Ph.D. DVM Krzysztof Śmietanka

Earned his DVM at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin in 2000, whereas a Ph.D. and a ScD at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) in Puławy, Poland, in 2007 and 2014, respectively. He currently serves as Head of the Department of Poultry Disease and National Reference Laboratory for AI and ND at the NVRI in Puławy. For the past 18 years, his research focused mostly (but not exclusively) on epidemiology, pathobiology, diagnosis and immunoprohylaxis of Avian Influenza (AI) and Newcastle disease (ND). He has co-authored over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 180 abstracts in conference proceedings, papers in non peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

His work on pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV-1) resulted in the genetic and phenotypic characterization of PPMV-1 strains circulating in Poland as well as assessment of pathogenic properties of PPMV-1 for different species of birds.