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Dr. Susantha Gomis Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary Pathology

WCVM 1730

Research Area(s)

  • Diseases in poultry and mammalian species

Academic Credentials

  • BVSc, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1986
  • MVetSc, University of Saskatchewan, 1992
  • PhD, University of Saskatchewan, 1995
  • Diplomate, ACPV, 2004

Research Interests

Dr. Gomis has broad interests in basic and applied aspects of pathogenesis and control of bacterial diseases in poultry and mammalian species.


Gunawardana T., M. Foldvari, T. Zachar, S. Popowich, B. Lockerbie, M. Ivanova, S. Tikoo, S. Kurukulasuriya, P. Willson, and S. Gomis. Protection of neonatal broiler chickens following in ovo injection of oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs (CpG-ODN) formulated with carbon nanotubes or liposomes. Avian Diseases, 59:31-37, 2015.

Classen H., Cho M., Hucl P., Gomis S., and Carol Ann Patterson. Performance, health and tissue weights of broiler chickens fed graded levels of hairless hulled yellow and brown canary seed (Phalaris canariensis).  Can. J. Anim. Sci. 94: 669-678, 2014.

Yuk SS, Lee DH, Park JK, To EO, Kwon JH, Noh JY, Gomis S, Song CS. Immune response in domestic ducks following intradermal delivery of inactivated vaccine against H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus adjuvanted with oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs. Poult Sci. 2015 Aug 1;94(8):1836-42.

Fournier J, Schwean-Lardner K, Knezacek TD, Gomis S, Classen HL. The effect of toe trimming on behavior, mobility, toe length and other indicators of welfare in tom turkeys. Poult Sci. 2015 Jul 1;94(7):1446-53.

Shrivastava P, Atanley E, Sarkar I, Watkiss E, Gomis S, van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk S. Blunted inflammatory and mucosal IgA responses to pneumonia virus of mice in C57BL/6 neonates are correlated to reduced protective immunity upon re-infection as elderly mice. Virology. 2015 Aug 19;485:233-243.

Keyvan Amini, Tara Zachar, Shelly Popowich, Tennille Knezacek, Bob Goodhope, Philip Willson, Susantha Gomis. Association of increased rate of condemnation of broiler carcasses due to hepatic abnormalities with immunosuppressive diseases in the broiler chicken industry in Saskatchewan. Can J Vet Res. 2015 Oct;79(4):261-7.  

Dong-Hun Lee A, Jun-Hyuk Jang A, Byoung-Yoon Kim A, Yong-Kuk Kwon, Susantha Gomis, Joong-Bok Lee, Seung-Yong Park, In-Soo Choi, and Chang-Seon Song Diagnosis of Leucocytozoon caulleryi Infection in Commercial Broiler Breeders in South Korea. Avian Diseases: 58: 1, 183-186, 2014.

Schwean-Lardner K., Fancher B. I., Gomis S., Van Kessel A., Dalal S., and H.L. Classen. Effect of day length on cause of mortality, leg health, and ocular health in broilers. Poultry Science. 92: 1-11, 2013.

Watkiss E.R.T., Shrivastava P., Arsic N., Gomis S., and Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk. Innate and Adaptive Immune Response to Pneumonia Virus of Mice in a Resistant and a Susceptible Mouse Strain. Viruses 5, 295-320, 2013.

Chandrashekhar C., Gonzalez-Cano P., Fries P., Gomis S., Doig K., Scruten E., Potter A., Napper S., and P. Griebel. Host Responses to Persistent Mycobacterium avium Subspecies paratuberculosis Infection in Surgically Isolated Bovine Ileal Segments. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 20:2 - 156–165, 2013.

Dar, M.A., Gomis, S., Shirley, I., Mutwiri, G., Brownlie, R., Potter, A., Gerdts, V., and S. Tikoo. Pathotypic and molecular characterization of a fowl adenovirus associated with Inclusion Body Hepatitis in Saskatchewan chickens. Avian Dis. 56(1):73-81, 2012.

Charavaryamath C, Fries P, Gomis S, Bell C, Doig K, Guan L, Potter A, Napper S, Griebel PJ. Mucosal changes in a long-term bovine intestinal segment model following removal of ingesta and microflora. Gut Microbes 2(3): 134-144, 2011.

Wilson HL, Kovacs-Nolan J, Latimer L, Buchanan R, Gomis S, Babiuk L, van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk S. A novel triple adjuvant formulation promotes strong, Th1-biased immune responses and significant antigen retention at the site of injection. Vaccine. 28(52):8288-99, 2010.

Bhat A., Gomis S., Potter A. and S. Tikoo. Role of Hsp90 in CpG-ODN mediated immunostimulation in avian macrophages. Molecular Immunology 47(6): 1337-1346, 2010