Pukazhenthi, Budhan S. Lactotransferrin in Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Seminal Plasma Correlates with Semen Quality, Plos One, 8 (8) e71033. 2013.
Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Quse, Viviana, Hoyer, Mark, Gastelaars, Heleen Van Engeldorp and Brown, Janine L. A review of the reproductive biology and breeding management of tapirs (Tapirus sp.), Integrative Zoology, 8 (1) 18-34. 2013.
Schook, Mandi W., Wildt, David E., Weiss, Rachael B., Wolfe, Barbara A., Archibald, Kate E. and Pukazhenthi, Budhan S. Fundamental Studies of the Reproductive Biology of the Endangered Persian Onager (Equus hemionus onager) Result in First Wild Equid Offspring from Artificial Insemination, Biology of Reproduction, 89 (2) 41. 2013.
Jewgenow, K., Pukazhenthi, B. S. and Schoen, J. Analysis of Sertoli cell efficiency allows the differentiation between two fundamentally different forms of feline teratospermia, Theriogenology, 79 (2) 261-266. 2012.