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, 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.
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.
Kiso, Wendy K., Asano, Atsushi, Travis, Alexander J., Schmitt, Dennis L., Brown, Janine L. and Pukazhenthi, Budhan S. Pretreatment of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) spermatozoa with cholesterol-loaded cyclodextrins and glycerol addition at 4°C improves cryosurvival, Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 24 (8) 1134-1142. 2012.
Stewart, Rosemary A., Pelican, Katharine M., Crosier, Adrienne E., Pukazhenthi, Budhan S., Wildt, David E., Ottinger, Mary Ann and Howard, JoGayle. Oral Progestin Priming Increases Ovarian Sensitivity to Gonadotropin Stimulation and Improves Luteal Function in the Cat, Biology of reproduction, 87 (6) 137. 2012.
Vansandt, L. M., Pukazhenthi, Budhan S. and Keefer, C. L. Molecular Markers of Spermatogonial Stem Cells in the Domestic Cat, Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 47 (Supplement S6) 256-260. 2012.