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.
Burnik Šturm, Martina, Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Reed, Dolores, Ganbaatar, Oyunsaikhan, Sušnik, Stane, Haymerle, Agnes, Voigt, Christian C. and Kaczensky, Petra. A protocol to correct for intra- and interspecific variation in tail hair growth to align isotope signatures of segmentally cut tail hair to a common time line: Aligning isotope signatures of hair segments to the correct time line, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29 (11) 1047-1054. 2015.
Crichton, Elizabeth G., Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Billah, M. and Skidmore, Julian A. Cholesterol addition aids the cryopreservation of dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) spermatozoa, Theriogenology, 83 (2) 168-174. 2015.
Daigle, C. L., Brown, Janine L., Carlstead, K., Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Freeman, E. W. and Snider, R. J. Multi-institutional survey of social, management, husbandry and environmental factors for the SSP African lion Panthera leo population: examining the effects of a breeding moratorium in relation to reproductive success, International Zoo Yearbook, 49 (1) 198-213. 2015.
Jacobs, R. D., Ealy, A. D., Pennington, P. M., Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Warren, L. K., Wagner, A. L., Johnson, A. K., Hess, T. M. and Splan, R. K. 130 Effect of dietary omega-3 supplementation on equine endometrial and embryonic gene expression, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 35 (5) 438-439. 2015.
Pukazhenthi, Budhan, Nagashima, Jennifer, Travis, Alexander J., Costa, Guilherme M., Escobar, Enrique N., França, Luiz R. and Wildt, David E. Slow freezing, but not vitrification supports complete spermatogenesis in cryopreserved, neonatal sheep testicular xenografts, PloS One, 10 (4) . 2015.